CCT offers two versions of the Mount Mitchell Tour, the 3.0 and the 4.0. The 3.0 has a target summit time of 3 hours from the start at Hwy.80/70, while the 4.0 version has a target time of 4 hours. If you are aware of your FTP, the 3.0 ride is indicated for riders at 3.0 to 4.0 watts/kg. FTP, while the 4.0 ride is perfect for the 2.0 to 3.0 watt/kg. FTP rider. If you don’t know anything about FTP, no worries! The 4.0 tour rider should be able to maintain a 15-16 mph average speed for a typical 3 to 4 hour ride on rolling terrain. The 3.0 tour rider should be able to maintain a speed of 17 mph or more for a 3 to 4 hour ride. Use an honest assessment to be able to make the most of your ride and to help the group stay on schedule. Rides in the team van for any portion of the ride are readily available, and all riders are encouraged to make use of all of the resources CCT has available when needed.
Mt. Mitchell Tours
Silver Comet Tours
The Silver Comet LT is our leisure tour. We’ll roll along the gentle terrain of the 26-mile course at about 10-13 mph, with plenty of stops along the way. Road or touring bicycles are recommended, but not required. Electric assist bikes are welcome.
The Silver Comet 6.0 is designed to be suited to a rider looking to roll at a 14 to 15 mph average speed along flat to gently rolling terrain. The goal for this ride is 6 hours or less of ride time for the 80-mile ride each day, not including lunch breaks and scenic stops. Road bicycles are required.
The Silver Comet 5.0 is designed for the rider looking for a 16 to 17 mph spin while moving along the gentle terrain. Ride time for the 80-mile route will be approximately 5 hours, not including lunches and breaks. Road bicycles are required.