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VTARA Supports 2015 Virginia Tech Cycling Classic

Dedicated members of the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (VTARA) gathered in the cold, wet parking lot of the Black Diamond Ranch in Maggie Valley at 7 AM this past Saturday (April 26, 2015) to provide communications for the annual Virginia Tech Cycling Classic. Maggie Valley and the Black Diamond Ranch are located in a rural part of Virginia, approximately 20 miles north of the main Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg. Cyclists race around the 2776 ft elevation (846 m) Seven Mile Mountain in a series of races that begin at 8 in the morning and finish by 6 in the evening. Because of the rugged terrain and poor cell phone service in this area, the Virginia Tech Cycling Team asks VTARA to provide communications across the entire course. VTARA has now supported this race for at least four seasons.

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