8th ANNUAL BLUE RIDGE BREAKAWAY
August 19, 2017
The Blue Ridge Breakaway is an annual, one-day cycling event supporting the initiatives of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, which services the towns of Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde.
Cyclists come from across the country to participate in this adrenaline-pumping ride through the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The event begins at beautiful Lake Junaluska surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Four routes specifically designed for all skill levels, offer cyclists an opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Haywood County’s country lanes, scenic byways and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Although the Blue Ridge Breakaway is a ride, not a race, 2016 brought the addition of a timed section of the event awarding fastest male and female the prestigious title of King and Queen of the Mountain. Winners are awarded the traditional…can’t miss them…red and white polka-dot jerseys!
About Haywood County
Haywood County is an area rich in history, culture, culinary talent, diverse music and crafts. Situated in the Western part of the state, it boasts 546 scenic square miles and 14 peaks over 6,000 feed in elevations, including the infamous Cold Mountain. The area offers quaint, walkable downtown streets lined with boutiques and shops, as well as a wealth of restaurants showcasing local farm-to-table cuisine.
Lodging opportunities abound from high-end bed and breakfasts to cabin rentals to camping. Click here for further information. There is a host of additional recreational activities available, so bring the entire family!