205 Park Ave NE, Norton, Virginia, United States

Start Date

06/11/2022

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Activities: Road race 🚴🏿‍♂️, Recreational 🚴🏿‍♂️, 73 miles, 55 miles

 

*COURSE NOTE*. Due to heightened mining activity we have decided to altar the course for this year. See description for verbal details and links to Strava maps below. There will also be a "short course" option

Full Course, Ascends both sides of Black Mountain (can you KOM in two states in one ride?) https://www.strava.com/routes/2956263124620155042

"Short Course" (same, but only ascends one side of Black Mountain)https://www.strava.com/routes/2962014888253644120

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This event is the best "grass-roots" local race around.    The event registration is $12, a fee that will help cover expenses but is hopefully low enough that no one will miss be dissapointed if they are unable to make it last minute.  With this lower fee we will provide each rider with: 

- A Fully marked course

- stocked aide stations at the top of Black Mountain 

- 2 Gu's for each rider at the start of the ride

- Awards for the top 3 finishers

- An amazing ride with great views and roads.  

We will do all we can to make this ride happen.  Visit our facebook page for further updates.  https://www.facebook.com/events/496843188854761?active_tab=about.   We hope to see you out there!  

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Come join us for the Coal Country Classic, a 73 mile bike ride through the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. We will start in Norton, Virginia with a neutral rollout through downtown Norton. From there the route will descent Powell Valley down through Big Stone Gap to the Town of Appalachia. Once you turn left onto 160 you will hit the start of the climb to Black Mountain (the highest point in Kentucky). This climb starts off gentle enough with a false flat before it really starts to bite 4 miles from the summit. After you crest of the mountain we will have our aid stations for you to catch your breath and get a swig of water and a banana (or a cookie and some coke). *Here the course options split* The long course will descent into Benham, Kentucky and loop back, climbing the Kentucky side of Black Mountain before continuing the course. Those wishing to do the "shorter" (55 miles) course will drop back down the VA side of the mountain and turn left in Appalachia heading back toward Norton. Just before Norton Hospital turn left onto Dorchester road and follow a winding back woods road to one final punchy climb. Turn right onto Guest river road until it dead ends onto Esserville road and turn right back toward the school. The finish line will be just past the school entrance on a short uphill. 

We will have a timer going and awards for the top 3 Men and Women, but don't feel like you have to treat this as a race. Bring some buddies and enjoy the fantastic roads and scenery on this route.

 

-Race Start 9:00 a.m.

-Race day registration opens at 8:15 a.m. in the Norton Elementary Parking Lot

 

 

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