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Valley Builds Up Its Cred With Two-Wheeler Crowd

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Posted: June 15, 2013

The first wave of cyclists begins the 50K ride during the fourth annual DR100 in Harrisonburg last month. It’s one of the many cycling events that have put the Shenandoah Valley on the map with enthusiasts of the sport. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Harrisonburg Bike Coalition outreach coordinator Tom Jenkins (center) leads a day of mountain bike trail cutting and maintenance on the west slope of Massanutten Mountain last month. Members of the coalition get special access to mountain biking trails.
Harrisonburg Bike Coalition member Shannon Hirtriter (left) removes a rock from a new trail under construction as other members work farther down the path during a trail maintenance day last month.
Harrisonburg Bike Coalition member Owen Johnston, 8, helps remove rocks from a trail “under construction” with his dad, Paul, during a maintenance work day on the West Slope of Massanutten Mountain last month. Coalition members put in work hours in return for access to the otherwise private mountain biking trails.
Participants in the annual DR100 road event travel along Mountain Valley Road near Broadway.
Volunteer Pat Shoemaker of Harrisonburg assembles peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches at the first rest stop for 50K cyclists during the fourth DR100 road event last month.
Road bikes line up to tackle the 50K course at DR100 last month.
HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Valley is an international cycling destination, and the wheels are in motion to ensure it only grows in popularity.

Many factors make Harrisonburg and the…

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