Experience the beautiful countryside of Lee and Wise Counties of Southwest Virginia, on the path of the legendary Chief Benge.
You will bike the beautiful hills where the famous red-headed Cherokee warrior Chief roamed and conducted his murderous raids on early settlers before being killed in 1792 by Colonel Vincent Hobbs. The ride will take you through coal towns more than 100 years old, down the original Trail of the Lonesome Pine, through the gaps of several mountains, past the Great Stone Face rock, so named by the Native Americans and by Benges Rock.
Riders will be challenged by their choice of either a 25 mile, 50 mile or 75 mile loop beginning in the City of Norton at J.I. Burton High School. For riders participating in the 75 mile ride, the final climb up High Knob Mountain to Nortons famous Flag Rock has an average grade of 11% and spikes up to 20%, its not called High Knob for nothing! A 39 x 25 gearing is recommended for the final two-mile climb. Riders will have the option of stopping at the base of the final climb.
All riders will be responsible for obeying the rules of the road as this is not a closed ride. The course will be monitored. Helmets are required!
Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Norton, Va.