100k Metric Tour Route
to the Foot Hills of
Presented by the
Best time to ride is in
A note about this event. In 2017 the Rotary Club decided to not stage this event anymore. Since they have elected to stop this event I have put the last web page I had back on line minus the tour registration section so that those that wish to ride this route may be able to do so any time they wish.
I would recommend that you pay close attention to the weather when riding in the summer as the mountains will and do develop their own weather pattern in the mid to late afternoon. Storms are know to have a lot of lightning and the rain is short lived but come in the form of a down pour!
One of the best times to do this ride is in the fall color time. The weather is pleasant and the color is out of this world. So please enjoy this tour as it is really a beautiful route.
Robin Michael ~ Tour director of the Fabulous 4th - 1983 ~ 2008
The Tour follows an especially beautiful route beginning and ending in Tryon, NC, at the Harmon Field Complex..
It is not only a very scenic, but also a very fasssst course to ride.
Leaving the starting line, the route makes a quick run around Warrior Mountain Road, then back into and through Tryon. We continue down US-176 to the NC / SC State Line. From here, we branch off for a easy roller coaster ride through the beautiful Hunting Country area. Lots of horse farms and we will also pass FENCE.
We then pass by the well known Red Fox Country Club. From here we go down to the peach country near the Cherokee Foothills Parkway or SC-11 and then return to take a tour through the town of Landrum SC. Passing by the Fire Station on the exit from town, we then move back into the lower Hunting Country Area. Then after short jog up "little grunt hill #1", we have arrived at the Lake Lanier entrance. With a jog to Lanier Street we head up to Butter Street and out to Oak Grove Road in the "Dark Corners Area" in route towards Route 11 once again.
Now that you have ridden out to Route #11, and gone along the base of the mountains that you are going to climb - there is this famous little climb up and over Callahan Mountain by the Camp Old Indian Boy Scout Reservation. We call this little hill "Big Grunt Hill #2"! This one really does separate the men from the boys very fast.
After a little breather while you coast down by Camp Old Indian, you will arrive at the base of the Greenville Watershed and the Water Shed Dam. Water stop #4 is located here and you need to stop to tank up before you start the 10 or so miles up to Saluda. Remember that it is all up hill from this point till you get to the crest of Saluda, the highest point on the route.
Now comes the long and progressively steeper climb through the fantastic, very cool Greenville Watershed. SAG's are not allowed to stop and wait in the watershed. They will ticket you for doing so. When you exit the watershed, you have one more little ~ short ~ steep climb to the crest of Saluda and then a fast trip down into the historic little town of Saluda. By this time if you are not with the lead pack then you have been left in the dust, because you aren't going to catch up! ! !
When you enter Saluda on a down hill - remember that there is a right turn across the tracks at the bottom of the hill in Saluda. Please be ready for this. Now hold your breath as you zip down a very fast, winding five mile run down the Saluda Grade on US-176 back to the finish line. Please be very careful on this descent and ride with in your limits.
REMEMBER that you have a LEFT TURN after you cross the Pacolet River Bridge to get to the finish line. Go straight and you ride the course all over again <:) Hehehe.
For you high speed riders - the tour route is such that if you are not in the front pack by the time everyone gets to the crest of Saluda, then you do not have a ghost of a chance of over taking the leaders by the finish line. You have to make your move well before you hit the Greenville Water Shed or at least by the time you get to water stop #5.
So that is the tour and is loved by all who ride it.
FABULOUS 4th 100k TOUR
Any time you want to ride the route !
Suggest start time is 8:00 to 9:00 AM.
and RESTROOMS are available
F R E E ! ! !
Markers are all
Center Line Yellow
Some of the tour route makers are well warn so carry the map below.
The River Dip
This is recommended to cool
THIS TOUR IS NOT RECOMMENDED
FOR FIRST TIME MOUNTAIN TOUR RIDERS.
is a must for this Tour.
Note this climbing chart below.
If you are not ready, then
your legs will know it!
Total Climbing of 7682.2
Vertical Feet in 68.3 miles.
This information was compiled from the Delorme Topo Maps.
Below are maps done in the DeLorme Topo Program.
is recommended that you
all 3 of these PDF's if
your have never ridden this route. You can get lost otherwise.
By the time you are about 2/3
way through the tour
or starting about 11:00 AM in the morning
the Temperature may be well over 90 degrees
and higher than 95% Humidity.
+105 degrees or better by around 12 noon
which is sort of liquid air
Please try to be in the water
shed by noon
or at least water stop 4 or you will be out in the full sun Roasting !
45 inch gear
for Advanced ~ Seasoned Riders (CAT 3/4/5)
At least a 35 inch gear for Tourist or Beginners.
Inch - Gears Explained
You don't understand this mess - your bike shop will !
Here is the way to calculate the in-gear on a bicycle:
Divide the front chain ring teeth by the rear cog teeth and multiply by the wheel size. For convince on a road bike we use 27" for the wheel size, a mountain bike may use 26", or in the case of a small bike 20" tire, you would use 20".
Example: 39 front divide by 26 rear x 27 ( road bike ) = 40.5 inch-gear
If you multiply the in-gear by the constant (pie ) 3.1415 , you will get the distance traveled in inches, with one complete pedal revolution. The lower the in-gear, the shorter distance traveled per pedal revolution, but it is easier!
Example: 40.5 x 3.1415 = 127.23 inches (Bike travels with one complete pedal rev)
You can see by this that the smaller the in-gear the more mechanical advantage you have, but the bike speed or movement per pedal revolution drops.
Note: The wheel size is not a consideration when computing the distance traveled with one pedal revolution. It is only brought into consideration when calculating the in-gear.
The number 27" for a road bike is approximate since tire sizes vary and today's bikes use 700 C wheels. The change is so small most folks don't worry about it.
Incidentally, if you know the in-gear and the pedal revolutions, you can calculate the bike speed as follows.
In - Gear x Rev (RPM ) x Pie (3.1415) divide by 12, divide by 88 ( this gets you to MPH) equals speed in Miles per hour.
Example going up Mitchell in a 40.5 in-gear at 60 rpm pedal speed: 40.5 x 60 x Pie ( 3.1415) divide by 12, divide by 88 = 7.22 MPH.
Yup! This is a very confusing way of how to figure
How To Get Here
To get to the starting line
From the North travel I-26 South to the
US-74 Exit at the bottom of the long grade. Take the exit and
the next exit will be for NC-108 - Tryon / Columbus. Exit and
then there is a traffic circle. Take the First EXIT west to
Tryon and Proceed about 5 Miles west and turn onto Harmon Field
Road. Go down to the Horse Riding Rinks and turn
From the South take I-85 to Spartanburg SC or I-26 from Columbia SC and travel North on I-26 to the Columbus NC Exit. This exit has a traffic circle on either side of the over pass. Go around the first and then exit WEST from the second on NC-108. Again about 5 miles to the parking area. Go down to the Horse Riding Rinks and turn in here parking along side the road off the pavement.
From the East take US-74 to the First
Columbus NC Exit and get off turning LEFT onto NC-108. Proceed
through Columbus and the two above traffic circles to the parking
area. The total distance is about 8 miles. Go down to the
Horse Riding Rinks and turn
See the maps below .