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Sycamore Cycles Swank 65

Sycamore Cycles Swank 65

Sample some of Pisgah’s best trails in this great season closer – including the trails in back bowls of Pisgah also known as Pilot Mountain! The Sycamore Cycles Swank 65 is mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National Forest.  Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun single track, tough climbs and hell-raising descents, the exhilarating course will test your skills and desire as you explore the devilish terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. THIS RACE IS LIMITED BY THE US FOREST SERVICE TO 200 PARTICIPANTS. Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020 Start Time: Packet pickup at 8AM. There will be a Race Meeting at the Start line at 9:50. Every racer must attend meeting. You must have your shuttled items ready by 9:45AM. Race start will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Rest Stops/First Aid: There will be three fully-stocked rest stops on the course. The rest stops have food, Energy Drink, and H20. We have a drop system organized so you can arrange to have your personal supplies at the rest stops. First Aid will be at every rest area and the Start/Finish area. Restroom facilities are also at the Start/Finish. When will Rest Stop Items Return? Rest Stop 1 & 2 items will be back around 4 pm Rest Stop 3 items will be back around 5 pm Location: From the entrance of Pisgah Forest at the corner of US 64 and Hwy 276/280 go north on Hwy 276. After 4.5 miles, take a left... Read More
Couch Potato

Couch Potato

The Couch Potato is an annual mountain bike race with a short enough course to make it doable from ‘off the couch’. Rolling over rugged mining roads, classic Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course will test your skills and desire as you explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.  Good food, brews and a camp fire will be at the finish to comfort you after a long day in the saddle! THIS RACE IS LIMITED BY THE US FOREST SERVICE TO 200 PARTICIPANTS Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Start Time: Packet pickup starting at 8AM. There will be a Race Meeting at the Start line at 9:50. Every racer must attend meeting. You must have your shuttled items ready by 9:45AM. Race start will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Rest Stops/First Aid: There will be three fully-stocked rest stops on the course. The rest stops have food, CLIF Energy Drink, and H20. We have a drop system organized so you can arrange to have your personal supplies at the rest stops. First Aid will be at every rest area and the Start/Finish area. Restroom facilities are also at the Start/Finish. When will Rest Stop Items Return? Rest Stop 1’s items will be back around 1:00pm Rest Stop 2’s items will be back around 3:00pm Location: From the entrance of Pisgah Forest at the corner of US 64 and Hwy 276/280 go north on Hwy 276. After 4.5 miles, take a left onto F.S. Rd. (475-A). Travel 475-A for 3 miles, Cove Creek Group Campground is on the right. Parking: Parking is limited due to rules... Read More
21st Annual Off-Road Assault on Mt Mitchell

21st Annual Off-Road Assault on Mt Mitchell

The Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a 60 mile mostly off road mountain bike race with 10,500 feet of climbing. From Old Fort you climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just below Mt. Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable North Carolina single track. There are fully stocked rest stops approximately every 10 miles and you can send anything you want to the rest areas with our staff. Mt. Mitchell peaks at 6684 ft and is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi river. The start/finish in the town of Old Fort, North Carolina sits at around 1400 feet. Most of the climbing is on Forest Service roads while most of the single track points downhill! Do not underestimate the extreme difficulty and danger of this mountain bike race. The course is extremely demanding and travels over rugged terrain with extreme elevation changes. The forest remains in its natural habitat. It is not uncommon to see wildlife such as a wild cat or a black bear. Be ready to cope with any circumstances!! Please note that firearms are not permitted in certain areas. Aid stations will help with safety matters, but it is the competitor’s ultimate responsibility to insure his or her own safety. A few course-related facts: the 63 mile course record was set in 2014 by pro rider Thomas Turner, who finished in 4 hours 23 minutes. One rider completed the course with only one month of riding under his belt, however this rider quit riding altogether after the race! Others too have retired their mountain biking efforts after competing in this race. This is... Read More
9th Annual Jerdon Mountain Challenge

9th Annual Jerdon Mountain Challenge

This is backcountry mountain bike racing at its finest with a shorter course and still all the amenities of a long distance endurance race. The Annual Jerdon Mountain Challenge will run on some of the same trails as the ever popular Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell in Old Fort, North Carolina. Racers will tackle 3,600′ of climbing over 26 miles as you hit some great trails like Kitsuma, Star Gap and Jarrett Creek. Celebrate with a huge after party on the picturesque Gateway Museum grounds. THIS RACE IS LIMITED TO 300 PARTICIPANTS. Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 (Rain or Shine) Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 7:50 am . Ride starts at 8:00am. Packet Pickup: Registration packet pickup begins race morning at 6am. Early packet pickup will be available on Friday from 4-8pm  at the Finish in the grassy field beside the Gateway Museum. I.D. Required Fee: $80 until 6/21/20.  $90 until 7/19/20 $100 on race day. Amenities: Chip timing with instant results, categories, awesome rest stops, Upcountry Brewing beer at finish with Pasta (Meat or Vegetarian) Feast,well-marked route, restrooms, wicked NC singletrack and so much more. T Shirts: T-shirts are optional to all who preregister before June... Read More
12th Annual Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race

12th Annual Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race

76% SINGLETRACK • 19% DIRT ROAD • 5% TARMAC APRIL 13-18, 2020 – BREVARD, NORTH CAROLINA 5 days | 140 miles/225 km | 20,000 ft/6,100 m of elevation gain 3/4 of the miles/km are technical singletrack! 5 stellar routes in Pisgah National Forest. Pisgah has earned a growing reputation for having some of the best trails in the country, and this five-day, fully supported endurance event delivers an unmatched sampler platter of some of the best singletrack in the country. The course includes the East’s most rugged trails. Come sample spring riding in Pisgah National Forest with rhododendron tunnels, picturesque creek crossings, incredible leaf colors, and rooty, rocky singletrack. After spending a week getting to know and appreciate the bounty of Pisgah National Forest, you won’t want to leave. Info IT ALL TAKES PLACE BETWEEN 1200′ AND 5200′ ON SOME OF AMERICA’S BEST TRAILS. Race individually or as a duo team. All five days will count for an overall time to crown the top riders. Custom crafted awards to top 3 in every category. Leader’s jersey awarded to every category. The final top 3 in the open men and women categories win $750/$500/$250 CASH! Cash purse to enduro top three men/ women $150, $130, $120! Pisgah National Forest is well known for its rooty, rocky, often slick terrain (due to the heavy rainfall in a temperate rainforest) and boasts over 400 miles of singletrack and ‘half’ track trails. This backcountry race puts internationally ranked professional mountain bike racers alongside avid community riders at the start line and finds them swapping stories at the finish line. The weeks’ events include... Read More