Jerdon Mountain Challenge

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2016 Date Announced!

July 30, 2016 – 26 Miles – 3,600′ Elevation

2016 Early Registration is Open!

This race is limited to 300 participants.

Warmup to the ORAMM or just come out and ride a 26 mile course that doesn’t have you riding in circles! This is backcountry racing at its finest with a shorter course and still all the amenities of a long distance endurance race. This race will run on some of the same trails as the ever popular Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell. The race will still tackle 3,600′ of climbing over 26 miles as you hit some ORAMM highlights like Kitsuma, Star Gap, Heartbreak Ridge 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 30 2016 (Rain or Shine)

Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 7:45am. 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.

Fee: $90 until July 4th, $100 until July 25, and $115 on race day.

Amenities: Time clock, Awesome Rest Stops, Oskar Blues Beer, and Shannon Ridge Wine at Finish with a delicious meal, Well Marked Route, Restrooms, Wicked NC Singletrack, Super Sweet TShirt, and so much more.

Rest Stops: There are 2 rest stops. You may shuttle anything you want to either of the rest stops on the course. Be prepared to label and bag up your personal items by 7:30 am. Rest stops are stocked with H20, Heed Energy Drink, assorted snacks, fresh fruits, PB&J sandwiches, and lots of encouragement from our rest stop personnel! *Mandatory Cutoff Times*

Finish Party: Each rider will receive tickets for Food and beer/wine. Additional will be available for purchase and for spectators. Massage will also be available for purchase.

T Shirts: 100% cotton pre-shrunk Tshirts will be guaranteed to all preregistered participants.   Sure to be the envy of all your friends.

Injuries: Have no illusions you can escape some type of injury on 26 miles of rough terrain. Whether in be an abrasion, a mental breakdown, or an ego check, everyone suffers in one way or another.

Directions: From Asheville take I-40 to Old Fort Exit #73. Go towards downtown Old Fort. The start/finish will be at the Gateway Museum on the right.

Non-Profit Beneficiary:  A portion of our proceeds support the Mountain Gateway Museum.


Do I need a racing license and what is my racing age? No you will not need a USA cycling license to race this event. Your racing age is your age on 12/31/15.

How will the course be marked? The course will be marked with 4″ White Tape with Blue Lettering. There will also be yellow signage alerting of right turn, left turn, straight ahead and wrong way. White spray chalk will also be used to mark turns and significant areas. Any pavement will be marked using YELLOW Spray Paint.

Is the course shut down for race use only on race day? No. This is an open course and you may encounter other users during the race. You must abide by Forest regulations which require bikers yield to hikers and horses. Beware of cars on fire road and pavement sections of the course. Police officers will assist with traffic while riders enter and exit Highway 70.

What is provided at the Rest Stops and how do I shuttle items? Rest Stops will be fully stocked with Heed, plenty of cold Water, PB & J, Pretzels, Granola Bars, Soda, Bananas, Oranges and Advil. You can also shuttle any items you like to the rest stop. You will be provided four bags in your race packet with your number on it. These are for use to shuttle your personal items. We will also have extra bags if needed. There will be a place at the Start to drop your bags in the morning and they will return there after the Rest Stop has closed.

Where are the Rest Stops?

  • Rest Stop 1 – Mile 13 – Bottom of Mill Creek Road/Star Gap
  • Rest Stop 2 – Mile 17 – Top of Mill Creek Road climb

Are there cutoff times? Yes, there are mandatory cut off times. Riders must be at Rest Stop 1 by 11AM and at Rest Stop 2 by 12PM. If riders reach a Rest Stop after these times they must take the road back to the start. They cannot finish the race.

Enduro?  After mounting safety concerns, we’ve eliminated the Enduro segments – however, riders are welcome to track their own Enduro times through Stava.  Here’s a link to the Strava segment.

Venue & Parking

Directions to Mountain Gateway Museum

Venue Map

Know where to find things at the venue.  This map is helpful to see where to drop your rest stop items, where the bathrooms are located and where the merchandise tent is to get your tickets for food/beer/wine.


Parking Map

We have a New Parking setup this year.  Please do not park in the old lot.  Parking is available on Commerce St.






Friday, July 24, 2015

  • 4PM – 8PM Registration Packet Pickup at Finish

Saturday, July 25, 2015

    • 6AM Registration Packet Pickup
    • 7:45 AM Racer Meeting at start line – All racers must attend
    • 8AM Race Start – Mass Start led out by Old Fort Police Department
    • 10:15-10:30AM First Finisher expected
    • 11AM Cutoff for Rest Stop 1
    • 12PM Awards Ceremony for all categories with Top 3 Finishers (must be present to collect your award)
      Industry Nine Auction Winner Announced
      Shuttled items from Rest Stop 1 expected back*
      Cutoff for Rest Stop 2
    • 1PM Awards Ceremony for all other categories (must be present to collect your award)
      Shuttled items from Rest Stop 2 expected back*

*Rest Stop 1 & 2 are easy to locate on your way out of town if you need your shuttled items sooner.


Map of Area


Directions to RS 1

From the Gateway Museum in Downtown Old Fort:

  • Turn LEFT on Highway 70/W Main St.
  • Turn RIGHT on Old US Highway 70 towards Andrew’s Geyser.
  • You will travel for a few miles and eventually see the Kitsuma Picnic Area on your left.
  • Turn RIGHT onto Mill Creek Road.
  • You will travel for another 2.5 miles or so passing Andrew’s Geyser. Mill Creek Road will turn left into gravel.
  • Stay STRAIGHT onto Graphite Road.
  • Continue past the rest stop.
  • Follow signage to park in the back of the Brookside Baptist Church parking lot.


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