Overnights and Staging
Event is staged in Huntsville, Alabama at Monte Sano State Park campground. Loops to interesting and historical locations are on the itinerary.
Here are 3 hotel options for you:
SpringHill Suites Huntsville Downtown
4.4 rating, 3-star hotel
Modern all-suite hotel with kitchenettes
Free Wi-fi and breakfast
745 Constellation Place Dr. SW
Homewood Suites by Hilton® Huntsville-Downtown, AL
4.8 rating, 3-star hotel
An extended-stay hotel with a pool
714 Gallatin St SW
Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel and Spa
4.3 rating, 4-star hotel
An all-suite lodging with a pool and spa
800 Monroe St SW
Routes and Maps
We mark the day's routes with a distinct arrow and maps with cue sheets are in your registration packets. Last minute changes are marked on dry erase boards at headquarters.
Mileage ranges from 43 to 60 miles with an optional 100 miles on day 4. Cumulative miles are 350 or 490 if century option is ridden. A bonus hill Can be added to day 5, and add 9 miles, but only the strongest and bravest bicyclists should attempt this mountain ride.
Breakfast casseroles will be offered each morning for those staying at the campsite.
Daily Rest Stops will be provided on route where convenience stores or restaurants are not available. Stops are stocked with snacks, approximately twenty miles apart.
SAG (Support Aid Group) Service will be provided each day for a limited time. SAGs have water, bike pumps and first aid kits. Bring your own pump, extra tubes and repair kits to change flats and a multi-tool to get you on the road faster. SAG service is provided for mechanical or emergency pickup along the biking route. It is not intended as a taxi service. You will not be SAG’ed if you venture off the official biking route.
A bike mechanic will be on call, or you can visit
Blevins Bicycle Co.
in Huntsville. You must pay for the parts and repairs.
Weather in Madison County Alabama at the time of this ride should be hot and humid (80 to mid 90 degrees) but cold spells (60 degrees) occasionally happen. Wind is always a threat and can be unpredictable. Rain is always a possibility so be prepared on and off the road. It is not unusual to have rain in the afternoon for a short period. When it does come it can be spotty, raining in one place and not another.
Huntsville is at the end of the Appalachian Mountains and exhibits rolling terrain with climbs. Though the rides are in the valleys, expect days of fun ups and downs.
Cost varies depending on where you stay and how many days of the ride you do. See below for pricing structure. If you are not camping but rather staying in a hotel or in a cabin in the park, that fee is additional and the rider's responsibility to pay on their own. Cabins fill up fast, so if you want one... book early!
Non-camping entry fees:
1 day: $78
2 days: $151
3 days: $211
4 days: $291
5 days: $362
6 days: $432
Camping entry fees:
1 day: $100
2 days: $193
3 days: $284
4 days: $374
5 days: $465
6 days: $556