What is better than a single-day cross country race? Two days with three unique events featuring three times the amount of great singletrack. After a successful inaugural event in 2013 that utilized a challenging yet fun four-mile course, race organizers wanted to find a way to showcase even more of the incredible, student-built trails on Miller School of Albemarle's scenic 1600 acre campus. The answer was to create an event that would challenge riders in a variety of different competitions over varying terrain, and then crown an overall winner for the weekend. Miller School of Albemarle (whose central campus is appropriately referred to as "the hill") will host the event along with the MSA Endurance Team. Expect two days of great racing in a relaxing atmosphere. The race is being held on many of the same trails as Race #2 of the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series, so come out on April 22 to check out the venue and cheer on the best junior mountain bikers from around the state!
The Run Down
The event is a points-based omnium. Competitors are awarded points based on their finish in each of the three events (the better your finish, the more points you will receive), and the person with the most accumulated points at the end of the weekend wins the overall. A full points breakdown will be posted on the Conquer the Hill facebook page at least one month before the race date. The three individual stages are as follows:
Stage 1: Hillclimb
Racers will start in waves and tackle a two-mile, mostly uphill point-to-point course. Much of the course is wide open and perfect for passing.
Stage 2: Short Track
Each category will compete "criterium" style on a half mile loop that features some technical elements and encourages tactical racing. Races will run a set amount of time, plus one lap.
Stage 3: Cross Country Marathon
All categories will start together and try to complete as many laps as possible of an eight mile course in four hours as possible. Similar to other endurance events, racers may be on course for more than four hours, but no competitor is able to log another lap once that threshold has been reached. This stage will be worth more points than the first two.
We will update the course maps and profiles here and on the facebook page as soon as they are finalized. Expect flowing singletrack, challenging climbs, stream crossings, and great views. Like last year, we will also do our best to post videos of the courses.
Please note: Miller School of Albemarle is a private campus and the trails are not open for riding to the general public. If you would like to pre-ride the course, it will be partially marked and open at the following times:
- Tuesday, Aprill 22 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, during the VAHS MTB Race
- Friday, April 25 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Day-of registration is available for all categories until 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. There will be an additional charge of $10.00 for all day-of registrants with the exception of Junior riders.
The Miller School of Albemarle is located just 15 minutes west of Charlottesville, VA at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
1000 Samuel Miller Loop
Charlottesville, VA 22903
As you reach the top of the main entrance, stay left at the fork and follow signs to parking in the grass field on your left.
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.
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