Appalachian State University Cycling Team to host the 2nd Annual High Country Cycling Classic!

        For the second year in a row, collegiate and open road bike racing will be returning to Boone, North Carolina on April 27th and 28th in the form of the 2019 High Country Cycling Classic. This event consists of two different types of races; Saturdays  “Cove Creek Road Race”, which features 10 mile laps of a challenging course near the Old Cove Creek School, and Sundays “Mountaineer Criterium”; a short circuit race right in the heart of downtown Boone that is spectator friendly with restaurants such as the Local, Cha Da Thai, and Cafe Portofino located directly on course.

        Saturday’s road race course will begin at the Old Cove Creek School and travel out towards the Tennessee border. During the course of the race, riders will be faced with long climbs, 45 mph descents, and plenty of picturesque mountain vistas. The course consists of a 10 mile loop with a roughly 2.5 mile prologue and finish section. All racers will complete the prologue straight and return on the same finish route, but depending on skill level ( from novice all the way to professional ), will complete a varying amount of laps of the 10 mile loop section. Professional racers will race a full 66 miles before crossing the finish line in front of the Cove Creek School.

        Sunday’s “Mountain Criterium” was considered by many racers last year to be the “crown jewel” of their race season. Criterium racing, for those unfamiliar, is an American form of bike racing in which racers rub elbows through very tight and twisty short courses for a set period of time ranging from 20-60 minutes depending on their skill level and racing category. Spectators can watch as racers sprint and jockey for position through corners. The Mountaineer Criterium will challenge participants to a circuit that takes them flying down Rivers Street to a 180 hairpin turn, redirecting them to Depot Street, Howard Street, and Water Street before once again ripping down Rivers in front of the Student Recreation Center. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to come out, support the on course businesses, and cheer on their Appalachian State Cycling team, as well as other non-collegiate racers. Cafe Portofino, The Local, and Cha Da Thai will all be open, cooking up food and serving drinks for participants and spectators alike. The Horton Rooftop Bar will also provide a fantastic overview of the racing.

        Races start at 8:30 AM on Saturday at the Cove Creek School, and 9:20 AM on Sunday directly in from of the Student Recreation Center and Walker Hall and continue throughout the day. The Appalachian State Cycling team and Boone Area Cyclists would like to thank their respective sponsors and all the businesses and hotels that have worked to help make this event happen. More information can be found at www.hccycyclingclassic.com. Anyone who wishes to volunteer for the events are encouraged to email Matt Jones at jonesmt1@appstate.edu.