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Cheat Mountain Challenge Slated for Sunday, Sept. 24; A Major Mid-Atlantic Cycling Event

Posted by kinchendavid on September 17, 2006

Cheat Mountain Challenge Slated for Sunday, Sept. 24; A Major Mid-Atlantic Cycling Event

By Staff

Snowshoe, WV – Snowshoe welcomes the hundreds of bicyclists who will be traveling to Pocahontas County next weekend to take part in the most difficult mountain road-riding challenge in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

The Cheat Mountain Challenge, formerly known as the Snowshoe Century Ride, will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006. Those looking for a great carb-loading meal on Saturday evening, Sept. 23 will enjoy the pre-ride spaghetti dinner in the Expo from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Century route will begin at the Snowshoe Mountain Welcome Center on Route 66 and will traverse over Cheat Mountain for the first leg of the ride. There are two courses available to the bicyclists, the Century Challenge at 107.7 miles and the Metric Century Challenge at 67.4 miles. With over 10,000 ft. of vertical climbing, the Cheat Mountain Challenge is one of the most difficult Century Rides in the country.

Set on the back roads of West Virginia, riders will journey along the open roadways where traffic is infrequent. Though the passing vehicles are few and far between, the tight turns and narrow shoulders create a challenge all in themselves. Riders are advised to ride single file and with caution.

Those considering their weekly Sunday drive on the 24th are encouraged to use caution when approaching riders and only pass in legal passing lanes. For drivers who would like to see where the cyclists will be riding, the course routes are posted online at http://www.wvcf.org/cmc.

To pre-register, view the course routes and check out testimonials from years past, go online to

http://www.snowshoemtn.com/todo/events/calendar/september/century_ride.

Snowshoe Mountain is a four-season, Intrawest destination resort situated in the southern portion of the pristine Allegheny Mountains. This 11,000-acre playground offers 1,500 feet of vertical drop for its expansive skiing and mountain biking terrain. With a mountain top village nearly one mile high in the sky, Snowshoe offers unique variety of lodging, dining and shopping options. A host of special events and activities make the West Virginia resort a destination for the entire family. For more information visit

http://www.snowshoemtn.com/todo/events/calendar/index.htm

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