In mid-summer, the High Country of North Carolina enjoys 80-degree temperatures while the surrounding East Coast temperatures hover in the high 90s. Early August is a prime time to be in Boone! The Boone Gran Fondo rolls through Appalachian State University, climbs beside picturesque Winklers Creek, the gorgeous Shull’s Mill Road, and passes the Blue Ridge Parkway. With sections of the course like a paved roller coaster, you’ll pass the Grandfather Mountain Park entrance and experience an amazing ride downhill into the town of Linville. As you ride into the North Toe River Valley you’ll enjoy a few tranquil moments before an awesome ascent. Another nice downhill waits on the other side. The beautiful Bethel Valley brings riders to a climb to the Tennessee State Line and then cruises on a very long gradual downhill grade through the valley and communities of Sugar Grove and Valle Crucis before a climb up Laurel Fork and White Oak roads back to the town of Boone. This is a ride you do not want to miss!

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