Creature from Carvins Cove Mountain Bike Race LogoCreature from Carvins Cove: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

Legend has it, that long before the water of Carvins Cove flooded the farmland once known as Happy Valley, a strange and shadowy gilled creature roamed the bogs and waterways…

Now, for reasons unknown, sightings of an unusual reptilian figure have been widely reported. This fall, a brigade of endurance mountain bike racers will be sent in to investigate, exploring 40+ miles of dark backwoods while simultaneously competing for the ultimate prize: the XXC-VA state championship!

Virginia’s Blue Ridge’s Creature From Carvins Cove invites mountain bike racers from across the state and beyond to witness the wonders of Carvins Cove’s gnarliest singletrack in the final of the XXC-VA series, sanctioned by the Virginia Endurance Series. Beginners and Intermediate racers are encouraged to try the 15-mile XC route.

Registration:

The race registration costs $30 in advance or $40 on-site. Refunds and deferrals are not available. 

2017 XC Registration (15 Miles)

2017 XXC Registration (42 Miles)

LODGING:

Roanoke has many hotels, cabins and bed and breakfast options for travelers. Hollins University, just minutes from Carvins Cove, has offered free camping for Creature participants and their families. Follow the posted signs to the camping location near the back of the campus.

RACE CATEGORIES:

The XXC is 43 miles and 6,085 ft of elevation gain. The XC is 15 miles and 1,200 ft of elevation gain. Beginners and Intermediate racers are encouraged to compete in the XC. On-site registration is available.

  • XXC: Open Men’s, Open Women’s, Single Speed, Masters (45+)
  • XC: Beginner Men’s and Women’s, Sport, Expert, Single Speed, Junior (Ages 10-16)

Details:

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
  • XXC Race Time: XXC packet pickup and on-site registration runs from 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. The XXC race starts at 9:30 a.m. 
  • XC Race Time: XC packet pictup and on-site registration runs from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. The XC race starts at noon.
  • Parking: Please park at the Carvins Cove Boat Dock at 9644 Reservoir Rd., Roanoke, 24019

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For questions and additional info regarding the race, please contact Renee Powers, Outdoor Recreation Supervisor for Trails and Trail Programming at 540-853-5867 or renee.powers@roanokeva.gov.

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XXC Course Route

This challenging 43-mile course will take you over 6,085 ft of elevation gain. XXC riders follow the Orange Arrows along the route:

Take Happy Valley ~3 miles. Left on Schoolhouse. Cross Over Happy Valley to go straight on Little Bell. Right on Happy Valley and make a quick Left on Enchanted Forest. Left on Happy Valley. Left on Enchanted Forest. Left on Tuckaway. Go straight to continue to climb Tuckaway. Left on Kerncliff. Straight to continue on Kerncliff. Right on Araminta. Left on Hemlock Tunnel. Left on Lakeside. Straight on Horsepen. Optional aid station at Timberview parking lot. Up Trough. Left on Brushy Mountain Fire Road. Right on Buck. Right on Hotel. Left for optional aid station at Bennett Springs Parking Lot. Up Hi Dee Hoe. Straight to go down Gauntlet. Left on Lakeside. Right on Hemlock Tunnel. Left on Kerncliff. Right on Comet. Straight to go on Lower Comet. Left on Happy Valley. Left on Brushy Mountain Fire Road. Right on 4 Gorges. Right on Hi Dee Hoe to Bennett Springs Parking Lot-optional aid station. Cross over road to Bennett Springs Loop trail (bear left on loop). Left on Rattlin Run. Left on Songbird. Straight to continue on Songbird. Left on Happy Valley. Left on Arrowhead. Left on Happy Valley back to Boat Dock.

**There will be aid stations on the XXC course only, located at Timberview Road Parking Lot and Bennett Springs Parking Lot**

Creature from Carvins Cove XXC Race Route Map

XC COURSE ROUTE

Designed for beginner and intermediate mountain bike racers, this 15 mile ride covers 1,200 ft of elevation gain. XC riders follow the Red Arrows along this route:

Take Happy Valley ~3 miles. Left on Schoolhouse. Cross over Happy Valley and go straight on Little Bell. Right on Happy Valley and make a quick Left on Enchanted Forest. Left on Happy Valley. Left on Enchanted Forest. Left on Tuckaway. Right on Lower Comet. Right on Happy Valley. Left on Songbird. Cross over Tunnel to stay on Songbird. Left on Happy Valley. Left on Arrowhead. Left on Happy Valley ~4 miles back to Boat dock for finish line!

XC Mountain Bike Race Route - Creature from Carvins Cove

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