Looking Glass Tour

June 11, 2016 – 50 & 100 Mile Routes


We’re putting on our spandex and hitting the road! On June 11, 2016, we’re offering up the goods on some of Transylvania County’s finest roads in The Looking Glass Tour! These ultimate samplers showcase the diversity in the terrain found in the county. We’ll have chip-timed results with King of the Mountain segments and plenty of racer support with awesome rest stops and SAG Wagons! This is going to be THE road race of the summer and you won’t want to miss this 3nd annual event. Registration gets you the race, a t-shirt and a local homegrown post race meal! Sign up now to ensure your spot in the 50 or 100 mile ride. This is event is also open to the public and food will be for sale to spectators.

Race Info

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016 (Rain or Shine)


Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 8:45am. Ride starts at 9:00am.

Packet Pickup: Registration packet pickup begins race morning at 7am. Early packet pickup will be available on Friday from 6-8pm at the Tasty Weasel Taproom at Oskar Blues Brewery.

Fee: $60 until April 24, 2016, $70 until May 22, 2016, $80 until Race Day (No T-Shirt)

Amenities: Chip Timing! King of the Mountain segments. Time clock, Awesome Rest Stops with medical assistance available, SAG Wagons, Post Race Meal, Well Marked Route, Restrooms, and so much more.

Required Gear: All riders must wear a secure helmet at all times during the race.

Rest Stops: There are 2 rest stops on the 50 mile course and 4 rest stops on the 100 mile course. You may shuttle anything you want to any of the rest stops. Be prepared to label and bag up your personal items by 8:30am – there will be tarps at the Start/Finish area that are labeled with the rest stop numbers where you’ll drop your shuttle bags. Rest stops are stocked with H20, Heed Energy Drink, bars and assorted snacks, fruits, PB&J sandwiches, and lots of encouragement from our rest stop personnel!

Finish Party: Each rider will receive tickets for food and beverages. Additional will be available for purchase and for spectators. Massage will also be available for $1/minute.

T Shirts: 100% cotton pre-shrunk Tshirts will be guaranteed to all participants preregistered by May 22, 2016.

Directions: Race start/finish is in front of the Tasty Weasel tasting room at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, NC.


1. What is the Looking Glass Tour? This bicycle tour of some of Western North Carolina’s finest roads will also have chip timing and police officers at nearly every intersection to keep the ride flowing. Choose from the 100 mile tour or 50 mile tour depending on your fitness and desire. The 100 mile loop tackles the famed Highway 215 climb, heads into the backside of Waynesville and then back towards Brevard on Highway 276. The 50 mile tour heads to the eastern part of the county, through the roads of Dupont State Forest and then up the Jeter Mountain climb before heading back to Brevard. Both are stout representations of what cycling in WNC is all about.

2. What is included with my entry fee? Chip timed event with King of the Mountain segments. Police at most intersections to allow riders a smooth flowing course. Fully staffed aid stations with medical assistance available, and a shuttle system for your personal goods. SAG Wagons following behind, race tshirt, post race meal.

3. 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 12/31/16.

4. What is the start time for the event? Shuttle items must be dropped off and ready to go by 8:30am. There will be a race meeting at 8:45am at the start line where the race director will go over important information. The race will start at 9AM with a police escort leading riders for the initial 2.7 miles.

5. Where does the race start? The race will start/end in at Oskar Blues Brewery, located at 342 Mountain Industrial Drive in Brevard, NC.

6. How do I get there? Click here for Google Maps.

7. 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, Chips, Soda, Fresh Fruit and Advil. You can also shuttle any items you like to the rest stop. You will be provided bags in your race packet with your number on them. 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. Please check the schedule for exact return times for shuttle items. We will not mail items if left behind.

8. How will the course be marked? Check out the Course Markings page.

9. 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 road regulations which require bikers yield to pedestrians. Beware of cars on all sections of the course.

10. Are there cutoff times? Yes we will have cutoff times for the event.

For the 50 Miler:

  • Rest Stop 1 at Connestee Recreation Area off of Highway 276 (Mile 18) – Cut off is 11:00am
  • Rest stop 2 at Crab Creek Baptist Church (Mile 35) – Cut off is 12:30 pm

For the 100 Miler:

  • Rest Stop 1 at Connestee Recreation Area off of Highway 276 (Mile 18) – Cut off is 11:00am
  • Rest Stop 2 on Highway 215 where the Pisgah Ranger District sign is (Mile 35.5) – Cut off is 12:30pm
  • Rest stop 3 on Highway 215 at the last overlook (Mile 50.3) – Cut off is 2:00pm
  • Rest stop 4 at the Living Church of Jesus Christ (Mile 77) – Cut off is 4:00pm

11. What happens if I can’t finish the race? There will be several SAG wagons following behind the race to transport you and your bike back to the finish in case you are unable to complete the route. There is no extra fee for this.

12. How does the KOM work? King of the Mountains will be awarded to the leader of the race at certain checkpoints on the route. Points will be awarded for each segment and an overall King of the Mountain will be awarded for the race based on points.

50 Miler:

  • KOM 1 starts at mile 28 and is 1.6 miles long and
  • KOM 2 starts at mile 35.2 and is 3.4 miles long

100 Miler:

  • KOM 1 starts at mile 19.4 and is 1.2 miles long
  • KOM 2 starts at mile 44.4 and is 5.7 miles long….it’s not at a summit like the other KOM’s in this ride
  • KOM 3 starts at mile 80.7 and is 3 miles long

Click here to view KOM Points

13. Are there awards? Medals will be awarded 3 deep in all age categories for both male and female. One King of the Mountain will be awarded for the entire race.  *Must be present to collect your award.  

14. What is the best airport to fly in to? We would recommend flying in to the Asheville Regional Airport. It is a straight 25 minute drive down Hwy 280 from the airport to the start/finish and all lodging for the event in Brevard, NC. If you opt to fly into the Charlotte or Greenville airports – shuttle service is available privately through Asheville Shuttle.

15. What is the cancellation policy?

  • No Refunds
  • We do not carryover entries to another year
  • Transfer to another person – $20 until June 9
  • All transfers must be received by June 9


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