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Saturday, September 26, 2009 -- Davis, WV
Revenge of the Rattlesnake - WVMBA Ultra Series #4 - Series Championship (iPO Event Id#: 11659)

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The 26th annual Revenge of the Rattlesnake Race is possibly the longest running annual mountain bike race in the galaxy, and it's the 4th and final race of the WVMBA Ultra Series. After the race, wash your bike, hang out, eat and drink right behind the bike shop!


Rattlesnake photo by Don Parks
Eric Cvechko holds a rattlesnake in 1998
The race first began in 1983, and became part of the Canaan Mountain Series back in 1984 and has been a series race ever since, as well as a popular attraction to riders from surrounding states as well as a few locals. Some locals who ride the trails all the time or have participated in the race, don't want any part of this race because they know what is in store!

The course changes every year and this year it is encompasses trails in Blackwater Falls State Park, National Forest- Canaan Mountain, Canaan Valley Institute property and Vandelia Heritage Foundation property. All in all and 44 mile course with enough technical and gnarly single track to test your endurance and will power!

Family Festival Fun

This race coincides with the Leaf Peepers Festival in the area, so bring the whole family with you. They'll have a great time at the festival in our great little mountain town while you are out torturing yourself on a mountain bike ... just look at the events!

Course (or curse)

Get your [ RoR 2009 Course Map ]

Starting in front to the bike shop (route 32 will be closed for the start)... head over the rt32 bridge, take a right on STP access road into Blackwater Falls St Park. Head up Yellow Birch Trail, left on Davis trail, after about 50yrds take right on Red Spruce trail, take that until you hit Shay Trace and take a left, cross the pavement near the cabins and come out on the sled run and take a left on Loop Road. Follow Loop Road until you get to Mountainside Trail.

Rattlesnake MTB photo by Don Parks
Take Mountainside down to 244 and take a left and climb back up to Loop Rd. Left on Loop Rd until you get to Plantation trail. Take Plantation all the way to the end at Route 32. Right on route 32 for a short spell and then left on Beardon Rd. Head up to the weather station and then down the fire road like you are heading towards the swinging bridge.

Once you cross thru "little canaan", take the new Rocky Point trail on the left. (lots of red flagging) take that to the swinging bridge trail at the bottom of the mountain and cross the blackwater river and take a left on Camp 70 Rd. (note: we will not be crossing on the swinging bridge, it will be through the river, so hopefully water levels will be like they are now after a week with no rain... sorry paddlers.. no disrespect meant with that).

At the white gate take a right and then a right on the green trail and head up to HooDoo rock, over to and down MoonRock, (like you are riding the st champs course backwards) then take a left on the st champs beginner loop, over to red trail, yellow trail, white trail, left at white trail T, and finally right on orange trail back to town where your beer, pizza, pasta, smiles and warm hugs will be awaiting your tired, aching, cramping body!


Blackwater Bikes
460 William Avenue
Davis, West Virginia 26260
(phone) 304/259-5286

Volunteer - Send an e-mail to Todd.

Fee - $40 entry for WVMBA members and $45 for non members

Times (register, meeting, and start at Blackwater Bikes)

  • 8:00 am - 10:30 am: Registration
  • 10:45 am: Mandatory pre-race meeting
  • 11:00 am: Rattlesnake start

Aid Stations #1- Loop Road and Plantation
#2- Route 32 and the dirt end of Canaan Heights Road
#3- Camp site number 7 on Camp 70 Road at the Green Trail

Food that racers want to go to Aid Stations will be placed in designated spots at registration before 10:45 AM. WVMBA mountain bike racing rule apply. All repairs must be done only by registered racers using tools/parts that are carried with them. Food and water can be accepted from anyone anywhere on the course.

Two Cut-off Points

One at Aid Station #2 (Rt. 32) which will result in a DNF for stragglers and divert them down Rt. 32 to Davis and one at Aid Station #3 which will put stragglers on a shorter course but they will be counted in the results behind all finishers going by Aid Station #3 before the cut off time.


Cash prizes for all four classes, Men open, women open, single speed open and masters 45+. This is the forth and final race of the WVMBA ultra series. Also, it is the best three out of four scores for the series, so it is still up for grabs in every class and it will be a wide open race! There are four possible winners in men's open, seven in single speed, five in women's open and five masters!

We've done some trailwork!

Blackwater Bikes and Tucker County trails along with the Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) have paved the new trail on the west side of 32 from Rocky Point down to the swinging bridge. This makes for some sweet single track on that side of the mountain back down to Davis instead of the long fire road down. Check out photos and video on the Tucker County Trails website!

Start Date: 2009-09-26     Start Time: 11:00am
Event Name: Revenge of the Rattlesnake - WVMBA Ultra Series #4 - Championship
Location(s): Davis, WV 26260
Event Type(s): Bike
Event Distance(s):
Contact(s): Blackwater Bikes
   Phone: 304-259-5286
Affiliate(s): West Virginia Mountain Bike Association
Comments: Final Ultra Series Event
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