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Course Map

- Short Course is the grey/red line

- Long Course - this is only the carvins cove section - the entire route on the map.

 

Short Course - 15.5 Miles

Elevation Profile

 

Long Course - 33ish Miles

Elevation Profile - Only the Carvins Cove portion.  Full profile will be coming soon.

Training for the races:  Loch Haven is a private membership club.  Call if you want membership details (540) 366 - 1174.  You will not be able to use Loch Haven prior to the event unless you are a member.

I suggest you either park at the Bennett Spring Parking Lot or at the end of Timberview Road.   Using the Cove requires a Trail Usage pass.  You can get these passes at both the Bennett Springs and Timberview trailheads. 

Timberview - At the end of this road is an asphalt cul-de-sac.  Do not park on the asphalt.  You can park in the grassy area in front of the metal gate.  From here you can run the course minus the 2.5 miles to and from Loch Haven.

Bennett Springs - Just north of Salem on route 311.  Take Carvin's Cove Road to a stop sign, go right, and take this back to the big gravel parking lot on the right.  This is the best location for parking but you'll miss out on some of the course from here.

 

Not For Sissies Mountain Biking

a "your about to get lapped production."

We're Back!

October 13th, 2013; 10:00am Start

No USA Cycling Licenses Required

Carvins Cove Trail Use Pass is needed to train at the cove

but not needed on race day.

Race Headquarters at Loch Haven Lake

New Top Shop Award

(click for details)

Mail-in Registration    Short Course:  $30 on or before September 23rd

    (Click above for link)                                     $40 after September 23rd

                                            Long Course:  $35 on or before September 23rd

                                                                     $45 after September 23rd

Online registration     Short Course:  $30 on or before September 23rd

   (Click above for link)                                     (plus processing fee)

                                                                     $40 after September 23rd

                                                                     (plus processing fee)

                                            Long Course:  $35 on or before September 23rd

                                                                     (plus processing fee)

                                                                     $45 after September 23rd

                                                                     (plus processing fee)

 

Price includes a challenging well marked course, shirt (guaranteed to those pre-registered and given out first come first served to all those signed up after 9/23), water stops, and post race food with good people. 

 

2013 Race Details

Like in the inaugural race this year's race headquarters will be at Loch Haven Lake.  At 33ish miles and 4500ft of climbing the long course is definitely not for sissies!  The short (sissy) course is 15.5 miles with a few big climbs and will be a worthy challenge for the less inspired or the racer looking to get home early to watch Sesame Street re-runs ("who you callin' a sissy").

This year, only the long course will use the "Green Ridge Loop" which crosses private property.  Pre-riding that loop is not recommended and you will be riding at your own risk while trespassing, except on race day.

Now for the lecture:  The process of bringing you a harder longer course has not been easy.  It took 7 months for last year's race and some negotiating again this year to secure use of the Green Ridge Loop.  This loop really makes the the long course, but understand that the loop consists of 6 different land owners.  A lot of effort has gone into getting permission from these land owners to use their property for this event.  Any use of this loop outside of race day is not recommended and you will be trespassing and riding at your own risk.   Parking or riding at the Church of God State Offices will definitely get you in trouble.  Do not use this property.  Complete details of this new loop will be released the week before the race. 

 

Packet Pickup and Race Day Info

Packet Pickup, Registration, and Check-in - 8:45-9:40

There will be a Race Briefing at 9:40

 

Spectator Info     &      Map

 

About Carvins Cove

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the place to run and ride if you are in Roanoke.  It is the second largest municipal park in the nation. It holds not only a major water source within its 12,700 acres, but also overflowing recreation opportunities.  There is approximately 40 miles of roads and trails in the park and with the newly accepted trail plan there should be miles and miles of new trails added each year. 

Both race distances will be challenging.  There will be a lot of climbing, approximately 3500ft of elevation gain in the long course.  1000ft of this will occur following mile 18, but your reward will be 2.35 miles of downhill followed by a relatively easy 2 miles to the finish. 

This event will be headquartered at Loch Haven Lake Property rules state that there will be No Dogs Allowed on the property for this event. 

Important Details While Training for the races:  

  • Loch Haven is a private membership club.   See info to the right for where to park for your training rides.

  • Until race day, don't act like a racer.  Be kind to other trail users and obey the rules of the trail and understand that bikes must yield to other users (see embedded link).  For the Full Story on Trail Etiquette read the embedded PDF.

  • This event and these trails are only here because someone else's time, blood, sweat, and tears.   This place is great, is getting better, and can be fantastic.  But we need more help to get it done while we are still young enough to ride hard.  1000s of hours have been donated by local volunteers in an effort to create and maintain these trails.  Find some time to give back.  Contact Pathfinders (click on Volunteer) to find out how you can help on the designated work days here at the cove.  If you don't have time, you can always donate (donations to Pathfinders are tax deductible).

 

Top Shop:

This award, and bragging rights, will go to the fastest shop.  The fastest two times from any shop will be combined for the Shop Time.  The minimum requirement for a shop team is 2 part or full time employees (a shop team can have unlimited riders but a minimum of 2 is needed for a team).  

