The third annual Beyond Category Cycling Ascent was the best one yet, and we are looking forward to returning next year, possibly earlier in the summer and on a Friday night to help bring out a bigger crowd.
We are excited to welcome the newest shop in the High Country to Blowing Rock: Beyond Category Cycling. The area’s first Pinarello, Focus, and Scott dealer is celebrating their launch by generously sponsoring The Ascent: The Hardest Hill Climbs in the South. Located on US-321 next to Blowing Rock Produce and Provisions, stop in on your next trip up the mountain, demo one of their amazing bikes, or just hang out and enjoy a coffee, beer, or a bite to enjoy in their spacious and comfortable backyard.
What a great day! Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the inaugural event such a success. I am so happy to hear so many people loved the course as much I do, and I can not say enough good things about the crew from Cool Breeze Cyclery for working so hard to ensure everything ran smoothly and stayed safe, while helping to raise money for GrabLifeByTheHandlebars.org – the Jon Clark Relief Fund.
Please post your race photos and video on the Tom Dula’s Revenge Facebook page, and check your junk mail folder tomorrow for a racer survey so you can give your honest and anonymous feedback, and help measure the economic impact of the event.
This year you will have the option to double up and do BOTH of the Hardest Hill climbs in the South. Sign up for the Bike hill climb at 10AM, then compete in the Run at Noon – best combined uphill time wins (no downhill racing, that’s just begging for trouble). Of course, most folks will participate in either the Bike or the Run, and this year we will have shuttles available to make it easier to get from the finish to the legendary post-race party. Look for registration information to be posted on the Facebook page and the next newsletter.