The RockStar VA is a 270 mile mtb race from Rocktown (Harrisonburg) to the Star City (Roanoke).

When

Date: April 13, 2019

Time: 7:00 am

Details

Cost: $48 – $108

Event Website

Organizer: Virginia Endurance Series

RockStar VA is a 270 mile biking event from Rocktown (Harrisonburg) to the Star City (Roanoke). There are TRAIL, GRAVEL and PAVE route options: www.tinyurl.com/rockstargooglemap

The official Grand Depart 7am 4/13/2019 start location = Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg | https://her.is/2uESl1m

Folks are welcome to approach this event as a race or a tour. All solo riders and teams are required to have a SPOT tracking device with them and on for the duration of this event and registered with Trackleaders.com. Registration *and* a Spot Gen3 rental for RockStar VA participants is $60 total.

New for 2019: Stage Race Option (4-Stages)
Stages will start 7am each day and be roughly 70 miles.
Live tracking and results provided by Trackleaders.com
www.facebook.com/events/200832063980427
Stage 1: Saturday 4/13 Start = Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg, Finish = Braley Pond Dispersed Campground
Stage 2: Sunday 4/14 Start = Braley Pond Dispersed Campground, Finish = Douthat State Park
Stage 3: Monday 4/15 Start: = Douthat State Park, Finish = Eagle Rock
Stage 4: Tuesday 4/16 Start = Eagle Rock, Finish = Texas Tavern Roanoke

Important Notes:
1) Team – Only 1 rider per team registers on Trackleaders, the team stays together for the entire event, all team members must either do trail work or donate to one of the Area Trail Work / Advocacy Groups.
2) All rental SPOT trackers will be at Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg April 13th at 6am for pickup before the 7am Grand Depart / event start.
3) Independent Time Trial (ITT) – anyone attempting the route at a date or time other than the April 13th 7am Grand Depart is strongly encouraged to still register on with Trackleaders so their attempt will be documented/verified and their family, friends and fans can see their progress.

Additional Info

Trackleaders.com Registration:
https://form.jotform.com/trackleaders/rockstar19 (not live yet)
(Registration Closes Friday 4/5/19)
Trackleaders RockStar VA 270 2019 Live Tracker:
http://trackleaders.com/rockstar19
(This ^ is the page where fans, family and friends can follow riders and view how the event is unfolding in real-time.)

Race Categories: TRAIL or GRAVEL A) Solo B) Team (Female, Male, COED).Team = 2 or more riders who ride & finish together.
Touring Categories: Solo or Team

THE ROUTES:
Strava:
Trail = https://www.strava.com/routes/12124095
Gravel = https://www.strava.com/routes/12197408
Pave = https://www.strava.com/routes/12371571

RideWithGPS:
Trail = https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27086614
Gravel = https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27056025
Pave = https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27086777

Trailforks.com + Phone App for Trail route Navigation
https://www.trailforks.com/route/rockstar-trail-route/

Google Map (All Routes + Lodging & POI layers):
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1O4f2h2uiDjuHQypmgKnhASEANjysB6VP&ll=37.87347416444298%2C-79.513465&z=8

GPX Files: tinyurl.com/rockstargpx

Entry Process (For *both* TRAIL & GRAVEL riders):
https://www.facebook.com/events/1583483341702188/permalink/1638144026236119/

Regarding the course …
the route is amazing and regarded as a legendary challenge ride. the route will not exhaustively explore all trail areas it touches BUT it will give folks a good taste of each destination to hopefully fuel their interest in coming back again and again. make no mistake, this is a rider’s course. it’s not a get you from A to B on dirt as directly as possible. it’s a route that will thrill and delight. you’ll be bursting with excitement at Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg​ and when you arrive at the Texas Tavern​ in Roanoke you will have done something epic, amazing and probably life changing! while the #rockstar_va may be the most difficult challenge many of its participants will have ever attempted … it’s not impossible. a bunch of nutjobs will start it on 4/13/19 and complete it … riding themselves into mtb history and bringing the #rockstar_va legend to life.

The official finishing location = Texas Tavern​ Roanoke
Racers will be finishing over a number of days and at all kinds of hours, so, after summiting at the Roanoke Star racers will DH the Understory and Monument trails, then roll thru downtown and finish at the one and only iconic Roanoke downtown destination where you’re guaranteed a friendly greeting 24/7 every day, all year – the Texas Tavern!!!!

Live Tracking & Results for #rockstar_va will be thru Trackleaders.com. All solo racers and teams are required to have a SPOT tracking device with them and on for the duration of this event and registered with Trackleaders.com.

RockStar Routes Overview Images
(11×17 Color Print and/or Save to your Phone)
tinyurl.com/rockstaroverviewimages
These images are pretty detailed, there are 16-20 per route. If you 11×17 color print these and store them in a ziplock they could help keep you on course if your electronic nav device stops working.
[Note: these were created using the actual GPS tracks *but* using an old copy a trails illustrated disc. If anyone can create an image sequence using current trails illustrated of similar maps, and share them, that’d be awesome.]

Support Rules During RockStar VA
1) Self & Neutral Support from Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg to the route midpoint at Douthat State Park
2) At Douthat anything goes. There’s a restaurant, camp store, camping and cabins. Many are expected to overnight at Douthat or at least sleep a few hours. Enjoy!
3) Self & Neutral Support from Douthat to Texas Tavern Roanoke

Neutral Support = RockStar VA supporters who voluntarily setup aid stations that welcome and support all participants.

**All that being said** folks should prepare and organize whatever aid and support they need to be safe and maximize their fun.

To that end, we’ve added a registration category that will also be available on Trackleaders.com:
Solo – Men, Women
Team – (2+ riders) Men, Women, Co-ed
Supported – anyone that uses more than self or neutral support outside of Douthat State Park.

We’re going to put together a list of locations where food and water are available along the course, then see where folks volunteer to create neutral aid stations, and then we’ll see if drop locations are needed and can be reasonably arranged. **Any rider that needs or wants to place stashes or receive support in addition to these neutral options to maximize their fun and safety should do it.** Riders who utilize non-neutral stashes will be tracked in the Supported category by Trackleaders.com

RockStar VA Shuttle Service by Roanoke Mountain Adventures
(540) 525-8295 – 4/19/2019 (times TBD)
Leave a car in Harrisonburg and RMA will bring you back when your RockStar VA adventure is complete, or, ahead of the event leave a car in Roanoke and have RMA bring you to Harrisonburg for the event start!
Rates:
3 people – $108/person
4 people – $90/person
5 people – $75/person
6 people – $65/person
7 people – $58/person
8 people – $52/person
9 people – $48/person

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