RockStar Challenge Gran Depart

RockStar VA Grand Depart is an annual biking event from Rocktown (Harrisonburg) to the Star City (Roanoke).  There are trail/gravel and paved routes.  The gravel an trail routes are limited to 75 combined participants (paved registration is unlimited). Ride Solo or as a Team!

All RockStar routes are on public land and can be travelled by anyone at any time for free! The Grand Depart is simply an idea, a fun way to get people stoked about these incredible routes. The Grand Depart inspires folks to enjoy the RockStar routes, maybe test themselves, and serves to stimulate a massive annual trail clearing effort that all trail users benefit from.

Ride with GPS Options:

Trail Route: 266 miles/38,000 ft. climbing

Gravel Route: 250 miles/ 25,000 ft. climbing

Pave Route: 166 miles/10,000 ft. climbing

Consider it for a Bikepacking Adventure or treat it as a 4-Day Stage Race where you can overnight at Braley Pond, Douthat State Park and Eagle Rock.

Stage Event Option (4-Stages)
Stages will start 7am each day and be roughly 70 miles.
Live tracking and results provided by

Stage 1: Saturday Start = Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg, Finish at Braley Pond Dispersed Campground
Stage 2: Sunday Start = Braley Pond Dispersed Campground, Finish at Douthat State Park
Stage 3: Monday Start: = Douthat State Park, Finish at Eagle Rock
Stage 4: Tuesday Start = Eagle Rock, Finish at Texas Tavern Roanoke

Register now to secure your spot! 

You will need to RSVP “Going” to the Facebook Rockstar Event page AND register on Trackleaders website which goes live in March.

All solo riders and teams have a SPOT tracking device with them and on for the duration of this event and registered with  Registration *and* a Spot Gen3 rental for RockStar VA participants is $65 total.


Apr 20, 2024


All Day


Black Sheep Coffee
Black Sheep Coffee
80 East Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA


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