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#PhilBikes100: Scouting the Big Dam Bridge 100 Course
#PhilBikes100: Scouting the Big Dam Bridge 100 Course

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With less than a week to go until the Big Dam Bridge 100, THV 11's Phil Buck went out Monday and drove the entire 100-mile course for the ride. When he left he was already nervous, when he returned he was terrified from what he saw.

"The overall elevation change is about identical, just a couple hundred feet difference. It's just that it's a little bit more condensed this year into 2 climbs versus a whole bunch of little climbs," said Big Dam Bridge 100 event director Fred Phillips. "It's a winding climb for the 100-mile road but the last ¾ or mile of getting up to the top of Wye [Mountain] and going over towards Little Italy, that one you got to press the pedals just a little bit."

At about the 65 mile-marker, riders get rewarded with a sweeping view from the top of Wye Mountain. But it will be a challenge just to get there as it's a steep climb up the side of the mountain and, once there, riders still have about 40 miles left to the finish line.

Organizers say they expect around 3,000 riders to participate this year, and they've made some slight changes to the route to try to ease impact on vehicle traffic.

"Highway 300, for a good portion of the day, will have a fair amount of cyclists on it," added Phillips. "It actually helps to eliminate some traffic congestion and a fair number of twists and turns between Maumelle and also Conway."


Phil gets fitted for road bike; prepping for Big Dam 100