 

Short Course

Categories:

Men/Women - 0-18, 19-39, and 40+

Description:(2415ft of elevation gain)

*Initial Water Stop Plan

Racers will leave Loch Haven Lake and ride onto Timberview Road heading to the Cove.  At the end of Timberview racers will go around the gate and then take a left onto the Trough.  This is a 1.11 mile steep climb.  This will bring you to the Brushy Mountain fire road.  Here you will take a left for .4 miles to Buck which is on your right (2.86 Miles).  Buck starts out as a steep rocky downhill and then rolls for a total of 1.24 miles.  At this point you will take a right onto Hotel for 1.13 miles.  At the next trail intersection you will take a right onto Hi-Dee-Hoe for .3 miles until you veer left onto the 4 Gorge Trail.  This is a 2.67 mile rolling up and down trail.  This will take to Brushy Mtn. Fire road (WS #1 - 7.93 Miles) where you will take a right and start climbing for 2.41 miles to the top of the climb.   From the top you will have a .64 mile descent to to Gauntlet.  This is a 2.1 mile fast descent that will have you ready for a flat stretch of trail.  At the bottom you will take a right onto Horse Pen for 1.25 mile.  Horse Pen is a an old access road that will take you to the gate that you came to at the start of the race.  Go around the gate and then continue on Timberview Road until you reach the entrance trail back into Loch Haven Lake. 

Long Course

Categories:

Single Speed Men/Women - Open

Sport Men/Women - Open

Expert Men/Women - Open

Masters Men 45+

Description (33ish miles and 4500ft of elevation gain):   

Racers will leave Loch Haven Lake and ride onto Timberview Road heading right.  Quickly racers will turn right back into Loch Haven and access the Green Ridge Loop.  Here racers will do the 7.5 mile loop in a counter clockwise direction (same direction as last year).  The loop ends at the base of the Trough Trail in Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.  The Trough is a 1.11 mile steep climb.  This will bring you to the Brushy Mountain Fire road.  Here you will take a left for .4 miles to Buck which is on your right (2.86 Miles).  Buck starts out as a steep rocky downhill and then rolls for a total of 1.24 miles.  At this point you will take a right onto Hotel for 1.13 miles.  At the next trail intersection you will take a right onto Hi-Dee-Hoe for .3 miles until you veer left onto the 4 Gorge Trail.  This is a 2.67 mile rolling up and down trail.  The end will bring you back to a lower section of the Brushy Mtn. Fire road (WS #1).   From here you will continue straight on the new 4 Gorge Extension for .76 miles.  This will take you to the top of Tuck-a-Way where you will take a left.  Tuck-a-Way is a 1.02 mile trail that is gradually downhill, minus one short steep hill, that you can roll through with lots of speed.  This will take you to the 4 Way where you will head straight on Enchanted Forest.  You will be on this trail for .46 miles where it has been rerouted to the Happy Valley Road (HVR) where you will take a right for .13 miles and then take a right back into the very scenic second half of the pine forested Enchanted Forest trail for .44 miles.  This will take you back to HVR where you will take a right followed by an immediate left onto the .3 mile Little Bell.  This is a beautiful .3 mile section of pine needle covered trail that will take you back to HVR.  Here you will continue straight across HVR onto the 1.82 mile Schoolhouse.   At the end you will again come to the halfway point at HVR.  Here you will take a left and stay on the road for 1.03 miles until you come to Arrowhead on your right. This trail starts out on one of my favorite sections as it follows the creek.  It will continue to go up and down as you navigate 4 creek crossings.  In total this is a rolling 1.63 mile trail.  At it's end you will come to HVR and take a right for .11 miles to the entrance to Songbird.  Songbird is a flowy trail that starts out with an uphill for the first .26 mile section where it comes to a gravel road which you will cross and continue on for the remaining 1.91 miles till it takes you to HVR again.  Here you will take a right and continue on to the base of the Brushy Mountain Fire road and the 1000ft climb for the next 2.89 miles.  A half mile into the climb you will reach (WS #2).  From here you will most likely question your sanity for entering this race at least once (warning; this section may make entrants cuss, shake their fist at the sky, or lie down while slamming their hands and feet into the ground in the act of a tantrum).   Once at the top you will continue downhill on the fire road for another .64 miles to Gauntlet.  This is a 2.1 mile fast descent that will have you ready for a flat stretch of trail.  At the bottom you will take a right onto Horse Pen for 1.25 mile.  Horse Pen is a an old access road that will take you on a gradual uphill to the gate that you came to at the start of the race.  Go around the gate and then continue on Timberview Road until you reach the entrance trail back into Loch Haven Lake.   

Directions to Loch Haven

2755 Loch Haven Lake Drive, Roanoke, VA, 24019

From the North on I-81 take exit 141.  Take a left onto route 419.  Loch Haven Road will be the first right hand turn (almost immediately).  Stay on this road until the entrance to Loch Haven Resort on the left at 2.3 miles. 

From the South on I-81 take exit 141.  Take a right onto route 419.  Loch Haven Road will be the first right hand turn.  Stay on this road until the entrance to Loch Haven Resort on the left at 2.3 miles. 

 

RACE DAY RULES:

  • Race number must be on the front of your bike, and visible at all times. 

    • We ask that you write any special Emergency needs on the back of your racing placard.

  • No Littering - bar wrappers and gel packets and the top tab are considered litter.

  • Follow the marked trail no short cutting.  We have eyes everywhere!

  • Communicate and be courteous when passing or being passed.

  • Be courteous to our volunteers.  They've taken their day off for you. 

  • Headphones (Ipods, mp3 players, etc) are permitted only if you keep the volume down so that you can hear other racer behind you and our volunteers when they need to get your attention.  Failure to do this will jeopardize the use of headphones for you and the other racers in the future. 

  • Dogs are NOT permitted.

  • If you drop out of the race, please let us, course marshal, or volunteer know before leaving the event.

 

Race Sponsors:

 

 

For Race Information Contact:

Mountain Junkies L.L.C.

212 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153

540-525-9452

info@mountainjunkies.net