Black Bear 40k MTB Race

General Race Information

Part of the WVMBA race series, the 31st Annual Black Bear 40k MTB Race will feature a new course layout comprised of short sections of asphalt and gravel, with a solid mix of singletrack terrain. There will be two aid stations, one at the top of Black Bear and another at the bottom of Teaberry Rock. Experts will pass the aid stations four times, sport and beginner racers twice. Racers convene in the Pool Parking lot at 11:45 for the pre-race meeting.  From there, it will be a neutral roll out to the front of the forest where racers will be staged by category.  Experts launch at 12:00, Sport racers at 12:05 and Beginners at 12:10. WVMBA rules  apply. We have only one rule: BE NICE!

Register for $35 online HERE. On site registration is $45 and opens Saturday May 27 @ 9:00 am at the pool parking lot. Directions available HERE. Fully stocked aid station provided and you can leave drop bottles at registration. The schedule is as follows:

  • Free Chitlins (Kids!) Race @ 11:00 (A dedicated kids course will be set up near the registration and finish area all day!)
  • Volunteer Meeting @ 11:15 am
  • Mandatory Racer Meeting @ 11:45 am
  • START – Open/Expert/Vet/Junior @12:00
  • START – Sport/Clydesdale @ 12:05
  • START – Beginner/Youth @ 12:10
  • Food from Ridge View BBQ available from 11:00 until 5:00
  • Podiums/Awards @ 3:30

TOP MALE AND FEMALE EXPERT FINISHERS RECEIVE $500 + equal payout determined by number of registered riders. All Expert categories receive equal cash payouts for the top three in each category.  Sport and beginner categories receive prizes. Everyone leaves with a smile!

DON’T MISS FREE MUSIC FROM THE ***THE FORT HILLBILLIES Saturday Night @ 7:00 pm***

Expert Course

The whole enchilada! A true all-arounder’s course, this year’s race is approximately 21 miles of mixed terrain with approximately 3500 feet of elevation gain. Experts will descend the notorious Black Bear MTB Trail and the infamous Spectator Falls! Buckle up! Experts will pass four (!) fully stocked aid stations. Download a PDF course map HERE.

Detailed Course Description:  Riders will be staged at the front of KSF at the gravel parking area. GO! Speed down Hoffman Road on .5 miles of pavement toward Middle Ridge Road.  Take a right onto Middle Ridge Road and climb the gravel .6 miles. Take a right onto the newest section of Middle Ridge Trail (aka Grail Trail aka Pheasant Run). Climb singletrack for 1 mile. Continue onto Stinky Pete’s .8 miles of flowing singletrack until it intersects with Teaberry Rock Trail. Engage the dropper and descend 1 mile of chunk, including the Teaberry extension, and carefully take a hard left onto Davis Creek Trail, continuing onto the Shrewsberry Hollow doubletrack. Don’t fall in the creek! Aid #1 is at mile 4 and easily accessible for spectators and support. From Aid #1, continue .9 miles and take a left onto Mossy Rock Trail. Test yourself on the .7 mile, rocky, technical ascent. Can you clean it? Tail a local and find out! Once you summit, take a left onto Middle Ridge Road for about 20 yards, and immediately take another left onto Middle Ridge Trail. After .8 miles, take a right at the intersection onto Middle Ridge Road and head toward Ballard Trail for .1 miles. Hang a left onto Polecat/Ballard Trails and immediately bear right at the split onto Ballard Trail. Descend for 1 mile taking a right onto the Gun Range Detour, until you hit Hoffman Road (aka Gun Range Road). Still in one piece? Climb Hoffman Road (doubletrack and gravel)  2.2 miles. It starts as double track and ends with crushed gravel until the intersection with Middle Ridge Road. Aid #2 is located at the top of the climb at mile 9. Continue across the gravel road and bear right onto Middle Ridge Trail (aka Black Back) for .4 miles. After the short climb, take a hard left onto the notorious and ever changing Black Bear MTB Trail descent for .5 miles. Survive Spectator Falls? Good! At the bottom,  gather yourself and and take a hard left onto the pavement climb.  Power up 1 mile of switchbacks until you hit gravel.  Take a left and stay left at the gravel road split, through the gate, and up the steep climb toward the cell towers .1 miles. Take a left onto, you guessed it, Middle Ridge Trail, and enjoy the flow for .5 miles, where you will again pass Aid #2 at mile 12.4. Take a right onto Middle Ridge Road and descend .3 miles to the split, taking a hard left onto the Road-Formerly-Known-As-Hell-Ridge. Power up “The Wall” and proceed another .7 miles to Roller Coaster Trail. Top speeds will be set here! How fast can you go? After blasting the ‘Coaster, Wallfork Trail is in your sights. Keep moving straight after exiting the trail onto a gravel descent and take a hard left onto the dirt road at the bottom. Hit the booter and proceed down Wallfork for much lumpy fun over 2.1 wondrous miles. After you emerge from the woods, shake out the hands and take a right on Hoffman Road (aka Gun Range Road) for 1 mile. Take a left onto Middle Ridge Road. This should be familiar… Climb Middle Ridge Road .6 miles. Take a right onto the newest section of Middle Ridge Trail (aka Grail Trail aka Pheasant Run). Climb singletrack for 1 mile. Don’t cramp! Continue onto Stinky Pete’s .8 miles of flowing singletrack until it intersects with Teaberry Rock Trail. Engage the dropper one final time and descend .6 miles. Take a hard left at the bottom of the main descent, again passing Aid #1 at mile 20.4. Get your sprint strategy in order, because you are almost done. From here continue .6 to the finish. At Alligator Rock Trail take a right into the group campground, turn left and traverse around the giant firepit (come back later for The Fort Hillbillies!), across the stream and behind the pool to the finish.

