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Save the Month: Le Tour de Transylvania is Back for it's 5th year!

Hank Birdsong | Published on 12/21/2023

Save the Month: 6/29-7/21, 2024!
Le Tour de Transylvania is back for year 5!
 

2024 le Tour de Transylvania FAQ

The 2024 "le Tour de Transylvania" (TdT) starts June 29th. Rides will be at various skill levels, starting times, starting places and lengths throughout the 21 stages. There is no fee for the TdT other than to be an active BRBC member.
Please forward this email to non-members that might be interested and encourage them to pay the low fee to join BRBC. Yearly membership fees are only $35.00 for an individual, $50.00 for a family membership and$ 30.00 for student/veterans.



 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the TdT?

Le Tour de Transylvania group rides are on the same days the Tour de France (TdF) rides. This year there are 100 different ride options!

Where is the TdT?

Rides start at different locations, but most rides are in Transylvania County for at least part of the ride. The Tour de France is in Italy for three days this year so TdT will venture north of Asheville for some rides this year.

What are the ride options?

Ride all 21 stages or select the stages you want to ride. On most days there will be a longer A or B pace ride, a shorter C pace “no-drop” ride, a D pace “no-drop” ride, and some days will have a gravel ride option. Even the “no-drop” ride is not necessarily flat or easy, so pay attention to the ride description! Even though the longer ride is sometimes 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.

I can't open the route link, what's up?

You must be a BRBC member to view the RWGPS club routes. It's a low fee for a full year, so join!



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 rides will depart at 9:15, 9:30, 9:45. 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. We're not tracking any of this so you can make your own rules!

I'm not retired, are there any evening rides?

Folks that work can ride the routes solo in the evening or get together with friends to ride the stages after work. Better yet, call in sick for 21 days. 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 BRBC members that have selected a ride interest group (A, B, C, D, or Gravel).

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 (except July 1st) 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 no longer part of the group ride- you are on your own.

Where can I get a TdT Jersey and bottoms? 

There will not be TdT kits sold this year.

What is the schedule? See below:

 

 

 

 

Tentative Ride Schedule

**NOTE: You must be a BRBC member to open club route links

Announcements will be emailed a few days before each ride with route details and starting times. Be sure to join Blue Ridge Bicycle Club if you want to get future TdT info. If you are a current ride leader or want to become a ride leader please consider co-leading one of these rides. Send me (Hank) an email if you are willing to co-lead a ride.

Stage 1

Etowah Start

Sat 06/29/2024

First stage, wear a TdT kit if you have one

33-mile A/B pace ride
CCC & Jeter easy side
Leaders- Jim Lane, Linda Martin
No drop leaders- Tracey Drews, Lisa Lazzaro
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12601173

40-mile B-/C+ pace no-drop
Brevard Coffee Ride
Leader- Mark Blakeley
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19437616

32-mile C pace no-drop
Brevard Coffee Ride Lite
Leader-Dawn Barr
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39088764

27-mile no-drop ride
Davis Mountain Willow
Leaders- Drew Stauffer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39077192

25-mile EZ no-drop ride
French Broad & Little River valleys
Leaders- Kristi Wagner, Shelly Mozlin
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38829009

Stage 2

Brevard Depot Start

Sun 06/30/2024

39-mile ride
Transylvania Backroads
B pace leader- Art Delcher
No drop leader- Philip Hardee
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37277078

27-mile no-drop ride
Rosman Loop
Leader- Peter Adams
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36990913

39-mile gravel option
Cathey’s Creek
Leaders- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39770502

Stage 3

Cane River Park Start

Mon 07/01/2024

104-mile A-/B+ pace ride
Burnsville-Roan Century
Leader- Robert Allen,Roger Register
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45837391

65-mile A-/B+ pace ride
Cane River Park Metric
Leader- Bud Whitmeyer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40958700

50-mile B pace ride
Jacks Creek 50
Leaders- Linda Martin, Jim Carroll
ridewithgps.com/routes/15756660

37-mile B- pace no-drop
Jacks Creek Reverse & Bee Branch
Leader- Tracey Drews
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45745795

