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Douthat State Park
On the Sunday of the NRGE I went to Douthat with a fine crew of mountain bikers, but was so tired from that weekend’s intensity that I only tore into a 10 mile ride. My aluminum steed has been rather pissed at me since, and won’t forgive me until we get back to those wonderful single-track pastures, full of delicious rocks and dirt. We’ll do it right this time and spend several hours atop our metal beasts as they carry us great distances while they frolic and graze!
Seriously though, Douthat State Park has some of the finest single track in VA and is one of my favorite places to ride (several years ago it was mentioned in Blue Ridge Outdoors as one of the top 3 mountain bike destinations in VA!). There are plenty of tough, technical climbs up to fantastic views, followed by ridge-line roller coasters and endless down hills. We’ll decide on which trails to tackle when we get there. Whatever we do, plan for 20-25 miles with plenty of rest stops (~4 hours). You can compensate for experience with good aerobic shape, but some experience is necessary so do NOT sign up unless you have done some mountain biking and are in decent shape. Eat a good hearty breakfast, come well hydrated, and bring plenty of snacks for the trail. Pack a lunch or bring cash. I don’t know what the weather will be like so prepare for cold weather by dressing in non-cotton layers and carrying a backpack to shed them into if need be. There may be some stream crossing so bring along some extra socks. For more info about the park check out: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/dou.shtml
Everyone gets waitlisted upon joining so that I can screen skills.
THE CLUB PROVIDES: Mountain bikes (various sizes) and helmets, some bike tools, tire and suspension pumps, extra tubes, ga$, bike transport.
YOU SHOULD BRING: Your bike & gear, lots of water, lots of snacks, extra tubes, hydration pack or small backpack if you have one, extra socks, proper bike attire (non-cotton layers; NO baggy pants – the chain ring will eat them!). We’ll find a place to replenish our carbs after the ride so bring ca$h or pack a lunch.