Team MRTC will be cycling 100+ miles in 1 day so you can enjoy the rail-trails at your own pace

The Mon River Trails Conservancy has a group of cyclists each committing to bike 100-105 miles in 1 day on the Mon River and Deckers Creek Rail-Trails, plus the connecting Marion County Trail and Sheepskin Trail, to raise funds for the upkeep of the Mon River Rail-Trails.   Each cyclist will pick one day between Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, Oct. 23 to ride 100+ miles, and your pledges and donations will keep them motivated and pedaling!

Imagine that MRTC represents Mud, Rocks, Trees, and Culverts, with active mud and rock slides, fallen trees, clogged culverts, grass to mow, and ditches to clear, and you get the picture of why MRTC needs your help!

Proceeds from MRTCentury will be used for trail storm repairs and access improvements.


1) Be optimistic and fund the cause in advance by pledging to your favorite cyclist and donating NOW. We will let you know their mileage success on October 25, after the event. Click here to DONATE

2) Fill out the pledge form for your favorite cyclist(s) and we will let you know their mileage success on October 25, after the event, for you to donate the amount pledged either by a check or online payment.  Click here to PLEDGE


Christiaan Abildso, Morgantown, WV-  Christiaan is on the MRTC Board and knows the woes of maintaining rail-trails.  He will be pedaling and checking out every culvert along the way!

Adam Baus, Morgantown, WV- Adam has the long-distance vision, he is cycling for many generations to enjoy the rail-trail.  He says “For me, the rail-trail represents time with family and friends. Seeing our children grow and enjoy the rail-trail more and more over the years is a gift. That sort of gift should be and remain available to everyone.”

Stephen Cain, Morgantown, WV-  I am a biomedical engineering professor and the director of the AWeSOME Research Lab at WVU. The rail-trails, heading miles in any direction right from town, are one of the best things about Morgantown — it is great to ride out my door and into nature within only a few minutes. Deckers Creek Trail, the gateway to adventure, is my favorite, taking me up into the mountains in all seasons. I am thankful to have the opportunity to support the trails that my family and I love and to support such a valuable outdoor recreation resource for the Morgantown area.

Colin Dierman, Morgantown, WV-  Colin is an avid cyclist that you may know from trailside business- Wamsley Cycles. Besides putting our community on bikes, he is also a big fan of cycling up mountains. He is committed to keeping the rail-trails in good shape by taking on the century challenge.

Marc Glass, Morgantown, WV-  Marc can be found cycling curvy WV roads, skinny mountain bike trails, or beautiful rail-trails.  He and his bike are ready to take on the century challenge for the good of a rail-trail cause.  He says “I feel it’s important to help support the MRTC we all enjoy so much, and doing so on a bike doubles the pleasure.”

Nathan Harlan, Morgantown, WV- Nathan is a lover of all things bike. He fell in love with mountain biking when he came to WVU as a student and more recently has fallen in love with long gravel rides and tough mulit-day bike packing routes. When he can, he drags his three daughters and wife along for the ride. They respectfully declined to join him on this 105 mile adventure.

Gabe Holtzer, Morgantown, WV- Gabe says  “I’ve been riding on the rail-trail for as long as I can remember. It’s a great, safe, peaceful place to exercise and have fun. I’m always looking for a challenge and I am supper exited to take on the MRTCentury!”

Kemp Holtzer, Morgantown, WV- Kemp says “I have been riding MRTC trails ever since i learned to ride a bike. The rail-trail is a great place to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and safely travel around our community. I love and support our trails!”

Charlie Shobe, Morgantown, WV- Charlie is a professor of geology at WVU. He loves riding the rail-trails for commuting to work, picking up groceries, and finding new landslides to photograph and show in his classes.  We certainly wish we had less of those on the rail-trail but the trails are a good outdoor classroom.

John Twist, Morgantown, WV- Recently retired Research Fellow at Mylan. Currently a part-time lecturer of statistics at WVU. Have been riding each of the Rail-Trail segments since moving to Morgantown in 2004. Looking forward to being sore and wiped after riding it all in one day!

Kristina Vrouwenvelder, Morgantown, WV- Kristina moved to Morgantown in late 2020 and has ridden her bike (or run, or skied) on the rail-trails almost every day since.  She says “her favorite way to experience them is on a cargo bike loaded down with some groceries!”

Total Pledged and Donated: $15,687.99

TOP Fundraisers  (will be updated daily)

Christiaan Abildso $2,792.83

Gabe Holtzer  $1,948.43

Kemp Holtzer  $1,948.43

Marc Glass  $1,919.88

Kristina Vrouwenvelder  $1,446.50

Colin Dierman $1,426.59

Charlie Shobe  $1,129.80

Nathan Harlan  $812.69

Adam Baus   $785.44

Stephen Cain  $738.70

John Twist  $738.70