30 mile no-drop rides
Half Jack/EZ 30
C pace Leaders- Tony Pierfelice, Marie Chamberlin
D pace Leader- Shelly Mozlin
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40324049

Stage 4

Cedar Mtn OutpostStart

Tues 07/02/2024

38-mile A/B pace
DuPont – Jeter Loop
Leader- Jim Lane, Linda Martin
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38589749

26-mile C+/B- pace no-drop
Pretty Place
Leader- John Wash,Gayle Tomkinson
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38627513

25-mile D pace no-drop ride
Ice Cream Ride
Leader- Peter Adams
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43236608

26-mile gravel
DuPont Gravel
Leaders- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38594774

Stage 5

SilvermontStart

Wed 07/03/2024

55-mile B/B- pace
Slick Fisher Loop
Leader- Rusty McCain
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36365780

42-mile B pace
Sassafras (the hard way)
Leader- Michael Traxler, Mindy Reese
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32934158

41-mile C pace no-drop ride
East Fork / Walnut Hollow
Leaders- Mark Blakeley, Philip Hardee
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31823341

21-mile D pace no-drop ride
Hannah Ford 21
Leader- Peter Adams, Kristi Wagner
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43294469

Stage 6

Oskar BluesStart

Thur 07/04/2024

 

Independence Day!
Wear red, white, and blue!

33-mile no-drop rides
Oskar Blues to Rosman
B pace Leader- Dawn Barr
B-/C+ pace Leader- John Wash
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42434542

26-mile C pace no-drop ride
Oskar Blues – Etowah
Leader- Drew Stauffer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43236895

20-mile D pace no-drop ride
Oskar Blues – Talley
Leader- Peter Adams
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37811840

28-mile gravel
Oskar Blues Avery Creek Gravel
Leaders- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45804221

Also, The Fabulous 4th of July bike tour is in Tryon NC on July 4th: Fabulous-4th

Stage 7

Mills River ParkStart

Fri 07/05/2024

50-mile B pace
Mills River - Etowah - Pennsylvania
Leader- Yusfia Jimenez, David Gorzynski
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44477845

41-mile B- pace no-drop
Mills River –Oskar Blues
Leader- Alan Freedman
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45419189

42-mile C pace no-drop
Mills River – Etowah
Leader- Janet Minner
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42371473

30-mile C pace no-drop ride
Mills River Park 30

Leader- Lew Insler
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42890092

24-mile D pace no-drop ride
Mills River Park - Etowah EZ 24
Leader- Shelly Mozlin
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42882711

Stage 8

New Belgium Start

Sat 07/06/2024

43-mile A/B pace
New Belgium - Marshall 43
Leaders- RogerRegister, Linda Martin
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45904841

34-mile rides
New Belgium - Leicester 34
B- pace Leaders- John Dennis
C
+ pace Leader- Brenda Carlton
C pace Leaders- Janet Minner
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43343615

23-mile D pace no-drop ride
Riverside Montford 23
Leaders- Mark B., Lew I., Peter A.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45907655

Stage 9

Ecusta BrewingStart

Cycle ‘n Suds

Sun 07/07/2024

69-mile A/B pace
Ecusta Toxaway 69
Leader- Mindy Reese, Roger Register
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43236968

44-mile B pace
Ecusta Glady Fork 44
Leader- Linda Martin,GayleTomkinson
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43240893

38 mile B-/C+ pace no-drop ride
Ecusta Brewing 38
Leader- Dawn Barr, John Dennis
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43237088

26-mile C pace no-drop ride
Ecusta Brewing 26
Leader- Brenda Carlton
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43237103

18-mile D pace no-drop ride
Ecusta Brewing 18
Leader- Peter Adams

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43237066

45-mile Gravel ride
Ecusta to Mills River Gravel
Leader- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45804854

MON 07/08/2024

REST DAY

Stage 10

SilvermontStart

Tues 07/09/2024

101-mile B-/C+ pace
Brevard to Pennsylvania Century
Leader- Dawn Barr
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33274931

