Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is Saturday August 5, 2023

The 2023 Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is Saturday, August 5, in Highland County.  According to information from the Highland County Recreation Commission, the challenge features five rides for bicyclists to choose from.  The rides cover two states, three counties, nine mountains, 105 total miles and over 10,000 feet of total climb.

The Blue Grass Valley Ride is 27 miles, the Two State Short Ride is 53 miles including four mountains, the
Two State Long Ride is 67 miles including four mountains, the Metric Century Ride is a modified version of the Two State Long Ride that offers additional climb and the Century Ride is over 100 miles with over 10,000 feet of climb, riding through two states, three counties and nine mountains.

The Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is based at Highland High School and at the Highland County Recreation Commission Pool Complex.  Participants gather there and some will be camping in the field next to the pool parking lot.  Participants begin arriving on Friday, August 4.

The ride begins at 8am on Saturday, August 5, leaving from the Highland High School Parking Lot.

Please use caution while driving on Saturday, August 5, as bicyclists will be on the roads in Highland County and in Pendleton County and Pocahontas County in West Virginia.    The rides pass through Hightown, Blue Grass and McDowell in Highland County and through Sugar Grove, Cave, Harper and Cherry Grove in Pendleton County and through Thornwood in Pocahontas County.

The Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is sponsored by the Highland County Recreation Commission.  For more information call 540-468-2978 or visit

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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