Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Donate to the VES Maps & Stickers Fund

The Virginia Endurance Series is a "FREE Endurance/Adventure Mountain Biking, Any-Road Cycling & Trail Running Event Series".

Some aspects of what we offer do cost money, and the ride organizers generally just pay for those costs themselves. Occasionally a few dollars are donated, that's awesome and that helps, but asking for donations isn't fun, and fun is what VES is all about.

So, we've created this simple donate button, so anyone can easily make a donation, at their convenience, and help with VES expenses. Thank you!

Examples of VES Expenses:
11x17 MAPS Color Printed on High Quality Paper = ~$1 each

Top Tube VES Stickers = ~ 60 cents each




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

4.17.16 Terrapin Mountain Predicament | FREE Mountain Biking & Trail Running VES Event!



Location: Jefferson National Forest
near Arcadia, VA

Ride Parking / Meet Up Location:
37.54274,-79.585101
http://goo.gl/maps/k6hVT

At 9am on Sunday April 17th mountain bike adventurers will embark on the 4th annual attempt of the Terrapin Mountain Predicament and 2016 will be the first year Trail Runners will attempt this epic too!

The AT parallels the BRP in this region so on the short sections where cyclists are enjoying the BRP runners use the AT!

TMP is widely considered among the very best VES routes and many have commented afterward that it's the best mtb ride they've ever done - anywhere. TMP also covers many of the same trails legendary ultrarunner trail race, the Terrapin Mountain 50k,

Distance options are 17, 36, 41 (full route) and there's even an 63 mile ultra-mega option (that no one has ever completed).

The the "Full" route as crafted by living legend Kyle Inman is 41 miles with over 9,000 feet of climbing. TripTik is below. | Link: Details & GPX file | CLICK HERE for a printable PDF

There are *loads* of ways to shorten this ride (3 shorter options are illustrated below) so come and enjoy as much adventure mountain biking goodness as you're up for!

This is THE map!! CLICK HERE for a printable PDF.


New is a 100+km ULTRA route 62.9 miles, +13,167 feet. This option has never been completed and is only possible for the most fit, experienced and skilled back country mountain bikers. ULTRA Route: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.

Like all Virginia Endurance Series events, this is FREE! Be well fueled, super hydrated and ready to roll at 9am. Estimated ride time 6.5+ hours.

Note: If you plan to do the full epic (to the summit of Terrapin and looping back) one stream crossing is may get your feet wet, so consider bringing an extra pair of socks.




*Top Tube Frame Sticker*
Legendary Jens Voigt quote and
Virginia Endurance Series mantra.
TMP Full-Course Navigation: 41.9 miles | 9,995 feet
GPX File | How-To navigate with GPX Track Files using a Smartphone or Garmin 800/810 (Gaia GPS is Rob Issem's recommended smartphone app for GPX navigation.)

The National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #789 (Lexington / Blue Ridge Mts) shows most of the Predicaments trails. A scanned copy, with the course marked in as best as I could, is below the TripTik.