50-mile rides
Brevard – Etowah – Rosman
B Pace Leader- Linda Martin
B-/C+ Pace no-drop Leader- John Wash
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31743249

27-mile C Pace no-drop ride
Brevard - Rosman
Leader- Drew Stauffer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32102955

20-mile D pace no-drop ride
Brevard Flat 20
Leader- Cindy Z.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41739543

Stage 11

Tuxedo Start

Wed 07/10/2024

48-mile B pace Ride
Tuxedo Climbs 48
Leader- Rusty McCain
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45267939

34-mile B-/C+ pace no-drop
Tuxedo - Saluda Hills
Leader- Philip Hardee, Hank Birdsong
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39086624

28-mile C pace no-drop
Tuxedo - Saluda 27
Leader- Mark Blakeley
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39086781

26-mile gravel
Lake Summit-Saluda Gravel
Leader- Lisa Lazzaro
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31318656

Stage 12

Cedar Mtn OutpostStart

Thur 07/11/2024

52-mile B pace
Caesar’s Head 51
Leaders- Roger Register, David Sloan
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38557833

43-mile B-/C+ pace no-drop
Caesar’s Head 43
Leader- John Wash
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38624934

38-mile C pace no-drop ride
DuPont CCC Jeter 38
Leader- AJ Ball
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38589749

17-mile D pace no-drop ride
Cedar Mountain Ice Cream 17
Leader- Cindy Z.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40043029

35-mile gravel
Pinnacle Mtn Gravel Loop
Leaders- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38594737

29-mile no-drop gravel
Rich Mountain Pavement/Gravel
Leader- Sandy James
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35697295


Stage 13

Old FortStart

Fri 07/12/2024

40-mile A/B/C pace no-drop
Point Lookout 40
A/B pace Leader-Roger Register
C pace Leader- Shelley Hoogstraten
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36120475

34-mile B-/C+ pace no-drop
Bat Cave Loop 34
Leader- Tracey Drews
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33964813

17-mile D pace no-drop ride
Andrews Geyser - Point Lookout 17
Leader- Peter Adams
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39258832

39 mile gravel
Curtis Creek South Toe Gravel 39
Leader- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45843230

 

 

Stage 14

Champion Park Start

Sat 07/13/2024

 

or,
Hot Doggett (Mars Hill)

49-mile B pace
Charley’s Creek
Leader- Roger Register, David Sloan
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36009343

36-mile B-/C+ pace no-drop
Tanasee Gap
Leader- Rusty McCain
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39088615

21-mile D pace no-drop ride
Rosman 21
Leader- Cindy Z.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43236416

41-mile gravel
Cathey’s Creek
Leaders- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42419718

Also happening on July 13th:
Hot Doggett (Mars Hill)

Stage 15

Etowah Start

Sun 07/14/2024

 

Gran Fondo Asheville

 

Bastille Day!

36-mile rides
Etowah Willow
B Pace Leader- Art Delcher,GayleTomkinson
B- pace no-drop Leader- Dawn Barr
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39088460

32-mile C pace no-drop ride
Etowah Hills
Leader- AJ Ball
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39088367

25-mile EZ D Pace no-drop ride
River Valleys
Leaders- Peter Adams, Lew Insler
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38829009

Also happening on July 14th:
Gran Fondo Asheville

MON 07/15/2024

REST DAY

Stage 16

Pink Beds Start

Tue 07/16/2024

 

US-276, Pisgah Forest, NC

35.353107, -82.779561

51-mile Rides
Pink Beds - Lake Logan loop
A/B pace leader- Roger, Linda Martin
B- pace no drop leader- Dawn Barr
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39087503

27-mile B- pace no-drop
Pink Beds to Black Balsam
Leader- Rusty McCain
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39087537

25-mile gravel
Yellow Gap Road
Leader- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39714593

18-mile EZ gravel
Yellow Gap Road
Leaders- Shelly M, Tony P
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43295879

Stage 17

Jackson ParkStart

Wed 07/17/2024

44-mile B pace
Point Lookout Mtn Triple
Leader- Rusty McCain
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44754015

