basics: All you need to know, Plus a Cool Jersey!

Campground photo

Overnights and Staging

Event is staged in Huntsville, Alabama at Monte Sano State Park campground. Loops to interesting and historical locations are on the itinerary.

Here are 3 hotel options for you:

SpringHill Suites Huntsville Downtown
4.4 rating, 3-star hotel
Modern all-suite hotel with kitchenettes
Free Wi-fi and breakfast
Address: 745 Constellation Place Dr. SW
Phone: 256-512-0188
Cost: Contact for pricing

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Huntsville-Downtown, AL
4.8 rating, 3-star hotel
An extended-stay hotel with a pool
Free breakfast
Address: 714 Gallatin St SW
Cost: Contact for pricing
Phone: 256-539-1445

Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel and Spa
4.3 rating, 4-star hotel
An all-suite lodging with a pool and spa
Free breakfast
Address: 800 Monroe St SW
Cost: Contact for pricing
Phone: 256-539-7373


Routes and Maps

We mark the day's routes with a distinct arrow and maps with cue sheets are in your registration packets. Changes during the ride will be relayed via text message.

Mileage

Mileage ranges from 43 to 60 miles with an optional 89 miles on day 4. Cumulative miles are 307 or 372 if optional miles and challenge are added. A bonus hill Can be added to day 5, and add 9 miles, but only the strongest and bravest bicyclists should attempt this mountain ride.

Meals

Breakfast is offered each morning for those staying in the park. Limited lunch provided approximately mid-day.

Rest Stops

Daily Rest Stops will be provided on route where convenience stores or restaurants are not available. Stops are stocked with snacks, approximately twenty miles apart.

SAG Services

SAG (Support Aid Group) Service will be provided each day for a limited time. SAGs have water, bike pumps and first aid kits. Bring your own pump, extra tubes and repair kits to change flats and a multi-tool to get you on the road faster. SAG service is provided for mechanical or emergency pickup along the biking route. It is not intended as a taxi service. You will not be SAG’ed if you venture off the official biking route.

Mechanical Service

A bike mechanic will be on call, or you can visit Blevins Bicycle Co. in Huntsville. You must pay for the parts and repairs.

Weather

Weather in Madison County Alabama at the time of this ride should be hot and humid (80 to mid 90 degrees) but cold spells (60 degrees) occasionally happen. Wind is always a threat and can be unpredictable. Rain is always a possibility so be prepared on and off the road. It is not unusual to have rain in the afternoon for a short period. When it does come it can be spotty, raining in one place and not another.

Terrain

Huntsville is at the end of the Appalachian Mountains and exhibits rolling terrain with climbs. Though the rides are in the valleys, expect days of fun ups and downs.

Cost

Cost varies depending on where you stay and how many days of the ride you do. See below for pricing structure. If you are not camping at a primitive site but rather staying in a hotel, cabin in the park, or camping in an electric hook up site, that fee is additional and the riders responsibility to pay on their own. Cabins and electric sites fill up fast, so if you want one book early

2018 Prices:

Non-camping entry fees:
1 day: $93
2 days: $166
3 days: $226
4 days: $306
5 days: $377
6 days: $447

Camping entry fees:
1 day: $115
2 days: $208
3 days: $299
4 days: $389
5 days: $480
6 days: $571

Want This Cool Jersey?

Click on jersey image to see a larger view all the cool riders will be wearing one of these This wonderful jersey has set in sleeves and a long invisible zipper. You can order jerseys during registration. Jerseys ordered after March 1 will not be available during the ride. Orders will be accepted at check in but lead time is approximately 8 weeks. Cost is $70. The jerseys are available in Mens and Womens cut and you can choose a jersey with sleeves or sleeveless. Please refer to this Sizing Chart to find out the size you need to order.
Click HERE to place your order!


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