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The Shenandoah Mountain 100

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

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.
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Latitude
38.35404186707046
Longitude
-78.54469299316406
Trail Directions
Giving directions to an entire mountain is difficult. If you stand in Harrisonburg, look west. See that ridge? that's it. Shenandoah Mountain.
Trail Length
97 miles (ok, they cut a corner. it still hurt like hell)
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Stokesville
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Review Date
September 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: asmallsol ,  Racer

Summary:
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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Review Date
February 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: doubleB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
All of it!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
www.MtnLakeConservancy.org ... The Mountain Lake Conservancy Trail System



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Review Date
October 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dvsnapp1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
November 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Victor Vector ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
just keep pedaling

Other recommended trails in the same area:
wilderness 101, wild 100, dan comber endurance races...etc...



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Review Date
June 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Bill , from S Carolina

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
The wheel in front of you - follow it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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