Blue Ridge Breakaway rides again Aug. 16

Aug 06, 2014

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the fifth annual Blue Ridge Breakaway — a beautiful scenic bike race through Haywood County — on Aug. 16.

The ride, which attracted more than 400 cyclists last year, will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, near the gym at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The riders will then branch out throughout Haywood County depending on the route they selected.

There are four rides of four distances and beginning this year there will be two rides that include a distance of over 30 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The four routes are the Hawk (Century Ride - over 105 miles), the Trout (Metric Century - over 76 miles), the Panther (about 50 miles), and the Rabbit (over 25 miles). All rides will begin at 7:30 a.m. except the Trout, which will start at 7:45 a.m.

"The ride has been a popular event every year with approximately 500 riders registering, most of whom come from outside the county and spend at least one night here in local lodging. It has been a great success for the chamber in getting money from outside of the county to be spent with our local merchants and businesses," said Chamber President CeCe Hipps. "We are always trying to find ways of helping our chamber members grow and have always been proud of this event."

Event registration will be available online up to the day before the event and in person the morning of the ride. A discount is available for registration through August 1. For more information, visit or call 828-456-3021.


Ride descriptions


The most challenging, yet breathtakingly gorgeous ride, The Hawk, is the signature century ride that has drawn riders near and far to experience this one-of-a kind ride. Riders will experience some of the most beautiful sections of Haywood County featuring mountain, valley and farmland views as well as over 30 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.



In an effort to have two rides experience the unrivaled beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway but don't want to do more than 100 miles, the Trout may be the one for you. This ride will take you through some breathtaking countryside in Haywood County as well as experience over 30 miles on the roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway.



A gorgeous ride through Panther Creek, Fines Creek and over Hyder Mountain. Riders will enjoy miles of river views and farmlands. This ride is a moderately challenging 50 mile route with some of the most spectacular views you could experience in Haywood County. This ride is not for beginners but for riders looking for a moderately difficult 50 mile ride.



This is a wonderful ride for those wanting to experience the beauty of the mountains without the long miles and more difficult climbs. Make no mistake, this ride is not for the "true beginner" but great for those new to cycling who may want to challenge themselves with a few climbs and enjoy the beautiful scenery that comes along with summer in the mountains.

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