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48th Annual Red River Rally on October 7th and 8th, 2017.
 

Join us for Kentucky's oldest continuously organized bicycle ride. Since 1970 the Bluegrass Cycling Club has hosted the Red River Rally. We welcome you to take part in out 47th ride through the Red River Gorge.
 

Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Join us in our annual celebration of the fall season! We invite you ride back in time as you climb the old logging road to the hundred plus year old historic 900-foot long Nada Tunnel, enter into the valley of the Red River Gorge where you will roll through towering cliffs and massive boulders formed seven million years ago, ride past wonders of nature Raven Rock, Chimney Top Rock and Tower Rock, as you climb your way up to Sky Bridge for a snack. Ride the ridges of Pine Ridge, past Parched Corn Creek and Zachariah.Finish the 38 mile hilly loop back at Natural Bridge or continue on to Lee County and into the charming town of Beattyville and back for the 65 mile loop.

 

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at shelter #2 by the sky-lift parking lot at the Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, Kentucky.  Wheels roll at 10:00 AM.


 

Sunday, October 8th,2017

Come and join our Sunday ride. You have four great routes to choose from: 34, 42, 43 & 50 miles. The 34 & 42 mile routes are rolling and scenic with a few climbs, while the 43 & 50 mile routes are more challenging with a number of tougher climbs that take you to Furnace KY in Estill County! The 42 and 50 mile routes will have riders pedaling through Clay City KY, before crossing the Red River and rolling back up the valley.

 

Registration begins at 8:30am at shelter #2 by the sky-lift parking lot at the Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, Kentucky. Wheels roll at 10:00am.

 

Online Pre-Registration

Registration covers hot beverages prior to the ride, rest stop snacks, drinks, lunch, and sag service. Get there early!

 

Registration will open Monday August 7, 2017.
Aug 07-Sep 03, 2017 - $25.00 for Saturday, $25.00 for Sunday, or $45.00 for the whole weekend.
Sep 04-Oct 03, 2017 -$35.00 for Saturday, $35.00 for Sunday, or $55.00 for the whole weekend.
On site registration - $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, $65.00 for the whole weekend.

We will limit Saturday's ride to 120 riders. On site lunch is $15.00.

Online Pre-Registration Is Closed

Red River Rally On Site Registration

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, KY - Registration opens at 8:30am, wheels roll at 10:00am.

 

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, KY - Registration opens at 8:30am, wheels roll at 10:00am.

 

* REFUNDS: There are no refunds for the RRR.*

 


 Food!!!

 

Saturday

When you arrive for registration on Saturday, we will have some light breakfast foods. Once you hit the road, we will have a rest stop with water, energy drinks, and snacks at the top of the Sky Bridge climb, 17 miles into the route. We will also have a stocked rest stop in Beattyville for those choosing to do the longer route.

 

Following the ride we will have a cookout at the sky lift picnic shelter from 1:00 p.m. until the last riders get in from the 65-mile loop. Non-riding family members can join us for the cook-out for a small additional fee.

 

Sunday

All the routes will have a rest stop in Stanton, KY with water, energy drinks, and snacks.

 

When you return to the park on Sunday, you will be welcomed by the smell of some great food on the grill. We will have lunch, drinks, and dessert waiting for you. Non-riding family members can join us for the cook-out for a small additional fee.

 

Safety

All riders are expected to have bicycles in good condition, to obey all traffic laws, and to ride safely and intelligently. Roads are narrow with short sight distances. These are public roads, so cars will be sharing the road with us. All riders MUST walk their bikes through Nada Tunnel. Due to the type of roads on this ride, the use of Aerobars is discouraged. Aerobars are not to be used when riding within a group.

 

All riders must wear an SPSC or SNELL approved hard shell helmet. A headlight or flashlight is necessary in Nada Tunnel. All riders MUST walk their bikes through Nada Tunnel. The road surface is wet and dangerous.

 

Weather

A cool, wet morning and a mild afternoon are usual, but not promised. The rally will go rain or shine. Dress appropriately in layers.

 

Accommodation & Camping

Tent camping is available at the State Park (888-459-7275) or at Koomer Ridge Campground on a 'first come first served' basis. No reservations are taken for the Koomer Ridge campground. Lodge rooms, cabins, and motels are listed below. (The state park rooms and cabins are generally booked months in advance.)

  1. Bowen Farm Bed & Breakfast, (606) 359-3366 or (606) 481-4297
  2. Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, (800) 325-1710 or (606) 663-2214
  3. Lil' Abner Motel, Suites & Cottages, Slade, (606) 663-5384
  4. Abner's Motel, Stanton, (606) 663-0539
  5. Natural Bridge Five Star Cabin, Slade, (606) 663-8858
  6. Cliffview Resort, Campton, (606) 668-6550
  7. Natural Bridge Cabin Company, Slade, (606) 663-3700
  8. Seven Sisters, Campton, (606) 668-6444
  9. Tecumseh Resort, 1 mile from park, (606) 663-0283
  10. Torrent Falls, 5 miles from park, (606) 668-6441
  11. Travelwise, Beattyville, 606 464-2225
 

Directions

From Lexington take I-64 east to exit 98, Bert T Combs Mountain Parkway. Follow the parkway approximately 33 miles to the Slade exit (KY 15). Follow the signs to Natural Bridge State Resort Park (KY 11).

 
From Ashland take I-64 west to exit 96B, turn left, cross over the overpass, turn left and merge onto I64 east. Continue on I-64 east to exit 98, Bert T Combs Mountain Parkway. Follow the parkway approximately 33 miles to the Slade exit (KY 15). Follow the signs to Natural Bridge State Resort Park (KY 11).
 
Once you arrive at Natural Bridge Start Resort Park, turn right to enter the park and cross the bridge. Once you cross the bridge, turn right at the stop sign. Follow this road to Shelter #2. DO NOT PARK ON THE CHAIRLIFT SIDE OF THE PARKING LOT.

 

 

Terrain

A hilly 38 mile loop with one major climb or a hilly 65 mile loop with several major climbs. (Check out the slightly scary route profiles below.) Riders on 65 mile loop must be at the 26 mile checkpoint by 12:00 p.m. Descents can be wet and slippery, especially after Nada Tunnel. All riders MUST walk their bikes through Nada Tunnel.

Routes