The Blue Ridge Breakaway was recently named the 2011 Ride of the Year by blogger Aaron West of StepClimbs.com. The cycling event brought more than 400 riders to Haywood County last August, and placed first for overall enjoyment. Blogger West, in distinguishing the race, pointed to “exciting” and “long descents” down the Blue Ridge Parkway. He singled out the race as among the “most organized ride” he’d participated in. The event featured a Century (105 miles), Metric Century (65 miles), 40 mile and a 24 mile ride.