Stunning views, challenging climbs, and fast descents await our Gran cyclists! Riders will depart from Miller Park and immediately be treated to the sights and sounds of beautiful downtown Chattanooga and the surround landscape. The first 9 miles of the day will provide a great opportunity to get in your groove as you travel rolling and flat roads beside the Tennessee River.
At mile 9.1 riders will reach the first true challenge of the route, Suck Creek. Contrary to the name, most riders will find this to be a fun test as they make their way up the 5.5-mile climb that averages a manageable grade of 5%. As you make your way up, be sure to catch views to the right of South Suck Creek cascading down to the Tennessee River you left behind only a few miles ago.
After conquering Suck Creek riders will be provided with an opportunity for recovery and a shot of adrenaline as they plunge down into the Sequatchie Valley on a fast 4.1 mile descent. Upon safely reaching the bottom of the descent riders will reach the small town of Powell’s Crossing and the first rest stop of the day at mile 19.6. Be sure to refuel and resupply here, the day is still young.
The next 16 miles offer up fast flat and rolling roads on the floor of the Sequatchie Valley. Use this time to relax, enjoy the views, and prepare for your next big climb of the day. As you enter the town of Sequatchie you will notice the rising wall of Sequatchie Mountain to your right. Yes, you are about to climb that! What this climb lacks in length (only 1.9 miles) it more than makes up for in steepness. With an average grade of 10.4% this climb will test even the most skilled climbers.
After you have conquered Sequatchie Mtn. be sure to stop at the second rest stop of the day located at Sequatchie Baptist Church. Refueled and refreshed rides will enjoy the 3.5 mile descent into Japser, TN and the flatter roads on the way back to the Tennessee River. Be sure to offer some words of encouragement to riders making their way towards Sequatchie Mtn. as you pass by.
The last rest stop of the day is by far the most scenic. Located at Marion County Park riders will have a chance to take a brief rest on the banks of the Tennessee River. The final 21 miles of the day feature short rolling hills and a run into Miller Park with 360 degree views of the Chattanooga Skyline and the surrounding mountains. As you see the 1KM to go marker, start your final kick to the finish, roll across the red carpet, and you’ve made it! Time to celebrate!
- 77 Miles
- 3 / 2 timed
- Rest Stops:
Event jersey, timing chip, SAG support, fully-stocked rest stops, participant medal, participant photos, free food & beverage at the Expo