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2022 Le Tour de Transylvania FAQ

Hank Birdsong | Published on 6/22/2022


2022 le Tour de Transylvania FAQ

The 2022 "le Tour de Transylvania" (TdT) starts July 1st. Rides will be at various skill levels, starting times, starting places and lengths throughout the 21 stages. If you wish to receive notifications for these rides , click here ->
Interests<- then scroll down to "Transylvania County rides" and add yourself to the list. There is no fee for the TdT other than to be a BRBC member. Please forward this email to non-members that might be interested and encourage them to pay the low fee to join BRBC.

 

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:

 

DATE

Ride Description
Announcements will be emailed a few days before each ride with route details and starting times. Be sure to indicate "Transylvania County Rides" as an Interestif you want to get future TdT info.

Stage 1

FRI 07/01/2022

Oskar Blues start
31-mile A/Bpaceride,Oskar Blues to Rosman
26 mile no-drop ride,Oskar Blues – Etowah

Stage2

SAT 07/02/2022

Jackson Park start
37-mile A/B pacerideApple Pancake on the Lamb
33 mile no-drop ride,Apple Pancake

Stage3

SUN 07/03/2022

Silvermont start
50-mile A/Bpaceride,Brevard – Etowah – Rosman 50
27 mile no-drop ride,Brevard - Rosman

Rest Day

07/04/2022

Still want to ride? The Fabulous 4th of July bike tour is happening in Tryon NC-Fabulous-4th

Stage4

TUE 07/05/2022

Etowah Start
33-mile A/Bpaceride,CCC & Jeter "easy side"
27 mile no-drop ride,Davis Mountain - Willow Road

Stage5

WED 07/06/2022

Cedar Mtn outpost start
35-mile Bpace gravel ride,Pinnacle Mtn Gravel Loop
23-mile no-drop gravel ride,Cedar Mountain Gravel Loop

Stage6

THU 07/07/2022

Tuxedo Start
34-mile A/Bpaceride,Tuxedo - Saluda Hills
27 mile no-drop ride,Tuxedo - Saluda 27
26 mile gravel ride,Lake Summit - Saluda

Stage7

FRI 07/08/2022

Silvermont start
49-mile A/B pace ride,Glady Fork Loop
42-mile no-drop ride,East Fork – Glady Fork

Stage8

SAT 07/09/2022

Depot Start
37-mile A/Bpaceride,Transylvania Backroads
27-mile no-drop ride,Rosman Loop
39-mile gravel ride,Cathey's Creek

Stage9

SUN 07/10/2022

Silvermont start
55-mile A/B pace ride,Slick Fisher Loop
40-mile no-drop ride,Frozen Creek Loop

Rest Day

MON 07/11/2022

Rest Day

Stage10

TUE 07/12/2022

Cedar Mountain Outpost start
35-mile A/B pace ride,DuPont – Jeter Loop
26-mile no-drop ride,Pretty place
26-mile gravel ride,DuPont

Stage11

WED 07/13/2022

Pink Beds Start
51-mile A/B pace ride,Pink Beds - Lake Logan loop
27 mile no-drop ride,Pink Beds to Black Balsam
23 mile gravel ride,Yellow Gap Road

Stage12

THU 07/14/2022

Oskar Blues start
36-mile A/B pace ride,Becky Mountain
27-mile no-drop ride,Rich Mountain

Stage13

FRI 07/15/2022

Bold Rock Start
37-mile A/B pace ride,Mills River – Etowah
29-mile no-drop ride,Mills River – Etowah

Stage14

SAT 07/16/2022

Etowah Start
36-mile A/B pace ride,Etowah Willow
32-mile no-drop ride,Etowah Hills

Stage15

SUN 07/17/2022

Silvermont start
45-mile A/B pace ride,Brevard – Mills River
27 mile no-drop ride,Rosman Loop

Rest Day

MON 07/18/2022

Rest Day

Stage16

TUE 07/19/2022

Mills River Ingles Start
48-mile A/B pace ride,Mills River - Avery creek area
32-mile no-drop ride,Pennsylvania - S. Mills – N. Mills

Stage17

WED 07/20/2022

Champion Park Start
49-mile A/B pace ride,Charley’s Creek
36-mile no-drop ride,Tanasee Gap

Stage18

THU 07/21/2022

Silvermont start
42-mile A/B pace ride,Sassafras!
35-mile no-drop ride,Steep Side of Jeter!

Stage19

FRI 07/22/2022

Etowah Start
40-mile A/B pace ride,Brevard Coffee Ride
32-mile no-drop ride,Brevard Coffee Ride (short version)

Stage20

SAT 07/23/2022

Brevard Depot Start
Short 28-mile no-drop ride to Rosman
31-mile gravel ride,Avery Creek Loop

Stage21

SUN 07/24/2022

Oskar Blues start
45-mile A/B pace ride,Frozen Creek Loop
31-mile no-drop ride,Oskar Blues to Rosman




TdT Gravel Rides


During July there will be several gravel rides that are part of le Tour de Transylvania.  Ride announcements with routes and details will go out to folks that have indicated “Transylvania County Rides” as an interest on their BRBC profile.  If you wish to receive notifications for these rides, click here ->Interests<- then scroll down to "Transylvania County rides" and add yourself to the list.

July 6th: Cedar mtn outpost start
35-mile gravel ride, Pinnacle Mtn Gravel Loop
Leaders- Kevin Moran and Jeff Knoll

23-mile gravel ride, Cedar Mountain Gravel Loop
Leader- Lisa Lazzaro

July 7th, Tuxedo Start

26-mile gravel ride, Lake Summit-Saluda
Leader- Jeff Knoll

July 9th, Brevard Depot Start
39-mile gravel ride, Cathey’s Creek
Leader- Jeff Knoll

July 12th: Cedar mtn outpost start
26-mile gravel ride, DuPont Gravel
Leader- Jeff Knoll

July 13th, Pink Beds Start
23-mile gravel ride, Yellow Gap Road
Leader- Jeff Knoll


July 23rd, Depot Start
31-mile gravel ride, Avery Creek Loop
Leader- Jeff Knoll