37 mile no-drop rides
Apple Pancake on the Lamb
B- pace no-drop Leaders- Mark Blakeley, Alan Freedman
C+ pace no-drop Leader- Philip Hardee
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28882058

33-mile C pace no-drop ride
Apple Pancake
Leader- Dawn Barr
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18736576

Stage 18

Beech Glen Community CenterStart

Thur 07/18/2024

65-mile A/B pace
Beech Glen Mars Hill Metric
Leaders- Bud Whitmeyer, Roger Register
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38713735

46 or 36 mile B-/C+ no-drop
Beech Glen Smith Creek Loop 46
Leaders- John Wash, John Dennis
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45885120

23 or 30 mi C pace no-drop
Beech Glen Hilly 23/30
Leaders- TBD
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45874902

21-mile D pace no-drop ride
Beech Glen 21
Leaders- Tony Pierfelice, Marie Chamberlin
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35777568

Stage 19

Mills River BreweryStart

Fri 07/19/2024

43-mile B pace
Jump Off Rock 43
Leaders- Leigh Simms, Tom Redder
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45006182

39-mile B-/C+ pace no-drop
Roads to Nowhere 39
Leaders- Mark Blakeley, Lisa Lazzaro
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44564842

32-mile C pace no-drop ride
Mills River Roundabout 32
Leader- Janet Minner
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40976622

26-mile D pace no-drop ride
Etowah 26
Leaders- Kristi Wagner, Cindy Z.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44628386

Stage 20

Brevard Depot Start

Sat 07/20/2024

39-mile A/B Pace Ride
Walnut Hollow – Big Hill Loop
Leaders- Rusty McCain, David Sloan
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37277078

33-mile R
ide

Walnut Hollow – Big Hill Loop
B- pace Leader- Dawn Barr
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42420981

29-mile C pace no-drop ride
Illahee Hills
Leaders- Tony Pierfelice
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41773212

31-mile gravel
Avery Creek Loop
Leader- Jeff Knoll, Karl Klepfer
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39744080

Stage 21

Oskar BluesStart

SUN 07/21/2024
Final stage, Wear a
TdT kit if you have one

45-mile rides
Frozen Creek Loop
A pace Leader- Roger Register
B pace Leader- Linda Martin
C pace Leaders- Art Delcher, Lisa Lazzaro
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37811757

33-mile C pace no-drop ride
Oskar Blues to Rosman
Leaders- Drew Stauffer, Dawn Barr
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42434542

26-mile D pace EZ no-drop ride
French Broad River Valley
Leaders- Peter Adams, Cindy Z.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43236895

 

 

Meeting Location and time:

Varies by the day. Here are the addresses for most of the starting locations:

Etowah Park, 449 Etowah School Rd, Etowah NC

Cedar Mountain Outpost, 8431 Greenville Hwy, Brevard NC 28712
Oskar Blues,342 Mountain Industrial Dr, Brevard, NC 28712
Silvermont Mansion, 364 E Main St, Brevard, NC
Island Ford River Access,2753 Island Ford Rd, Brevard, NC 28712
Jackson Park, 801 Glover St, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Ingles Market, 3338 Boylston Hwy, Mills River, NC 28759
Champion Park, 38 Main St,Rosman, NC (35.145315, -82.824777)
Depot Railroad Avenue Park, 390 Railroad Avenue, Brevard, NC 28712
Mills River Park,124 Town Center Dr., Mills River, NC 28759. (35.383840, -82.549570)
Tuxedo Park, 1299 Old US 25 Hwy, Zirconia, NC 28790
Ecusta Brewing Company, 451 Ecusta Rd, Brevard, NC 28712
Pink Beds Parking Area, US-276, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 (35.353107, -82.779561)
Mills River Brewing, 336 Banner Farm Rd, Mills River, NC 28759
Beech Glen Community Center, 2936 Beech Glen Rd, Mars Hill, NC
Hillman Beer, 59 Commerce St, Old Fort, NC 28762
New Belgium Brewery area, parking lot at 162 Craven St, Asheville, NC 28806
Cane River Park, 258 Whittington Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714