Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo and Raffle

Despite a rainy day, the 2017 Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo was a huge success, with about 200 cyclists enjoying the ride!  SAHC staff helped cheer on riders and hosted an exciting raffle at Pisgah Brewing for the Binge after-party.  Our Land Protection Director, Michelle Pugliese, rode in the Medio in costume as Wonder Woman.  While on the 62 mile ride she was able to point out SAHC conservation easements to other competitors.

To view the race results, visit:

From proceeds of the raffle, we raised almost $2,000 for land and water conservation in the mountains of NC and TN. Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy through the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo, and a special thanks to Brent and Jamie Bookwalter for choosing SAHC as the charity for the Binge!

Bookwalter Binge Raffle Winners

If you were not able to pick up your prize on Sunday, you can pick it up weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm at our office, located at 372 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28801.

Here is the list of unclaimed raffle prizes and the winning ticket numbers:

3. Weekend Rental House in Asheville- #741820 – Please email to claim your prize!

7. Colavita Classic Collection with Extra Virgin Olive Oil- #741465

9. Skull Candy Crusher Wireless Headphones- #741459

15. Runner Box, Lululemon Gift Card, and Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe Gift Card- #741521

16. Eno DoubleNest and Atlas Suspension System- #741553

17. DNAFit Startline- #741782

19. DNAFit Fitness Diet Pro-# 741783

20. Velocio Clothing Gift Card- #741801 – Please email to claim your prize!

33. Oakley Moonlight Sunglasses- #741501


Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo 2019

Join Brent Bookwalter for the challenging Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo, studded with bicycle racing on timed segments of tough climbs that provide an epic challenge to all. A perfect way to celebrate the end of the professional cycling racing season, by riding the routes Brent used for training earlier in the year.

Three routes of varying length traverse some of the most beautiful roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Brent’s home in Asheville, North Carolina:

  • Gran Route – 77 miles with 6,250 ft of climbing featuring three segments of gravel/dirt road
  • Medio Route – 55 miles with 4,500 ft of climbing
  • Piccolo Route – 39 miles with 2,850 ft of climbing

This is an unusual opportunity to ride alongside female and male pro cyclists as they celebrate the end of their season racing all over the world and the country. Our pros ride in casual-mode on all three routes, and along with Brent, they are inspired by cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities.

While the 39-mile Piccolo route is the perfect “first hard group ride”, the Medio and Gran routes are the perfect next-steps for gaining major bragging rights. When the spinning is done, everyone gathers at the finish to celebrate at the Binge Bash, a relaxed and family-friendly afternoon at Warren Wilson College. Great food & craft beer, friends, a peloton of Pros, prizes, raffle, and fun.

Want to be involved but not ready to ride? Join us as a volunteer!

Find out more, register to ride or sign up to volunteer at

Photo credit: Tom & Lubov Byrum of