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    Tour de Burg?

    I just heard about this insane event (6 day mtb & road stage race in Harrisonburg, 6+ hours a day) - can anybody give me some first-hand details?

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    Hardest and funnest event I have done. Where many multiday stage races consist of 4 hours riding each day on well groomed trail, double that and make it more of a back country adventure for the Tour. Road days are heavy on gravel content and in the 100 mile range, one being followed by an mtb time trial. Just over $100 will get you racing, fed and maybe a spot on someone's floor to sleep. As far as prizes go, first place gets all of the glory that comes with winning the Tour. Bragging rights

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    How technical are the mtb days? Is there a lot of bushwacking & hike-a-bike or is it mostly rideable?
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    It's not bushwacking, but the goal seems to be picking the most difficult of routes that still making riding them quicker than walking. If you haven't ridden any of those routes, try one of last years, or part of one to give you an idea of what the terrain is like. Support and trail markings are minimal, usually one lunch stop and maybe a water stop. Otherwise you are pretty much on your own.

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    Wow, that race easily puts every other MTB "endurance" race to shame. I like how there's a century ride thrown in the middle for sh!ts and giggles. Hardcore.

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    I've raced the Massenutten HooHa XC & XXC courses (and Bishop's Alpine Loop Gran Fondo fwiw) - can you compare the trails to that?
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    One of the hardest "stage races" I've ever done.

    Really.
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    Shoot! I'm going to be out of town the weekend they are running this. I was hoping to volunteer with SVBC for it. I don't think I could handle riding it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky View Post
    One of the hardest "stage races" I've ever done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fueledbymetal View Post
    I've raced the Massenutten HooHa XC & XXC courses (and Bishop's Alpine Loop Gran Fondo fwiw) - can you compare the trails to that?
    Not at all. There is no, "I'm tired, I'm just gonna bail out and get in the car," because most of the time there is only one car or you are deep in the woods all day. This year it is not an SVBC event. Try doing half of the Big Schloss or Two Towers stages to get an idea of what the terrain is like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup View Post
    Not at all. There is no, "I'm tired, I'm just gonna bail out and get in the car," because most of the time there is only one car or you are deep in the woods all day. This year it is not an SVBC event. Try doing half of the Big Schloss or Two Towers stages to get an idea of what the terrain is like.
    Yeah, just like my fellow slummer Nate said, its hard. Its all day riding and very technical. Awesome area, awesome people, you can go for stage glory, GC, or KOM (my favorite). Your technical skills will improve tremendously. Most of the trails are similar to the harder parts of the SM100.
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