May 23rd, 2014
So it’s taken a year to realize but the BURN 24 Hour Challenge is not happening in 2014. WTF!
Way back circa 2000, Tyler Benedict had the bright idea to promote a 24 hour mountain bike race. The title sponsor was a company of his own called Prolyte. As the company morphed into Source Beverages, the race adopted the name of the BURN 24 to promote BURN Energy Drink. It’s still one of the best energy drinks ever! As Tyler’s business began to grow, the race was handed over to Eddie O’dea with the support of his wife Namrita. The O’dea family continued to grow the event where it became a mainstay of the 24 hour race scene especially in the Southeast. Soon thereafter, the reins were officially handed over to the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club.
In a way, the BURN built the trails at W Kerr Scott. Dark Mountain was under construction when the grapevine told us Tyler was looking for a new race venue. The BMCC had connections to Tyler through college buddies and the call was made. Tyler’s comment was that we needed more trail. So what did we do? We built more trail. And fast. The south side of Dark Mountain was put in seemingly overnight so we could host the BURN. That was the catalyst that sparked a fire in a small group of dedicated volunteers to bring Wilkesbermo to life.
The BURN means lots of things to lots of people. That’s evident by the emails that we’ve received over the course of the last year. People wanting to know when registration will open, why the race isn’t happening, some just plain mad and others grateful for the experience. As I type this, I’m grateful for all of those emails, the friends I’ve made and even the people I’ve pissed off as race director. I’m thankful for all the race volunteers that have come and gone through the years to help make it happen.
On behalf of the BMCC, thank you all for taking part in the BURN 24 Hour Challenge. Racers, sponsors, volunteers, paid staff, family, everybody. In no small part, you’ve helped create some of the best mountain bike trails in the country.
May 26th, 2013
Let the trash talk begin. Thank you all for taking part in the 2013 BURN 24 Hour Challenge. Take a nap, you deserve it!
May 22nd, 2013
James bombing the Snake with Carey in hot pursuit!
The race websites and email distribution lists for the BURN 24 & the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek have never been used for anything other than race related announcements. While this post is not race related, it is. The BURN 24 has served as the unofficial grassroots 24 hour national championship for some time. We’ve had pros race with us over the years and exceptionally fast individuals but for the most part, we’re all average run of the mill cyclists with day jobs that share cycling as a hobby. That brings a sense of family and camaraderie to our sport. It makes it fun! We’ve seen this over and over when unfortunate circumstances arise that leave us with a rider down. Regretfully, we’ve been left with a rider down. James Caudill is a past participant of the BURN 24 Hour Challenge. He has also helped build and maintain the trails at W Kerr Scott. James is a cyclist. That makes him part of our clique, right? Last fall James was involved in a serious accident that involved major head trauma. You can read his story here. This year at the BURN, we’ll be selling left over race t-shirts from previous year’s events to benefit the C Foundation. Our designs are typically pretty cool so whether you’re in need of a new t-shirt or out of shop rags, consider making a purchase or even just a donation. All proceeds will go directly to the C Foundation to help cover the cost of James’ rehab and to help others in need that are suffering from traumatic brain injuries. We would appreciate the extra support!
May 8th, 2013
We never say never around here but we’re about to stick a fork in it! It’s been a fun ride over the last dozen years or so but it’s time for the Southeast’s longest running 24 Hour MTB relay race to ride off into the sunset. You can say our flame has BURNed out. Don’t despair though, we’re about to take the wraps off a new event coming later in the year that will still give you a solid dose of Dark Mountain and an infamous BURN lap or two. Don’t miss out on the 14th Annual 13th BURN 24 Hour Challenge. Registration has been steady, just like the rain down here in Wilkes. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.
November 19th, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving from the BURN24. It’s time to start planning the Southeast’s longest running (we think) 24 Hour MTB Race! To kick it off, registration will open at 8pm on 11/22. That’s right, we want to compete for your hard earned cash with the mega corporations and online retailers trying to pad the bottom line by offering those insane basement prices on everything from TVs to blenders. So…
Starting at 8pm while you’re in a stupor from gorging yourself on deep fried turkey, sign up for the BURN 24 Hour Challenge on Memorial Day Weekend 2013. For one week, use the coupon code “tryptophan” and save 10% on the already ridiculously low registration rates.
We’ll be racing at high noon on 5/25/2013. We hope you can join us!
June 4th, 2012
Photos are up and ready for your viewing pleasure. The fine folks at Mabe Photo are offering a post race special through June 16th. Race DVDs containing all race photography can be yours for $45. On June 17th, the price goes up to $60. If you missed out on the 2011 photography, DVDs for both years can be purchased for $75. Click here to get started!
May 29th, 2012
Light & Motion had the goods up for grabs this past weekend for fastest male and female night laps. Michael Kobolla of Magic Cycles turned a blistering 33:12 on his winning team’s 21st lap of the race. That was a mere 50 seconds off the fastest day lap. Shannon Ancel of Cycles De Oro led the charge for the women with a fast night lap of 44:16. Both walked away with a new Seca 800. Congrats to Michael and Shannon for gettin’ done in the dark!
Michael Kobolla & Shannon Ancel
May 26th, 2012
Overall race results are posted here! Six packs and maybe even cash are up for grabs as bragging rights are on the line. Individual lap times can be found here. Thank you all for coming out in support of the BURN 24 Hour Challenge and the BMCC!
May 25th, 2012
What’s everybody looking at? Is it Bob Babb running in place…
May 24th, 2012
The fine folks at Blue Mountain Metalworks in Banner Elk, NC have created these custom trophies that could adorn your mantel, trophy case, desk or bookshelf. All you gotta’ do is go fast and finish first!