The Blue Ridge Brutal, a mountain biking event in its 26th year, will take place this year on Saturday, Aug. 8th. The ‘Brutal’ as it is sometimes referred to is one of the most demanding bike rides in our area and offers three options: a 57-mile, 75-mile, and 100-mile ride through the Blue Ridge Parkway and over Mount Jefferson. Registration is limited and available to 50 riders who wish to have their talents tested. Even though Mt. Jefferson is not officially classified, it is very close to being a Category 2 climb as possible rising almost 1500 feet over 3.1 miles with an average grade of approximately 9%.