HIGHLANDER DOUBLE METRIC CENTURY TOUR
Suggested group start 7am, estimated ride time 8-9 hours.
You've survived California's Deathride and the World's Toughest Century. You've had a Triple Bypass in Colorado and Whimpered your way through Virginia's Mountains of Misery, but can you complete the King of the East, the retooled Highlander Double Metric Century, aka Death B4 Dismount?
Many of you asked for a greater challenge in the Highlander Tour. Here it is. Promising to open up a can on all riders willing to tackle it, the DB4D ride brings it all. We think this may be the toughest ride on the planet with its rollercoaster, wicked steeps effect. While staying true to its beginnings and core, this year you’ll see some terrain the Highlander has never been to. You’ll climb some new monsters and visit some familiar old friends. You’ll pass multiple vineyards and lakes and wish you could stop for a long while. With 126 miles and 10,000 feet of climb on grades up to 23%, the DB4D promises to be the ride challenge of your life.
Open and print the PDF route map and cue sheet to bring with you. We will have only a limited number of maps available at registration, so it is important that you bring your own copies. Because of changing road conditions the routes may be changed, so check the week before the event for any map updates.
The map combines all three challenging Highlander Tours: The full DB4D is indicated by the solid route line. The 100 mile cut is indicated by the dotted line. Also shown on the map is the Quads Hilla Thrilla indicated by the dashed line where it deviates from the DB4D.
If you ride with a GPS unit, you can download the route to your GPS and can ride without fussing with maps or cue sheets. Go to this Bike Route Toaster site and follow the directions for downloading the gpx file. Another useful Bike Route Toaster feature is a Google Earth KML route document that you can use to do a virtual tour.
If the DB4D is not a sufficient challenge try the Highathlon which combines the Highlander ride with a marathon run the next day.
Up to the challenge? Then go to REGISTRATION page.
Due to construction on Belknap the road will be closed so the route will turn on Armstrong Rd to Itally Hill Rd. So make those changes on your copy of the map. Bopple Hill and Gannett Hill Rds were chip sealed September 1. The optimists on the team are waiting until Friday to decide if Bopple and Gannett are not rideable. So check at registration for changes.
PAST HIGHLANDER RIDER COMMENTS:
"I've done one thing tougher so far in life and that was taking lead down range in Iraq." - Sgt Chris Edgerton, USAF
"I rode the 6-Gap Century in Georgia in 2005. The Highlander was more demanding." - Mike Corcimiglia, Rochester, NY
"I've done the assault on Mt. Mitchell, and this was way tougher." - John Price from NC
"...My sadistic Russian coach could take a lesson from you guys." - Member of US nat'l rowing team from GA
"Calling this ride a tour is like calling a canoe trip over Niagara Falls doing some whitewater." - John Swart, St. Catherines, Ontario, CA