Oct
28
Sat
Bookwalter BingeInside the Taproom
Door:6:30 am / Show: 8:30 am
Free Show
Treat yourself to: Gran Fondo/Bike Race
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The BB Charity Gran Fondo is a bike ride located in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Cyclists will ride a challenging 83, 62 or 3o mile course. Participants will be able to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and have a chance to experience the hospitality and charm of Black Mountain and Asheville. Participants will also be able to ride and converse with past, present, and future cycling celebrities, who will join the ride as guides and guests. ALL Proceeds will go towards the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

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What is a Gran Fondo?

A gran fondo is a single day, organized cycling event. Gran fondos are not races, although there are often timed segments within the ride.

Who are Jamie and Brent Bookwalter?

Brent Bookwalter has raced with the BMC Racing Team for eight seasons. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native is a 9 time collegiate national champion and past U23 national champion. In 2011 he was part of the Tour de France winning team, helping Cadel Evans ride to his first title. In 2014 hewas part of the overall and team classification victory at the USA Pro Challenge, finished his second career Giro d’Italia while finishing fifth on the penultimate stage, and helped Cadel Evans win Giro del Trentino while being part of winning team time trial squad.  He is also one of a few Americans who have finished all three grand tours. Brent and his wife Jamie reside in Asheville, NC when stateside and Girona, Spain during much of the race season. His website is brentbookwalter.com
Jamie Dinkins Bookwalter is from Powell, Tennessee, and began her athletic career as a collegiate DI runner. When overuse injuries forced her to cross train on a bike, she fell in love with the sport of cycling and never looked back. While competing as a professional on the mountain bike, Jamie finished the 2008 season ranked as the 7th American woman in UCI points. She earned a trip to the 2008 MTB World Championships where she scored a USA best top 20 in the U23 race. After a brief racing hiatus to complete her graduate degree in forest entomology, Jamie raced two seasons with Colavita Professional Cycling team, earing numerous top tens at national and international time trials. She also raced in Europe with the US national team on several occasions, earning at top 5 at a stage in the Giro Toscona. Jamie works as a bike guide and forest insect author-for-hire, and enjoys any adventure which takes her off the beaten path.

What is the Bookwalter Binge Charity Gran Fondo?

The BB Charity Gran Fondo is a bike ride in which cyclists ride a challenging 30, 62, or 83 mile course. The ride begins and ends at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC. The courses are marked, and follow cars are on route. There are four aid stations in the 83 mile route, 3 in the 62 mile route, and two in the 30 mile route. There are timed mountain climbing sections for those who wish to compete during the ride. The aid stations are staffed by volunteers handing out snacks, sports drinks, and water, and some stations have bike mechanics. There is a rolling road block for the first 5 miles, and intersections that are particularly dangerous have crossing guards. Participants are able to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and experience the hospitality and charm of Black Mountain and Asheville. Participants ride and converse with past, present, and future cycling celebrities, who join the ride as guides and guests.

Why?

Proceeds from the Binge support The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the country’s oldest and most respected land trusts. Founded in 1974 as a non-profit, charitable organization, SAHC works to conserve beautiful views, challenging trails, habitat for songbirds and wildlife, pristine streams, and family farms producing local food for culinary delights. SAHC achieves this by forging and maintaining long-term conservation relationships with private landowners and public agencies, owning and managing land, and encouraging healthy local communities. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has helped ensure the protection of more than 68,000 acres throughout the region.

What can your company get for donating?

Bookwalter Binge is promoted by BMC Racing Team, with access to the over 132,000 followers of @BMCProTeam, BMC Racing Team’s facebook page, which has 308, 258 “likes,” and bmcracingteam.com, with an average of 1,646,764 page views a month. The more than 6,500 “likes” on one of BMC Racing Team’s Facebook post about the Bookwalter Binge made it one of the top five most popular posts of the team’s last quarter of 2014. The 2014 Binge was very successful, despite the cancelation of the ride portion due to poor weather. We had over 120 people at the party at Pisgah brewing, and participants enjoyed giveaways, games, a panel discussion with some of our pro cyclists, and terrific food and beer. Guests mingled with 12 professional cyclists, including George Hincapie and Teejay Vangarderen, two of the best known professional cyclists in the U.S. For more information on becoming a sponsor please visit our sponsor page and contact us at [email protected]