About the Course
We put the “WAKE” into Wakefield with each year’s race course! When the park started construction in 2016, it required us to get creative, making the Wednesdays at Wakefield course full of trail sections never before used for mountain bike racing. Now, with all the construction completed (we hope), we decided to change the course year-to-year using all sorts of new trail sections as our building blocks. This means if you were a champ at the WAW course in the past, always expect a slightly different course and some fantastic surprises.
We put the “WAKE” back in Wakefield!
One lap of the Wednesdays at Wakefield course is approximately ~5.0-miles (~8.0 km) and can be completed by the average rider in roughly 30-minutes. We’ve done a ton of test rides this year. The fastest lap in 2016 was around 19-minutes. But come race day, we’re sure that any course record will be easily broken.
2016 WAW course record was 19m:32s, set by Michael Danish during Race #1 on June 22nd, 2016.
If you have never ridden here before, you’ll find that Wakefield Park’s mountain bike trails consist of a little bit of everything. There are swooping turns, gradual climbs, creek crossings, rocky trail sections, soft dirt patches, rooty bumps, open trail, fire roads, and scenic vistas — like we said, a little bit of everything!
Wakefield [is an] all-mountain style grab-bag of mixed-skilled trail.
The catch is that a mix of features can be found after traveling just a few hundred feet. Don’t like rocks? 100 feet later it becomes sand. Don’t like sand? 100 feet later it’s a rooty climb. Don’t like hills? 100 feet later its a smooth decent with some wicked turns. And so on, and so on, and so on.
Just about every kind of rider will find something they equally enjoy throughout this park. This is why PVC has been hosting one of the best-kept, not-so-secret races here for over a decade! Although it doesn’t have the huge drops or massive climbs of other mountain bike course, Wakefield makes up for it with a backyard full of singletrack. No one leaves Wakefield unsatisfied!
PVC Trail Bosses are always busy putting up arrows and clearing weeds roughly two weeks before the first race. Our trail markers (PVC branded black arrows on a yellow field) stay up for those trying to practice on the weekends throughout the entire series (so long as our bandit doesn’t keep tearing them down). If you see someone removing our arrows before the series is over, please let someone in PVC know about it!