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Roanoke Times: Cycling to Mountain Lake Remains a Challenge

Local cyclists have found that no matter how fit you are, or how many times you’ve done it, cycling to Mountain Lake remains a challenge.

Story by the Roanoke Times’ New River Journal.

April 13, 2009   No Comments

Cyclist Conquers Fear — And Deer

Blacksburg cyclist and sculptor Bill Johnson suffered a terrible crash in the 2007 Mountains of Misery, when he collided with a deer. After a tremendous recovery, he’s back to ride in 2008. A shrine in his backyard helped him make peace with the deer, and conquer his fear. The Roanoke Times tells the story.

May 26, 2008   1 Comment

You Forget the Pain

This article originally appeared in the Roanoke Times. We would have just linked to it, but we can’t find it online. So we’re republishing it here.

Kathy Rohr "feeling the pain" at Mountains of Misery

By Mark Taylor

NEWPORT – Ten hours and 100 miles into Sunday’s Mountains of Misery bike ride, life on the steep and twisty road to Mountain Lake was, well, miserable.

Of five cyclists on a 100-yard stretch of road, four were on their feet pushing their bikes toward the finish line.

Only Kathy Rohr was pedaling.

Although this was Rohr’s first attempt at the Mountains of Misery, she was intimately familiar with the brutal course and the toll it takes. [Read more →]

May 31, 2004   1 Comment

Agony and Ecstasy

Dan Casey tells what it’s like to climb Salt Pond Mountain to Mountain Lake, as in the final leg of the Mountains of Misery. A day trip, starting and finishing in Newport: climbing the steeper “back side,” and descending the scenic “front side.” With pictures, directions, and a nice map.

January 1, 2004   No Comments

A Romp Through Bicycle Heaven

Dan Casey of the Roanoke Times recounts the 2002 Wilderness Road Ride.

June 1, 2002   No Comments