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This will be a 3 hour mountain bike score event using the full Swift Creek trail network, including several trails opened only in the past year. Competitors will choose their own routes to get as many of the (approximately) 25 controls within 3 hours. No foot courses will be available at this event. You'll get to ride many of the great trails, but will also need navigation skills as controls will be off the trails, and the trails are one-directional so route choice and portage are important. Novice bikers are welcome - most trails are easy to moderate. Some trails have short difficult sections, but bikes can be easily carried over these. Mountain bikes or hybrids are recommended and helmets are required. Please note this event could be postponed at short notice. The trails are closed during or after heavy rain. Please watch for emails or postings, or check http://www.fopsp.org/current-info.html. In case of partial closure of trails, we will make a decision whether to continue with limited controls. Location: Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County. We will be parking in the main parking area near the pool complex (NOT the Courthouse Road bike parking as previously indicated). Enter State Park Road from Beach Road, and follow straight on for 2 miles. Follow signs to park in the far corner, near the road down to the lake and near the pool. Starts: Start any time between 10am and 12pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 3pm.) Cost: Maps are $5 each. As always, instruction will be available for beginners or those who would like some help to get started. Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. Water, sunscreen, and bug spray are also good ideas to bring along. Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions! +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question and indicate (1) how many maps you will need, (2) if you need beginner instruction. (3) if you can stay after 3pm to help with control pickup. This really helps us with planning! +++++ *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** Course Designer & setter: Mark Walmsley
Attention adventure racers (and anyone who's ever thought of doing one): The annual adventure race that's part of the Dominion River Rock festival will be held on Sunday May 19. This year's race will be 4 hours of fun in the Richmond area! This is a great event for first-time racers but will offer plenty of challenge for those with experience, too. The race is done in teams of 2,3, or 4 people, or as a solo. Racers will ride, run, & paddle as they navigate through a course that will be revealed that morning. Check out the River Rock website for all of the details and to sign up: https://www.riverrockrva.com/events/adventure-race/ Note that the price increases on 4/1 & again on 5/1, so get your team together and register soon! The race director is CVOC's Phil Dawson and a variety of CVOC members will be involved in putting on the race. If you're interested in volunteering too, please let us know!