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Originally published: 2014-06-27 11:32:06
Last modified: 2014-06-27 11:32:49

Our View: On the road again

Saturday's ride will be personally competitive -- that goes without saying when a bicyclist is faced with as much as 100 miles of road and nearly 9,000 feet of cumulative climbing -- but Blood, Sweat and Gears has never been as much about the ride as it has been about the mission: To help fuel local charities in the High Country.

For a decade and a half, BSG supporters -- and there are thousands of them, from cyclists to its 100 percent volunteer base -- have made that mission a success. Saturday's 16th annual ride will be no different.

But for that mission to reach its successful end requires more than BSG support. We each have a part. It's important to remember that as the century ride begins at 7:30 a.m., and the half-century 15 minutes later, they do so as open road rides. While cyclists are expected to obey North Carolina traffic laws and watch for motorists, it is vital that motorists watch for cyclists. Sharing the road is always the rule in our High Country mountains, but that rule becomes law during large-scale events such as Blood, Sweat and Gears.

Giving back to our community is the spirit and essence of the personal sacrifice riders will make Saturday. The least -- and most -- we can do is to give back to them by staying alert and doing our part by helping to ensure a safe road course.