The difficulty rating of these routes, especially the 100 mile, should be considered intermediate to advanced. However, the rest stops at approximate 15–20 mile intervals gives you plenty of opportunity to recover.
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- 98.9 mi
- 4652 ft*
Upon concluding the century route you will have traversed four Tennessee counties and conquered several challenging climbs over some gorgeous Middle Tennessee territory.
The century route traverses the same roads as the metric route through the first food stop to about mile marker 26. At that point the metric route splits off and you’ll be heading into Marshall County.
This route will include 40+ miles of roads and climbs in Marshall County. Between Belfast and Delina, you will experience a beautiful and pleasant climb on Hwy 272. Once in the Delina area, the route is filled with some gorgeous rollers – some larger than others – that will eventually take you into Petersburg. At the food stop in Petersburg, you will rejoin the metric ERV riders.
The food stops on this route will be every 15-19 miles. The last food stop on the route will be just before you will get to the “roller coaster” ride on the “County Line Rollers.” These hills lead you to Cobb Hollow and then through the beautiful Cumberland Springs Natural Area. Finally, it’s back to Motlow State Community College where you can enjoy a nice hot shower and lunch.
- 66.5 mi
- 3136 ft*
Don’t let the fast descent over the first 2 miles down to the itty bitty community of Raus fool you. This route is as challenging as it is beautiful.
First up, and only five miles in, is the climb over Hilltop, the highest point in Bedford County. Be careful on this very fast descent which leads to the community of Flat Creek at mile 10. There’s a small gas station/convenience store in Flat Creek that’s not an “official” food stop but you can purchase goodies if you like. It’s at this point the 30 mile route splits off to the left, the metric and century routes continue together for approximately 15 more miles.
You may choose to skip the food stop at mile 16 but don’t miss the next one at mile 33 in Petersburg. You’ll appreciate this food stop when you climb 1.5 mile out of Petersburg by way of Chestnut Ridge. Departing from the previous year’s routes you’ll turn left at the top of this climb to head on over to Mt Herman and ride the ridge before enjoying a very fast descent. That’s right: you’ll be skipping Tanyard Hill!
You may be avoiding Tanyard Hill but don’t get complacent. Following the next food stop you’ll enjoy a “roller coaster” ride we refer to as the “County Line Rollers.” These rolling hills will take you into Cobb Hollow, and then through the beautiful Cumberland Springs Natural Area. Finally, it’s back to Motlow State Community College where you can enjoy a nice hot shower and lunch.
- 29.1 mi
- 1333 ft*
Like the century and metric courses this route begins with a beautiful, fast descent down to the itty bitty community of Raus. Careful don’t blink or you’ll miss this little town. It’s comprised of two churches and one community center building.
The first big climb, Hilltop, greets you about five miles into the route. It’s about .5 mile long and climbing to the top you’ll find yourself at the highest point in Bedford County. Be careful going down because it’s easy to reach speeds over 40 mph on the descent, and there are some tight turns near the bottom.
You’ll arrive in the community of Flat Creek at mile marker 10; at this point the 30 mile route takes its leave from the full century and metric century riders. There’s a small gas station/convenience store here at Flat Creek that’s not an "official" food stop, but you can take a break here if you like.
About halfway through the ride, there will be an “official” ERV food stop where you can replenish with food, water, and gatoraid. Then it’s on to what we call the “County Line Rollers.” This is a nice section of gently rolling hills that take you to Cobb Hollow. Around these parts when you hear “hollow”, you know there’s usually a climb involved. No exception here but nothing epic, just a really pretty country road with a little "slope." Toward the end of the ride, you’ll go through the beautiful Cumberland Springs Natural Area as you head back to Motlow State Community College where you can enjoy a nice hot shower and lunch.
- 20.5 mi
- 389 ft*
This route is a mostly flat, pleasant ride that swings out and back to Motlow State Community College three times in a sort of 3-leafed clover. You’ll visit the Beechcraft Heritage Museum on the first leg then on the second leg stop by the quaint Ledford Mill Bed & Breakfast. On the third leg, you’ll ride out to the beginning of the beautiful Cumberland Springs Natural Area. Did we mention this route is a guided tour? An experienced Highland Rim Bicycle Club member will be escorting you to make sure your experience at the Elk River Valley 100 is one you won’t soon forget.
Since it is a guided tour, you can “get your feet wet” at the Elk River Valley 100 under the tutelage of an experienced cyclist. The pace will be conversational allowing you to ask questions and really enjoy the beautiful scenery.
*Aproximation from Ride With GPS.