Riders Take Haywood County by Storm during the 2013 Blue Ridge Breakaway

By Haywood County Chamber of Commerce | Aug 26, 2013
Courtesy of: Beth Brown Photography A group of cyclists pose for photographer Beth Brown prior to the start of the Blue Ridge Breakaway.

The rain held off and the riders took Haywood County by storm as the Haywood Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual Blue Ridge Breakaway, Saturday, August 17. Approximately 460 riders from 18 states convened upon Haywood County to tour scenic byways, county roads and the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway.

Rider Darby Harris commented, "A fabulous edition of the Blue Ridge Breakaway this year! Beautiful course, excellent support, and wonderful facilities at Lake Junaluska. I can't wait for next year!"

The event featured a Century (105 miles), Metric Century (65 miles), 40 mile and a 24 mile ride with cumulative elevation gains ranging from 1,200 to 9,600 ft depending upon the route chosen. Cyclists were joined by Olympic Silver Medalist Lauren Tamayo. Tamayo offered words of encouragement and posed for photo opportunities prior to the leading the pack out of the start.

According to Ride Director Cecil Yount, “Once again the citizens of Haywood County have outdone themselves in providing an outstanding event that drew substantial numbers of visitors to Haywood. Post event feedback simply reinforces what we already knew - we have a wonderful base of volunteers.”

Due to the support of the volunteers, moto support team, local law enforcement, fire departments, NC State Highway Patrol, Haywood County EMS, Haywood County Amateur Radio Organization and the safety standards set forth by the Blue Ridge Breakaway committee, the 4th Annual Blue Ridge Breakaway was one of the most successful rides to date, with rider safety as our number one priority.

Yount went on to say, “Businesses, service clubs, law enforcement, fire departments, and schools came together and put on a wonderful show for the 4th year in a row. The Department of Transportation, Division 14, staff did amazing work on top of already over the top work demands to get the roads ready. Mother Nature even did her part by holding off the rain until the last rider returned some 10 hours and 20 minutes after the start of the ride.”

The 5th Annual Blue Ridge Breakaway is scheduled for August 16, 2014. Additional route descriptions, maps, and cue sheets are available via www.BlueridgeBreakaway.com.

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