The Flow BMW Mountain Madness ride is a collaborative effort between the folks at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic and the 3 Mountain Madness to bring a great charity bike ride to the triad. Proceeds from the event will go to two non-profits, the National Cycling Center in Winston-Salem, and the Armfield Civic and Recreation Center in Pilot Mountain, NC. Our goal is to provide a challenging and safe ride of this scenic area to showcase the beauty of the NC foothills region. Registration is now open! Register Here
All registrants will receive an event t-shirt, a finisher medal, post race food, entry to The Barenaked Ladies concert music as part of the Gears and Guitars weekend celebration in Bailey Park in downtown Winston-Salem, entry for raffle prizes and a chance to win a weekend at Hotel Domestique with the use of a BMW convertible.
Introducing the “Robbie Ventura Challenge”!! Be the top finisher to beat Robbie’s timed segment up Sauratown Mountain and win dinner with Robbie and Bob Roll!
The event will take place on Sunday May 28th with loop rides starting and finishing at the Armfield Center in Pilot Mountain. The center is located at 873 W 52 Bypass, Pilot Mountain, NC, 27041. It is roughly a 30 minute ride from Winston-Salem, via 52 North (directions below). There are shower and locker room facilities for your use. Please bring your own towel and lock.
The ride will start at 8AM and support will close at 2 PM. Riders can choose between three routes (detail on the routes page here).
69 mile long route (orange arrows on the road) with 5900 feet of elevation gain and including a climb to the top of Sauratown Mountain.
42 mile medium route (yellow arrows on the road) with 2800 feet of elevation gain
24 mile short route (green arrows on the road) with 1700 feet of elevation gain
In order to secure permits for the ride and to protect rider safety, there will not be finish line timing or publication of finishing times for the rides. However, we have selected three tough climbs on the 69 mile loop that will have timing up the three climbs (details here at the segments page). The times will be combined for the three climbs, and age group awards will be given at the end for the fastest riders up the three climbs. In addition, there will be some random prize drawings for all riders that finish any of the three routes. Please ride the race with respect for other riders and the public. There are no road closures and the route is open to traffic throughout the ride. Save your energy for the ascents that count and enjoy the rest of the ride. Be particularly careful on the descent of Sauratown Mountain. That area is famous for spring storms that wash dirt and gravel on the descent that can come at any time. We will time the riders on the descent and any rider deemed to be riding dangerously will be excluded from prizes and entry in future rides.
We will have the same support system that many of you enjoyed on the 3 Mountain Madness ride with motorcycles patrolling the routes and sag and mechanic vehicles available for your use if needed. There are two rest stops on each route (accept for the short route which only has a single rest stop). We will have fluids, food, etc. at each rest stop. We will have a police escort out of town with some Sheriff help at a major intersection. We will have ham radio and motorcycle support throughout all the loops to help with your safety. Remember this is an open road with no road closures. This is a charity ride, not a race. At the finish line we will have cold watermelon and a cold washcloth to bring you back to life so you can enjoy live music, food, with your fellow riders and some of the celebrity riders in the ride. Plan on a festive finish and we hope you hang around for some great live outdoor music at the center. There will be massages available for tips at the end should you need one as well.
The rides will begin at 8AM. There will be late registration and packet pickup at the Armfield Center from 7-8AM. Early pickup will be available on Saturday in Bailey Park in Winston-Salem, TBD. If you want to do early packet pickup at the Armfield Center on Saturday instead, please e-mail Harry Wilson at email@example.com and he will set that up for you.
To get to the Armfield Center travel 52 North from Winston-Salem. Take exit 134 (Pilot Mountain, highway 268). Take a right and travel east till the road dead ends at a t intersection. Turn left and the civic center is on your right in around a mile. Follow the directions of the volunteers at the center on where to park.
If you want lodging in the Pilot Mountain area, here is a link to suggested sites: http://www.visitpilotmountain.com/lodging