DISCIPLINE: Mountain Bike
MILEAGE: (Short) 23 Miles; (Long) 33 Miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,982 ft – 4,109 ft
RECORD TIMES: Patrick Collins 3:05:13 (M, 2023) / Mary Kowalski 4:43:59 (W, 2022)
LOCATION: Greenwood Furnace, Huntingdon, PA
TOTAL REGISTRATION LIMIT: 200
Explore the outdoor paradise of Greenwood Furnace State Park, located in Pennsylvania’s Rothrock State Forest, as you take part in Session III of the Seasons of Rothrock Race Series. Discover what makes this 423-acre State Park a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts while taking in the gorgeous autumn scenery and crushing it!
Greenwood Furnace State Park is one-of-a-kind, with an abundance of roots and rocks to navigate. Expect a thrilling and demanding MTB course that will require your complete attention. During the Greenwood Furnace mountain bike race, immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery, tranquil solitude, and plentiful wildlife that surrounds you. You’ll ride on the lesser-known trails within the park, where the original loam still persists.
Overall, Session III at Greenwood Furnace State Park is a rewarding and challenging experience that will leave you breathless. With stunning scenery and beautiful trails, the park offers a wonderful way to enjoy autumn in central Pennsylvania. Get ready to hit the trails and be a part of this unforgettable experience!
Online Registration Opens November, 1 2023
Race Day Schedule
10:00am: Race start
1:00pm: Finish line after race social time w/ beverages.
3:00pm: Podium and Cash payouts.
No Refunds - No Transfers - No Deferrals
We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur, so we encourage participants to purchase race-day insurance from Bike Reg. If you do not purchase insurance and must cancel before online registration closes, we can only provide a 50% refund. Unfortunately, we do not offer deferrals.
- Navy Blue Course Arrows EXPERT Long Course – Session III (31.6 miles 3,792 ft)
- Course split is at mile 8.4 EXPERT turns left; SPORT turns right.
- Red Course Arrows SPORT Short Course – Session III (22.7 miles 2,170 ft)
Choose your race…
Session III – Greenwood Furnace MTB Race
Long Course Distance: 31.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,792 ft
- Support 1 (Water Stop & Medical Support) – Mile 8.4 bottom of Peep on Coopers Gap Road. Cut-off is at 12:30 p.m. If you (expert rider) do not leave aid station 1 by 12:30, you must continue onto the short course.
- Support 2 and 3 (Snacks, Water & Medical Support) – Mile 18.3 & 24.8 of the Expert Course. Bottom of Coopers Gap Road and Kettle Road. You will visit this support station twice. First, you will go straight to Cooper’s Gap Road, heading for Shitaka. The second time you will come off the trail and climb Kettle Road to the finish. The cut-off is at 2:30 p.m. If you do not leave Aid Station 2 the first time by 2:30, you must go up Kettle Road to the finish. (skipping Shitaka, Deer Tick, and Beautiful trails)
Session III – Greenwood Furnace MTB Race
Short Course Distance: 22.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,170 ft
- Support 1 (Water Stop & Medical Support) – Mile 8.4 bottom of Peep on Coopers Gap Road.
- Support 2 and 3 (Snacks, Water & Medical Support) – Mile 9.4 & 15.8 of the Sport Course. Bottom of Coopers Gap Road and Kettle Road. You will visit this support station twice. First, you will go straight to Cooper’s Gap Road, heading for Shitaka. The second time you will come off the trail and climb Kettle Road to the finish. The cut-off is at 2:30 p.m. If you do not leave Aid Station 2 the first time by 2:30, you must go up Kettle Road to the finish. (skipping Shitaka, Deer Tick, and Beautiful trails)
Greenwood Furnace MTB Race Details
As you begin the race, you’ll be surrounded by rugged beauty, abundant wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and peaceful solitude. You’ll get to explore Rothrock State Forest’s lesser-traveled trails within Greenwood Furnace State Park, which still retain their original loam.
The race offers secluded and scenic routes with fast, flowy descents and brutal technical climbs, with highlights such as the speedy Shitaka Trail, grueling Deer Tick Trail Climb, and exposed rock rolls on the Beautiful Trail.
The Shitaka Trail is the first challenge you’ll face, a dense forest with steep climbs and technical sections. The Deer Tick Trail climb follows, testing your endurance and offering breathtaking views at the summit. The Beautiful Trail will take your breath away with its stunning scenery and flowing singletrack, with the possibility of spotting local wildlife such as white-tailed deer, black bears, and foxes.
The expert course includes unique scenery on Brush Ridge. This trail offers a rocky and technical section with tight switchbacks and challenging terrain. This trail is known for its beautiful rock formations and expansive views of the valley below.
Dutch Alvin is a technical rider’s playground featuring the East Coast Rocks for which Pennsylvania is known. Riders come from far and wide to ride these central Pennsylvania trails. As you make your final descent, with your loved ones cheering you on, summon the last bit of energy you have to push through to the finish line. After a challenging ride, it’s time to recuperate and share stories of your struggles and triumphs while enjoying some laughs.
An award ceremony will be held at Pavillion One. Bronze, silver, and gold medals will be presented for each classification. Whether you’ve made it to the podium or not, celebrate your success and hard work with refreshing beverages and tasty snacks while enjoying the grassroots mountain biking culture unique to this race series.
NOTE: Riders and guests will find ample parking at the nearby blacksmith shop picnic area.
About Greenwood Furnace MTB Race
Rothrock State Forest
Greenwood Furnace State Park is a stunning natural and historic site in the Rothrock State Forest. Covering 423 acres, the park is an ideal destination for those who love the outdoors. It provides visitors with an opportunity to connect with nature and learn about the region’s past.
One of the significant highlights of Greenwood Furnace State Park is the historic ironmaking furnace, which dates back to the 19th century. The furnace played a substantial role in the Industrial Revolution and is a testament to the area’s rich history. Visitors can explore the historic furnace and learn about the manufacturing process of producing iron.
The park also has a number of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy. Hiking is a popular activity in the park, with various trails to suit all levels of hikers. The trails provide stunning views of the surrounding forest and the beautiful lake.
Greenwood Lake is a six-acre body of water used for recreational purposes. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the lake. Stocked with trout each year, fishing can be done from the lake’s shores or kayaks and canoes on the water.
Swimming is permitted in the lake, and there is even a sandy beach for sunning and relaxing. Near the beach, visitors will find bathrooms with a changing room and a concession stand.
In addition to its natural attractions, the park has several picnic areas and pavilions, making it an ideal spot for family gatherings and outdoor events. There is also a playground for children, ensuring that the little ones are kept entertained during their visit.
Campers will find several campgrounds within Greenwood Furnace State Park, including drive-in and walk-in sites. The campgrounds are well-maintained and allow visitors to spend the night in the heart of nature.
We are grateful for all of the volunteers that come out to help us coordinate and execute successful Seasons of Rothrock races. Want to be a part of the show? We need course marshals, EMS, registration table help, bikers to sweep, course markers, people to direct traffic, and aid station attendants for the Session III – Greenwood Furnace MTB Race. You’ll find open positions on the Bike Reg page. Check it out!