Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is Saturday August 6 in Highland County

The Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is Saturday, August 6, in Highland County.  A total of between 225 and 250 riders are expected to participate.  The ride and events go on all day Saturday, based at the pool complex in Monterey.   Mountain Mama is sponsored by the Highland County Recreation Commission and Jessy Wilfong is the Director.

“From 6 to 8:00 am we will have on-site registration, rider check in and the pre-ride breakfast at the pool,” says Wilfong.  “At 8am we will have our mass start at the school entrance on Myers Moon Road.   From 12 to 6pm will have our Lawn Party, which will include the post ride meal hosted by the Highland County Girl Scouts, dessert hosted by Back Creek Farms and massage hosted by Heart and Soul Massage.  Many riders are utilizing local Airbnb lodging.  We have several traditional campers that will be staying in the field along Route 220 at the pool complex.  The Highland Historical Society will be hosting their annual spaghetti dinner on Friday evening.  That is an annual rider favorite. Riders will be utilizing local restaurants and cidery and this is a big weekend for all local businesses.”

The Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge features five different rides.

“There is the 27 mile ride which is the Blue Grass Valley Ride,” says Wilfong.  “The 56 mile ride which is the Two State Short, the 63 mile ride which is the Metric Century, a 70 mile ride which is the Two State Long and our most popular ride, and a true challenge, is the 100 mile Century Ride.  Drivers should use caution throughout the entire county and remain courteous of the riders.  The highly populated area of riders is going to be along Route 250 and Route 220.”

Some riders will also be traveling into Pendleton County, West Virginia, through Sugar Grove, before heading back into Highland County.

“We would like to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors of the Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge,” says Wilfong. “This event is made possible by our volunteers.  This year we have well over 75 volunteers.  This year we would like to give a big thanks to the following sponsors: The Blue Ridge Community Foundation, Guilford Retirement Services, Reliant Advantage, Back Creek Farms, The Highland County Chamber of Commerce, Blue Grass Valley Bank, Big Fish Cider, Group Lyon Park, Claire’s Cakes and Café, Mill Gap Ruritans, Bath Community Hospital, The Recorder, Highland Medical Center, Darlene & Andre Crummett, Maple Knob Farm, Honey Stinger and The Pickle Juice Company.”

For more information, call 540-468-2978.

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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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