General Information

Pre-rides and Early Packet Pick-up:

It’s a good idea to pre-ride the race course. Turn-by-turn directions and a course map are available below. Early packet pick-up is on Friday, June 25th at Molly’s Bicycle Shop and Blind Dog Brewery from 4:30pm- 7:30pm. The address is: 4515 W Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23831.

If you cannot make Early Packet Pick-Up, you can still get your packet on race day.

Directions to Race:

Use Address – 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832. That should take you to the main gate at Pocahontas State Park. When you get to the gate house, let them know that you are there for the race and you will gain free entry. Follow the fluorescent yellow Poca Go! signs to the Amphitheater Parking Lot (1 ½ miles to the very end of the road).

Course Directions

(Turn by Turn)

STAGE 1: BLUEBERRY DOWNHILL from Hawkins Forest Trail at the top to where Hawkins Forest Trail intersects the trail at the bottom (~1.6 miles)

TRANSFER 1: FIREROADS TO HUB/STAGE 2
a. Take left onto Hawkins Forest Trail
b. Take right onto Fendley Station
c. Take right at top/race hub to begin Stage 2 (Bell Lap)

STAGE 2: BELL LAP from top (across from green tent) to bottom at Loop Forest (~0.6 miles)

TRANSFER 2: FIREROADS TO HUB/STAGE 3
a. Left onto Loop Forest Trail
b. Remain on Loop Forest Trail until you reach the top; which will lead you directly into the start of the next stage

STAGE 3: BLUE JAY WAY from top to bottom at Forest Trail 123 (~0.6 miles)

TRANSFER 3: FIREROADS TO HUB
a. Left onto Forest Trail 123
b. Remain on Forest Trail 123 until you reach top to start of the next stage

STAGE 4: CORKSCREW from top to bottom (~1.5 miles)

BEGINNER/MS YOUTH ONLY; PROCEED AS FOLLOWS, TO FINISH:
a. Turn right at bottom of corkscrew, proceed to Sunsetter trail
b. Turn right to drop into Sunsetter
c. Stay on Sunsetter to the end at Loop Forest fireroad
d. Cross Loop Forest onto Bellberry trail
e. at end of Bellberry, take left onto Hawkins Forest fireroad
f. At T, take a left onto Forest Exploration
g. cross pedestrian bridge and return to the amphitheater area; return chip at ticket box

HS YOUTH/SPORT/EXPERT ONLY; TRANSFER 4: FIREROADS TO HUB a. Left onto Nunnally
b. Left onto Deerfield
c. Left onto Fendley
d. Stay right at fork to stay on Fendley

STAGE 5 (HS/SPORT/EXPERT ONLY): LOST SPRING from top to bottom (~1.4 miles)

TRANSFER 5: SINGLE-TRACK TRAIL
Cross the trail opening; Take Millstone Part I, cross Deerfield Forest Trail (fire road) and continue on Millstone to begin Millstone Part II.

STAGE 6 (HS/SPORT/EXPERT ONLY): MILLSTONE PART2 from top of first switchback/hill to Fendley Station fireroad (~1.5 m)

TRANSFER 6 TO FINISH: MIX OF TRAIL AND FIREROAD
a. Take a sharp right to drop into Sunsetter trail
b. Stay on Sunsetter to the end at Loop Forest fireroad
d. Cross Loop Forest onto Bellberry trail
e. At end of Bellberry, take left onto Hawkins Forest fireroad
f. At T, take a left onto Forest Exploration
g. Cross pedestrian bridge and return to amphitheater area; return chip at ticket box

Race Day Instructions:

Once parked, everyone will check in at Base Camp:  walk toward the Amphitheater entrance.  Race day packet pickup and check-in will be located behind the Nature Center, (follow the signs –  we refer to this area as ‘Base Camp’). There are restrooms to use here.  The only restrooms near the race course are porta potties (located off Loop Forest Trail), so take advantage now.  There will also be a bike support tent (Carytown).

We recommend that you leave base camp at least 30 minutes prior to your race start time.  From the registration / Base Camp area, ride your bike through the parking lot, down the hill toward the boat ramp, over the pedestrian bridge and up the fireroads to Start of Stage 1. There will be course marshals and signs to direct you.

Tentative start times are included here, but an email will go out before race day with official start times for each category.  

The Race Hub will be at the top where most of the trailheads are located (Swift Creek trailhead). Near the large green tent you will find a bike maintenance tent (sponsored by Molly’s), a hydration station (sponsored by RVA Racing), and our first aid/emergency medics.  There will be an on-course bike support tent (Pedal Power / Swood) at the end of Nunnally Forest Rd where Lost Spring / Corkscrew end and Millstone begins.

Volunteers will be stationed along the course. If you need help or have questions, please ask a volunteer in a yellow shirt.  Each stage starting gate (chute) will be lined with blue Shimano race tape and flags to be used as a guide for where to stand as you are waiting to start each stage. Once at a stage, racers can start 30 seconds – 1 minute after the person in front of them depending on racer speeds.   Starts will be rolling: you will start at the beginning of the chute but the timing sensor won’t pick up your chip until you exit the chute.

Main Schedule of Events:

4:30-7:30 PM Early packet pick-up at Molly’s Bike Shop

8:15 AM – 12:20 PM:
Packet and Chip pick-up

9:00 AM -3:30 PM:
Racers on course

12:00-3:45 PM:
Awards ceremonies

4:15 PM:
Clean up

Race Schedule per Category:

Times are Approximate

Check-in:
8:00-8:30

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
9:00

Awards: 
12:00

Check-in:
8:00-8:30

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
9:10

Awards: 
12:00

Check-in:
8:00-8:30

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
9:25

Awards: 
12:15

Check-in:
8:30-9:00

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
9:30

Awards: 
1:00

Check-in:
8:40-9:10

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
9:40

Awards: 
1:00

Check-in:
8:40-9:10

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
9:50

Awards: 
1:00

Check-in:
9:00-9:30

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
10:05

Awards: 
1:00

Check-in:
9:00-9:30

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
10:20

Awards: 
1:15

Check-in:
9:30-10:00

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
10:35

Awards: 
1:30

Check-in:
9:45-10:15

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
10:55

Awards: 
2:00

Check-in:
10:00-10:30

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
11:05

Awards: 
2:30

Check-in:
10:15-10:45

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
11:13

Awards: 
2:30

Check-in:
10:15-10:45

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
11:19

Awards: 
2:30

Check-in:
10:30-11:00

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
11:27

Awards: 
2:30

Check-in:
10:45-11:15

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
11:45

Awards: 
2:45

Check-in:
11:00-11:30

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
12:00

Awards: 
3:00

Check-in:
11:00-11:30

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
12:10

Awards: 
3:00

Check-in:
11:15-11:45

Start (30 Sec. Intervals):
12:25

Awards: 
3:15

After the Race:

After completing your final stage, proceed back to Base Camp (see turn-by-turn course directions and course map). and return your timing chip (mandatory). This is very important in order to tabulate your results.  Friends of Pocahontas State Park will be selling packaged snacks, bottled drinks, and beer. Awards will be held in this area. Please remember social distancing and mask rules!