Wilderness Road Ride & Mountains of Misery

The Cycling Double Header takes place Memorial Day weekend (May 29-30, 2010), with the Wilderness Road Ride on Saturday, and the Mountains of Misery on Sunday.

The Wilderness Road Ride follows part of the historic Wilderness Road, Daniel Boone’s route through the Appalachians to the Cumberland Gap. Five courses offer something for everyone, with 14, 29, 38, 58, and 78 mile options. All routes start and finish in Radford, at the Dedmon Center and Bisset Park. Non-riders can enjoy Bisset Park, the New River, and downtown Radford, while their family and friends are out riding.

The 2010 Wilderness Road Ride will be operated separately by FCA Endurance of Southwest Virginia. The ride will continue unchanged, and FCA is committed to growing the event. In fact they’ve brought back the 78 mile route.

The Mountains of Misery centuries are well known as some of the best organized, highest quality rides anywhere — and the most challenging. The regular century is 104 miles, with 10,000′ of climbing. The double metric century 128 miles, with 15,000′. The crowning glory for both is the final, category 1 climb to Mountain Lake. Your name is called out as you struggle up the last few yards toward the finish, where you’re presented with your finishers’ shirt — and an all-you-can-eat BBQ.

Mountains of Misery is limited to 500 riders. It usually sells out, so be sure to register ahead of time. Wilderness Road Ride has no limit to the number of riders, so come and ride, whether you’ve registered early or not.

The Cycling Double Header is presented by East Coasters bike shops and the New River Valley Bicycle Association, and now FCA Endurance. Dozens of community groups and hundreds of individual volunteers come out each year to help run this logistically complicated event.

For more information, or to register, see the Cycling Double Header website.

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