The TripTik as written by the legend:
  • Start/finish - bridge over North Creek past campground
  • Go up dirt road to apple orchard trail, which begins with a wooden bridge.
  • Sharp Right turn to stay on the trail.
  • Take Apple Orchard trail 1.2 miles turn left to go over the wood bridge across the creek leading to Parker's Gap dead end.
  • Take Parker's Gap dirt road 2.1 miles to intersection of FS 812.
  • Right on 812 3.1 miles to BRP overlook.
  • Go straight across parkway, look for trail/fire rd on left, go around gate and continue until trail opens up into a field, cross field and 
  • Bear left (NE)out of field onto singletrack 3004 
  • Singletrack opens to grassy 2 track, Salad Hill, still 3004
  • Take 2 track several miles eventually passing through a gate. You will come back through this gate after tackling Terrapin Mt.
  • Go 1 mile to Camping Gap. Terrapin Mt trail is on right, 
  • go around gate to enter Terrapin Mt Trail, up a steeep climb for a few hundred feet, then turn left onto trail marked by yellow blaze to stay on trail (do not go straight).
  • Take trail across ridge. 
  • Gorgeous, technical, very sweet and stop to take in the stunning view off of the left side of the ridge from the rocks near the summit.
  • Trail descent becomes a boulder strewn hike. I think very skilled back country rock riders could ride virtually all of this very technical descent. Classic.
  • Trail dumps onto open road. You'll pick up a lot of speed and be having a blast. Keep your eyes peeled for trail 3009 on right, it's easy to blow by. If you reach a gate you've gone too far - trail is BEFORE gate.
  • 3009 is a nice rolling contour trail around the base of Terrapin, beautiful with easily rideable stream crossings, until you reach the one before the gate. You can stay dry while crossing this one by walking from rock to rock.
  • Go thru gate and turn right to climb along creek on fire road.
  • Eventually arrive at a brisk creek that's wide (maybe 30 feet on 3/3/2013) and 1/2 wheel deep but rideable. You can walk across and stay dry on the left but it's a little tricky.
  • After creek turn right onto trail, climbing, climbing, and then climbing.
  • After a couple miles, a hard switchback right will appear. Take that, bringing you back to Camping Gap just feet from the Terrapin Mt trail from earlier.
  • Take left back up dirt road 3004.
  • Go through gate. Shortly thereafter spot fire road on right, White Oak Ridge 3011.
  • 3011 will present a right turn option shortly thereafter. Stay left.
  • Proceed upwards for about 2 miles, eventually arriving at BRP across from giant golf ball radar dome.
  • Left on BRP to Sunset Field fire road on left, ridden earlier.
  • This time, exit field to right, SW, on Onion Mt section of the horse trail.
  • Trail will climb sharply at first. Stay alert for hard right turn once climbing eases. Trail is marked.
  • Take rough singletrack about a mile to Overstreet road and falls.
  • Take right, upwards, on Overstreet dirt road. Go 1.4 miles to BRP, mostly steep climbing.
  • Take a right, north, on BRP, 2 miles back to Sunset Field overlook on left.
  • Take Apple Orchard Falls trail from overlook down sweet, tech singletrack.
  • Upon arriving at open fire road, take a left. Fire road descends for a bit, climbing abruptly near the end.
  • Stay straight at top of steep climb onto Cornelius Creek Trail. Awesome, you are almost done!
  • Go 2 miles down Cornelius Creek trail, eventually arriving back at North Creek road.
  • Go down North Creek Road to bridge. Done.
The Terrapin Mountain Predicament Route Overview: 
(Red Arrows = Out, Blue Arrows = Return)

    If you print the TripTik and the above map you have a good chance of staying on course.

    Map of Ride Parking / Meet Up Location: 37.54274,-79.585101, http://goo.gl/maps/k6hVT

    This ~36 mile route is what most riders were able to complete in the 2013 TMP:







    North Creek and Cornelius Option Overview:



    North Creek, Sunset Field, Onion Mt, Hereformost Mt, Apple Orchard & Cornelius Trail Option Overview:

    North Creek, Sunset Field, White Oak Ridge, Apple Orchard & Cornelius Trail Option Overview:


    CAMPING
    At Start/Finish - North Creek Campground (toilets only)
    6.7 Miles from Start/Finish - Cave Mountain Lake Campground (bathrooms w showers)

    Saturday, November 7, 2015

    12.6.15 Bill & Red's Most Excellent Adventure | FREE Event #11 in the Virginia Endurance Series

    view from Big Walker Mtn. over I77 tunnel thru the mountain!

