For the Oktoberfest Chattanooga Challenge we're closing down Ochs Highway so you can have the rare opportunity to ride up Lookout Mountain's scenic front side without having to worry about traffic. We'll have the road to ourselves! This beautiful tree-lined climb starts off with steep grades but eases up the higher you go, allowing you to enjoy panoramic views of Chattanooga Valley as well as a postcard-perfect shot of Rock City's Lover's Leap waterfall!
After the climb, you'll cross to the other side of Lookout Mountain where you'll be treated to even more stunning views - our Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding rest stop is unbelievable!
From there, you'll have the option of descending down the west side of Lookout Mountain to Lookout Valley for a gorgeous ride back to Chattanooga (the 50-mile route), or descending down the east side of the mountain to McLemore Cove and riding in one of the most picturesque valleys in the South (the 100-mile route). The full century also has the added joy of climbing back up Lookout Mountain via Dougherty Gap, a wooded climb with switchbacks and a killer finish!
Whichever route you choose, the ride ends with a relaxing finale as you cool down along Chattanooga's Riverwalk bike path before celebrating your accomplishments in the biergarten at Oktoberfest!
Keep in mind that this is a ride, not a race. There are no timing chips with this event, and stopping to take in the incredible scenery along the way is highly encouraged!
Click on the links below for a detailed map of each route. And be sure to check out the "About" section of our Facebook page for a more in-depth description of the route!
Bring your cell phone on the ride! We will provide you with a phone number to call if you need assistance, and we will do our best to support you during the ride with well-stocked rest stops and roving SAG vehicles. However, we can’t be everywhere at once. You should still come prepared with the tools you need to fix a flat or do your own minor repairs, just as you would on any long distance ride.
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