Sport Course

Sport racers will traverse approximately 16 miles and enjoy two fully stocked aid stations. Don’t tell the experts, but the sport racers get the most fun per mile, without a doubt! Trails include Grail, Stinky Pete, Teaberry Rock, Davis Creek, Mossy Rock, Ballard and Middle Ridge. Download a PDF course map HERE.

Detailed Course Description:  Riders will be staged at the front of KSF at the gravel parking area. GO!  Speed down Hoffman Road on .5 miles of pavement toward Middle Ridge Road. Take a right onto Middle Ridge Road and climb the gravel .6 miles. Take a right onto the newest section of Middle Ridge Trail (aka Grail Trail aka Pheasant Run). Climb singletrack for 1 mile. Continue onto Stinky Pete’s .8 miles of flowing singletrack until it intersects with Teaberry Rock Trail. Engage the dropper and descend 1 mile of chunk, including the Teaberry extension, and carefully take a hard left onto Davis Creek Trail, continuing onto the Shrewsberry Hollow doubletrack. Don’t fall in the creek! Aid #1 is at mile 4 and easily accessible for spectators and support. From Aid #1, continue .9 miles and take a left onto Mossy Rock Trail. Test yourself on the .7 mile, rocky, technical ascent. Can you clean it? Tail a local and find out! Once you summit, take a left onto Middle Ridge Road for about 20 yards, and immediately take another left onto Middle Ridge Trail. After .8 miles, take a right at the intersection onto Middle Ridge Road and head toward Ballard Trail for .1 miles. Hang a left onto Polecat/Ballard Trails and immediately bear right at the split onto Ballard Trail. Descend for 1 mile taking a right onto the Gun Range Detour, until you hit Hoffman Road (aka Gun Range Road). Still in one piece? Climb Hoffman Road (doubletrack and gravel)  2.2 miles. It starts as double track and ends with crushed gravel until the intersection with Middle Ridge Road. Aid #2 is located at the top of the climb at mile 9. Take a right onto Middle Ridge Road for .2 miles and take a left onto Black Bear MTB Trail.  Immediately take a right onto Middle Ridge Trail and follow the course markings over 3.2 miles for rocking, fast, flowing KSF. Remember climbing Mossy Rock?  How could one forget? Now you get to go down! Continue straight onto Mossy, engage dropper, and tighten your grip for .7 miles. At the bottom, take a right onto Shrewsberry. Get your sprint strategy in order, because you are almost done. From here continue 1 mile to the finish. At Alligator Rock Trail take a left into the group campground, turn left and traverse around the giant firepit (come back later for The Fort Hillbillies!), across the stream and behind the pool to the finish.

Beginner Course

We aimed to give beginners a fun, challenging and achievable race course.  Based upon rider feedback, we came up with 9.2 miles of awesome riding! You won’t be let down! Trails include Grail, Stinky Pete, Teaberry Rock and Middle Ridge. NOTE: Beginner Youth categories will have a shorter, 5-mile course. Download a PDF course map HERE.

Detailed Course Description: Riders will be staged at the front of KSF at the gravel parking area. GO!  Speed down Hoffman Road on .5 miles of pavement toward Middle Ridge Road. Take a right onto Middle Ridge Road and climb the gravel .6 miles. Take a right onto the newest section of Middle Ridge Trail (aka Grail Trail aka Pheasant Run). Climb singletrack for 1 mile. Continue onto Stinky Pete’s .8 miles of flowing singletrack until it intersects with Teaberry Rock Trail. Engage the dropper and descend 1 mile of chunk, including the Teaberry extension, and carefully take a hard left onto Davis Creek Trail, continuing onto the Shrewsberry Hollow doubletrack. Don’t fall in the creek! Aid #1 is at mile 4 and easily accessible for spectators and support. Beginner Youth categories will proceed to the finish from here. For the rest, from Aid #1, continue .9 miles and take a left onto Mossy Rock Trail. Test yourself on the .7 mile, rocky, technical ascent. Can you clean it? Tail a local and find out! Once you summit, take a left onto Middle Ridge Road for about 20 yards, and immediately take another left onto Middle Ridge Trail. After .8 miles, continue straight across Middle Ridge Road and onto Middle Ridge Trail for .5 miles.  At the intersection of Middle Ridge Road, take a right for .4 miles,turning left onto Teaberry Rock Trail. Engage the dropper one final time and descend .8 miles. Take a hard left at the bottom of the main descent, again passing Aid #1 at mile 8.4. Get your sprint strategy in order, because you are almost done. From here continue .6 to the finish. At Alligator Rock Trail take a right into the group campground, turn left and traverse around the giant firepit (come back later for The Fort Hillbillies!), across the stream and behind the pool to the finish.