    This route has been one that I have dreamed of for many, many years. I would say well over 10 years! What has made this route impassable previously was the trail overgrowth of the Big Walker Mountain Trail - aka Monster Rock. Many folks chipped in with clean up, but probably greater than 80% of this trail was hand cleared by two brothers, Bill and Dave (aka Red). These guys dedicated so much time to clearing this AMAZING ridge trail. So, when I heard that it was cleared I knew we had to go do this fatty! and of course give them some creds even though they probably don't want it, just want people to come ride!

    Date: 12-6-15

    Start Time is 9:00A.M (25, 40, 45mile Options - Details Below)
    (1pm / 23mile Option: For those who can't make the 9am start or want something shorter, or just easy. Can meet up at the country store on Rt 52 at the top of the mountain. Main group will be through there around 1pm or thereabouts. Click Here for a Map of this 23 mile / 1pm Start Option) 1pm Start Location https://goo.gl/maps/qJNdzFXYRTr (not the same as the 9am start location - info below)
    9am Start Location: The ride will start and finish at the Stony Fork Campground in Wythe County. The website link below will get you there. Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/J5jN3gj5h142

    Web site for start: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/null/recarea/?recid=73977&actid=29

    The campground is at the base of our finishing trail, Seven Sisters. One of the best downhills you will experience, ever. Here is the link: http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/SevenSistersTrail/

    ROUTE IS HERE! http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/871360459

    MAPS BELOW for 4 Route Length Options: 9am Start 25, 40, 45 & 1pm Start 23
    *Click Here to View Hi-Res Map Images*

    Summary: We will be riding from the campground towards Crawfish Valley, climbing Big Walker and traversing the full ridge. This will put us out at Rt. 52 at the Bik Walker Lookout and a fine location for some fantastic sweets, breads and other treats. From there we continue on dirt across the ridge and over I77 tunnel to Turkey trail (hold on tight!). Back to SR 717 (same road campground is on) turn right and roll a few miles of pave to the start of the Seven Sisters grand finale!

    25 Mile 9am Start
    Hi Res Image = https://www.dropbox.com/s/g1hlf5muc53twpw/25%20mile.jpg?dl=0 

    40 Mile 9am Start
    Hi Res Image = https://www.dropbox.com/s/yjseq4zhzfj8sqp/40%20mile.jpg?dl=0

    44 Mile 9am Start
    Hi Res Image = https://www.dropbox.com/s/ezjlsir1yftftv0/43m.jpg?dl=0
    23 Mile / 1pm Start Option
    Hi Res Image = https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3czhe504ld9hct5/AAAWwFC2Jx7CFRujslSMb0BKa/23m%201pm%20Start%20Option.jpg?dl=0 

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    12.6.15 Bill & Red's Most Excellent Adventure | FREE Event #11 in the Virginia Endurance Series

    ------------------------------NEW DATE!!--------------------------------

    view from Big Walker Mtn. over I77 tunnel thru the mountain!

    So I hope anyone out there is not disappointed that the Linger Not Mtb. 100 has been changed to this excellent route. This route has been one that I have dreamed of for many, many years. I would say well over 10 years! What has made this route impassable previously was the trail overgrowth of the Big Walker Mountain Trail - aka Monster Rock. Many folks chipped in with clean up, but probably greater than 80% of this trail was hand cleared by two brothers, Bill and Dave (aka Red). These guys dedicated so much time to clearing this AMAZING ridge trail. So, when I heard that it was cleared I knew we had to go do this fatty! and of course give them some creds even though they probably don't want it, just want people to come ride!

    Date: 12-6-15


    Start Time is 9:00A.M

    Starting location directions: The ride will start and finish at the Stony Fork Campground in Wythe County. The website link below will get you there.

    Web site for start: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/null/recarea/?recid=73977&actid=29

    The campground is at the base of our finishing trail, Seven Sisters. One of the best downhills you will experience, ever. Here is the link: http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/SevenSistersTrail/


    MAP IS HERE!

