Thursday, September 15, 2016

49th Virginia City 100 This Weekend

September 15 2016
by Merri

The 49th annual Virginia City 100 takes place on Saturday near the historic mining town of Virginia City, Nevada.

45 riders, including three Juniors, are expected to start this iconic bucket list ride. The late addition of Junior Alex Niehaus is an exciting one. Alex and fellow Junior rider Anya Levermann just finished the AERC National Championship 100 last weekend in Utah, and the two girls are tied for the National Junior 100 Mile award with, so far, 505 miles this year.

There are several VC100 icons in this year's ride. Connie Creech, riding LS Steele Breeze 10, will be going for a record 25th buckle. AERC Hall of Fame Pard'ners Award winners, Gina Hall and Fire Mt Destiny will partner up again. Gina has 16 finishes, and Destiny has 11.

The trail consists of three loops (51, 25, 24 miles), each returning to base camp in Virginia City. It covers hard pack and rocky terrain on historical wagon (now jeep) roads with some sandy single track footing and several mountain climbs.

Endurance rider Joan Zeleny describes it well: "I think it's tougher than Tevis… not enough shade to cover a lizards butt... long views of a long trail... rocks and more rocks..."

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