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  1. #551
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    ....and Circumburke is canceled but they seem confident it'll be sorted out for next year(?) E mail today:

    "Dear Circumburker,
    In a combined decision, the Kingdom Trail Association and the Victory Hill Sector, have chosen
    not to produce the 2019 Circumburke Trail Challenge. The two trail networks, located in the
    Northeast Kingdom’s Caledonia and Essex counties, are dispirited by the decision to cancel after
    nine years of success; however, they believe it is necessary based on the current circumstances.
    The Circumburke Trail Challenge is a 26 mile backcountry course for trail runners and mountain
    bikers to test their limits. For the past 9 years participants have embraced the single track event
    because of its difficulty, 3,000 feet of climbing, descending, and adventurous atmosphere in a
    wild corner of Vermont’s NEK. Just as the name describes, the Circumburke route encompasses
    Burke Mountain, starting at Burke Mountain Resort’s Sherburne base lodge out to Victory and
    back. The event, which brings nearly 600 racers as well as their families and friends to the
    Northeast Kingdom, has been voted “Best MTB Ride/Race in Vermont” several times by
    Vermont Sports readers.
    The Circumburke event originated to serve as an economic driver, supporting the region during
    the tourist shoulder season. The event has always been hosted in late October prior to trails
    closing in respect to hunting. The Circumburke Challenge also serves as a fundraising event for
    the two organizations with proceeds dedicated to maintaining and building trails to provide
    recreation and education opportunities, fostering the health of the local community,
    surrounding environment, and regional economy.
    A number of factors determined the decision to cancel of the 10 th Anniversary Circumburke. The
    route passes through Vermont State land. The St. Johnsbury office of Vermont Forest Parks &
    Recreation moved the event date into September due to concerns of trail impact during
    October. With the change in date the Circumburke will no longer serve its original purpose,
    bringing visitors to the area during a slower time of year to support local businesses.
    The Victory Hill Sector trails are also currently closed to all recreation as a result of
    complications caused by an Act 250 Jurisdictional Opinion. The Circumburke route depends
    upon the Victory Hill Sector trails to circumnavigate Burke Mountain. The organizers have
    investigated rerouting the course; however, this would result in moving the route on to gravel
    roads. Kingdom Trails and Victory Hill, both single track trail networks, do not believe hosting a
    gravel road race depicts the original Circumburke event or their networks. The organizers also
    recognize that there is a neighboring gravel road race, the Peacham Fall Fondo in Peacham, VT,
    the same weekend. They do not wish to host a conflicting event.
    Kingdom Trails and Victory Hill Sector wish to thank all Circumburkers and our communities for
    understanding our decision to cancel the 2019 Circumburke Trail Challenge. Those who have
    registered for the 2019 event will receive a full refund. The organizers look forward to hosting
    the 10 th Anniversary Circumburke together in 2020 in its original form, a celebration of epic
    single track and trail users, driving economic prosperity during a not so thriving time of year in
    Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

    We hope to see you next year! Until then we hope all is happy and healthy!
    Kingdom Trails and Victory Hill Sector"

    Whatever......got a nice 13 miler in at Green Mountain Trails today. Also stopped by Green Mountain Bikes for a couple tubes......holy jeebus, that place is interesting. Definitely saw some bikes parts in there I hadn't seen since the mid 90s, Pro Flex suspension stem included.

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  2. #552
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    That drivetrain driven door opener is pretty cool too. Turn the cranks and pedal it up or down.

  3. #553
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    Shame about the Circumburke. That is a great ride. Any other rides at that time of year??


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  4. #554
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laps View Post
    Shame about the Circumburke. That is a great ride. Any other rides at that time of year??


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    Peacham Fall Fondo is the same weekend, 9/21. I hope to do that instead.

  5. #555
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    Iím up in northern Maine and stopped into a Mardenís. On the rack is a new, in box Rockshox Reverb dropper. Not exactly of the specs, but itís priced at $179. The box looks like it was messed up in shipping, and I doubt Mardens will provide any info, service, returns, etc.