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/871360459

    Summary:

    We will be riding from the campground towards Crawfish Valley, climbing Big Walker and traversing the full ridge. This will put us out at Rt. 52 at the Bik Walker Lookout and a fine location for some fantastic sweets, breads and other treats. From there we continue on dirt across the ridge and over I77 tunnel to Turkey trail (hold on tight!). Back to SR 717 (same road campground is on) turn right and roll a few miles of pave to the start of the Seven Sisters grand finale!

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    **VES Kit QUICK Order** (Sizes needed by Thursday 8/13)

    These kits are incredibly sharp looking, and we're putting together a quick order to be sure these are in-hand for those who want to wear their new kit in the SM100!
    $50 for the Jerseys (Club Fit)
    $75 for the Pro+ Bibs or Shorts, with the most comfortable long-ride chamois I've ever worn!
    Message me robertissem@gmail.com with your sizes and Starlight Custom Cycling Apparel​ will get you a kit by or before the beginning of September!



    Monday, July 20, 2015

    7.26.15 "The Gamut" (Ride or Run Every Trail at Carvins Cove) | FREE Event #8 in Virginia's Endurance Series

    **New for 2015** Ride or RUN the Gamut!
    Yes, trail runners are welcome and encouraged to participate! :)

    "The Gamut" Facebook Event Page

    v2015 Stage 1 - LINK | Stage 2 - LINK 
    2015 PDF Map & Route Guide

    When: 9am Sunday July 26th
    Where: Carvins Cove - Bennet Springs Parking Area http://goo.gl/maps/6KASO

    After the ride - The out-of-this-world-awesome Parkway Brewing Company​ is just a stone's throw from the start/finish of The Gamut, so when you've had your fill of riding on Sunday 7/26 head over Parkway! https://www.facebook.com/ParkwayBrewingCompany
    v2015: STAGE 1 GPX FILE STAGE 2 GPX FILE
    v2013 GPX FILE
    v2014 Additions GPX FILE

    How to Navigate with GPX Files
    What is the Virginia Endurance Series? LINK

    Roanoke is the "2013 Best Trail Town" http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/hiking/best-trail-town-2013-roanoke-virginia/ for one reason ... the singletrack at Carvin's Cove.

    Download & Print: PDF Map & Route Guide
    (11"x17" recommended)
    With the sweet trail offerings continuing to expand, riding "The Gamut" at Carvins Cove (every trail in the extensive singletrack system in a single day) has become quite a challenge: 43+ miles with LOTS of climbing.

    The absolutely incredible trails, and the corresponding high most mountain bikers experience while riding them, keeps the accomplishment of riding "The Gamut" seemingly within reach (though very few have people have actually done it).

    The Gamut consists of 2 stages (see above map). Both stages start and end at the Bennett Springs parking area, which is perfect for refueling and restocking mid-point in the Gamut attempt. Both stages contain numerous bail out options too.

    On Sunday July 26th we will meet at the Bennett Springs Parking Area http://goo.gl/maps/6KASO for the 9am start of VES #8 an attempt at riding "The Gamut".

    CARVINS COVE "GAMUT" v2013 GPX FILE
     
    CARVINS COVE "GAMUT" 2014 TRAIL ADDITIONS GPX FILE
    Gamut v2014 adds the BRG Gauntlet Jump Line, Lakeside Trail, lower Hemlock Tunnel and the section of Kerncliff between Comet and Jacob's Drop. 




    Monday, June 29, 2015

    2015 "The Gamut" MTB & Running Courses Updates

    Summary:
    • 2014 PDF Map & Route Guide 
    • On Stage 1 the new trail Rattlin' Run replaces the pavement section between the Beginner Loop and Songbird.
      • Mt. Bikers will ride Stage 1 in the opposite direction from 2014. The 2015 Stage 1 is generally counterclockwise and starts with climbing Hi-Dee-Hoe.
      • Runners will run Stage 1 in the same direction as 2014, generally clockwise, and starting with the Beginner Loop to Rattlin' Run.
    • Stage 2 is 100% identical to the 2014 Stage 2.