The second annual Blue Ridge Breakaway was held August 20th 2011, and for the second year it was our pleasure to host the Knoxville Breakaway Team! To be honest, I tagged them with this moniker, but appropriate as the entire group consists of avid cyclists from the Knoxville area.
The Blue Ridge Breakaway is an adrenaline pumping ride through county lanes, scenic byways and the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The ride begins at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
Some of this group rode in the inaugural 2010 Breakaway, and were so impressed with how well the ride was organized; they rallied a few more friends who came along this year. Perhaps because the weather was so much better this year, (they were pretty saturated in 2010) their comments were as positive this year...if not more so. These veteran cyclists have participated in many other major organized rides and all agreed that none were any better than the Blue Ridge Breakaway.
With a variety of routes specifically designed for riders of all skill levels, the Blue Ridge Breakaway offers four routes, ranging in difficulty, elevation and length, consisting of:
Rabbit – 24 miles with a 1200 elevation gain
Panther – 40 miles with a 2600 elevation gain
Trout – 66 miles with a 3100 elevation gain
Hawk (or holy cow!) – 105 miles with a 9600 elevation gain
Some of our gentlemen actually completed the Hawk successfully. They were wise enough to book our muscle magician, (AKA massage therapist) Jenny Burns, to be here and waiting as they stumbled back to the inn. Her magic hands must have done the trick, as they were all able to enjoy a great dinner out that evening.
A terrific group of folks, we were delighted when they asked to book the house again for next year. They are even discussing the development of bi-laws dictating room selections! Thanks, guys, and we'll see you next year!