BSG is a challenging to strenuous 100 mile loop ride starting and ending at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, approximately 5 miles south of Boone, North Carolina. The cumulative climbing elevation is 8188 feet with the climb up to the gap at Snake Mountain, milepoint 59, reaching an 18-20% grade near the top.
BSG showcases the mountain communities of Watauga and Ashe counties, North Carolina; highlights of the route is the signature climb over the 4,500 foot gap at Snake Mountain, and a 8 mile "flat" on old US 421.
A 50 mile, 4,200 feet elevation, "Half Century" is available for those who prefer the sanity of a challenging but shorter route. Both rides are fully supported with aid stations and SAG support.
Blood Sweat and Gears is planned and executed by BSG Events, Inc., a fund raising non-profit. Net proceeds from the ride are donated to local charities in the High Country.