2016 Mountain Mama Challenge

It’s the first week of August, and that means it’s once again time for the Highland Recreation Commission’s Mountain Mama Bike Challenge, which helps to fund the Commission’s activities and programs throughout the year. Acting Recreation Director Cappie Sullenberger spoke with us about the event.

“The 2016 Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 6th in beautiful Highland County, Virginia.  The yearly event features two states, three counties, nine mountains, 105 miles, and over 10,000 feet of climb.  The challenge features 4 courses of different ability level.”

The four course lengths are 27, 53, 67 and 100 miles, and interested riders can still sign up for the event, as Ms. Sullenberger explained.

“Pre-registration has already closed, however, registration will open back up on Friday night from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and Saturday morning from 6:00 – 8:00 am in the Highland High School gymnasium. The ride starts at 8:00 am.

“Registration cost is $75.00 – that would include: the ride itself, obviously; they get breakfast; they are provided with several rest stops, which include snacks, drinks, a restroom. Another amenity cyclists receive is a SAG support system, which is a support vehicle following a group of cyclists. And then also there is a meal provided for them, post-ride, (and) t-shirts are also included.

I think one of the best things about this race is the matchless views, number one, but also the amenities that are included for the price they pay. I’ve done a lot of events myself, such as Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, and they’re really fun events, but you don’t get the same care that you get in Highland County, so it’s just a really nice race – I wish more people would take advantage of it.”

She also passed on a word of caution for motorists in the area.

“I would just be wary of the routes – most locals, we’ve been doing this for years, so they kind of know where the bikers will be, but just drive slow and have a watchful eye out for the cyclists on the road.”

More information on the event can be found at the Commission’s website, http://highlandcountyrecreation.org/mountain-mama-road-bike-challenge.html.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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