Sunday April 5, 2020
Online Registration TBA.
Presented by the River Valley Mountain Bike Association and Marietta Brewing Co.
The largest XC mountain bike race in West Virginia returns for the 25th time on April 5, 2020 at Mountwood Park. This is race #2 in the WVMBA series
Sponsorship is available!
More info here:
Pre race registration:
All Junior & Youth classes and Just for Fun = $20.00 (+on-line reg fee)
All other classes = $30.00 (+on-line reg fee)
On-site Registration is an additional $10
Online registration link TBA
This race requires you to be a WVVMBA member and have a USA Cycling license. You will be charged for an additional $5 for each if you are not a member or a license holder.
If you plan to purchase a yearly WVMBA membership or a USAC license do so before
registering for this race.
Purchase the WVMBA membership first to receive a discount for USAC license.
Race day registration will be available for $40 (plus WVMBA & USAC fees) starting at 9:00am.
The Expert, Sport and Beginner courses.
All classes will start from the marina parking lot at HIGH NOON
Expert ~22 miles 2700 Feet elevation gain (2019 course, TBA for 2020)
Sport ~15 miles 1700 Feet elevation gain (2019 course, TBA for 2020) Beginner ~7.5 miles 760 Feet elevation gain (2019 course, TBA for 2020)
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.
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.
**these descriptions are for 2019 courses, there may be some updates at a later time for the 2020 course**
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. About 7.5 Miles 760 Feet elevation gain.
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. Follow Gary’s Grind to the new Pumphouse Trail. At the bottom of the downhill of Pumphouse, turn right and follow the creek back to Gary’s Grind and go across a bridge and onto Little Gnarly Trail. Shortly after the ramp jump on little gnarly, riders will go right onto the newly completed extension of 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. About 15 miles and 1700 feet elevation gain.
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 and 2700 Feet elevation gain.