Ride-A-Bike July Gravel Ride – Sunday July 29th, 2018


Ride-A-Bike July Gravel Ride – Sunday July 29th, 2018

Ride-A-Bike Gravel Ride July 2018

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

~60 miles and ~5000 ft of elevation gain.

Meet between 8:45 and 9:00 am. Will start riding at 9:15 am. If you’re not there on time then we’ll see you at the next ride. 🙂

Meeting/parking location:

Parking area just before the 1st metal gate on FR118 (35.82848, -81.86215). There is normally enough parking for several vehicles along FR118 off Fish Hatchery Rd north of Morganton.

From the Lincolnton/Gastonia area:

  • Take 321 N then take I40 W.
  • Take exit 105 off I40W and continue north through downtown Morganton.
  • The road will narrow to 2 lanes. At this point, continue N on 181 for roughly 7 miles.
  • Turn left on to Fish Hatchery Rd and continue for 3.7 miles.

Turn right onto gravel road FR118 (look for small brown FS sign designating 118) and continue approximately 2.5 miles to the parking area. FR118 has 1 white farmhouse on the left about 3/8 of a mile after turning on the road. There are no more houses after this.


~60 miles and ~5000 ft of elevation gain.


The general plan is to ride Brown Mountain Beach to Edgemont then up the mountain on Pineola. From there we will cut across to the Jonas Ridge Post office, down 181, through Gingercake Acres, and down the mountain on Table Rock Rd.

All the hard climbing will be finished by mile 32. It’s mostly downhill with some short climbs and rollers after that. If someone needs an easier ride or needs to cut some time off the route, ask during the ride and I can explain some shortcuts.


The hills are long and steep in this area. It is normal for grades to range from 6-14% and sustain for miles at 6-8%. We will stop as needed to regroup. Given these factors, expect average moving speeds of 10-11mph plus time for stops.

What to bring:

There is no official support for this ride. You are responsible for bringing what you need for 5+ hours of strenuous riding (food, water, spare tube, lights, extra clothes, etc.). We can stop at the Jonas Ridge Store to refuel if needed (this is about halfway). Weather on the mountain can change quickly, so check the forecast and think about what you may need. I usually carry a jacket even if it’s hot. A tail light is recommended for the few miles we are riding on pavement with normal traffic. Don’t forget a spare tube that fits your wheel/tire combination.

I also highly recommend bringing a full change of clothes. It’s a long ride back home to sit in sweaty cycling gear. 🙂