Challenge the Blue Ridge Mountains
Spectacular views, challenging climbs, both guaranteed to take your breath away. The Tour de Mountains is a day of bicycling up, down and around the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the community of Sparta, North Carolina. Plans are underway for the 2015 ride on June 13 (note this is a change from last year to the second Saturday in June), so mark your calendar and make plans to come to our mountains. However, June is not the only time to ride these hills. Some anytime pleasure rides have been added to the Routes link. Check them out and then make plans to visit.
A fundraiser for the Alleghany Wellness Center, this annual event will support a variety of programs including our well attended cycling program. The Alleghany Wellness Center is a community supported nonprofit agency whose mission is to provide the people of Alleghany County and the surrounding areas the opportunity to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles through health education, medically supervised programs and facilities for physical activity and recreation.
Sparta and surrounding Alleghany County are North Carolina's eastern most Blue Ridge Mountains on the border with Virginia. The area is convenient to the North Carolina Piedmont via I-77, SW Virginia and SE Tennessee. Bordered by the Scenic New River on the north and west riders can enjoy mountain and river vistas.
The community offers motels, bed and breakfast inns and vacation rentals for riders who wish overnight accommodations or want to expand the ride into a weekend in the mountains. Sparta's old downtown and two shopping centers provide needed provisions.
The Tour de Mountains is a ride, not a race, but regardless of the ride length you chose, this is the Blue Ridge Mountains and there will be challenging climbs. Being in good physical condition is the key to an enjoyable ride. If there is any doubt regarding your fitness level, consult your physician before participating.
All riders should carry normal bike tools, a pump, tire levers, wrench, patch kit, a spare tube and dog repellent.
All routes are over paved roads. Wide mountain bike tires designed for off-road riding are not necessary and will increase the difficulty of the ride.
For the safety of our riders, we do reserve the right to make necessary route changes to accommodate any unforeseen construction, etc.
A cell phone may be helpful in case of emergency.