Blood Sweat And Gears Rides Through Watauga, Ashe This Saturday (2018-06-20 16:05:10)

The 20th annual Blood Sweat and Gears ride will be held Saturday, June 23, starting and finishing at Valle Crucis Elementary School.

The route highlights communities in both Watauga and Ashe counties as it climbs and winds through mountain tops and valleys.

Participants will begin at 7:30 for the 100 mile Century run, and at 7:45 for the 50 mile Half Century run.

Blood Sweat and Gears is planned and executed by BSG Events, Inc., a fundraising non-profit and net proceeds from the ride are donated to local charities in the High Country.

Visitors and locals should be aware that around 1200 cyclists will be on a number of roads around the area so please exercise caution driving around on Saturday.

You can see a map of the routes that will be used online at