Asheville Ramble. October 19-21, 2017

A new ride for 2017. The Asheville Ramble is October 19-21.

Asheville.

Asheville is an oasis and if you’ve spent some time there you know just how much. Home of the second New Belgium brewery and nestled in the Blue Ridge, Asheville is a draw for creative types, outdoor types and every type in between.  We chose the fall for several reasons. First, have you been to the South in July? Second, Fall in the South is magical. Fall in the Blue Ridge is extra magical. Come ride with us.

Roughly 75% road, the Asheville Ramble loops you through Pisgah National Forest and through the Blue Ridge mountains in a loop beginning and ending at the New Belgium brewery.

The ride is classic North Carolina with quiet roads, back country gravel, steep climbs and a stunning backdrop of Fall colors.

Camping Wednesday night and Saturday night available on site at New Belgium.

188 miles with over 19K feet in climbing…it’s a tough one.*

Day one: 53 miles, 5.5K of climbing.

Day two: 76 miles, 7.8K of climbing.

Day three: 56 miles, 6.5K of climbing.

*while we’re hitting the gravel the Pisgah has to offer, we’ll also be rambling on back roads so for this ride particularly, a less aggressive tire choice is wise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Ramble you get:

  • Kickoff event Wednesday night at New Belgium Brewery.
  • 3 days of food. Breakfast and Dinner at camp. Lunch items on the road. Ride food is provided.
  • Route support including medical.
  • Camping for each night on the ride.
  • Drinks and adult beverages. Beer provided by New Belgium Brewing.
  • Exclusive discounts and products from our partners.
  • Ramble training plan from Source Endurance.
  • End-of-ride dinner and party.
  • Transportation back to the starting point if applicable.

Once purchased, you’ll receive an email receipt and a welcome package will be sent with specific ride information, personal discount codes and all relevant materials.

Must be 18 or over to ride. 21 or over to consume alcohol. No departure without a signed waiver or helmet and the pre-ride meeting is mandatory. Pre-ride meetings held the evening before departures. We’re riding open courses so adhere to all traffic laws and remember that riding a bike off road can be dangerous and no one will look out for your safety and good as you. Ramble Rides LLC retains the option to reroute courses due to weather or any other closures or conditions that may impact the ride and safety of participants. 

 

6 comments

    • Peter Discoe 5 May, 2017 at 03:36 Reply

      Those two descriptors are pretty similar in my book. I’m riding a Niner RLT for instance, a great gravel bike but also the same model that Blackburn uses for their bike packing rangers. I’d recommend at least 38c tire width and that’s what I run even on the very rocky Steamboat route which neither of the other routes are to the same extent. Any bike falling into the gravel/adventure category will be able to fit at least a 38c tire. If you want to ask some more specifics about setup, please do.

  1. John Lane 12 June, 2017 at 16:14 Reply

    I’ve got an older Salsa Vaya. I’ve ridden it on blue diamond MTB trails and it handled fine, but orange to grapefruit sized rock did a number on my headset bushings. Do I need another bike for this trip?

    • Peter Discoe 16 June, 2017 at 15:29 Reply

      I’ll say no. All our routes are cross/gravel/adventure bike capable. I only play a bike mechanic on TV but would suspect that your headset was a little loose going into that ride and the rocky surface just exacerbated your issue. We do have service facilities at camp; though not able to replace headsets, keeping things adjusted after a day of riding is easily done.

  2. Mark Friis 24 July, 2017 at 18:31 Reply

    Are there camping options for Weds night before ride starts? Thinking the brewery would be cool, sleeping with the small of malt and hops would lead to some fantastic dreams. Any other accommodation recommendations? Thanks!

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