MTB Challenge

In Memory of Dave Blumenthal

Voted Vermont’s Best MTB Race in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Vermont Sports readers

2019 date to be announced soon.

Northeast Kingdom Vermont’s annual mountain bike or trail running marathon. hosted by Kingdom Trails, Burke Mountain and Victory Hill Sector. A difficult and scenic 26.2 mile marathon circuit on singletrack and logging roads. The one lap event is for trail runners and bikers. The two lap “CircumBerzerk 50+ miler is for bikers only. Support our trails: All proceeds go towards trails building an maintenance!

Venue: Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, 3 Sherburne Lodge Rd, East Burke, VT 05832

Start Waves:
8:00 CircumBerzerkers (50 milers)
8:05  Marathon Trail Runners (26.2+ miles)
10:00 Expert / Advanced Racer (M/W)
10:05 Sport / Intermediate Racer (M/W)
10:10 Open / Novice (M/W) Junior (M/W)

Registration: Coming in January.

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” McGill’s Thrill to Shakedown” (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