The Beaverdam New Light Challenge connects the great trails of Beaverdam and New Light to create one of the most unique mountain bike endurance races held in the Triangle.

Race Date Pending

The 2020 Race has been postponed. Hopefully, we can make this happen at the end of the year or early 2021.

The race is staged from the parking lot in Beaverdam nearest to the trail head.  Racers ride Beaverdam’s Outer Loop and West Loop in a counterclockwise directions, then exit the park and ride over to New Light for a lap in a counterclockwise direction. Racers then return to Beaverdam to ride the South Loop.

Total distance is roughly 33 miles of which a mere 12 is road.


The race will start at Beaverdam at the Mountain biking parking lot.

36°03’07.1″N 78°41’40.7″W
14916 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Take the first left after the gate entrance, then take another left and the parking lot is to the right.  There are restrooms adjacent to the parking lot.  Gates open at 8 AM, there is $7 entry fee this time of year- please carpool!

Typical Check-in and Start Time:

Check-in is from 8:30-9:20 AM.  Race will start at 9:30 AM for Ages 18-up (wave starts), 10 AM for Juniors and 11 AM for Kids.

Race Route:

This may change but the usual start/finish line and staging of the BD & NL Challenge will be in the parking lot near the lower trailhead at Beaverdam. Racers will ride the Outer and West loops. Then they ride from the lower trail head to the exit of Beaverdam and make a right hand turn (North) on Highway 50.  Next up: New Light via Creedmor Rd then Old Weaver Trail. 

Racers will enter the New Light trails and make a complete lap in a counterclockwise direction. Then exit New Light and proceed back to Beaverdam. They will make a left hand turn from Highway 50 into Beaverdam. Then it’s a right hand turn into the South Loop at the upper trailhead near the entrance to the park.  Racers will complete a full loop of the trail, exiting at the same place they entered. Racers will then proceed to the start/finish line.  For further details, check out these map links:

Beaverdam course map

Road portion map

NewLight course map

Safety and Environmental Considerations:

  • Helmets are required during the entire race and use a working red tail light on the road portion of the race.
  • All racers must demonstrate they have a working red tail light at check-in.
  • All racers must pack in and pack out their own food/drink.  Do not litter the trails!
  • No alcohol is allowed in the park.


The BD&NL Challenge is meant to be self-supported; there will be no aid stations along the route. There will, however, be a food/water drop off zone at the entrance/exit of Beaverdam’s South Loop. Racers are invited to put water and food at this location prior to the beginning of the race. Please remember to pack out all waste and empty containers.

There is no traffic control on the road, please follow road rules and take care when passing or making a left turn back into the Beaverdam park.

Categories & Pricing:

Solo $45/Novice $35/Juniors $20/Kids Free, TORC members of IMBA will get $5 off registration using their IMBA ID as a discount code.

  • Expert Men & Women
  • Novice Men & Women
  • Open Men 19-29
  • Open Men 30-39
  • Open Men 40-49
  • Open Men 50+
  • Open Women 19-39
  • Open Women 40+
  • Singlespeed
  • Juniors 13-17 (will only do 10 miles within Beaverdam- no New Light/road!)
  • Kids 12 and under (will only race at Beaverdam West Loop)
  • First Time Racer (Novice, Beginner) (you have never done an endurance style mtb race before and want to see what it’s all about)

THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION! We are not allowed to take money at a state park.  So please register before race day!
All categories must have a minimum of 3 competitors to constitute a category.  If less than 3 competitors are entered in any category, the organizers reserve the right to combine categories.

First time racers (NOVICE)- come experience an endurance mountain bike race while helping to support TORC build more singletrack and advocate for trails.

Juniors will only race within Beaverdam trails and start @ 10:15 AM.

Kids: we will have a kids race @11:00 AM and it will consist of West Loop at Beaverdam.

Real time race progress will be here:
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Prizes/Awards/Post-race Food:

Get a cool TORC pint glass for doing this race.

Experts and Open/Singlespeed get a cash prize for 1st place.  Category top 2 and 3 will receive TORC swag, gift cards from our local bike shops.

All racers will be served lunch upon finishing (starting at 1 pm).


We need volunteers!  If you are a racer, perhaps you have a friend/family member who could help out, please have them contact us by emailing [email protected] The following opportunities to volunteer include:

Saturday – Course marking and setup

– One team needed to mark New Light trails.
– One team needed to mark Beaverdam trails.
– Two people to setup the registration area and directional arrows throughout the park
– One person needed to setup directional arrows on Highway 50 and Old Weaver Trail


– Registration 3 to 4 people
– Timing 1 person
– Course Sweeper
– Beaverdam Cleanup 2 or 3 people
– New Light Cleanup 2 or 3 people

Marshals – One person at each of the following locations

– Beaverdam entrance from Highway 50
– Trail crossing at Entrance Booth
– Intersection of 50 and Old Weaver
– New Light entrance from Old Weaver


Prior Year Photos

2018 Photos are on Meetup and from Debbie

Prior Year Results

2019 results
2018 results
2017 results
2016 results
2015 results

2014 results pdf

2013 results pdf