What makes the Dan River Region a great riding destination?
In short, lots of quiet country roads and more than a few rolling hills. With an average elevation change of 50 feet per mile, you’ll never encounter any epic climbs like Alpe d’Huez, but you’ll find numerous punchy hills and quick descents as you cross multiple tributaries into the Dan River. Our routes this year feature some of the area’s most popular cycling roads.
35 Mile Ride
This route begins on the Riverwalk Trail, heading east and exits the RWT at Danville’s community market before going down Main Street and heading out of town into Caswell County. You’ll role through some picturesque country side, ascending a total of 1900 feet before returning to Danville along with the 65 mile route riders.
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Metric Century/65 Mile Ride
This route features approximately 2800 feet of total climbing. You’ll head west out of town meandering through the Vandola community in Danville, followed by a fast roll into North Carolina where you’ll cross the Dan River over what the locals call Satan’s Bridge. Not to worry, the devil will not be chasing you. The course remains a fast one until you reach Ruffin. Be careful a tornado blew through here earlier this year! Maybe you’ll have a friend tailwind. The route continues along smooth fast roads virtually until you return to Danville through Providence where you’ll have a few rolling hills to get you back to the start.
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100 Mile English Century Ride
This route follows the 65 Mile route for 49 miles but then splits and heads on down to Yanceyville before rolling to Milton. Again you’ll hit some fast roads with good pavement but beware! This section includes some quiet back country roads and the most challenging portion of all routes after you cross the River again and return to Virginia. All total, the 100 Mile Route includes nearly 4500 feet of climbing!
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10 Mile Fun Ride
Don’t feel like doing 35 or more? New to cycling or just want to enjoy a little cycling camaraderie? This route is on the Riverwalk Trail, which is paved and flat. It is designed for beginning riders, families riding with children, or regular cyclists who may be short on time. Participants will likely finish the 10-mile route in 1 hour or less. The 10-mile route does not include a rest stop along the route. Water and snacks will be available for you at the start and finish line. No registration fee is charged for this route. Shirts and bottles are available for purchase.
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