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2017 Slatyfork Enduro

Slatyfork, Enduro, WVMBA, Poca Trails

Hard to get much better than that combination. 

20526793_10155124120851886_2005784872_nNow in our third year of hosting an Enduro, we believe we are getting better – but come on over and race; don’t just take our word for it.  In true Enduro fashion you get it all here where skills with fitness will rule.  New this year, we are adding Turkey Point / Turkey Point Connector as a stage. With this addition, you get a really fun transfer stage, vista point over Tea Creek / Red Run / Tea Creek Mountain, awesome downhill (rivals Tea Creek Mountain) and since we added a shuttle, about the same amount of climbing as past years.  But, we are getting ahead of ourselves.

Race Details

New this year we are adding a stage on Turkey Point, this is a really fun technical start with a wicked down hill. This is a rarely ridden section, but a local favorite. With this addition we are also adding a shuttle. So for a little more climbing than last year you get a new descent that rivals Tea Creak Mountain. This is one race you don’t want to miss.

Registration

On line discounted – https://www.BikeReg.com/slatyfork-enduro

  • Saturday  – Elk River Touring Center 5 – 8 PM
  • Sunday – Elk River Touring Center 7 – 8 AM

Schedule

August 12, 2017

All day practice runs with limited shuttles

4 PM Kids Race

5 PM Games

6 PM Food

PM Live Music by Thorny Flat Mountain Boys

August 13, 2017 

8:30 AM Racers Meeting at the landing at the top of Mine Road

Enduro start 9:00am at the landing at the top of Mine Road

4 PM last shuttle leaves Tea Creek Campground

5 PM Awards / Racers Dinner

Camping, food, beverage, games at Elk River Touring Center 

http://www.elkriverinnandrestaurant.com/


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Course Details

The race will start on Mine Road at the landing across from FR 844 (this is near the top, about a ¼  mile from Gauley Mountain Trailhead).  Racers Meeting at 8:30, start at 9:00.  From there a short warm up to Tea Creek Trail head and gentle climb to the start of Stage 1.  Though short, this stage is a blast, ¼ mile or so of rolling grade to the shelter and then turn it on – single track, natural berms, and root and rock stair steps to the finish.  That takes you to the Gauley Connector, a slight grade (old logging railroad) with more roots, rocks, and ancient RR ties onto Gauley Mountain Trail to the climb up Bear Pen.

Stage 2 starts at the rock chair, a short climb above the shelter.  This stage is a bit longer – double track, baby rock garden to single track and then open it up on a skid grade, just over a mile of fun.  The climb up Boundary is next, pretty easy up to the final push up at the spruce thicket.  At the intersection, you jump on Turkey Point / Saddle Loop.  This is really fun, transfer rolls / flow / short downhill.

Stage 3 starts with a bang – rock garden, short peddle to a left hand entry to an off camber skinny rock garden, then hang on for a mix of double track / single track rock and roll descent.  The stage stops short of Bannock Shoals which is the transfer to the Tea Creek Campground shuttle staging area.

Stage 4 After a quick shuttle up the scenic highway to the Tea Creek Mountain Trailhead, there is a bit of a climb to the famous rock garden on Tea Creek Mountain – the start of Stage 4. This is the fitness stage – nail the rock garden, peddle some flow, and drop in.  Pick your line and it is not butter, but pretty smooth.

Stage 5 One more climb on Tea Creek Mountain to the final stage (Stage 5) at the big boulder at the start of the final descent.  Pure single track, downhill delight.  Depending on how far back in the lineup you are, you will probably smell some hot brakes about midway down.  Just when the arm pump sets in, you get to the last 1/3, a bit more technical and just as steep, watch for the babyheads – they have teeth.  The finish is on the Williams River Trail.  Then a short peddle to the river – pick your wading line, we lost the bridge in the flood.  Shuttle back to the top (last shuttle at 4:00 pm).  Head through the field on Right Fork to the Connector (short, but a joy to ride) to Gauley to the landing.

Download PDF Map

Trail Name Trail # Notes / Comments
Staging area N/A Landing on Mine Road across from gated road north end of Crooked Fork Road / Trail
Tea Creek Trail TR 454 Race Stage 1 start, finish at junction with TR 413
Gauley –Tea Creek Connector TR 413 Transfer trail
Gauley Mountain Trail TR 438 Transfer trail
Bear Pen Trail TR 440 Race Stage 2, finish at junction of TR 449
Boundary Trail TR 449 Transfer trail
Turkey Point Trail TR 447 Start of Stage 3
Turkey Point Connector Trail TR 410 Finish of Stage 3 about a 1/4 mile from intersection with Bannock Shoals
Bannock Shoals TR 446 Transfer trail
Tea Creek Campground Picnic area N/A Food, water, shuttle staging area
Tea Creek Mountain Trail TR 452 Stages  4 and 5, Shuttle Drop off point at Scenic
Williams River Trail TR 487 Transfer trail
Tea Creek Campground Picnic area N/A Food, water, shuttle staging area
Shuttle back to 10 N/A
Right Fork Tea Creek Trail TR 453 Transfer Trail
Right Fork Connector TR 411 Transfer Trail
Gauley Mountain Trail TR 438 Transfer trail
Mine Road N/A Return to Staging area

 

 

Thanks to our sponsors, and a huge shout to the Monongahela National Forest for the special use permit and Snowshoe Mountain Resort for shuttle service.

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