The Black and Blue will start and finish at the Riverside Restaurant in Brownwood, NC (Todd post office). The Riverside Restaurant is approximately 15-20 minutes (by car) northeast of Boone, NC and 15-20 minutes southwest of West Jefferson, NC. The Riverside Restaurant is situated on the banks of the South Fork of the New River in North Carolina’s High Country.
7181 Railroad Grade Rd.
Todd, North Carolina
Tent camping ($15 / tent) and RV Camping ($20 / RV) is available at the Start / Finish venue of the Riverside Restaurant. Potable water and porta-johns are available on site. Electric hook-up and indoor restroom facilities are NOT available. Upon arrival, campers should check-in at the front desk of the Restaurant.
The Double Century will start at 6:00am (5:38am is the beginning of twilight, 6:09am is sunrise). Please note that all teams must be signed in at the starter’s table no later than 15 minutes prior to the start time.
The course and finish line will officially close at 10:00pm. An average pace of 12.5 mph will result in a finish time of 10:00pm. All riders on the course after 8:45pm (sunset) must wear reflective gear and use a headlight and blinking tail light. (9:15pm is the end of twilight.)
Last minute course changes are possible. Course changes will be emailed to captains, within 2 days of event day. All changes made in the final week of the relay, will also be distributed at time of Packet Pick-up and Sign-in.
Friday, June 13, 2014:
Pre-ride Pasta Dinner:
Day/Date: Friday, June 13
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Riverside Restaurant (Start/Finish Venue)
Food: Pasta and Marinara (vegan) Salad, Bread, Soft Drinks (Lemonade, Iced Tea, Water) (All You Can Eat)
Reservations: Are required and must be paid by Thursday, June 12. Click here to make your reservations.
Cost: $11/Adult (13 and older), $6 (12 and younger). Day of $15/Adult (13 and older), $10 (12 and younger).
Saturday, June 14, 2014:
5:00am – 5:45am: Registration/Packet Pick-up: (WAIVER REQUIRED click here for your printable copy).
5:15am – 6:00am: Riverside Restaurant open.
5:45am: All drop bags must be deposited at the Registration Tent.
6:00am: Double Century Start.
10:00pm: Double Century Course Closure.
All teams/riders must check-in at the Starter’s Table no later than 15 minutes prior to the Relay’s start time. (Sign-in/registration will close 15:00 prior to the start.) Several items will be addressed at this time:
1. Team check-in.
2. If riding as a team, only one rider from the team needs to check-in. All solo riders must check-in.
3. Vehicle inspection (only required if you have questions about the legality of your vehicle).
4. You will receive a bib, which must be worn at all times while riding.
5. If you have a drop bag(s), please see notes below.
6. All riders must sign at waiver. Click here to view a printable Waiver.
Exchange Zones / Support Stations:
Support Zones or Exchange Zones are located approximately every 25 miles on the course. Alternate driving directions, when applicable, for team support vehicles will be available soon.
Aid Stations (Food and Beverages):
Support at Exchange Zones/Support Stations will include water, a variety of Hammer Nutrition products (HEED, Perpetuem, Gel, Endurolytes), Gatorade, fruit, bagels, peanut butter, pretzels, M&Ms and Coca Cola. Support is intended for unsupported riders, such as solos and those riding 2:1. For teams, such as 8 person and 4 person, we encourage team support vehicles to provide the fluids/fuel of choice to their riders. Please click here to view a table, which identifies the support at each support station.
Solo riders may use personally prepared drop bags. Drop bags must be at the Starter’s Table no later than 5:45am, which is 15 minutes prior to the start. The lead vehicle will depart at 5:50am. In addition, drop bags may be submitted at packet pick-up Friday evening. Drop bags must be clearly labeled with rider’s name, drop location, and mile marker. Riders may leave a drop bag or other gear at the support station, which will returned to the finish line with the sag vehicle. If a rider wishes, drop bags and gear may be returned via USPS at the riders expense. The Black and Blue will not be responsible for items left at support stations.
Support Stations 1 and 7 are conducted at the same location. Riders may drop gear used in Stage 1. Dropped gear can be designated for the Finish (picked-up by the lead vehicle) or to remain at SS 7 (to be available to the rider for the final stage). If the rider designates gear to remain at SS7 and does not use it for Stage 8, the sag vehicle will transport all gear to the finish. All gear left at SS 1, must be bagged and labeled by the rider with bib #, name and designated for the finish or to remain at SS 7.
First aid kits will be available at Stage Exchange/Support Zones. Teams with support vehicles on the course should carry their own first aid kits, ice, and other needed items.
Please be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. If you are not familiar with the weather of the North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee Mountains, here is some valuable insight. For every 1000′ increase in elevation, expect the temperature to drop 2.2 – 5.3 degrees. The climate and weather of tour mountains is comparable to Canada! The average daily high temperature on Memorial Day weekend is high 60′s – low 70′s and low temperatures 40′s to low 50′s. Also, be prepared for rain, higher winds, and quickly changing weather at these higher elevations.