Burkes Garden Century & Metric
The Burkes Garden Century is a 102 mile ride (leaves at 8:00 am) with a 62 mile metric century option (leaves at 9:15 am). This has been a tradition for the New River Valley Bicycle Association since 1997 when a long-time member initiated this ride for a casual outing to avoid campus traffic on Move-In day for Virginia Tech. This ride has rapidly gained popularity as a fast, easy century for anyone who loves to ride bicycles. Many novice cyclists enjoy this century as their first, while advanced riders test their hammering ability to plug out 100 miles at a fast pace.
The ride is lightly supported with SAG vehicles, regular port-a-potties, and gas stations for food at Rocky Gap (21 mi & 83 mi), Gratton (41 mi & 63 mi), and lunch stop at Burke’s Garden (56 mi). Please remember to bring cash in small bills since the stores can get overwhelmed changing $20s for riders.
The century ride leaves at 8:00 am from the football field parking below Narrows Elementary School on Monroe Street and travels along Wolf Creek up to Rocky Gap.
Metric century riders can join the fun at the Rocky Gap Elementary School at 9:15 am.
All participants continue to Tazwell and climb over Rich Mountain into Burkes Garden where local cuisine is served. Climb back out of the Garden and enjoy a gentle downhill cruise back to Narrows. A whopping 1% downhill grade for 40 miles to make you turn just a bit faster!
Ride with GPS: Burkes Garden Century