Frequently Asked Questions
What is the TdT?Le Tour de Transylvania group rides are on the same days the Tour de France (TdF) rides. The hardest climbs are on the same days that the TDF attacks “beyond category” (HC) climbs. Brad Campbell put together an article on TdT for “Explore Brevard”:explorebrevard.com/le-tour-de-transylvania/
Where is the TdT? Rides start at different locations, but most rides are in Transylvania County for at least part of the ride.
What are the ride options? Ride all 21 stages or select the stages you want to ride.Each day there will be a longer “B pace drop” ride, a shorter “no-drop” ride, and some days will have a gravel ride option. Even the “no-drop” ride is not necessarily flat or easy (see stage 11 & 18)! Even though the longer ride is officially a “drop ride” ride leaders will regroup from time to time. Some of the longer rides have a designated “no-drop” leader as well.
Are there road markings, support, & rest stops? These are a series of BRBC group rides, not an “event”, so there is no SAG, no staffed rest stops, no pavement markers. Expect these rides to be like a regular BRBC group ride.
What are the start times? Watch for the emails, but typically the longer ride will roll out at 9am and the shorter ride will depart at 9:30 am. Gravel Ride start times are TBA based on length and difficulty, but normally will start at 9am.
Do I have to ride with the TdT group? Riders that want to roll solo or with a smaller group on their own (or at a different time) may do so for any of the stages.
I'm not retired, are there any evening rides? Folks that work can ride solo in the evening or get together with friends to ride the stages after work. We may announce some evening rides for folks that can't ride during the day.
How do I get the TdT ride announcements? Ride announcements with routes and details will go out to folks that have indicated “Transylvania County Rides” as an interest on their BRBC profile.
What if the weather is threatening? We do not plan to send out any cancellation emails, so decide for yourself if the conditions are safe for riding. You always have the option of starting at a different time or do the stage on a different day. If the ride leader decides not to ride due to weather they won’t show up & it will be up to you to decide if you want to do the ride on your own at the scheduled time or a later time.
Are there any rest days? Each Monday is a scheduled rest day.
What if there are a lot of riders? On bigger turnout days we will try to depart in “waves” rather than one huge group.
What if I want to go faster than the group? You can go any pace you choose, but if you get in front of the ride leader you need to know the route and you are on their own.
Where can I pick up myJersey? If you qualified for a TdT jersey, see me. I have them in my car. Some folks that made a recent donation may need to be patient since the re-order won't arrive until mid-July.
Can I still get a TdT Jersey? TdT jerseysare not for sale, but there “might” be selected sizes available for folks that make a $200 donation to a Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid organization. Talk to me or send me an email before making the donation to be sure a jersey is still available in your size.So far, we have raised over $15,000 for Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid organizations!
What is the schedule? See below for road and gravel ride schedules: