Ride and Seek MTB Adventure Race

Ride and Seek will transition to a dispersed race model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see below for updated race details.

Ride and Seek: Whitewater’s only MTB Adventure Race. Dart through the trail system in teams of two on a mission to collect the most points and get back to HQ first. Dispersed throughout the trail system, ride to mapped checkpoints to score 10 points or search for the mystery checkpoints worth 15 points. Strategize wisely.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday, February 27, 2021
  • Distance – Varies
  • Time
    • 8:30am-2:00pm (racers have 4 hours within this window to complete the race)
    • Riders may enter the course at any time during this window but must finish by 2:00pm.  Team’s not returning to Race HQ by 2pm or teams that exceed the 4 hour time limit will be disqualified.
    • Start/Finish Location: Ridge Pavilion
  • Racers will receive the official course map and checkpoint locations at the start of the race. An example course map is available below for reference. Please note that the published map below does not denote actual checkpoint locations.


  • Note: Teams of 2 only; no e-bikes permitted.
  • Pre-registration – Last day to pre-register is February 25th
    • $55/team
  • Day-of registration – if available
    • $65/team
  • Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to teams who pre-register on or before February 14th


  • Saturday, February 27
    • 8:00am- Packet pick-up opens
    • 8:30am – Ride and Seek timing begins at the Ridge Pavilion (you must check in with Race Director for start time)
      • Racers have 4 hours to return to Race HQ
    • 2:00pm- Course closes
      • Riders may start any time within this window but must finish within 4 hours of starting and before 2:00pm.


  • Teams will be ranked on the total number of points collected 
  • In the event of a tie, a winner is determined by the fastest time 
  • All Regular Checkpoints are worth 10 points 
  • All Mystery Checkpoints are worth 15 points 


  • There is no set course 
  • Each team will be given one map at the start of the race 
  • Mystery Checkpoints can be found on the map using the grid system
  • All trails must be used in the direction of the design 
  • Trails must be accessed through their designated trailhead, intersection with other trails or service roads. 
  • Service roads and open space (around the whitewater channels, power line right-of-way, etc.) may be used in either direction 
  • Public roads can be used in their intended direction but will not be closed to vehicle traffic 
  • All checkpoints must be arrived at via established trails (i.e. no bushwhacking) 
  • All racers must wear a helmet for the entirety of the event 
  • Bike and helmet to be provided by participant.
  • E-bikes are not permitted.


Awards will be given out to the top 3 teams in the following categories

  • Men’s Division
  • Women’s Division
  • Mixed Division



2020 Results

2015 – 2019 Results




Additional Event Info:

  • Volunteers 
  • Waiver Policy 
    • May be printed and brought to packet pick-up or completed on site.  
    • The waiver is not included in the online registration form.  
  • Refund and Transfer Policy 
    • Race Registration is non-refundable 
    • A 100% registration transfer must be requested 2 months (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org 
    • A 50% registration transfer must be requested 1 month (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org 
    • Registration transfers are only applicable to the same race the following year 
  • Forgotten Add-On Gear/Participant items 
    • All purchased add-on gear must be collected during packet pick-up 
    • Items will not be shipped 
    • If items are unable to be picked up during packet pick-up, you must arrange pick-up with racedirector@usnwc.org and collect from Outfitters within one week from event date 
    • The race director will not email you to arrange your pick-up 
    • All unclaimed items will be donated 
    • Typical parking fees apply 
  • Forgotten Awards 
    • Applies to participant shirts, finisher’s awards and age group/overall awards.  
    • Participants not present for awards may collect their award from Outfitters within two months of the race date 
    • Items will not be shipped 
    • All unclaimed items will be donated 
    • Participants must email racedirector@usnwc.org to arrange award pick-up 
    • Typical parking fees apply 
  • Trail Marking 
    • Designated race course will be denoted by colored arrows. 
    • Color associated with specific route will be communicated during prerace announcements.  
    • Whenever possible, mile markers will be present along the course. 
    • Whitewater Race Series events take place on multiple surfaces, including natural surface trails over uneven terrain. As such, race distances and mile markers are approximate. 
    • Your personal mileage may vary. It is our goal to ensure that you travel at no less than the posted mileage for a given race.  
  • Trail Safety  
    • Trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers 
    • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are strongly discouraged 
    • Remain attentive and courteous at all times 
    • Communicate when passing other trail users 
    • No pets allowed on the course 
    • No E-bikes or any form of powered transportation will be allowed in any Whitewater Race Series events 
    • During events taking place after sunset, all participants are required to carry/wear a light source.  
  • Race Bibs 
    • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time 
  • Pacers 
    • Unless otherwise stated in the event specific race document, pacers are not allowed in Whitewater Race Series events 
    • When pacers are allowed, pacers must check in/register with the Race Director and complete an assumption of risk agreement 
  • Aid Stations 
    • See Course Map for aid station locations 
    • Unless otherwise indicated, aid stations will consist of water only 
    • Plan accordingly if you think you may require additional hydration or nutrition during the race 
  • Weather Policy 
    • Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine. The Whitewater Center reserves the right to alter/reschedule/cancel any Whitewater Race Series event.
    • Any changes or cancellations will be communicated via email by the Race Director.
  • Parking Policy 
    • All guests are required to pay a $6 parking fee at the Whitewater Center unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the Whitewater Center for $60 
  • Emergency Policy 
    • The Whitewater Center does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants must call 911 if emergency vehicles and operations are needed. There are emergency location markers to communicate where emergency personnel can find you 


U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | Charlotte, NC 28214 | 704.391.3900 | info@usnwc.org