Sunday, November 6

roanoke, VirginiA

Explore Park  


The course is just under 4 miles in length, consisting of 55% singletrack, 40% doubletrack, and 5% gravel roads, with approximately 460 feet of elevation gain per lap.

Racers will line up for the start in the picturesque farm village area and take a fast lap around the infield before heading out for the heart of the course. Prior to reaching singletrack they'll have to tackle the biggest climb of the day along a gravel road, climbing .25 miles at an average gradient of 8%.

Racers will enter the woods half a mile from the start at the highest point on the course. From here they will face 2.25 miles of uninterrupted singletrack, with plenty of short, steep climbs and flowy descents. The trails are just technical enough to challenge advanced and intermediate riders, but still remain safely within the ability level of the beginners. There are numerous passing opportunities for riders with the skill and racing savvy to take advantage of them.

After completing the singletrack on a fast downhill, racers will exit the woods and find themselves on the banks of the Roanoke River. From this point they will face a flat out sprint for nearly a mile back to the starting line. The course ends with a dramatic uphill sprint to the finish line along a steep gravel road where many final battles will be fought throughout the day. 


Explore Park is an 1100 acre facility located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, approximately 15 minutes outside of downtown Roanoke. The park is minutes from Interstate 81 and Route 460, providing easy access for travelers. There are numerous lodging and dining options available within 15 minutes of the park.

The park address is 56 Roanoke River Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24014



All new racers MUST pick up packet between 8-9:30 on Sunday, November 6. Yes, this includes Varsity racers who race later in the afternoon.  Registration tent is located at the start/finish area. New racers will be issued chip timing number that will be used for the entire season.

It is important that racers bring the same number to every race. Replacement numbers cost $25 each. Riders who already have number plate do not need to register or check in. Just show up to the start line at appropriate time. 


**Middle School A riders who complete first lap in over 40 minutes will not be permitted to start second lap. Riders will be scored based on first lap placing. Riders who are unlikely to complete lap in under 40 minutes should race in Middle School B category. 


Course is open to pre-ride on Saturday afternoon/evening between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM as well as between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM on Sunday. Course closes promptly at 9:30 AM on Sunday. No riders are allowed to enter course after 9:30. Riders must have registered for race and be compliant in Pit Zone before departing on pre-ride. Race numbers must be displayed on all bikes of riders pre- riding course. Coaches may ride with athletes during pre-ride, but family/friends may not. 


Each registered team is provided a 10x10 (10x20 for teams with over 15 riders) in the "PIT ZONE" located next to the start/finish. Teams may bring tents and other equipment into the PIT ZONE. Vehicles and trailers are NOT allowed in this area, so teams need to carry equipment from parking area to PIT ZONE. 


There are three large parking lots adjacent to the visitors center approximately one-half mile from the start/finish area. There will be a parking shuttle to transport people to and from the race start. There is also a parking area inside the perimeter of the race course that is designated for official team vehicles and trailers only. Access to this area will be restricted during the pre-ride and race. Vehicles will not be permitted to enter or exit at any time while riders are on the course. 


Restrooms are located in the park visitors center, and there will be porta-potties located in the race infield and parking areas. 


Free camping will be available at Explore Park on Saturday night. Teams must make camping reservations BY NOVEMBER 3. Contact andrea@virginiamtb.org to reserve a space for your team. Open fires and gas generators are not permitted in the park. 


  • Those petitioning for exceptions to category placements must do so in the required time frame (7 days before race day) before the race. Same-day petitions will not be considered. 
  • Please pack out all trash.  


The Lette's Eat food truck will be selling a variety of delicious sandwiches, burgers and wraps all day on Saturday (7:00 AM to 4:00 PM). That's right, food truck will be there to serve breakfast for campers!!

  • Neutral Water will be provided for all athletes and coaches
  • Neutral Service will be provided by East Coasters Bike Shop