Sat, Oct. 13, 2018 7:00am — 3:00pm
Visit Circumburke.org for more event info and to preregister.
Conservation Collaboratives and Kingdom Trails first organized the CircumBurke in 2009 to promote the idea of a bikeable route around Burke Mountain through Victory and to remember Dave Blumenthal, a Vermont adventure biker and trail advocate, who died in Colorado while competing in the Tour Divide.
The event has increased in popularity each year, as we add more quality singletrack to the route, making it more challenging yet more fun. Trail runners and bikers alike have embraced the event, because it is a great opportunity to race through a wild corner of the northeast kingdom primarily on singletrack. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, the CircumBurke was voted “Best Bicycle Race in Vermont” by Vermont Sports readers. Very few sections of dirt road or cart trail are used on the course. The trail runners and two lap “CircumBerzerk” bikers begin the challenge at 8:00 AM, in order to have completed most of the fast singletrack sections in Victory before the main wave of bikers comes through after a 10 AM start.
8:00 CircumBerzerkers (50 milers) and Trail Runners
10:00 Expert / Advanced Racer (M/W)
10:05 Sport / Intermediate Racer (M/W)
10:10 Open / Novice (M/W) Junior (M/W)
Registration: $70 until 11/30/17, $90 until 8/30/18, $120 until 9/30/18, $140 until close of online registration on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2017 at midnight. Late (onsite) registration. Number pickup & late (onsite) registration for $160 at Sherburne Lodge from 5:00 to 7:30 PM and on raceday from 6:45 until 9 AM. TRAIL RUNNERS register at ultrasignup.com
Refund Policy: No refunds, however entrants, who cannot attend, may substitute another participant’s name for for theirs online at or until Wednesday October 10th at midnight. by emailing laury@ .
Course Description: As in 2016 and 2017, the circuit starts and finishes at Sherburne Lodge on Burke Mountain. A 27 mile loop around Burke Mountain, Kingdom Trails and Victory Hill is used for all categories. Tons of climbing and descending. Elevation gain 3000+ feet.
Results and Timing: BART Race Services provides timing. The organizers offer raffle prizes for finishers. Unofficial results will be posted by the following day.
Enduro Classification: Two self-service enduro classifications will be generated over “Old Clodhopper” (.8 miles) and” Leif’s” (1.2 Miles) for users using their smart phones or other GPS devices with Strava activated during the event. A “leaderboard” will be generated on Strava after riders uploaded their ride data to Strava. Male and Female winners receive Victory Hill Enduro T-Shirts.
Excerpt from Vermont Sports 2017 Black Diamond Awards Issue:
“ Most Competitive Event: Circumburke: Every fall, cyclists and trail runners head to East Burke for a tough cross-country race through the forests and hills in the Northeast Kingdom and around Burke Mountain…the event also includes an enduro component for riders to test their downhill skills. Along the way, you’ll get foliage views from Burke, the White Mountains and Victory Bog. Runners-up: 2. Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race, 3. Spartan and Death Races, 4. Stowe Derby, 5. Tough Mudder.”
Volunteering: CircumBurke could not happen without the goodwill and dedication of its volunteers. Participants may find friends or family members to volunteer on raceday and receive a heavily discounted entry fee
Rules for All Participants: Safety first and use common sense!
- PASSING ETIQUETTE: Although staggered start times and a new course should minimize these inevitable encounters, faster runners will overtake slower cyclists, particularly on uphill sections and then be repassed by cyclists on downhills. Overtaking athletes are asked to call out politely “On your right” or “One your left“, before passing on the appropriate side. be courteous, if you are being passed, do your best to move aside
- LITTER: You will use State Forest and private land in a pristine corner of Vermont. Keep spent GU packs in your pockets.
- One PORT-A-POTTY is also located at Feed Zone#3 in Victory“. for those who have to “go” mid-race.
- NO DOGS out of respect for landowners along the way.
- DRIVE SLOW AND BE POLITE TO THE LOCALS WHEN COMMUTING TO EVENT: No fast rally driving enroute to the race. Favorable reception by the local community is essential for this event.
- PREPARE FOR ADVERSITY: Cyclists bring a spare tube, pump or CO2 cartridge, chaintool and allen keys. No in-situ mechanical support. Consider packing an extra layer and possibly a raincoat to avoid hypothermia in case of mishap.
- Please Cross the Finish Line upon returning to the Stock Farm to let us know that you’ve returned safely and we don’t need to send out a search party. Don’t shortcut to your car.
Contact InformationAddress: 223 Sherburne Lodge Rd., East Burke VT