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Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Long-Distance Bike Trail Takes Shape [The Active Times]


The eastern U.S. may finally be getting its answer to the West’s epic long-distance mountain bike trails.
Pioneered by mountain biker Chris Scott, the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail is taking shape in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.
Scott, who owns Shenandoah Mountain Touring and organizes a century ride through the mountains every September, originally envisioned a multi-state mountain biking equivalent to the Appalachian Trail, he said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He pared the idea down—for the time being, anyway—to one that links existing trails in Virginia.
“We just weren’t getting a lot of traction with [a multi-state trail],” Scott told the paper. “So, we thought, ‘Let’s just focus on what we have right now, a Virginia trail.’”
The dream was realized in fall 2011 when Scott led a group on a 12-day inaugural ride down the route, which traverses George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

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