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Route Descriptions
The RAW features three routes of varying length and difficulty so everyone from novice cyclists to hard-core racers can have fun. Click here to view a map and cue sheet for all three RAW routes.

25 Mile Route

The 25 mile route loops through the rolling hills east of Wilkesboro, offering views of the Brushy Mountains and the Blue Ridge.  This route has no major climbs and has a rest stop at the halfway point.

40 Mile Route

The 40 mile route is a loop with a scenic out-and-back section midway.  It includes two strenuous climbs and two fast descents as it traverses the Little Brushy Mountains at Windy Gap.  The route features two rest stops: one at the foot of the Windy Gap climb and a second at the turn-around point. The descent from Windy Gap should be faster than ever, thanks to road improvements completed during 2002.

70 Mile Route

The 70 miler meanders through the fields and forests of rural Wilkes, Iredell and Alexander Counties.   

The RAW 70 features 6,300 feet of climbing, including a four mile climb up the back of the Brushies to a peak elevation of 2,200 feet above sea level.  The route culminates with a long, curvy descent into the Yadkin River valley where riders rush into the valley at speeds of 40 mph and more.  Four rest stops help keep riders fresh.

The 70 mile route is the most popular RAW option.  For some riders, the RAW is a warm up for the famed Assault on Mount Mitchell ride, which comes two weeks after the RAW.  For other riders, the goal is just being able to finish the hilly course.

All RAW routes are patrolled by SAG vehicles to provide assistance to any cyclists who need it.

The RAW routes are featured in Road Cycling the Blue Ridge High Country, coming in June 2003 from John F. Blair, Publisher.