The Shenandoah Mountain 100 - TRAIL

The Shenandoah Mountain 100 - Trail, Stokesville, Virginia

On October 2nd, 1999, a dream created by Chris Scott, Mike Carpenter, Thomas Jenkins and a whole host of Harrisonburg quacks came to fruition when 100 riders set out at 7am to ride their bikes 100 miles up and over Shenandoah Mountain. Up and over it five times, that is. Fascinating as it may be, it turned out for many to be the most amazing and the most brutal ride they had ever done. By five that afternoon, the first quarter of the race field had finished, while up on Little Bald Knob, many racers were so bonked that they were seen sleeping on the trail (one of them so bold as to actually sleep the entire night up there). In the end it was definitely a success. So sign up for future runnings and experience Virginia riding in it's most glorious form.

User Reviews (10)

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asmallsol   Racer [Sep 08, 2009]

I'm a Roadie from the flat lands of Michigan so keep that in mind while reading my review. The race itself is great. Really chill atmosphere. Although the race is a little pricey, for how well the aid stations are run, along with the camping/partying (before and after) it really is a pretty good deal. For the trail, its marked great. The climbs are great . Most of the climbs are nice as they are the type that you can just go at your own pace and get in your grove (minus the extremely rocky single track climb near mile 45ish). I hated the downhills for how rough they are (keep in mind I'm a roadie). They're extremely fast with tons of rocks and roots. It was a bit much for me, but there were plenty of crazy single speeders running rigid front forks (I don't know how they survived).

For technical aspects, its really rocky and rooty, expessially on the fast/long descents and climb number 3. I would pass a bunch of people on the climbs, then let them pass me as I wear out my brakes on the downhills. Twisty wise, its not bad. I would say the route was about 60% fire road, 35ish single track, and about 5% paved road.

For 2009 (my first year), my garmin said it was about 95 miles, and 12100 feet of climbing. I did the feat in 10:42. Have no clue how Tanguy and Bishop did it in 6:50.

Will be doing again...maybe.

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4
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doubleB   Cross Country Rider [Feb 03, 2008]

Once a year is enuff! Planning to return for my third assault on this world-class course and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this amazing event. These guys put on a 1st class race/party. Top pros like Eatough, Haywood, Landis, Harmon and Bishop battle it out off the front while the rest of the field just try to survive to the finish line where they drop their rigs on the grass and stagger in to the beer tent.

Thought I'd never come back after surviving that brutal first year - but the draw was too strong. The second try really is worth it - you can't believe how much better you'll feel - and how much more fun you have!
Better register early though - field fills fast.

Customer Service

All of it!

Similar Products Used: www.MtnLakeConservancy.org ... The Mountain Lake Conservancy Trail System
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5
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dvsnapp1   Cross Country Rider [Oct 11, 2007]

I rode this year for my first ever race as a goal to motivate my training. The ride was unreal. I was demoralised by the climbs then delighted by the downhills which were fairly fast and not too technical. Need to train much harder for next year. My HRM said I burned nearly 11000 Kcal! At least I didn't come in last. Hope I don't need my light next year. Just Do It!

Customer Service

I wish I could remember. Maybe I will figure it out at the Shenandoah MTB Fest tomorrow.

Similar Products Used: I ride Elizabeth Furnace often and Duncan Hollow/Camp Roosevelt area occasionally. Also hit alot of road bike miles on Skyline Drive. Sherando and Douthat are great too.
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Victor Vector   Cross Country Rider [Nov 01, 2003]

If you can pedal for 8-12 hours without stopping, you'll be fine in this ride. It remains one of the highlights of my year, regardless of how well I do. The best aspect of the race is how it reincarnates some of the old school aura of mtb racing, with wacky equipment configurations, tail pipe cafes, laid back riders - emphasis seems to be on partying and having fun, rather than competition. Also see about the wilderness 101 in state college, PA. Same deal, more technical. Just as fun, a bit harder on the bones. and it really is worth working that second job just to pay for registration. no worries.

Customer Service

just keep pedaling

Similar Products Used: wilderness 101, wild 100, dan comber endurance races...etc...
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5
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5
Rob   [Oct 22, 1999]

I rode in the race and it was possibly the best time I've ever had on my mountain bike. The climbs are challenging, the singletrack sections are amazing, and the area and some of the views are beautiful. I plan to visit the course many times before next years event.

Customer Service

e-mail smt@mtntourning.com for a map

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Eric Rocker   [Dec 04, 1999]

if you didn't do this race...well- hope these boys do it again. it would be like never seeing jerry and the boys....the best supported, longest, craziest thing going- i want to thank anyone involved with planning or helping....thanks...

Customer Service

get it from someone who don't sleepthe whole way there.....sorry

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Jeff Kennedy   [Feb 19, 2000]

Too much fun for one day. Raced the Leadville 100 2 times, this race was at that level of fun and less travel.

Customer Service

Follow the race markers.

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4
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John Lynch   [Apr 25, 2000]

Friends, Food, Beer, incredible singletrack! I am so glad that the boys are planning another race.

September 3rd, 6:30 am.

makes me want to move to G.W. National Forest.

$100 cheap! for a O MY GOD weekend!

Plan on beating Jeremiah. He starts to slow down after 6 or 7 hours or so. Leaves me about an hour to catch up!

Customer Service

More fun than any 80's all you can eat buffet race!!!!

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Bill   [Jul 01, 2002]

The race is top notch. It is run very well and is the best race course I have ever been on. All I can say is train hard and ride it.

Customer Service

After each downhill I yelled to every one around me that was the best down hill I have ever done.

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Bill   [Jun 01, 2003]

Up down and around for 100 miles of fun. Best event I have ever done and I have done a few! Hats off to Chris and his unbelievable support team. The MORE folks put on quite a show with the meals. I did the 2002 event and will do it every year as long as I am drawing breath. As for the course itself, Hankey Mtn almost made me cry but Dowells Draft more than made up for it. Braleys Pond was a great singletrack climb - and oh boy that descent! DD and BP are two of the best singletrack DH's I have ever been on. Great event, great course. Do yourself a favor and start training now. The 2003 event is 3 months away. One last thing, i rode it w/ an altilmeter and got 12,250 feet of climbing.

Customer Service

The wheel in front of you - follow it.

Similar Products Used: Amazingly, the IMBA Epic route was not one inch on the SM 100 route. I think it was on Shenandoah Mtn Trail and Jerkemtight
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