Close this search box.

Shorts: Outdoor News Briefs

Must Do Adventures: May

Photo: Casey Gibson

Peep some pros in spandex George Hincapie’s backyard plays host to the top pro cyclists in the country as they battle for podium spots at the USA Pro Cycling Championship. The time trial and 112-mile road race both begin and end in biker-friendly downtown Greenville. May 28-30.

Web Exclusive: See a short film about the U.S. Cycling Pro Championship in Greenville, complete with a Leipheimer interview.

Boulder Now, or Boulder Itchy Summer means poison ivy and escalating temperatures. May could be your last chance to boulder the South’s best crags, like Rumbling Bald’s new West Side Boulders, before poison ivy season kicks into high gear.

Shenandoah is on Fire Wildflowers make up more than half of Shenandoah National Park’s plant species, but May is pink azalea time, which bloom in abundance along Skyline Drive and on trails like Powell Mountain Trail.

By the Numbers

Transylvania Epic Mountain Bike Race May 29-June 4

7: Number of days you’ll spend riding Central Pennsylvania singletrack

235 Miles: Distance you’ll pedal, making it the longest stage race in the U.S.

$10,000: Cash divvied up between the top five solo men and women to finish

13:11:56: Total time of overall winner Jeremiah Bishop, averaging almost 18mph

16:34:25: Total time of the only tandem mountain bike team to finish the stage race, powered by husband/wife duo Rob and Sara Lichtenwalner

Marathon Man Stefaan Engels

365: Number of marathons Belgium’s Stefaan Engels ran in as many days

9,569: Miles run on his journey

2:56: His fastest marathon during the year

49: Age of Engels when he finished the last marathon

52: Previous record for most consecutive marathons

20: Number of Ironman triathlons Engels has completed in a single year (2007-08), also a world record

Share this post:

Discover more in the Blue Ridge:

Join our newsletter!

Subscribe to receive the latest from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine sent directly to your inbox.