Festival Information

Last year’s info below – stay tuned for updates…

2017 Registration Details

REGISTER ONLINE HERE: https://www.bikereg.com/ksfmtbfest2017. Online registration closes on Monday, May 22 at 11:59 pm. The first 50 registrants in both the XC and Enduro will receive a free t-shirt and pint glass. Online registration is strongly recommended, and prices increase for day-of registration as follows:

STXC – online $15 – day of $20

XC – online $35 – day of $45 (Beginner Youth Categories race for $20, online or day of registration)

Enduro – online $60 – day of $70

Clinic – online $10 online, $15 day of

BETTER YET Register for all three race events online (STXC/XC/Enduro) and save $30!

WVMBA fee required for XC and Enduro racing, $10 a day / $30 year. A WVMBA membership is not necessary for the STXC/Clinic/Tour.

All registered racers will enjoy well marked-courses, fully stocked aid stations, a food truck ticket for Ridge View BBQ on Saturday (XC racers only), a post-race/clinic tacos bar on Sunday (Enduro/Clinic participants), free camping, music, beverages, swag bag, and more!

Post-race snacks will be provided for all racers – food will also be available for purchase on Saturday for family and friends from Ridge View BBQ and for a $5 dollar donation on Sunday.


Prizes? We’ve got tons of em’! $500 to the top male and female finishers of the 31st Black Bear 40k MTB Race, PLUS equal cash payouts for top three men and women in the open/expert categories for all races, cash for all remaining expert categories, overflowing prize table for sport and beginner racers, plus more to be announced. Prizes provided by generous sponsors CHARLESTON BICYCLE CENTER, JOHN’S CYCLERY, PRO MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS, NEW RIVER BIKES, THOMSON, TRUCKERCO., CONNEX CHAINS and MORR PROTECTIVE GEAR!

OMNIUM – Can you tame the Bear?

The fastest male and female to compete in all three race events (STXC, XC & Enduro) will receive a a prize package including a custom, handmade 2017 King and Queen of the Forest mug c/o Julie Wingard at Wingard Pottery in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Check out her site at http://wingardpottery.blogspot.com/. Omium awards will be presented during the New Belgium Brewing Post-Race Celebration held at Sam’s Uptown Cafe on Sunday, May 28th starting at 6:00 pm. New Belgium will be on hand to present the King and Queen of the Forest awards.


Limited free camping is available Saturday and Sunday at the group camp site located behind the Nature Center / Pool – note that The Fort Hillbillies will be pickin’ and grinnin’ at the firepit Saturday evening, so plan accordingly.  Free primitive camping is also available in Dunlop Hollow all weekend.  Campsites are also available for reservation in the campground – early reservations are recommended since the holiday weekend will see them fill up fast! Bathroom, showers and laundry available.  Get details at http://www.kanawhastateforest.com/camping.html.

Venue Information

Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha State Forest is in close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley and is a recreational haven. Some of the state’s most popular picnic areas are here, along with significant hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing opportunities. A playground attracts families during the summer season and the fully equipped campground is one of the few in the Charleston area.

Camping at Kanawha State Forest is remote in nature given the proximity to the state’s capitol city. Sites cater to camper units of 26-feet or less, pop-up and tent camping. Campsite reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers, a feature which draws birders from as far away as Canada.  The forest offers some of West Virginia’s best special hikes in winter, spring and fall.

For further information, including events, trail maps and more, visit: http://www.kanawhastateforest.com/.

7500 Kanawha State Forest Dr, Charleston, WV 25314