For 270 miles, the RockStar Trail Route (RTR) weaves its way up, over, and through some of the oldest mountains in the world. Spanning from Harrisonburg, Va to Roanoke, Va., the RTR is a backcountry bikepacking adventure defined by steep climbs, jagged ridgelines, and bomber descents. Two of Bluestone's very own, Charlie and Adam, rode 200 miles of this awesome adventure. Check out Adam's trip report here!
Last night we had an awesome time at Pale Fire Brewing hearing from Adam and Jess about their adventures from this past summer on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. We'll recap that soon, but in the meantime we wanted to also highlight another friend of the shop, who did the route right on the heels of Adam and Jess.
David Landis and his family do not shy away from big adventures. As a family they did the GDMBR and they captured the entire story on their blog.
Check it out!
With the weather treading warmer and Spring on the horizon, most of us are chomping at the bit to get outside! As Weather warms its also more Important than ever to carry and drink water. We recently started carrying this unique product from Nathan, A flexible 24 Oz water bottle made of silicone! (The bottle is BPA free.) You can roll it up when its empty to optimize space in your pack and when full it conforms to the items around it making it the perfect water solution for bike packing. The bottle is also a safe alternative to a hard bottle when trail riding or running because it will not push into your back and is much less likely to cause injury if you fall on it. Come by either shop today to check one out!
We are very, very excited to have launched our Bluestone Bike and Run Shuttle Series in January!! Though it was our first attempt at providing this service we were pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly the event went.
Hats off to all the riders who were on time, respectful of the place, and super eager to ride!!
The North River Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest is by no means an easy place to ride bikes. It’s rocky, exposed, and very fast. The reaction I got from everybody when we crested the top of Reddish Knob was enough to put into perspective just how lucky we are to live where we live.
Backcountry singletrack is notorious for dishing out harsh blows. There’s a certain feel to being in a remote place on hard, technical terrain that is super inspiring though. I know personally I’m always wondering if the terrain is within my capabilities. With this in mind, I could feel the anticipation and excitement building in the van as we climbed up Reddish Knob. With each pass up the mountain I would remember my first time climbing up and then of course bombing down! I definitely was anxious.
When I would pick everybody up at the bottom at different times throughout the day I was inspired to hear stories of sweet moves or a crash, a flat tire, or a broken pinky. Everybody was very stoked. Being around enthusiastic, passionate people is almost as exciting as the riding itself.
Because the shuttle takes about 35 minutes, it gave us a nice window for everybody to get to know one another, swap stories, and of course, talk about bikes!
The drive up Reddish is unique in the fact that you can get a visual on the terrain you’ll be riding down. It was nice to have the time to talk about route options and also point out key places not to miss and fun little moves to explore.
Some folks would sit a lap out, enjoy their lunch at their pace, and hop on the next shuttle back to the top. The weather was beautiful so it was easy to sit one run out and enjoy the day.
About eight of the twenty four riders were able to get three trips down the mountain. Some riders took one lap, some got two. Everybody left happy, a little sore, but happy!
On behalf of everybody at Bluestone Bike and Run, We look forward to introducing more riders to our area as well as providing a service that gets folk out doing what they love.
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