For the first time, the iconic BWR will be staged outside of California. The Asheville race will provide professional and amateur cyclists access to the most coveted roads and off-road sectors around the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Hosted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company at their iconic Mills River location, the event’s start, finish and expo will take place on the scenic brewery grounds. The route features rolling mountain passes, rough and rocky outcroppings, lake views, dense forests and rivers and waterfalls. Riders will get a bit of everything thrown at them: hard-packed, flat, loose, rocky, uphill and downhill gravel over a 144-mile route punctuated by 20 off-road sectors that give the event a unique and challenging complexion.
The first BWR at elevation follows in the scenic and rugged West Desert of Southern Utah. This is a true gravel edition of the BWR punctuated with the most coveted decomposed granite roads and off-road sectors throughout the region. The event is being hosted by the town of Cedar City and the Policy Kings Brewery. The 137-mile route features sectors through the famous Red Hills, the Parowan Gap along Little Salt Lake, Coal and Whitney Canyons, and Granite Mountain. Cedar Mountains and Dixie National Forest provide the eastern backdrop.
Each BWR will offer a prize purse to top-five finishers, female and male. The Tripel Crown will offer a separate prize purse to the top three men and women overall across the three events based on a Tripel Crown points system. An age group competition will award top riders in each five-year age bracket with Tripel Crown of Gravel honors.