Blue Ridge Adventures opens Online Registration for 2011 Season
Pisgah Forest, NC—Online registration for the Southeast’s triple crown of endurance mountain biking events is now officially open. Blue Ridge Adventures’ two longstanding one-day endurance races—the 63-mile Off Road Assault on Mount Mitchell and the end-of-season Swank 65—are slated for July 24th and November 6th, respectively. But the main attraction this season is the third annual running of the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race—a grueling five-day, 175-mile monster that showcases some of the best singletrack Pisgah has to offer.
“There are only three sanctioned off-road stage races in the United States, and people are flying in from out of the country for the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race,” says event organizer Todd Branham, who puts the quality of the trails covered by the five-day race up against the best anywhere. “For rugged, real mountain biking, we have 433 miles of singletrack here in this one county. And it’s hard to argue with pros like Jeremiah Bishop and Amanda Riley-Carey saying that this is one of the most fun and challenging races around.”
And while endurance racing’s strongest riders will show up to duke it out for this year’s $15,000 prize purse, Branham maintains that this five-day race is very much an everyman’s event, where the average finishers is 42-years-old, and where the cost of entry—a paltry $700 compared to upwards of $2,000 for similar events such as the B.C. Bike Race—is low enough to give riders few excuses for not marking September 27 to October 1 on their 2011 calendars.
Registration is opening with special early-bird pricing. Act now before entry fees go up—or before races sell out.
ORAMM // July 24 —The 12th Annual Off Road Assault on Mount Mitchell treats racers to the sublime singletrack off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, and tackles the highest peak east of the Mississippi. The course contains some of the tightest ridgeline descents in the area, and its climbs up Curtis Creek Road and up the switchbacks on Kitsuma and Star Gap deliver astounding panoramic views. Capped at 400 racers, this 60-plus-percent singletrack race is sure to sell out again this year.
PMBSR // September 27 – October 1 —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 the best singletrack in the country. The course includes some of the East’s most rugged trails and talies 40,000 feet of climbing over 175 miles. This year Blue Ridge Adventures is offering a Team Relay category for the first time.
SWANK // November 6 —This season-closer has become a Pisgah classic, and the 13th Annual Swank 65 promises to be gnarly as ever by incorporating an adrenaline-pumping plunge down a leaf-strewn Farlow Gap that’s sure to test the even the best riders’ technical bike-handling skills. The race consists of three clover-shaped loops that start from the 2,500-foot campground. Come for the challenge of completing the ultimate cold-weather contest, and stay for the epic after-party.
About Blue Ridge Adventures: Company founder Todd Branham has been racing mountain bikes for 22 years, and organizing endurance events since 1998. Starting with just 40 entrants at the inaugural Off Road Assault on Mount Mitchell, Blue Ridge Adventures now runs three premier races, and ORAMM is capped at 400. Pisgah has developed a growing and well-earned reputation for quality singletrack woven into the tallest and most rugged mountains this side of the Mississippi, and Branham utilizes his credentials as a professional trail builder to lay out race courses that capitalize on the best the region has to offer.
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