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Sunday April 7, 2019

Online registration will be available closer to the race date, please check back for link.

Presented by the River Valley Mountain Bike Association and Marietta Brewing Co.

The largest XC mountain bike race in West Virginia returns for the 24th time on April 7, 2019 at Mountwood Park. This is race #2 in the WVMBA  series.

Race day registration will be available for $35 (plus WVMBA fees) starting at 9:00 a.m., but why wait in line!

NEW IN 2018, RETURNING FOR 2019: WVMBA has teamed with USAC. The one-day membership will be the same as last year ($10) but $5 will go towards your one-day WVMBA membership and $5 to your one-day USAC membership. If you are a current USAC member, you will only pay $5 for your one-day WVMBA membership. Just provide your USAC license number.

$32 for Race Entry
$10 1-day WVMBA/USAC membership
$30 1-year WVMBA membership

The Race:

All classes will start from the marina parking lot at HIGH NOON
Expert ~22 miles
Sport ~14 miles
Beginner ~7 miles

The Kids :
A FREE skills clinic will begin at 10 a.m. The younguns can hone their skills riding over an assortment of obstacles in the non-competitive event.

A FREE kids ride will begin at 11 a.m. Let ‘em get a taste in this short (~5min) ride with coaching and support available.

The Venue:
Mountwood Park is located approximately 12 miles east of Parkersburg, WV on US 50. The 2600-acre park offers 30+ miles of trail, most of which is singletrack. If you’ve ridden at Mountwood, you know that these are some of the most well-maintained trails in the state. The trails are well packed and hold up great no matter the weather. Check the website for cabins, campsites, and more info.

Extra Motivation:

  • T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 200 registrants
  • A delicious post-race cookout with Marietta Brewing Company will be provided!
  • Free primitive camping available in the clearing next to the registration shelter
  • Cash and prize table is among the best in the series.

Course Description: the following is the description for 2018. Stay tuned to see if there will be any changes for 2019.

All classes: Will depart / start from the marina parking lot as always in 3 waves. Riders proceed up the road toward the sewage treatment plant where they will go left on Walter Taitt Trail (wide gravel forest road). Riders will follow Walter Taitt Trail approximately 1.8 miles almost to the end of Walter Taitt Trail where they will go left onto the connector trail to Caretaker Trail. Within 100 feet riders go left on Caretaker Trail and ride back toward 4 Corners. At 4 Corners, riders will veer right up Minnehaha Trail.

Riders follow Minnehaha Trail all the way to the top of the hill. When riders enter the power line for the second time onto Power Line Trail they will go to the right (nearly straight through) and follow Power Line Trail back toward 4 Corners again. After riders go through a big dip in the hill and climb the next grade, they will go left onto an old portion of Mansion Trail and then within 200 feet will go left again and onto Hunters Roost Trail where they will follow Hunters Roost Trail to Power Line Trail. After fading into Power Line Trail, take it out into the actual power line right of way. Follow Power Line Trail toward the fenced power substation.

Beginner Split: All Sport and Expert classes will stay right at the intersection of Haystack Trail and continue past the substation and head for White Oak Ridge Trail (see below).

Beginners will go left onto Haystack Trail, take Haystack Trail to Log Jam Trail where they will go left onto Log Jam and follow it to Collar Bone Trail. They will go right onto Collar Bone and follow it out to Walter Taitt Trail and then back toward the parking lot on the blacktop road they started on. In the parking lot riders will go to the right of Cabin (Museum) across the bridge along the creek, across the second bridge and to the finish line. (A fraction over 7 miles).

Sport and Expert: After going past power sub station, riders will cross Volcano Road onto White Oak Ridge Trail. Follow White Oak Ridge Trail to the blacktop road and onto Gary's Grind. After the long downhill on Gary's Grind riders will go right, across a bridge and onto Little Gnarly Trail. Near the end of Little Gnarly Trail, just before the boardwalk and after the very tight downhill switchbacks, riders will go right onto the newly completed Sand Hill Trail. This trail will follow the ridgeline and bring you into the old picnic area before climbing up to the field on an elevated boardwalk. At the top of the hill watch for the trail to go right. Riders go down off the Moon and dive back into the woods following this newest addition back where it drops down through a couple switchbacks and a short steep section where they will go right onto Trip To The Moon Trail. Riders follow Trip to the Moon Trail to Copperhead Trail and do nearly the entire Copperhead Loop. About ••• the way around Copperhead Loop the Course Splits. (Copperhead at Ratsnake).

Sport Classes : Will take a hard left, staying on Copperhead, and follow it out to the road near the Marina Parking Lot. Go across the road into the parking lot (be careful of vehicle traffic), go left in the Marina Parking Lot and stay to the right of the cabin (Museum), across a bridge, then another and on to the finish line. Total approx. 13 miles.

Expert Classes : Will go right at onto Rat Snake Trail and ride around to the gravel road that comes out on Volcano Road near the park maintenance building and proceed around by the torpedo, past the 2nd water stop, and onto what we refer to as the Indian trails, - Tecumseh, Medicine Man and Tomahawk Trails.

Riders will follow Tecumseh Trail till it comes back out on Lake Trail where they will ride to the yellow gate and turn hard right just before the yellow gate and go across the wooden bridge and follow Lake Trail toward the dam to the first entrance to Medicine Man Trail. Take Medicine Man Trail to right up a long climb and follow it all the way around. At the intersection with Tomahawk Trail, riders will go right off Medicine Man (nearly straight through) and into a tight downhill right switchback and onto Tomahawk. Rider will then take a right onto Warrior Ridge, which will end back on Tomahawk, where a right turn is required. Riders will follow Lake Trail to a point where Lake Trail goes left and 4 Corners Trail goes straight. Rider will continue towards 4 corners. Once riders arrive at 4 corners, turn left on Tait Trail and then turn left on Pro Log Trail which will merge back to Lake trail. Follow the blacktop road back to the parking lot where you will stay to the right, go to the right of the Cabin (Museum) across a bridge, then another and on to the finish. Total approx. 22 miles.


Start Date: 2019-2-7     Start Time: 12:00pm
Event Name: MArietta Brewing Company Challenge at Mountwood - WVMBA #2
Location(s): Waverly, WV 26184
Mountwood Park
Event Type(s): Bike
Event Distance(s):  7, 13, and 22 miles
Contact(s): TBA
Affiliate(s): West Virginia Mountain Bike Association

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