Mountain Lake Challenge

Blacksburg, Virginia

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Don’t let the mileage for this ride fool you. This Mountain Lake ride is a challenge. In fact, Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong used this very same climb to establish a strong lead in the 1996 Tour Dupont. This challenge, designed for the strong cyclist, offers a pleasant warm-up as the route follows Spruce Run on its way down to the New River. If you’re not warmed up by this point, you’ll surely be in the next 10 miles as you climb more than 3,200 feet up Salt Pond Mountain. You have a chance to rest those aching legs on top at beautiful Mountain Lake Resort. Overlooking one of only two natural lakes in Virginia, this charming resort built from native stone is popular as the site of the movie Dirty Dancing. It’s unlikely, however, that after this climb you will be doing any dancing, dirty or otherwise. Terrain: Extremely challenging ascent. Technical descents. Several easy, relaxing stretches.
Road Biking Virginia

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Road Biking Virginia

by Jim Homerosky (Falcon Guides)

Don’t let the mileage for this ride fool you. This Mountain Lake ride is a challenge. In fact, Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong used this very same climb to establish a strong lead in the 1996 Tour Dupont. This challenge, designed for the strong cyclist, offers a pleasant warm-up as the route follows Spruce Run on its way down to the New River.

If you’re not warmed up by this point, you’ll surely be in the next 10 miles as you climb more than 3,200 feet up Salt Pond Mountain. You have a chance to rest those aching legs on top at beautiful Mountain Lake Resort. Overlooking one of only two natural lakes in Virginia, this charming resort built from native stone is popular as the site of the movie Dirty Dancing. It’s unlikely, however, that after this climb you will be doing any dancing, dirty or otherwise. Terrain: Extremely challenging ascent. Technical descents. Several easy, relaxing stretches.

©  Jim Homerosky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Blacksburg
Distance: 33
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round; best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: Blacksburg Regional Visitor Center
Local Maps: DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Mountain Lake Challenge

Recent Trail Reviews

9/27/2007
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This is a very good ride with great roads and very little traffic. The climb is at least as hard as described; I was in my lowest gear 39X29 at 4 mph. The scenery is spectacular and the burgers at the top of the mountain are pretty good too.



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