What is PUB
A group ride that forms with very little notice with a Show & Go start
Nov/Dec ?? 2020
(Hey, we’re pros at handling uncertainty. We’ll post the date as soon as we know when Brent will finish the 2020 race season.)
Hosted by Kitsbow at the Old Fort Ride House
Lots of routes to choose from including road, gravel and mountain. We’ll spread out and enjoy all that the WNC Cycling scene has to offer. No mass start. No compact groups. Safe personal distancing while riding and while socializing after the ride. Will there be beer? Of course!
This certainly has been a challenging year for all of us and the Bingers have been on our minds throughout the pandemic.
The Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo has always been, first and foremost, about spending time with our Asheville community and our intention is to keep the connection with our community of riders, volunteers, first responders and sponsors strong and healthy.
After a tumultuous spring, Brent and his Mitchelton SCOTT team began racing in August and the professional cycling season is scheduled to continue until early November.
For several reasons, we made the pivot from our traditional Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo format to a new, simpler pop up style event.
Mainly, this pivot was driven by:
- The 2020 pro racing schedule started late and will extend into November making it impossible for Brent to return to Asheville in time to Binge on the last Saturday of October
- Warren Wilson College, gracious host for the Binge, needed to take a break from hosting events to keep the campus environment as safe as possible for students, faculty and staff *
So, we decided to mix things up and offer a Pop Up Binge (PUB) ride this fall. The PUB will be a self-supported group ride with lots of route options and a show & go format. We’ll offer road, gravel and mountain route options of various lengths and levels.
The PUB will be free
No registration fees required although we do encourage you to make a contribution to long-time non-profit partner and host of the Binge Raffle, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to support the work that they do to conserve our amazing outdoor spaces. Bingers stick together and support one another rain or shine.
Riders will have the option to buy food and beer after their ride and there will be outdoor seating available to encourage safe time spent together. Kitsbow has graciously offered to host the PUB at the Old Fort Ride House.
And finally, words cannot fully express our gratitude for the support of our Binger Community. We miss engaging with you and we look forward to the day when we can Binge together again.
SAVE the DATE coming soon
*We are extremely grateful that the Warren Wilson College staff and students who support the Binge are eager to host our event in the future.