On September 4, 2016, mountain bikers will hit the trails in Stokesville and take on 100 miles of Virginia backcountry trails! The 18th Annual Shenandoah Mountain 100 pits experienced mountain bikers against the beautiful (but challenging!) terrain of the George Washington National Forest. Presented by Shenandoah Mountain Touring, this grueling race is one of the area’s most popular, rewarding bikers with food, beer, music, and fun!
The Shenandoah Mountain 100
Hundreds of bikers head to the Stokesville campground every year to participate in the race! Located less than 30 miles southwest of Harrisonburg, the campground is the central location for the race: bikers camp there the night before, enjoy great food, beer, and music after the race, and more.
Bikers will be up bright and early – the wake-up call is at 5 a.m., and the race begins at 6:30 a.m. Bikers will leave the Stokesville Campground and will be paced on a paved road before heading into the forest. From there, they’ll face strenuous incline changes, cross creeks, navigate narrow singletrack, and tackle the varying terrain of the race’s 100–mile course. Ten aid stations are placed strategically throughout the course, offering riders food, hydration, as well as the chance to rest, make bike adjustments and repairs, and gear up for the next section. To get an idea of what the race is like, check out this highlight video from the 2015 race.
Riders are allotted 10 hours to finish the course, with cash prizes being awarded to the top five male and female riders. The first place biker in each category receives $500 cash!
Not up for the race? No worries, because you can take part of the excitement by volunteering! Whether you’re running an aid station, helping cook, set up the course, and more, volunteering is a great way to experience the excitement and atmosphere of the race. Visit the race’s website for more volunteering information.
Race registration, past results and much more can be found on the Shenandoah Mountain 100 website, or by calling (540) 434-2087. This year’s race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Sept.4, 2016.
About Shenandoah Mountain Touring
Shenandoah Mountain Touring is area’s source for the mountain bike tours and puts on several races annually: the Shenandoah Mountain 100, Iron Man 100K, Stoopid 50, and Dragon’s Tale. Whether you’re a first-time mountain biker or a seasoned rider, Shenandoah Mountain Touring has a tour option for you. Visit their website for more details!
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