43 miles
Distance
6,457 ft
Climb
-6,449 ft
Descent
2,192 ft
High Point

Legend has it, that long before the water of Carvins Cove flooded the farmland once known as Happy Valley, a strange and shadowy gilled creature roamed the bogs and waterways…

Now, for reasons unknown, sightings of an unusual reptilian figure have been widely reported. This fall, a brigade of endurance mountain bike racers will be sent in to investigate, exploring 40+ miles of dark backwoods while simultaneously competing for the ultimate prize: the XXC-VA state championship!

Virginia’s Blue Ridge’s Creature From Carvins Cove invites mountain bike racers from across the state and beyond to witness the wonders of Carvins Cove’s gnarliest singletrack! Shorter option? Yes we have a 15-mile XC route.

Our title sponsor, Virginia's Blue Ridge, has compiled a resource for bike friendly lodging: https://www.visitroanokeva.com/biking/bike-friendly-lodging.

There is also free camping at GO Fest grounds, River's Edge North on the river in the shadow of Carilion Clinic.

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    Mountain Bike
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    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • Bike type
    AM, XC
More Stats for Creature From Carvins Cove XCM mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,175 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,185 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,194 ft
  • Grade max
    -55.8%
  • Grade min
    75.2%
  • Distance climb
    19 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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