In Memory of Dave Blumenthal
Kingdom Trails, Conservation Collaboratives and the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce welcome you to the Northeast Kingdom on Saturday October 25, 2014 for an unforgettable day of bicycle and mountain running adventure around Burke Mountain.
The circuit begins and ends on Kingdom Trails at the Belmont Stock Farm on Kirby Rd in East Burke. The Mountain Run and CircumBurke Lite offers a challenging 18 mile circuit which cuts off some of the singletrack. The 26 mile MTB circuit includes miles of rarely used singletrack. A two lap endurance MTB event will cover the 26 mile circuit twice for 52 miles.
FORMAT & START TIME: Mass Start Waves, Start Time TBA
MOUNTAIN RUN: 18 miles
MTB LITE: 18 miles
MTB Challenge: 26 Miles.
ENDURANCE MTB: 52 miles, Time cut-off at 3 hours for 1st lap .
ENDURO BIKE: Supplemental option for Strava.com users. Be classified in Enduro over 2 singletrack sections! "Leaderboard" will be generated by Strava during event. 2013 sections- Leif's&Clodhopper
FOOD STATIONS: Every 4-6 miles, water, bagels & refreshments.
POST RACE MEAL Hot food for all participants @ the Stock Farm
RAFFLE PRIZES: Post-race raffle and CircumBurke glass for all.
RESULTS; Unofficial times and finish order posted afterwards.
REGISTER @ Before 9/30: $45. Before 10/25: $55. or On-Site (from 7:30 to 9:00 AM): $65. (Pre-reg online is significantly cheaper!).
FOOD STATIONS: Every 4-6 miles, water, bagels & refreshments served.
POST RACE MEAL @ the Stock Farm
RAFFLE PRIZES: Post-race raffle and CircumBurke glass for all finishers.
RESULTS; Unofficial timed results as well as finish order will be posted afterwards.
REGISTER @ . $45 Before 8/31, $55 Until October 24 Noon, $65 On Site
ORGANIZERS: Conservation Collaboratives, Kingdom Trails, and Burke Area Chamber of Commerce.
CLEAR WATER CARBON OFFSETS: Driving in your car to events like the CircumBurke inevitably results in carbon dioxide emissions, which undermine the forests we enjoy. To offset this damage, competitors are offered the option to buy a $2 carbon offset through the ClearWater Carbon Fund. By planting trees in riverbanks and their buffer areas in VERMONT, the Fund not only sequesters and stores carbon dioxide and generates a certified carbon offset, but also protects our rivers and streams. One way to slow down our destruction of the planet. Please visit www.ClearWaterCarbonFund.org for more information.
NO CANINE Accompaniment; for safety reasons & landowner concerns.
KINGDOM TRAILS is a world class multiple-use trail system in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Recently voted BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL NETWORK in North America by BIKE MAGAZINE in their annual Reader’s Poll, KT was also the Editor’s Choice in the 2011 Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England. Professional trail builders, safety and support staff as a well as the landowner hosts make the trail network possible. The trails system supports mountain biking, trail running, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and winter biking.
*Exact distance pending course finalization in October
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Over 4,000 feet of climbing and descending per lap.
Please notice that the CircumBurke 2013 Start/ Finish will be at the Belmont Stock Farm, 1268 Kirby Road, East Burke (about 1.5 miles from the Kingdom Trails Office). Head towards the ski mountain on Mountain Rd., take the first right onto Kirby Rd., and travel 1.2 miles.. Tent and festivities will be on the left hand side of the road
In 2013 the route was approximately 25 miles and include more than 4000 feet of climbing. Beginning at Belmont Stock farm, the route start on Ridge Road in Kirby, turn left on Locust Ridge Rd. and entered a V.A.S.T trail heading south until it intersects with Bennett Rd. where it will turn left and go eastwards up Burke Mountain’s west shoulder. Bennett Road turns into a very steep snowmobile, jeep trail. At the top of the pass at approximately 2000 feet elevation it joins the the CCC Trail and becomes a Class IV ("Masten:) Road. At the bottom of a steep descent it heads northwards over the Weir Mill Brook Trail on Vermont State Land before entering an 8 mile maze of rarely ridden singletracks on private land. Finally it returns to northwards East Burke via the "gold trail" along Umpire Brook to the east of Umpire Mountain, entering the Kingdom Trails system along the the North Pasture Trail before passing through McGill fields, passing onto the Pinkham Road, Parr;s yard and descending on Shire into the main parking lot of Burke Mountain. The final leg of the route will take participants back to the Belmont Stock Farm via Red Trail and Kirby Connector.
The route through Victory is a rare opportunity for cyclists and runners to experience "the wild side" of Burke Mountain in the town of Victory - one of the last towns in the United States to obtain electricity. Despite the addition of handbuilt singletrack, the route still epitomizes old school mountain biking, with rough sections and at least one stream section, which requires dismounting and shouldering bikes. One 25 mile lap took cyclists between 2.5 and 4 hours, and runners 3 to 6 hours.
* We will strive to make the course as close to 18 miles, 26 miles and 50 miles as possible but these distances will be approximate because of inevitable tweaking of the event route in and around Burke Mountain resort. Please check back for details.
BIKE RECOMMENDATIONS: Hardtail or full suspension cross country MTBs would be ideally suited to the course. The singletracks are not suitable for Cyclocross bikes. It can be very muddy on section of the course, depending on the weather..some riders have used very fat MTB tires but most opt for tires in the 2.0 range with tread patterns matched to the weather/surface moisture conditions..