The Rides

 

The Upper Thirty (30 miles)

This route is a partnership of “The Climbing Vine” and “The Original”. By that I mean, the first half follows The Climbing Vine’s route (green marking’s) and the second half follows The Original’s route (orange marking’s) back to Elkin. This route is slightly shorter than the Swan Creek Vineyards route (six tenths of a mile shorter) but has almost 200 more feet of climbing. This gives riders the option of a short, but more challenging ride. From the start after the 100, 71 and 31 mile rides turn off of Main Street Elkin, this ride continues through downtown and out 268 east following the Climbing Vine’s marking’s (green). Working it's way north, passing Cedarbrook Country Club, the ride gets into some beautiful countryside on it's way to the Mountain Park community and a rest stop. After the rest stop at Mountain Park the route starts following the Original’s route (orange). Passing the Golden Road Vineyards, the routes run together for next 3.4 miles before going their separate ways. Turning southeast (left) the route continues through the upper State Road and Pleasant Ridge areas before returning to Elkin High School. This ride will offer one rest stop at 16 miles. The terrain for this ride is rolling with many strenuous hills.

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The Swan Creek Vineyards (31 miles)

This route (along with the 100 and 71 mile rides) will take cyclists out of Elkin and through the west side of Jonesville. After losing the 100 and 71 mile riders, this route will continue south and east before turning back north passing Windsor Run Cellars vineyards. A few miles later and you're at Laurel Gray Vineyards, and the rest stop. After leaving the vineyard cyclists will travel north and west returning back through west Jonesville and finally up historic West Main Street in Elkin. This ride will offer one rest stop at 16 miles with rolling terrain and a few strenuous hills.

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The Climbing Vine (50 miles)

This route is unique right from the start. After the 100, 71 and 31 mile rides turn off of Main Street Elkin, this ride continues through downtown and out 268 east. Working it's way north, passing Cedarbrook Country Club, the ride gets into some beautiful countryside on it's way to the Mountain Park community and a rest stop. At Mountain Park the ride joins the 100 and 71 mile routes. Passing the Golden Road Vineyards, the routes run together for next 3.4 miles before going their separate ways. Turning northwest the route continues through Thurmond and passing McRitchie Vineyards before making a short hop up and across Hwy. 21, over to Traphill Road and heading towards Stone Mountain State Park. At 27.5 miles into the ride, the “fun” begins. Turning onto John P. Frank Pkwy the ride starts climbing to the well known Oklahoma Road and then to the top at Roaring Gap. Congratulations! You just did a 5.4 mile, Cat 2 climb. Then it's a U-turn and back down to Traphill Road. Because the climb is a “up and back”, you can do as much as you can or skip it altogether. Then it's a short ride out and a left onto Austin Traphill Road and you're on your way back to Elkin. This ride will offer two rest stops at 16 and 39 miles. The terrain for this ride is rolling with a number of strenuous hills and one mountain.

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The Original (71 miles)

This route will take cyclists out of Elkin and through the west side of Jonesville. Riders will continue on a very scenic route through Yadkin county and the first of many vineyards, Laurel Gray Vineyard. Next the riders will continue east to RagApple Lassie Vineyards then north into Surry County through the very scenic area of the Rockford community. Continuing through Dobson for a trip by Shelton Vineyards, one of the premier vineyards in the Southeast. Finally, cyclists will go through the Mountain Park area and return to Elkin High School. This ride will offer four rest stops at 10, 28, 47 and 57 miles. The terrain for this ride is rolling with a number of strenuous hills.

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The Entire Row (100 miles)

This route (along with the 71 and 31 mile rides) will take cyclists out of Elkin and through the west side of Jonesville. Riders will continue on a very scenic route through Yadkin county before being the first to split off from the pack. Turning right onto Clingman Road, they will pass the first of many vineyards, Raffaldini Vineyards. Continuing through the Clingman community, they will join in with the 31 mile route for the next 10 miles including the first rest stop at Laurel Gray Vineyards. The route has now joined the 71 miler's route and both will continue to run together for the next 40 miles. Going pass RagApple Lassie Vineyards (another rest stop) and the historic Rockford community, the routes will once again separate on the west side of Dobson. Turning North the route finds it's way to Haystack Road next to the historic Edwards-Franklin House. Continuing towards the Devotion community, it turns back south following the beautiful Mitchell River and crossing it at Kapps Mill. Heading toward the Zephyr community, the route rejoins the 71 mile route and continues through Mountain Park, upper State Road and Pleasant Ridge areas before returning to Elkin High School. This ride will offer four rest stops at 23, 41, 60 and 85 miles. The terrain for this ride is rolling with many strenuous hills and a total of almost 7000 feet of climbing.

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