Beaverdam and New Light Challenge
The BD & NL Challenge will connect up the great trails of Beaverdam and New Light to create one of the most unique mountain bike endurance races ever held in the Triangle.
The race will be staged from the parking lot in Beaverdam nearest to the trail head. Racers will ride Beaverdam’s Outer Loop and West Loop in a counterclockwise directions. Racers will exit the park and ride over to New Light for a lap in a counterclockwise direction. Racers will return to Beaverdam to ride the South Loop.
Total distance is roughly 33 miles of which a mere 12 is road.
The race will start at Beaverdam at the Mountain biking parking lot.
14916 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Take the first left after the gate entrance, then take another left and the parking lot is to the right. There are restrooms adjacent to the parking lot. Gates open at 8 AM, there is $7 entry fee this time of year- please carpool!
Check-in and Start Time:
Check-in is from 8:15-9:20 AM. Race will start at 9:30 AM.
The start/finish line and staging of the BD & NL Challenge will be in the parking lot near the lower trailhead at Beaverdam. Racers will ride the Outer and West loops. Racers will then ride from the lower trail head to the exit of Beaverdam and make a right hand turn (North) on Highway 50. Racers will proceed to New Light via Creedmore Rd then Old Weaver Trail. Racers will enter the New Light trails and make a complete lap in a counterclockwise direction. Racers will exit New Light and proceed back to Beaverdam. They will make a left hand turn from Highway 50 into Beaverdam. Racers will make a right hand turn into the South Loop at the upper trailhead near the entrance to the park. Racers will complete a full loop of the trail, exiting at the same place they entered. Racers will then proceed to the start/finish line. For further details, check out these map links:
Safety and Environmental Considerations:
All racers are required to wear a helmet during the entire race and use a working red tail light on the road portion of the race.
All racers must demonstrate they have a working red tail light at check-in.
All racers must pack in and pack out their own food/drink. Do not litter the trails!
No alcohol is allowed in the park.
The BD&NL Challenge is meant to be self-supported; there will be no aid stations along the route. There will, however, be a food/water drop off zone at the entrance/exit of Beaverdam’s South Loop. Racers are invited to put water and food at this location prior to the beginning of the race. Please remember to pack out all waste and empty containers.
There is no traffic control on the road, please follow road rules and take care when passing or making a left turn back into the Beaverdam park.
Categories & Pricing:
Solo $45/First Time Racer $35/Juniors $20/Kids Free, TORC members of IMBA will get $5 off registration using their IMBA ID as a discount code.
Open Men 19-29
Open Men 30-39
Open Men 40-49
Open Men 50+
Open Women 19-39
Open Women 40+
Novice Racer (you have never done an endurance style mtb race before and want to see what it’s all about)
Use this link to register:
Kids Race registration:
THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION! We are not allowed to take money at a state park. So please register before race day!
All categories must have a minimum of 3 competitors to constitute a category. If less than 3 competitors are entered in any category the organizers reserve the right to combine categories.
First time racers- come experience an endurance mountain bike race while helping to support TORC build more singletrack and advocate for trails.
Juniors will do the entire course on the condition they are aware of the difficulty of this course and are capable of self-support.
Kids: we will have a kids race @11:00 AM and it will consist of the Outer Loop and West Loop at Beaverdam.
Get a cool t-shirt for doing this race.
Category winners will receive TORC swag, gift cards from our local bike shops and prizes from Crank Arm Brewery.
All racers will be served lunch upon finishing (starting at 1 pm).
We need volunteers! If you are a racer, perhaps you have a friend/family member who could help out, please have them contact us by emailing [masked]. The following opportunities to volunteer include:
Saturday – Course marking and setup
– One team needed to mark New Light trails.
– One team needed to mark Beaverdam trails.
– Two people to setup the registration area and directional arrows throughout the park
– One person needed to setup directional arrows on Highway 50 and Old Weaver Trail
– Registration 3 to 4 people
– Timing 1 person
– Course Sweeper
– Beaverdam Cleanup 2 or 3 people
– New Light Cleanup 2 or 3 people
Marshals – One person at each of the following locations
– Beaverdam entrance from Highway 50
– Trail crossing at Entrance Booth
– Intersection of 50 and Old Weaver
– New Light entrance from Old Weaver