B3 – Bikes Beers Banjos 2023
B3 is returning to the Lost River, WV and the Lost River Barn on Saturday, June 10. Registration is available for three rides, Rattlesnake, Bobcat and Hawk, with the option of adding barn or camping accommodations with meals for the weekend.
B3 isn't a race, but you can expect a challenging ride featuring a number of long gravel sections and steep ridge climbs. The beauty of the remote landscape means very little cell phone coverage, but also very few cars. More than anything, B3 is about bringing together a community of likeminded cyclists and friends new and old to enjoy in the camaraderie that comes with spending a weekend in the mountains riding bikes together.
Lost River Barn, 9580 Howards Lick Rd, Mathias, WV 26812 (Google Maps)
All rides start and finish at the Lost River Barn. Parking is available for riders and others not staying at the venue.
The Lost River Barn and Raw Talent Ranch were founded by the late Jay Moglia, who over the past two decades welcomed an entire generation of mid-Atlantic cyclists to his retreat – also known as "the barn" – to train and take in the aura of the mountains. Jay's vision and efforts fueled the dreams of countless cyclists.
Online registration closes Friday, June 10 at 5:00 pm.
Rates for all categories:
- $65 – Through Friday, May 19
- $75 – Saturday, May 20 – Friday, June 9 (online registration closes at 5:00 pm)
- $85 – Saturday, June 10 (day of event)
Rattlesnake (99 miles, ~10,800 ft. elevation)
Saturday, June 10, 9:00 am
The 99-mile Rattlesnake will have a resupply opportunity at Larkins Grocery at mile 32, aid stations just before mile 49 and mile 63.5, and a final resupply at the Rio Liberty gas station at mile 73.5.
NEW in 2023! Rattlesnake Trail (singletrack) alternate route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42079414. The Rattlesnake Trail route splits from the standard Bobcat route at mile 16.4 and adds only .7 miles to the standard route. Please note that the trail is rocky and there will be no SAG support on this section. Come prepared with high volume tires, tire plugs and a sense of adventure.
Bobcat (63.1 miles, ~7,600 ft. elevation)
Saturday, June 10, 9:00 am
The 63-mile Bobcat will diverge from the Rattlesnake just before mile 51. There will be a resupply opportunity at Larkins Grocery at mile 32 and an aid station just before mile 49.
NEW in 2023! Bobcat Trail (singletrack) alternate route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42090088. The Bobcat Trail route splits from the standard Bobcat route at mile 16.4 and adds only .7 miles to the standard route. Please note that the trail is rocky and there will be no SAG support on this section. Come prepared with high volume tires, tire plugs and a sense of adventure.
Hawk (34 miles, ~3,800 ft. elevation)
Saturday, June 10, 9:00 am
The 34-mile Hawk route may be the shortest option, but that doesn't mean it isn't just as fun and challenging. Riders will experience the exhilarating descent on Howards Lick before splitting off from the Rattlesnake and Bobcat at mile 12.1. From there riders will experience a couple gravel sections (including the grueling climb back to the Barn on Helmick Rock Rd) and a screaming descent on Mill Gap Rd.
The Lost River Barn has indoor accommodations for up to 20 people and camping is available for an additional 30 people. Guests staying in the Barn will have exclusive access to the bathrooms. Campers will have access to a portable toilet and wash station. The kitchen is reserved for meal prep by the caterer and is not available for use by guests. In addition to common areas, the Barn consists of five bedrooms, a loft space and sunroom.
- Barn accommodations and meals: $130/per person – Includes overnight accommodations (a bed, shared bathroom, kitchen) inside the iconic Lost River Barn for two nights, Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 and three meals (pizza party on Friday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday). Rooms setups vary and guests will have an opportunity to provide input on room placement preference.
- Tent/Vehicle Camping and meals: $80/per person – Includes a spot to pitch your tent/park your vehicle at the Lost River Barn for two nights, Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 and three meals (pizza party on Friday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday). A portable toilet and wash station will be available but campers won't have access to facilities inside the Barn.
WHAT YOU'LL GET WITH YOUR RIDE REGISTRATION
- Choose from three scenic and challenging routes, each featuring multiple gravel segments and a fair amount of elevation.
- SAG support
- Post-ride meal
- Beer on tap
- Flavored fizzy water
- Well stocked aid stations
A gravel or cyclocross bicycle with 32mm or wider tires is recommended and all riders are required to have two functioning brakes, wear a helmet, obey all traffic laws, and have the route downloaded to a gps device. While ride leaders and SAG will be on hand and we'll do our very best to accommodate everyone, you should be prepared to navigate the route on your own if necessary. Your bicycle should be in good mechanical condition and you should have the necessary items and the ability to repair a flat, have fully changed electronics and a smartphone (with Google offline maps downloaded) to ensure you're able to make your way back to the start if you get separated from the group.