This featured ride follows the cues of the Wilkes 100K Mountain Bike Race, which is currently on hiatus. The route encompasses the entire IMBA EPICS trail system at W Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir. Not only does it cover all the sweet singletrack, the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club (BMCC)
has thrown in a few surprises just to test your mettle and keep you on your toes or, as Phil Liggett would say, "dancing on the pedals."
Need to Know
. The race course is a full 100K (62 miles). While this course map follows the exact planned route, the total mileage is listed as 10 miles short of that! Why
Because Garmins hate Wilkesbermo
. With HUNDREDS of high-speed turns on this course, GPS tracking does not reflect the appropriate mileage. Devices with wheel sensors do track a bit better though at Kerr Scott.
. The inaugural 2013 event finishers completed the race between 4.5 hours and 8 hours. 14 DNFs.
. For more info on the Wilkes 100K, please visit the BMCC's Wilkes 100 K event page
You'll be challenged and even delighted as you traverse through the evolution of bike-optimized trails at W Kerr Scott. Riding the Overmountain Victory Trail
will surely be reminiscent of your favorite roller coaster. The Berry Mountain Loop and Shiner's Run
(also in both directions), while shorter, are each unique in their own way.
A classic BURN lap at Dark Mountain
will test your technical riding skills through the roots and ruts that make it classic. You might be close to bonk-town when you finish the climb to the Mountain View Overlook and follow it with some old school trail on the OVT at Warrior Creek
near Marley Ford.
After challenging your resolve there, you'll finally start riding Warrior Creek
in a (rad) clockwise direction where the smile will be back on your face as you finally are near the elusive finish line.
History & Background
The Wilkes 100 started in 2013 and sold out in that inaugural year. The entire Kerr Scott trail system was named an IMBA Epic in 2011. Consult the Kerr Scott - IMBA Epic route for more details on the history of Kerr Scott trails.