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The rest is all downhill-often pretty fast.
BY ERIC J. WALLACE

taintops in MTB havens like Durango, Colorado,
Park City, Utah, and Mount Snow, Vermont. In
early 2001, he was looking for a spot to crash and
train during lulls in his schedule. A friend turned
him on to a deal: At Virginia's Wintergreen Resort,
condos were selling for dirt cheap.
Nestled high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, though
mountain biking had yet to catch on in the area,
the location proved ideal. Within a couple miles

riding distance was the Sherando Lake Recreational
Area-home to dozens of miles of raging back-country trails in the George Washington and Thomas
Jefferson National Forest. Meanwhile, a walking
path led from the condo's backdoor to a nearly
5-mile-long downhill fire-trail. Adopted by a local
nature group, the route was decently maintained
and ended at a resort-affiliated golf course in the
Rockfish Valley. There, a bike-rack equipped shuttle

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SURVEYING
THE WORK
Brad Stone is
a natural for
the building
of bike trails
like this one
at Bryce Resort Bike Park.

VIRGINIA'S
LIFT-SERVICED
RIDES
Massanutten Bike
Park- The bike park
at Massanutten offers
more than 10 miles of
downhill rides. A lower
lift services beginner and
intermediate trails, while
an upper lift provides
access to four advanced
routes-including a
lengthy double-black
single-track and a wide,
smooth-riding jump
course. Bike rentals and
lessons are available
on-site. Adult passes from
$32. massresort.com/
play/mountain-biking
Bryce Resort Bike Park-
Designed by Gravity Logic
and built by 402 Trails
in 2013, this is the most
exhilarating MTB park
in Virginia, bar none.
Bryce features eight trails
ranging in difficulty from
beginner to advanced,
with some as much as
two miles long. With
lots of catwalks, treebridges and jumps, the
course is a routine fixture
on MTB.com's Atlantic
Region Top-5 and hosts
pro-level Maxxis Gravity
Series events. Rentals
and lessons are available
on-site. Adult passes from
$35. bryceresort.com/
bryce-bike-park

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