The Revenge of the RattleSnake Race is coming September 19th, 2010!
Here it is again! The 27th annual Revenge of the Rattlesnake Race. Possibly the longest running annual mountain bike race in the galaxy, it is the 4th and final race of the WVMBA Ultra Series. The race first began in 1983, and became part of the Canaan Mountain Series back in 1984 and has been a series race ever since, as well as a popular attraction to riders from surrounding states as well as a few locals. Some locals who ride the trails all the time or have participated in the race, don't want any part of this race because they know what is in store! This year the course or curse will the same as last year as it is encompasses trails in Blackwater Falls State Park, Natl. Forest- Canaan Mountain, Canaan Valley Institute, Vandelia Heritage Foundation and Allegheny Power property. All in all and 40ish mile course with enough technical and gnarly single track to test your endurance and will power!
The course will be marked the weekend prior and week leading up to the race. It is the same as last year. Till then try to use the map and descriptins below if you choose to pre-ride.
Course (or curse): starting in front to the bike shop (route 32 will be closed for the start)... head over the rt32 bridge, take a right on STP access road into Blackwater Falls St Park, keep going until it turns into Yellow Birch Trail, then left on Davis trail, after about 100yrds take right on Red Spruce trail, take that until you hit Shay Trace and take a left, cross the pavement near the cabins and come out on the sled run and take a left on Canaan Loop Road. Follow Loop Road until you get to Mountainside Trail. on your right. Take Mountainside down to 244 and take a left and climb back up to Loop Rd. Left on Loop Rd until you get to Plantation trail on the right. Take Plantation all the way to the end at Route32. Right on route 32 for a short spell and then take Canaan Heights Rd that is across rt32.. Head up to the weather station ..(not the radio tower!) Go around to the left of the fence surrounding the station to hit the trail behind it and then left and down the fire road for a bit, take a left at the power lines till you get to the next road, and take a right. cross thru the gate and continue down the road until it starts to rise a tad, then left on the new Hellbender trail on the left. (red blazed) Follow course markings as they switchback down the logging road and across a little hike-a-bike rock bar before it dumps you out at the blackwater river. The other side is well flagged to be able to pickup the trail....it dumps you out into campsite 10 so take a left on Camp 70 Rd till you see campsite7 on the right (big pit area with white gate) Take a right and head to the top of the lttle pit and then a right on the green trail and head up to HooDoo rock, over to and down MoonRock, (like you are riding the st champs course backwards) then take a left on the st champs beginner loop, over to red trail, yellow trail, white trail, left at white trail T, and finally right on orange trail back to town where your beer, pizza, pasta, smiles and warm hugs will be awaiting your tired, aching, cramping body!
Vic has a map here: RoR 2010 course
handmade trophies for 2010!
$40 entry for WVMBA members and $45 for non members.
Registration at Blackwater Bikes, Davis, WV 8AM-10:30AM
Mandatory pre-race meeting at Blackwater Bikes 10:45AM
Rattlesnake start at Blackwater Bikes 11AM
There will be three different Aid Stations:
Aid Station #1- Loop Road and Plantation
Aid Station #2- Route 32 and Plantation
Aid Station #3- Camp site #7 on Camp 70 Road at the Green Trail
and two Cutoff Points:
one at Aid Station #2 (Rt. 32) which will result in a DNF for stragglers and divert them down Rt. 32 to Davis
and one at Aid Station #3 which will put stragglers on a shorter course but they will be counted in the results behind all finishers going by Aid Station #3 before the cut off time.
Food that racers want to go to Aid Stations will be placed in designated spots at registration before 10:45 AM!!! WVMBA mountain bike racing rule apply. All repairs must be done only by registered racers using tools/parts that are carried with them. Food and water can be accepted from anyone anywhere on the course.
Cash prizes for all four classes, Men open, women open, single speed open and masters 45+. This is the forth and final race of the WVMBA ultra series.
Make sure to wash your bike, hang out, eat and drink and be merry after the race behind the bike shop for the awards ceremony. Pizza/pasta and microbrew provided.
NOTE: if you wish to volunteer for the race to help in anyway please email here.
Blackwater Bikes and Tucker County trails bring you this race and great trails!
Tucker County Trails website