Long Course Details

Long Course Details (74 Miles / 7,600 Vertical Ft.)

Mixed surfaces of manicured gravel, chunky riverbed rock, mountain-side goat path and regrettably . . . some unavoidable pavement. The course will take you to Shore’s Lake Rd where you’ll intersect with Mineral Springs Rd and begin your climb to White Rock Mt. Rd then turn north to Bidville Rd. and up to the WR MT Visitor’s Center. Backtracking from there you’ll navigate east to Summit AR (5-way intersection + Summit Aid Station) then continue west on West Fly Gap Rd to HWY 23. Feel good knowing most of the climbing is now behind you.

A mix of pavement and gravel will take you to St. Paul where you can re-supply at the General Store NEXT to Dollar General. We ask that you support the long-time General Store as things have gotten tough for them since Dollar General opened. A little further east you’ll turn south on CR112 and immediately cross the White River Swimming Hole where the controversial Sheriff Ralph Baker was swept to his death while driving across the bridge during a flood in ‘93 – accident or not? (For a can’t-stop read check out ‘When Money Grew on Trees’, for a “grower’s” perspective of the Baker story and a bunch of history about the area where you’ll be pedaling.)

long course details
beautiful river views
CR112 begins a gentle climb south up to Kilgore gap where you’ll probably encounter a few water crossings before turning east on CR502 and starting your last climb of the day to CR5051. You’ll wind through the pines on a really amazing ridge followed by a white knuckle downhill to Lick Branch / OHT. We will mark the downhill as you will need to be extremely cautious on this rough and unimproved section. You will take a right on Little Mulberry Rd which takes you south to HWY215.
There you can High-5 your peeps because you’re a few short miles of pavement back to Byrd’s.

Long Course CUT OFF Time – You MUST average at least 10mph for the day – If you do not arrive at mile 20 (Intersection of CR76 and CR77) in 2 hours, you will be asked to divert to the short course. If you do not arrive at the Summit Aid Station in 4 hours (37 miles), you will be asked to divert to Fane Creek Rd back to hwy 23 then east on 215 to Byrd’s.

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