May 28-30, 2016
|Length||3 Days. 2 Nights|
|Average Mileage||100 mile Century or 125 mile Double Century, your choice|
|Price||Double Occupancy $798
Single Occupancy $930
There’s something about cyclists that makes them seek out challenges…the harder, the better. So it’s no surprise that the infamous Mountains of Misery group cycling event sells out, especially with “misery” in its name. We will be celebrating the 19th anniversary on May 29 in 2016 (Memorial Day weekend).
Want to give it a try? We’ll help you. Join our Mountains of Misery Virginia Tour.
Many who line up for Mountains of Misery will be fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead. And others will be spinning this route for the first time.
Rookie or veteran, all will find misery along this route reaching the Top of the World (the finish line at Mountain Lake Lodge). Yes, this event has an up-hill finish.
Rookies and veterans will also enjoy our support. And the kind of camaraderie that is best developed when sharing a challenge.
For the 2016 event, Velo Girl Rides will again offer a unique opportunity to travel in style to this group event as a team:
#1 As a member of the Velo Girl Rides Misery Loves Company Team, you and your bicycle and gear will ride in the VGR van and trailer from Asheville NC to Blacksburg VA. (And back).
No driving, no hassles, and lots of laughter with teammates.
#2 The Misery Loves Company Team will stay in the Mountain Lake Resort located at the finish line. We’ll be here the night before, and the night after. Experienced hands know this is the way to do it.
The morning of the event, the VGR Van & Trailer will transport you to the Start (about 7 miles away). No muss, no fuss. No parking hassles.
#3 When you finish, all the other riders will be taking buses back to the Start, and then driving their cars back to their hotels in Blacksburg… while you can simply walk from the Finish to your hot shower, delicious dinner, and sleep.
NOTE: You must register for Mountains of Misery separately through IMAthelete. Registration for both the Century and the Double-Metric Century opens on February 1, 2016 and it will sell out before Valentine’s Day. So sign up there, and then sign up with us, and you’re set for the Misery Loves Company Team!
Day 1 – Saturday, May 28, 2016
We will meet you in the morning in Black Mountain, NC at the Town Square. While you’re greeting your tour mates, we’ll load your bicycle into our custom trailer. We’ll ride in the Velo Girl Rides luxury van to the charming college town of Blacksburg VA.
Once we arrive in Blacksburg, we will visit East Coasters Bike Shop for MoM packet pick-up, and last minute supplies before enjoying dinner at one of the local favorite Blacksburg restaurants.
Then we will re-board the VGR van for the trip to our lodging, which is located about 20 miles west of Blacksburg. After checking into the resort, there will be time for last minute tweaks to bicycles and gear before turning in early for a good night’s rest.
Day 2 – Sunday, May 29, 2016
Our team house will have a kitchen and you will be able to enjoy your personal breakfast of champions before the ride begins. The Misery Loves Company Team will load into the van for the short descent down to the Start.
The van and trailer, along with all the VGR equipment (air pumps, tools, parts) will be available to you at the Start. We’ll have a couple of experienced helping hands too.
Once the ride begins, the van and trailer will be parked at the Finish, awaiting your return where it will serve as the Misery Loves Company Team Headquarters until all your team mates have finished. Yep, cold drinks, towels, bike rack, everything you need to chill.
After recuperating in your room, rejoin the Misery Loves Company Team for a celebratory dinner, and watch the sun set on an awesome accomplishment.
And then, blessed sleep (we’ve found that it’s not a great idea to drive back to NC on the same day as this demanding event).
Day 3 – Monday, May 30, 2016
Before returning to Western North Carolina, we will enjoy a Blacksburg favorite – breakfast at Gillie’s Restaurant in the heart of this college town. Here you just might bump into some of the New River Valley Bicycle Club members who make Mountains of Misery happen each year (we’re not the only ones who know where to eat breakfast after a big ride!).
You may want to ask them to shorten that last climb, but they will tell you that only erosion will honor that request.
We’ll then hit the road, and be back in Asheville before you know it. The van is often quiet on this return trip, for some reason.