The Black and Blue:
Double Century & Relay
Saturday, June 11, 2016
(the second Saturday of June)
“I think this is one that cyclists from all over the country should make a vacation out of and check out Boone, NC and spend a little time while here in the southeast USA’s high country.” 2011 rider
Registration Opens: January 4, 2016
Field Limit: First 200 teams
The only cycling event of its kind in the contiguous United States, The Black & Blue, which is a double century (200-mile) relay, showcases the incredibly scenic and at times demanding mountainous roads of Northwestern North Carolina and Southwestern Virginia. The Black & Blue is a bike challenge like no other.
The Black & Blue consists of 1 (solo) to 8 person teams that rotate through (8) 25-mile stages as they cover the 200-mile distance and 13,445′ of elevation gain. Riders will complete anywhere from 25 miles to 200 miles. The Black & Blue starts and finishes at the Riverside Restaurant on the banks of the New River in Todd, NC. The course primarily follows scenic, country roads as it winds its way through the rural regions of North Carolina and Virginia’s High Country. The course features some of the region’s most spectacular scenery.