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If you're anywhere near Nelson County in Central Virginia (south and west of Charlottesville), we've got a similar event going on in late August:

 

August 25th, Central Virginia, Devils Backbone Mountain Cross.  100, 75 and 35 mile options.  Starts and finishes at Devils Backbone Brewery where they're holding the VA Craft Brewers Festival.  Onsite camping (it's gorgeous) and there's a VORS mountain bike race on Sunday.  The whole weekend is dubbed the Nelson Bike Festival and it'll be a blast.

 

https://www.bikereg.com/Net/16635

 

100 mile has over 10,000 feet of climbing and two category 1 climbs!

 

Map:  http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/92364555

 

This is going to be an epic weekeend

2 years, 5 months ago on Prosser, Anthony Dominate Hilly Billy Roubaix

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I second Brians assertion that most riders would benefit from more variable fitness. I would find this article much more usefull if it referenced the experiences of a few top level amateur racers. Unless you're a pro, you shouldn't be training like one.

Running rounds out my fitness and helps me lose lbs. Most importantly for me, running trains my brain. There's no rest, up or down, as soon as I start my body/mind starts begging me to stop, it hurts immediately... sound familiar?

Running will toughen you up, and may the toughest rider win!

3 years, 5 months ago on Prepping for the Season: To Run or Not to Run

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