Legend has it, that long before the water of Carvins Cove flooded the farmland once known as Happy Valley, a strange and shadowy gilled creature roamed the bogs and waterways. Now, for reasons unknown, sightings of an unusual reptilian figure have been widely reported. On October 2, a brigade of endurance mountain bike racers will be sent in to investigate, exploring 40+ miles of dark backwoods while simultaneously competing for the ultimate prize: the XXC-VA state championship. Creature From Carvins Cove, presented by Virginia’s Blue Ridge, invites racers from across the state and beyond to witness the wonders of the Cove’s gnarliest singletrack in the final of the XXC-VA series, sanctioned by the Virginia Endurance Series. A 17 mile XC provides an option for those not quite ready for 40 in categories from beginner to expert. By the end of the day on October 2, 2016, we’ll know for certain if the creature is for real!