Hello, fellow cycling enthusiasts!
With the summer sun brightening up our days and the bike trails of Brevard, North Carolina, beckoning us, it’s the perfect time to delve into the diverse array of bike races this charming locale has to offer. Whether you’re an expert cyclist, a weekend warrior, or just someone looking for an adrenaline rush, there’s a bike race in Brevard that’s just right for you.
1. The Brevard Mountain Biking Marathon
This race is a must-do for anyone who loves mountain biking. The Brevard Mountain Biking Marathon is one of the most challenging races, as it incorporates various trails in the Pisgah National Forest and the DuPont State Forest. Competitors can expect varying terrain, from challenging climbs to fast, flowing descents. This marathon usually takes place in the late spring, offering beautiful sights of blooming flora.
2. Brevard Fat Tire Frenzy
The Brevard Fat Tire Frenzy is an exciting race for fat bike enthusiasts. Typically held in the winter months, this race takes participants on a thrilling ride through the snow-dusted trails of Brevard. The race categories are divided by age and gender, making it inclusive for all. It’s not just about speed but endurance and balance too.
3. The White Squirrel Cycling Classic
Named after Brevard’s famous white squirrels, this cycling race is more than just a competition; it’s a fun-filled community event. The White Squirrel Cycling Classic is a road cycling race that tours through Brevard’s scenic surroundings, offering 25, 40, and 62-mile options for all levels of fitness and experience. Taking place in the fall, this race is perfect for those looking for an authentic experience of Brevard’s beauty.
4. Brevard Off-Road Duathlon
The Brevard Off-Road Duathlon is an exceptional race for those who seek to mix cycling with running. The race is structured in three segments: a trail run, followed by a mountain bike section, and ending with another trail run. It’s a test of endurance and a thrilling experience that takes place in late summer.
5. Pisgah Stage Race
The Pisgah Stage Race is a five-day, 140 miles of singletrack and 20,000 feet of elevation gain. This fully-supported mountain bike race covers some of the best trails in Pisgah National Forest. The event boasts a variety of challenging terrain, epic views, and a friendly atmosphere that fosters camaraderie among participants. With various stages spread over the week, this race takes place in April and is a mountain biker’s paradise.
Pigsah Stage Race: https://www.blueridgeadventures.net/pisgah-stage-race/race-5/
LAUNCHING NIGHT Monday, April 10, 2023 Brevard, North Carolina Kickoff Celebration 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Collect your race packet at the Brevard Music Center 5:50 – 7:30 PM – Enjoy our Kickoff Feast 6:00 PM – Official Welcoming and Detailed Course Walkthrough 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Mix and Mingle Hour
ADVENTURE BEGINS Tuesday, April 11, 2023 The Squirt’s Looking Glass Circuit 7:15-8:15 AM – Athlete Check-In at Black Mountain Trail 8:15 AM – Drop off Rest Stop Supplies at Specified Location 9:00 AM – Commence Stage 1 MTB race at Railroad Depot A guided 5 mile ride from Black Mountain Trailhead will begin at 8:15 AM 11 AM – 3 PM – Unwind at the Recovery Lounge with Massages on offer 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Reconvene at Brevard Music Center for Daily Reward Presentations Dinner accompanied by Stage 1 Recap Film Briefing and Tips for Stage 2
NEW HORIZONS Wednesday, April 12, 2023 The Sunset Motel’s Promised Land Circuit 8:00-9:00 AM – Athlete Check-In at Black Mountain Trailhead 9:00 AM – Rest Stop Supplies to be Placed at Specific Location 9:00 AM – The gun fires for Stage 2 MTB race at Black Mountain Trailhead 11 AM – 3 PM – Recovery Lounge Open with Massages available 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Gather at Brevard Music Center Nightly Award Celebrations Dinner along with Stage 2 Recap Film Preview and Advice for Stage 3
MID-RACE DAY Thursday, April 13, 2023 The Sycamore Cycles’ White Squirrel Circuit 8:00-9:00 AM – Athlete Check-In at Black Mountain Trailhead 9:00 AM – Set Rest Stop Supplies at Assigned Location 9:00 AM – Stage 3 MTB race launches from Black Mountain Trailhead 11 AM – 3 PM – Kick back at the Recovery Lounge, Massage Services available 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Meetup at Brevard Music Center Evening Awards Celebrations Dinner featuring Stage 3 Recap Film Insights and Guidance for Stage 4
THE PENULTIMATE RIDE Friday, April 14, 2023 The FOX Factory’s Carl Schenck Circuit 8:00-9:00 AM – Athlete Check-In at Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center 9:00 AM – Rest Stop Supplies to be Stationed at Given Location 9:00 AM – Stage 4 MTB race initiates at Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center 11 AM – 3 PM – Recovery Lounge open, Massage Services available 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Reassemble at Brevard Music Center Evening Recognition Ceremony Dinner followed by Stage 4 Recap Film Discussion and Hints for Final Stage
THE GRAND FINALE Saturday, April 15, 2023 Industry Nine’s The Land of Waterfalls Circuit 7:00-8:00 AM – Athlete Check-In at Brevard Music Center 8:15 AM – Rest Stop Supplies to be dropped off at Marked Spot 8:15 AM – Departure for Remote Start 9:00 AM – Stage 5 MTB race begins at Selica Methodist Church 3:00-4:00 PM – Rejoin at Brevard Music Center Closing Ceremony and Final Awards Dinner 3:00 PM – Rest Stop Supplies Return to Brevard Music Center Gala Banquet & Auction at Brevard Music Center 2:00-4:00pm – Serving of Food 2:00-4:30 – Auction featuring items from local businesses 3:30-4:30pm – Presentation of the Pisgah Stage Race Awards
6. Ridgeline Trail Race
This is a single-day race that takes place on the Ridgeline Trail, which is one of the most popular trails in Pisgah National Forest. The race is 20 miles long and has over 4,000 feet of elevation gain.
7. Hickory Nut Gap Challenge
This is a single-day race that takes place on the Hickory Nut Gap Trail, which is another popular trail in Pisgah National Forest. The race is 15 miles long and has over 3,000 feet of elevation gain.
8. The Couch Potato
This is a fun and challenging race that is open to all skill levels. The course is 15 miles long and has over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. The race takes place on November 5, 2023.
9. The Pigash 111
This is a three-day race that takes place in Pisgah National Forest. The course is challenging, with over 75 miles of singletrack and 15,000 feet of elevation gain. The race takes place on June 2-4, 2023.
Brevard, NC, is a town that embraces cycling in all its forms. The races outlined above provide not only a physical challenge but also a chance to experience the outstanding natural beauty that this area of North Carolina offers. Whether you’re local or visiting, participating in one of these races could give you a whole new perspective on what it means to ride a bike.
Remember, cycling is not just about winning. It’s about the journey, the community, and the love for the open trail. So, grab your bike, register for a race, and pedal your way into the heart of Brevard, NC.
Happy riding & don’t forget, Yak Eco Camp is a great base for all avid outdoor athletes. Hop in the pond after your race, cook a burger, and enjoy a cold brew!