Cherohala Century Ride
The Cherohala Challenge IS our title ride, intended for those whose bucket list includes doing only the most challenging and rewarding rides, and those who want the thrill and satisfaction of conquering both the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway all in the same day. A full day of long sweeping corners, majestic views with challenging climbs and amazing descents as you ride from Tellico Plains Visitor Center to the mighty Tail of The Dragon where you will snake your way through 318 curves over an 11-mile stretch. After the Dragon, you will climb through the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forest as you merge onto the Cherohala Skyway for some amazing descents, but before you are finished you will have one last climb as the Cherohala Skyway takes you back to Tellico Plains and on to Tellico Plains High School.
If you finish this most challenging ride in under 7 hours you will earn the right to the Dragon Slayer Finisher Medal. At the end of the day, you will have conquered 114.3 miles along with climbing a summit of 5384 feet, with a total climb of 10,357 feet for the day. You can complete the Challenge in less than 7 hours and earn the coveted Dragon Slayer Medal. In fact, some of the most elite riders will conquer it in just over 5 hours. Bradley Cobb completed it in 5 hours and 40 minutes in 2015.
The Black Knight jersey will be awarded to the best male and female finisher of the Cherohala Challenge Century ride.
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