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The Artie Levin Memorial Century ride, June 22, 2014, Salem, Virginia

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club presents a scenic and challenging century ride on June 22, inviting cycling enthusiasts from around the region to celebrate the life of club founder Artie Levin.

This annual event is dedicated to the memory of Artie’s life and his contributions to the Roanoke Valley and surrounding communities. In addition to the century, there are 3 other routes (50, 34 and 15 miles) one of which should suit your interests.

The Artie Levin Memorial Century will start at the beautiful Green Hill Park located in Roanoke County and wind for 100 miles through neighboring Montgomery County. Riders will encounter 6 rated climbs, and approximately 6,000 feet of elevation gain along the way. Riders will see the highest elevation at about the halfway mark as they climb Old Catawba Mountain Road with an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level. The full century features a few of the favorite routes of area cyclist featuring Bradshaw Road and Old Blacksburg Road.

The 50, 34 and 15-mile routes will start on the same road as the Century route and diverge along the way. See route maps for details.

The Century will have rest stops at the 44- and 72-mile marks. The 50-mile route has a rest stop at the 25-mile mark. The 34- and 15-mile routes do not have rest stops.

The Century and 50-mile routes will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. The 34- and 15-mile routes will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Click here for more info and to register. Click here for more information about the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club.

Bio: Artie Levin, Mr. Fitness to nearly everyone, lived his long and rich life celebrating the joys of exercise with great zeal, pumping iron until his last day at age 82 in 1996. He was a Roanoke celebrity as the host and star of the legendary Mr. Fitness television show in the 1960’s, and as a columnist for The Roanoke Times & World-News.


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