Rumble in the Concrete Jungle

Out with the boats and in with the bikes. The third annual Rumble in the Concrete Jungle kicks off the 2016 Whitewater Race Series, as bikes of all shapes and sizes take to the world’s largest manmade whitewater river for this one of a kind cycling race.

The Downhill Race will be a time trial from the top of the Competition Channel to the bottom. The course will be designed to maximize the full potential of the banked whitewater channels. While the elevation drop is minimal, the banked channel walls, wooden structures, jumps, and various other obstacles make for a unique and technical course unlike any other. Each participant will be given two timed runs; the best time being used for scoring. The participant with the fastest time will be named the winner.

Following the Downhill Race will be the Short-Track Bike Races. The course will be similar to the downhill course with added mileage to create a circuit which will be raced for 30-minutes for the Women’s Open, Men’s Beginner and Juniors categories and 40-minutes for the Men’s Open category. In these mass start races, riders will turn out as many laps as possible during the allotted time period, and all racers will finish on the leader’s last lap.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, January 9
    • *Note: UPDATED START TIME as of 2:30pm 1/8/2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
    • Short-Track races to follow the Downhill Race
  • Race 1: Downhill Race
    • Time Trial
    • 2 runs per rider, best time is scored
    • No separate divisions for different types of bikes
  • Race 2: Short-Track Bike Race (Women’s Open, Men’s Beginner, Juniors)
    • Mass Start
    • 30 minute race
    • Most laps wins
  • Race 3: Short-Track Bike Race (Men’s Open)
    • Mass Start
    • 40 minute race
    • Most laps wins
  • Course: See Below
    • *Note: This is a non-traditional bike race and weather will dictate much of the course. The final course layout will be decided on race morning. We encourage participants to come early on race day to practice. Plan accordingly and be ready to adapt on race day.


  • $25 – Pre-registration available online through January 7 (Both races are included in registration)
  • $30 – Race Day Registration (if available)
    • *Note: Race giveaways are only available to those who pre-register by December 31.
    • *Note: Due to the uniqueness of the course, bike experience is recommended, but not required


UPDATED SCHEDULE as of 1/8/2016

  • 9:00 a.m. – Race Day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 9:00 a.m. – Course open for practice laps
  • 10:30 a.m. – Course closes for practice laps
  • 10:45 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 10:45 a.m. – Mandatory pre-race meeting
  • 11:00 a.m. – Downhill Race begins
  • TBD – Short-Track Bike Races will begin immediately following the Downhill Race


Awards will be given to top 3 finishers in the following categories

  • Downhill Race – Juniors, Female Open, Male Beginner, Male Open
  • Short-Track Bike Race – Juniors, Female Open, Male Beginner, Male Open


For event/course information, check out the race recap from Pink Bike of the 2014 Rumble in the Concrete Jungle.

2016 Results:


  • Short-Track Results (PDF)
  • Downhill Results (PDF)


  • Short-Track Results (PDF)
  • Downhill Results (PDF)





Additional Event Info:

  • Due to the timing, weather and the nature of this event, check back frequently for any updates as race day get closer
  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants

Questions / Comments

  1. Jay June 28, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Next year how about a skateboard comp as well???

  2. mark January 8, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Will the mt bike trails be open to the (non racing) public?

    • race director January 9, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Hey Mark, as long as our main page ( reports the trails as open, they are open to all.

  3. Mike January 6, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    With rain forecast when will usnwwc make changes to the race

    Thanks Mike

  4. Jason January 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Will you have a paramedic/ambulance on site this year at all times during the races?

    • race director January 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Hey Jason, we will have two Novant Health staff on site for the race.

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