Conservation Collaboratives and Kingdom Trails organized the first CircumBurke in 2009 to formalize an annual endurance ritual performed by East Burke locals. The route circles Burke and Umpire Mountains via State of Vermont logging trails and private trails in the town of Victory. Our event remembers Dave Blumenthal, an inspirational Vermont adventure biker and trail advocate, who died while competing in the annual Tour Divide
The CircumBurke increases in popularity each year, as we add more singletrack to the route, making it more challenging yet more fun. Trail runners and bikers alike have embraced the event, because of its difficulty, laid back atmosphere and the unique opportunity it offers to go through a wild corner of Vermont, on singletrack and logging trails.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016, the CircumBurke was voted “Best Bicycle Race in Vermont” by Vermont Sports readers. Very few sections of dirt road or cart trail are used on the course. The trail runners and two lap “CircumBerzerk” bikers begin the challenge at 8:00 AM, in order to have completed most of the fast singletrack sections in Victory before the main wave of bikers comes through after a 10 AM start.