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Burke's Garden Century

This century has become a tradition for the New River Valley Bicycle Association since 1997 when a long time member initiated this ride for a casual outing to avoid campus traffic on Move In day for Virginia Tech. This ride has rapidly gained popularity as a fast, easy century for anyone who loves to ride bicycles. Many novice cyclists enjoy this century as their first, while advanced riders test their hammering ability to plug out 100 miles at a fast pace.

Registration for this year's Burke's Garden Century on August 23rd is now open at

The event is $8 in advance, or $10 on the day of the ride.

Join the New River Valley Bicycle Association for another scenic century in southwest Virginia–a beautiful, flat, “bid adieu”-to-summer ride.

The Ride

The Ride leaves at 8:00 AM from the Narrows Community Center (Old Narrows High School) in Narrows, Virginia and travels along Wolf Creek up to Rocky Gap. Metric century riders can join the fun at the Rocky Gap Elementary School at 9:15 AM. All participants continue to Tazwell and climb over Rich Mountain into Burkes Garden where local cuisine is served at the Burkes Garden General Store. (Have you ever had a fried green tomato sandwich?) Climb back out of the Garden and enjoy a gentle downhill cruise back to Narrows. A whopping 1% grade for 40 miles to make you turn just a bit faster!

Support (or lack thereof)

In keeping with tradition, the New River Valley Bicycle Associaion likes to run this ride as simply as possible, i.e. everyone in our club wants to ride this ride, not support it! (Yes, we know it’s selfish...)

Sure we’ll have a few SAG wagons on the course to take care of disabled riders, but we need you to BE PREPARED TO RIDE WITHOUT SUPPORT. Our SAGs will be equipped to deal with minor mechanical problems and pick up riders in “dire need”. They might even have some fluids and snacks for those who “forgot” their lunch money, but DON’T FORGET YOUR LUNCH MONEY! There are several stores (about every 20 miles apart) that would love to sell you some Moon Pies and Gatorade! So bring some money, your favorite snacks and fluids.

The SAG vehicles will be on the course for emergency situations and mechanical problems, but do not depend on them to supply you with food or fluids for this ride!


The town of Narrows is about 30 minutes west of Blacksburg, Virginia on US 460. From US 460, turn onto SR 61 to the business district of Narrows. The Narrows Community Center is on the left, one half mile from US 460 on SR 61. Those doing the metric century will want to continue on SR61 for 20 miles to Rocky Gap. SR 61 will intersect SR52. Turn Right on SR52 and park at the elementary school on the left just a few hundred yards from SR 61.

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