*Important Notice* This VES ride is being relocated! The trails at Carvins Cove would be a mess after all of this rain. The new meeting location is the Dragon's Tooth Trailhead http://goo.gl/maps/ZIE10 (same 9am start time).
There are LOTS of ride length options ranging from 11 to 40 miles. Below are just a couple of sample options. Everyone will start together and then riders can choose the route option that optimizes their fun once on the ridge!
PLEASE SPREAD THIS NEWS. (Note: We will reschedule the CC Gamut - but tomorrow would be a bad day to showcase / enjoy the great trails at Carvin's Cove).
Full North Mountain Ridge Trail, Left onto FR183, Left onto FR224 Wildlife Rd, Left onto Turkey Trail (climb), Right onto North Mountain Trail, Right onto Grouse Trail (downhill), Left onto FR224 Wildlife Rd, Left onto Deer Trail (climb), Right onto North Mountain Trail - which is an amazing downhill right back to the parking.
30 Mile Option:
What is the Virginia Endurance Series? LINK
When: 9am Sunday December 15th
Where: Carvins Cove - Bennet Springs Parking Area http://goo.gl/maps/6KASO
Distance: Stage 1 = ~22miles, Stage 2 = ~18 miles, Full Gamut = ~40 miles ~6000 feet
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
http://is.gd/aDK9rA (11"x17" recommended)
Download & Print: PDF Pocket Guide
http://is.gd/19cmpO (Design for 8.5"x11")
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: 40+ 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).
On Sunday December 15th we will meet at the Bennett Springs Parking Area http://goo.gl/maps/6KASO for the 9am start of VES #10 an attempt at riding "The Gamut".
Loads of shorter options are possible, and a video preview of the "The Gamut" v2013 route is below: