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SATURDAY: The 2nd Annual CowBelle Classic to Take Cyclists Through Watauga, Ashe County and Johnson County, TN, Aug. 26

The second annual CowBelle Classic bike ride takes place Saturday, August 26. This unique event, ridden by women only, is a Boone Area Cyclist club organized road ride.


One hundred and fifty riders will depart from the Old Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove at 8:00 a.m. All riders travel Old 421 to Zionville and then split into four different routes of 15, 18, 35 and 64 miles. Routes were chosen by considering the difficulty of the terrain and average traffic volume. All routes enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside that the High Country offers.


Drivers are asked to be aware of cyclists on the roads and cyclists entering and exiting Rest Stops. We urge pet owners to secure pets for the pet’s safety as well as the cyclists.  Watauga County Law Enforcement will be monitoring several locations for the safety of the participants and for traffic control.


Listed below are the roads that the cyclists will be riding and approximate times we expect our women riders to be in the area.


All the cyclists enjoy encouragement from residents and bystanders as they pedal away the miles. Since the cowbell is our event logo, cowbell ringing is encouraged!


Key roads and estimated times:


Old 421 Road

8:00 am-2:30 pm


Old Mabel School/Silverstone/Joe Shoemaker Roads

8:30-10:00 am


George’s Gap Road

9:00 am-12:30 pm


Bethel Road

9:00 am-12:00 pm


Mountain Dale Road

9:00 -11:00 am


Beaverdam Road

9:30-11:30 am


U.S. Hwy 421


11:00 am-1:30 pm


TN Hwy 67/ NC 88

8:30 am-2:00 pm


Sutherland Road/Meat Camp Road

8:30-11:00 am


Hwy 194 N

9:00-11:30 am


Big Hill Road

9:15 am-12:00 pm


Railroad Grade Road (Todd)

10:00 am-12:00 pm


Three Top Road

10:00 am-1:00 pm


Approximate times only