CVCA sponsors two big cycling events each year. The first, “Up The Creek Without A Pedal” is held each year on the second Saturday in May and has the reputation of one of the best rides in our area. Year after year, cyclists from around the southeast have comment on the beautiful scenery, helpful staff and great support.
Up the Creek Without a Pedal is an official BRAG training ride. CVCA is a “Proud BRAG Partner”.
2013 Date: Saturday, May 11
Riders may choose from 28-mile, 42-mile, 60-mile, and 101-mile options that take them through the rolling hills and farmland of Northwest Georgia, and the ride is fully SAG’ed (Support and Gear). Riders enjoy the snacks and home-made sandwiches at each rest stop, and are also treated to a finish-line lunch at Armuchee High School, the start and finish line for the event.
All routes stay together for the first 5.4 miles. The 60 and 101 mile routes split from the 28 and 42 mile routes at this point. All routes will merge back together for approximately the last 16 miles.
The 28 mile route(actually ended up being closer to 30 after a slight route change) has about 4-5 moderate hills ans mostly rolling terrain. Walking up hills is permitted!! There is a rest stop at your mile 6.7 and mile 18.7.
The 42 mile route splits from the 28 mile route at mile 12.6. This route goes north up into the scenic “pocket” area with a beautiful, flowing creek. Riders will have a rest stop at mile 6.7 and 15.4. Riders will turn around in the “Pocket” and enjoy a fun trip back to the rest stop at mile 22.3(same stop as 15.4). They will continue south and merge back with the 28 mile route and another rest stop at their mile 31.2. The 42 mile route includes all of the hills as the 28 mile route and adds the gradual climb into the “Pocket.”
The 60 and 101 mile routes stay together past the first rest stop, but then split at mile 13. Enjoy the beautiful valley and rolling hills. Riders will be treated to views of hills on both sides of the road as they leave Haywood Valley and head to the small town of Villanow. The 60 milers will pass through Villanow in the blink of any eye and then be treated shortly to a nice downhill as they head south toward the “Pocket” area and through the Chattahoochee National Forest. Riders will have rest stops at mile 12.4, 23.2, 40.5, and 49.6. The terrain is mostly rolling hills with some moderate climbs.
The 101 mile route includes an approximately 1.5 mile climb(with a gain of 340 ft) over Little Sand Mt. Riders will join back up with the 60 mile route at approximately mile 25. If riders do not want to do the climb, they can continue straight with the 60 mile route at mile 13 and then return to the 101 mile route when they merge again. Omitting the climb will cut off about 6 miles. The 60 and 101 routes will split again after the 2nd rest stop. Riders on the 101 mile route will veer off west of Villanow and complete a loop above Villanow before returning back to the National Forest and the “Pocket” area. Rest stops will be at mile 12.4, 28.2, 47, 64, 82, and 91 miles. Terrain again will be mostly rolling with a good many hills and the climb over Little Sand Mt.
All riders should make sure they are physically able to complete the route they choose. We do not recommend the 60 or 101 mile routes unless you have trained for this distance. The hills will be tiring, if you have not trained adequately.
The number of riders grows each year; an average of 700 riders a year enjoy this trip.
Proceeds of this year’s ride will benefit the AHS Touchdown Club(our host), Boy Scout Troop #56, a local charity, and local bicycling projects.
UTC 2013 Final Registration Form
Directions to Armuchee High School