The 10th Annual Pisgah Stage Race
April 9-14, 2018
Brevard, North Carolina

CLICK HERE for 2018 Online Registration


“Inside the Pisgah Stage Race” – 6/2/2017

“Roots, Rocks, Repeat: The Pisgah Stage Race” – Pinkbike 1/19/2017

“Get a Sneak Peak of What the 2016 Pisgah Stage Race Has in Store” – 2/25/2016

“10 Reasons Why You Need To Do The Pisgah Stage Race” – Pinkbike 2/17/2016

“Top 5 Stage Races In The World” – 4/10/2015

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.

Timed Enduro Sections each day!

This will showcase the true descenders in the endurance world.  The timer at the start at the top will have a hand held chip reading device and the bottom timer at will have a small structure in place with a chip reading device attached to a laptop computer.  Riders will not need to slow as they enter or exit either timing area but can continue to ride normally along the route.  The “enduro” section will be included with registration fees and applicable for all participants in the event. We’ll be handing out Enduro awards too!


April 9-14, 2018

5 days, 140 miles, 20,000+ ft of elevation gain
3/4 of the miles are technical Single Track!
5 Stellar Routes in Pisgah National Forest.

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.
  • Awards to top 3 in every category. Leader’s jersey awarded to every category.
  • Pisgah has 400 miles of dirt open to bicycles with 250 miles being single track.

This is designed as a true race not a test of survival.

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 5 days of racing, a recovery zone with snacks and recovery drinks at the race finish, Leaders’ Awards Ceremony and Happy Hour following each evening with adult beverages, exquisite local catered dinner 6 nights, and a Closing Ceremony Celebration Party.

This is designed as a true race, not a test of survival. We have fully stocked rest stops, including medical staff and mechanical assistance, however if you want to send anything extra to the rest stops we will shuttle your items each day.

Pisgah National Forest is connected to the town of Brevard by a paved pathway. We encourage you to use this as you travel from your hotel/campsite to town for dinner & entertainment each night. Some campgrounds and hotels are located within 1.5 miles of the Start/Finish on stage 1 & 2. Entertainment is provided each night at the Brevard Music Center which is approximately 5 miles from the Start/Finish.


For 2018, all of Blue Ridge Adventures’ races help support the Bread of Life.


What You Get with your entry – Solo & Duo

  • Five well marked courses.
  • Instant chip timed results.
  • Enduro Segment each day.
  • Daily Leader’s Jersey for ALL Categories
  • Rest Stops along the course each day are fully stocked with Heed, plenty of cold water, PB & J, chips, soda, fresh fruit and Advil. Medical and mechanical assistance will also be available.
  • Drop System to shuttle anything you want to the rest stops.
  • Recovery Zone with fresh fruit & snacks, a relaxing lounge area to chill and trade stories with other riders.
  • Bike Wash Available at Sycamore Cycles and the Sunset Motel.
  • Mechanic Assistance provided by Sycamore Cycles each day at rest stops.
  • Medical Assistance –There will be course marshals at almost every turn to assist you with medical issues. We have coordinated with local EMS on each day’s course and time frames we are on the trail segments in the event of an extreme emergency.
  • Coffee & Pastries – selection of local delicacies provided by Crank Coffee each morning!
  • 6 Dinners – Locally sourced, farm-to-table meal.  Click here for the 2017 Menu.
    • Vegetarian, Gluten Free options available.
    • All meals include beer, soda, and water.
  • Finisher’s T-shirt – cool, unique t-shirt to all finishers.
  • Custom Crafted Prizes –  Awarded to top three in each category.
  • Racer Goody Bag – useful and creative promo gifts from sponsors and promoters.
  • Friendly, grassroots atmosphere – helpful staff that aren’t scared to throw on a costume. Beautiful picturesque venues and stellar trails make this a very easy race to unwind in and make new friends
  • Bus shuttle to Stage 5 remote start is part of your entry fee.
  • Trail Maintenance & Trimming of many of the trails used in the race
  • Mechanic Service – available for daily repairs.  Sycamore Cycles will take care of your bike each day: wash it, make repairs and return it to you the next morning ready to race!  Sign up early for this service and they will make sure to have parts for your bike in stock!
  • Massage Service – Available from 12:30-6pm daily for $1.25/minute. Available in 5/15/30 minute sessions. *This is not part of your race fee.
  • Starlight Apparel Pisgah Stage Race Jersey is included for all participants preregistered by midnight March 5th, 2018 –  Starlight Sizing Chart


1. What is the Pisgah Stage Race? Over five days, elite athletes as well as dirt cycling enthusiasts will push themselves like they have never done before. There will be rest stops each day with food, water, mechanical and medical assistance. You may also shuttle items. This is not an adventure survival event!

2. What exactly is the breakdown each day?

Over 3/4 the routes are tight single track!

Day 1:

Clif’s Looking Glass Loop: 24.71 miles/39.77km | 4,130’/1,258m of elevation gain

Day 2:

Singletracks Promised Land Loop: 29 miles/46.5km | 3,878’/1,182m of elevation gain

Day 3:

Sycamore Cycles’s White Squirrel Loop:  29 miles/46.5km | 5,118’/1,560m of elevation gain

Day 4:

Sunset Motel’s Carl Schenck Loop: 31.5 miles/50.5km | 4,113’/ 1,254m of elevation gain

Day 5:

Industry Nine’s Land of Waterfalls Loop: 25 miles/40km | 3,186’/971m of elevation gain

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 12/31/2018.

4. How do team categories work? There are two Duo Team (2 person) categories: For the Duo Team category, riders race together each day and must cross the finish line within 5 minutes of one another. If there is more than 5 minutes between finishing times, then teams will be given a 1 hour penalty. This rule is only in effect at the finish line. You do not have to be together at rest stops or on the ride.

5. Do stage race wins receive prize money and leader’s jerseys in all categories? No there is no cash awarded for winning a stage but Industry Nine is sponsoring cash prizes for the Final top 3 Open men and women categories with $750 for 1st, $500 for 2nd and $250 for 3rd place. Leader’s jerseys are awarded to ALL categories.

6. Where does each stage start? All the routes starts are 20 min from the town of Brevard at the most. 3 of the 5 stages are 5 minutes from town!

7. How do I get to there?

Riders will be shuttled from the Brevard Music Center on Saturday to a remote start at the North Carolina Outward Bound School – No one is permitted to drive to this start

8. 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.

9. What are the average and winning times?

  • Stage 1: winning time-1hr 52min | avg time-2hr 30min
    Stage 2: winning time-2hr 14min | avg time-3hr 35min
    Stage 3: winning time-2hr 29min | avg time-3hr 45min
    Stage 4: winning time-2hr 41min | avg time-3hr 35min
    Stage 5: winning time-2hr 05min | avg time-3hr 15min

10. Do I have to drop out of the race if I can’t finish a stage? No. You can still compete in the race if for some reason you cannot finish a stage. You will be given a time penalty and awarded the time of the final finisher (in your category) + 1 hour for the stage. Your time will still be documented on the final results.

11. 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.

12. 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 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.


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