Festival Information

REGISTER HERE!!  – Online registration closes on Monday, May 21 at 11:59 pm. The first 50 registrants in both the XC and Enduro will receive a free t-shirt. Online registration is strongly recommended, and prices increase for day-of registration as follows:

  • 32nd Annual Black Bear 40k MTB  Race – online $35 – day of $45 (Beginner Youth Categories race for FREE, online or day of registration – get a kid on a bike!)
  • Black Bear Enduro – online $60 – day of $70
  • IMBA Women’s Clinic – online $10 online, $15 day of
  • Additional $10 discount for second event if you register online.

Unless you are already a member of each, a one day WVMBA/USAC fee is required for XC and Enduro racing, $10 a day per race. A $30 yearly WVMBA membership will get you a discounted USAC yearly membership.

This year’s XC event is the USAC State MTB Championship as well as a USAC MTB Nationals Qualifier!

Creep in early Saturday and enjoy a hot beverage from The Coffee Camper!

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), post-race/clinic food on Sunday (Enduro/Clinic participants), free camping, 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 32nd Black Bear 40k MTB Race, PLUS equal cash payouts for top three men and women in the open/expert (Pro, Cat 1/2) categories for all races, cash for all remaining expert categories (Masters), overflowing prize table for sport (Cat 2) and beginner racers (Cat 3), plus more to be announced. Prizes provided by generous sponsors CHARLESTON BICYCLE CENTER, JOHN’S CYCLERY, PRO MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS, NEW RIVER BIKES, THOMSON and MORE!

OMNIUM – Can you tame the Bear?

The fastest male and female to compete in both race events (XC & Enduro) will receive a a prize package including a custom, handmade 2018 King and Queen of the Forest pottery c/o Julie Wingard at Wingard Pottery in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Check out her site at http://wingardpottery.blogspot.com/. Maybe some cash and other stuff too… Omnium 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.


Free primitive camping is 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