|April 6, 2008|
|New Castle, VA [large map] 37.5021, -80.1109|
When the mighty Smaug crash-landed in Craig County, ‘round about 27,345 B.C. on a Tuesday, he tore the ground up pretty good. When the townsfolk covered up that nasty carcass, a new ridgeline was created that left a craggy scar on the horizon silhouetting his horrible spine. But don’t frolic in the autumn mist¾this ain’t no land called Hanna Lee. It’s awe-inspiring, trepidation-building, fire-breathing mountain bike country. The infamous Dragon’s Back is a true fire-breather if there ever was one. The course is a figure 8, with only a 2 mile singletrack (climb!) duplicated. Here is a real skill-rider’s dream, with the singletrack marred and pocked with granite, shale and Smaug’s scales. We thought mud wasn’t possible, but after 1998’s epic, we graciously pull that claim back. Generally, it’s rocky enough to prevent unsightly mud build up. Check directions at their web page!
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