I have no financial interest in this, but I will put a plug in for my riding buddy N-man 726’s race. I don’t race (too slow) but I like to get out and meet and socialize with other riders at a cool MTB event.
XXC racers in 2008
My usual traffic directing station on top of Middle Mountain
Photo-tour of the XC Course
The 21 mile XC race course starts out kind of innocent on Locust Gap Trail
Climbs up about 1800 feet on Stoney Run Trail
Classic Virginia ridge top ride on Middle Mountain
A rip down Salt Stump trail
Another tough climb up Mountain Top Trail, not as high as the first one but steeper
With several false summits
before you get to come down Brushy – which many consider the best XC downhill in the region
And you finish were these 2009 racers started, on Blue Suck Falls trail
If you are into this kind of abuse and are not too far away, put on your climbing legs and come to Douthat State park this Sunday. Many of the lower trails have been re-worked in the last couple of years and are in very good shape and I hear are quite fast.