“Men Cat 3, Women Cat 2, and Junior Cat 1-2 all take two laps on this course.”
— Mtb Race Director
Race - May 13, 2018
There can be snow and mud on the course from December to March. The mud on Lower Peavine is all clay. It sticks to your bike until you stop. The only thing more fun than carrying a 50 lb mud-covered bike is cleaning it.
The Peavine Challenge Cross Country MTB Race has been held in June for the past 25 years in Reno. This race is run entirely by volunteers of the Reno Wheelmen, a nonprofit cycling club that has promoted cycling events in the Reno area since 1896. Reno Wheelmen events have been designed to promote cycling and fitness for all levels of cyclists in the community. Many of these cyclists have volunteered hundreds of hours to help build and maintain both the USFS trail system through the Carson Ranger District and Washoe County Parks Trail System. Race courses use commonly traveled routes to reduce impact on the trail systems.
The Reno Wheelmen host 50 plus competitive cycling events every year, in disciples including Road, MTB, and Cyclocross. The Wheelmen hosted the 2018 USAC Cyclocross Nationals in January at Rancho San Rafael Park. They support racing and members who race with generous race reimbursement as well as discounted clothing. You don't need to be a member to race, but it is encouraged as it is the support from our members and sponsors that allows us to promote these events.
Need to Know
Park on the dirt after the USFS fence on Hoge Road, not in front of the houses!
There is no water at the Hoge Road trailhead. There is water at the gas stations and Ben Liquor on North Virginia and Parr Blvd. Bathrooms and water can be found at the Casino and Rancho Park, south of McCarran Blvd.
Middle Course: Lap – 13.4 km, 450m elevation gain
From the Hoge Road Trailhead (28), the course climbs north up Road 41652, past 1871, the Feed Zone, and then right up Road 21527 to Stage Coach Trail (1872). Continue left up Stage Coach Trail to the Snow Board Bench (1872, 1873, 1874, 64). This is the hardest climb of the course. Take a right on Total Recall
(65) and follow Total Recall
to Lingles Loop
(66). Climb left up Lingles Loop
The Long Course heads right at Lingles Loop
. The Middle Course continues on Lingles Loop
, then heads left on Over Easy (56/66, 56). Over Easy is the top of the course; follow it to the Bacon Strip
(56). Head left down the Bacon Strip
to the Halo
Trail (57, 56, 55, 48), down Snow Terraces (47, 37), down the Podunk Trail (37, 38, 39), down Total Recall
(39, 62, 61, 27), down Keystone Canyon (27, 26) for 100 m, then finally left up to the UNR DH Course
(26, U1) Rock Pile.
The course heads through the jumps and berms in the meadow of the UNR course until it hits Upper Evans Canyon Trail
. At Upper Evans Canyon Trail
, the course heads left back towards Hoge Road (29, 28, Finish).
History & Background