Battle of Barbed Wire at Great Seal State Park
Posted on: 20 Apr 2016

Battle of Barbed Wire at Great Seal State Park

Hosted by Rivers Bend Bike Shop of Chillicothe, the race will be held on private property adjoining the state park.


When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at High NOON

Where: Google Maps Link 1796 Lick Run Road Chillicothe, Ohio

2017 Course Description: This years race will be run backward. The race will start at a private residence and head north on Lick Run Road.  Turn right onto the first trail climb yellow jacket trail, Annie's Trail, turn left onto the rock garden trail, left on Shawnee ridge trail, descend grouse rock trail, cross lick run road take the bottoms trail to the switchback trail climb to the saddle, right on bunker hill trail take bunker hill counter clockwise to ridge run descend barbed wire to next lap or finish.

COMBOWEEN MTB Festival: Stay after the race and campout at the COMBOween MTB Festival! It will be held on the same location as the race. COMBOween will include food, beer tent, contests with sweet swag and night rides once the sun goes down. Too tired after the race to go on a night ride? No worries fill up on some food and visit the beer tent, hang out with friends around the campfire and tell tall tales of you race! Free camping on site. If you want to brush up on your skills and just can’t get enough of Great Seal, sign up for Shred School! Shred School starts at 4PM and lasts 2+ hours. Please allow extra time in case our trail ride takes a little longer to complete! Our IMBA Certified Instructors are teaming up with some of the fastest/skilled riders in Ohio to offer this next step clinic. The clinic will cover intermediate mountain bike skills including bunny hops, drops, cornering, tight switch backs and riding skinnies. We will practice these skills in a field with built in obstacles and then put those skills to the test on a guided trail ride at Great Seal State Park. We will climb to the rock garden loop and have a good ol time riding the rocks. When we start losing daylight we will begin one heck of a descent back to COMBOween where the celebration will be in full tilt!


Online Registration is OPEN

Race Entry Fee

Online Pre-register for All Divisions $35, Race Day registration $40

Online Pre-Register Novice Youth 12-14, 8-11 just $10, Race Day registration $15

Race Day Registration: Begins at 10am

Driving directions from the north: Take 23 south to Oh-159 Bridge Street Exit toward Chillicothe, turn left onto Hopetwon Road, turn right onto Marietta Road/Count Highway 240 (by the A-frame house) continue straight at the stop sign onto Rocky Road, turn right onto Lick Run Road.If you go up the steep hill, you have gone too far.1796 Lick Run Road will be on the right in about 2 miles.

Course Map: Coming soon


Pro/Expert and Sport divisions will be awarded cash according to the OMBC PAYOUT SCHEDULE

Prize table awards for Novice Divisions: The top third of Novice division racers will receive prize table awards.

Race Distances:

One lap is approximately 10 miles with 1200 feet of climbing.

Novice: one lap

Sport class 2 laps

Pro/Expert 3 laps.

There are 2 major climbs, several roller coaster style drops followed immediately by a short steep climb, some areas have exposed roots, except for the rock garden trail there are not a lot of rocks on the course

Parking info: free parking will be available at the start/ finish

Bike wash, portalets and free camping will be available at the start finish

Nearby Lodging options:

Quality Inn 740-775-3500

Best Western 740-775-7000

Holiday Inn Express 1-800-315-2605

Food and Beverages:

Specialty brews will be served up by Lineage Brewing through COMBOween this year.  

Burrito Buggy of Athens unable to attend

2015 Race Results, Photos and More

2015 Race Photos by Christina Mosley

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