    If anyone is interested, I can get back there tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    I’m up in northern Maine and stopped into a Marden’s. On the rack is a new, in box Rockshox Reverb dropper. Not exactly of the specs, but it’s priced at $179. The box looks like it was messed up in shipping, and I doubt Mardens will provide any info, service, returns, etc.

    If anyone is interested, I can get back there tomorrow.
    “I should have bought it, when I saw it at Mardens.”

  7. #557
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    I’m up in northern Maine and stopped into a Marden’s. On the rack is a new, in box Rockshox Reverb dropper. Not exactly of the specs, but it’s priced at $179. The box looks like it was messed up in shipping, and I doubt Mardens will provide any info, service, returns, etc.

    If anyone is interested, I can get back there tomorrow.
    It's worth $1.79. pos

  8. #558
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    IRR8 Saturday was a fantastic mess per usual this year. Out of the 5 people I knew riding it, (including myself) 3 completed the entire 136.6 mile/ 15, 143' vert loop; and just in time for the midnight cutoff. (buddy Dan with 14 mins to spare, other two with 4 minutes to spare)

    Scharny conked out early after a really tough first 40 miles. Nutrition issues plagued him. I had to bail to keep my fresh ACL surgery knee healing for ski season, still managed to squeak out 110 miles and 12,843 vert though by 8pm sat night.
    It was HOT Saturday, kept hydrated, felt good after all that silliness. The Bourbon at the top of Moretown Gap was absolutely wonderful! Click image for larger version. 

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  9. #559
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    ^^^fuckin awesome

  10. #560
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    Super human effort with the bad bender and low mileage. You had top tens on Strava segments! You are a freak!
    crab in my shoe mouth

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    BOOM Solid showing DJ.
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  12. #562
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    The cliffs of Addison County are full of wild blueberries. Ssingle track is nicer than it's been in years.

  13. #563
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    Way to go DJS!
    The sad truth is that whine does not age well

  14. #564
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    Never a dull moment poking around VT today. One of the few ďpavedĒ roads we came across.

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  15. #565
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    My lunch ride area got hammered this afternoon by a little wicked cell that came thru. Little sample of the saw work needed...

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    WNGR was heavy on the gnar tonight. Mixed surface was the name of the game. We started in Norwich tonight, took some wrong turns and ended up on the AT for a short stretch, whoops! Overland training ride, long sections on the greasy class 4.
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    crab in my shoe mouth

  17. #567
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttahflake View Post
    WNGR was heavy on the gnar tonight. Mixed surface was the name of the game. We started in Norwich tonight, took some wrong turns and ended up on the AT for a short stretch, whoops! Overland training ride, long sections on the greasy class 4.
    Sweet! one of these Wednesdays.. I will make it there!

  18. #568
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    ^^^I may actually be able to hang on the b ride one of these days, maybe I’ll treat y’all to post-ride beers if I ever sackTFU.

    Yesterday in the hills where Buttahflake sometimes roams:
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    Anyone racing Rooted this weekend? If so, and if you're on the long course; ask for change for a nickel to the guy in the Hawaiian shirt at the mid-point aid station. Might just be me. Gravel-on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djspookman View Post
    Anyone racing Rooted this weekend? If so, and if you're on the long course; ask for change for a nickel to the guy in the Hawaiian shirt at the mid-point aid station. Might just be me. Gravel-on.
    Will do. Is that the starksboro aid station?


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    Fun 20 mile after work loop. Four sections of single track. Drop bars and hydro brakes FTMFW.

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  22. #572
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    Quote Originally Posted by djspookman View Post
    Anyone racing Rooted this weekend? If so, and if you're on the long course; ask for change for a nickel to the guy in the Hawaiian shirt at the mid-point aid station. Might just be me. Gravel-on.
    Iíll be there for all 85 miles. Iíll certainly say hi.


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    Monday August 5th 8pm, last 85 spots available. https://www.bikereg.com/overland

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    Gravel ^^^^

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    Rode some zig zag at Joe Millionaires today. Not liking the pea stone on the road by the wedding tent, otherwise a good time.

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