Black Bear Enduro

General Race Information

Race No. 3 in the West Virginia Enduro Series, the Black Bear Enduro features four, predominantly downhill, timed sections. Each rider’s total time at the end determines final finishing order. Lowest time wins! There will be an aid station set up in Dunlop Hollow, which rider will pass through before Stage 4, Wildcat. The total ride distance is approximately 16 miles. This year’s race again features Sportident timing. The timed sections will vary with some being as short as 2 minutes of steep technical riding and others upwards of 8 minutes of rock gardens, log hops and a creek gap jump. The timed sections are Wallfork, Black Bear (w/ Spectator Falls), Pine Ridge (the long way) and Wildcat.

Register for $60 online HERE. On site registration is $70 and opens on race day, Sunday, May 28 @ 8:00 a.m. in Dunlop Hollow (in the camping area, near the ball field). Register for multiple events and get a significant discount! Directions available HERE. Sunday’s schedule is as follows:

  • Registration @ 8:00 in Dunlop Hollow
  • Volunteer Meeting @ 9:30
  • Mandatory Race Meeting @ 9:45
  • All Categories Start @10:00
  • Final Check/Cut-off @ 3:00
  • Food/Taco Bar available @ 2:30
    • Racers don’t forget your meal ticket – extra food will be available for $5.
  • Podium/Awards @ 4:00
  • New Belgium Brewing Post-Race Celebration! @ 6:00 at Sam’s Uptown Cafe!

Cash prizes! Equal cash payout determined by number of registered riders. All Expert categories receive equal cash payouts for the top three in each category.  Other categories receive prizes. Everyone leaves with a smile!

Important Race Notes

Start/Finish/Cut-Off: The race starts and finishes in Dunlop Hollow. This year’s race has a 3:00 pm cut-off.  If you do not report to the finish area by the cut-off, your total time will not be counted in the final results. Be sure to check in when you arrive!

Course Inspection: The stages will be marked and open for inspection by Friday, May 26. The full course will not be completely marked until after the Black Bear MTB Race on Saturday, May 27. Utilize the full course map HERE.  Download .gpx files of the course HERE (Stages 1-3) and HERE (Stage 4). Check out the Strava segments below for a taste of what to expect.

On Saturday, May 27, Stages 1 and 2 (Wallfork and Black Bear) may not be ridden by riders other than those participating in the XC race on Saturday, May 27 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Any reports of riders on course other than those racing in the XC race will result in disqualification from Sunday’s enduro.  No exceptions, no excuses and no refund! If you want to ride Stages 1 & 2 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, we highly recommend registering for the Black Bear 40k! Stages 3 & 4 will be open all day Saturday.  Please be courteous to other trail users, and YIELD to uphill traffic.  We expect that there will be a large number of hikers on this popular holiday weekend. Slowing down and offering a simple wave goes a long way toward ensuring we can continue to have events such as this one.  And while WV Enduro Series rules may apply, we have only one: BE NICE!

Shuttles: While it is discouraged, riders may receive a shuttle from Dunlop Hollow to Rollercoaster Trail on the way to Stage 1. No other shuttling will be permitted on race day. Stage 1, Wallfork, is the longest stage of the day and a little warmup will help you during this stage – trust us!