The ultimate route for the cyclist looking for both an adventure and challenge not soon to be forgotten. Through a collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and partnership with The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards, we are offering a course that can only be completed once a year.
Your day will start in the lush green landscape of the Eastatoee Valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains towering above. During the early miles of the course, riders will be treated to the fast, rolling, and twisty gravel roads of Shooting Tree Ridge and Mill Creek, complete with two river crossings. After leaving the gravel for the first time, Gran riders will travel through the beautiful community of The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. This will leave time to mentally prepare for the four gravel climbs that lie ahead. Each of these three- to five-mile climbs features average grades of 5-7% but pitch up for short sections north of 20%. Be sure to take in George’s favorite view of Lake Jocassee at Jumping Off Rock. A perfect excuse to stop at the top of one of the hardest sections of the course and get a selfie.
After tackling the remoteness of Laurel Fork Valley, a lung-busting ascent of Cane Creek Road, and the knife edge ridge section of Horse Pasture Road, it is possible you might feel a bit tired. Not to worry, we have thrown in a mostly downhill section of paved road that will take you back into the Eastatoee Valley where you will have the finish in sight. As you pass the 1K to go banners, be sure to zip up that jersey, smile big, and roll across the red carpet. You made it! Time to kick back, relax, and celebrate your ride.
Please note: For the Gran route, you must reach the intersection of Cleo Chapman Hwy and Shooting Tree Ridge Road (Mile 47) by 1:30 pm. Riders not reaching this check point by 1:30 pm will be rerouted to the finish.
- 77 Miles
- 2 timed
- 8,800 feet
- Rest Stops:
Event jersey, timing chip, SAG support, fully-stocked rest stops, participant medal, participant photos, free food & beverage at the Expo