The 7th Annual Pisgah Stage Race

April 13-18, 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!

*Pending permit from the USFS.


April 13-18, 2015

5 days, 120 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 or corporate 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 including a vendor expo, kids race, silent auction and live music.

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.

Click Here to Register!


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 Recoverite, fresh fruit & snacks, a lounge area to trade stories with other riders.
  • Bike Wash Available at Sycamore Cycles and the Sunset Motel.
  • Mechanic Assistance each day at Rest Stops with neutral bike support (bikes to borrow if yours breaks), as well as a shuttle system for any repairs.
  • Medical Assistance – professional course medics are on duty each day to ensure rider safety.
  • Happy Hour & Awards Ceremony each night with beer and wine.
  • Coffee & Pastries - selection of local delicacies provided by Crank Coffee each morning!
  • 6 Dinners – Locally sourced, farm-to-table meal.
    • Vegetarian, Gluten Free options available.
    • All meals include beer, wine, soda, and water.
  • Finisher’s Medal – cool, unique medal awarded to all finishers.
  • Custom Crafted Prizes –  You’ll get a custom Pisgah creation.
  • Racer Goody Bag – useful and creative promo gifts from sponsors and promoters.
  • Cascadia Evening with local vendors & artisans, fun, food and beverages after Saturday’s Final Awards Ceremony.
  • 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 remote starts
  • Trail Maintenance & Trimming of many of the trails used in the race
  • Laundry Service – available for $10/day/bag
  • 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 $7/5 minutes, and $1/minute thereafter.  Sign up early for this service and get bumped to the front of the line each day!
  • Starlight Apparel Pisgah Stage Race Jersey is included for all participants preregistered by March 13th, 2015 –  Starlight Sizing Chart
  • Pet Service – only $25/day for PSR racers! $10 per day off! Only 5 miles from the start. (Pet Information Form must be filled out and submitted prior to check-in).
  • Airport Shuttles - to/from airport (AVL)- $50/person.
  • Daily Shuttle to/from the venue each day from your lodging arrangements, contact us to reserve a ride.


The Official Mechanic of the Pisgah Stage Race

Sycamore_HorizNot only is Sycamore Cycles the official mechanic and a premier sponsor of the Pisgah Stage Race, they’re also past competitors and category winners. These guys are serious racers who train on Pisgah’s trails at least 5 days a week, so they know what it takes to make your bike ready day after day.

How it works:

Drop of your bike clean off at the Sycamore Cycles tent.  Our mechanic will go over any problems you have and give an estimate for the repair.  They will then transport your bike to their shop to perform the specified repairs.  The following morning, your bike will be waiting for you at the start no later than 8am.

This service is limited to 20 riders per stage.  By signing up early Sycamore Cycles will commit to having parts in stock to fix your bike.  Of course they can’t have every part for every bike but they will have parts to fix common issues on your bike.  Early sign up is highly recommended.   To pre-register for mechanic service, please fill out the Bike Information Form and return it to Sycamore Cycles at [email protected]

Shipping Your Bike?

If you are interested in shipping your bike to NC, please contact Sycamore Cycles at [email protected] to discuss shipping options and fees.


1. What is the Pisgah Stage Race? This race is modeled after the BC Bike Race, Cape Epic and La Ruta. 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:

Looking Glass Loop: 24.5 miles. 4899′ of elevation gain

Day 2:

Brevard College’s Promised Land Loop: 27.5 miles. 4118′ of elevation gain

Day 3:

Sycamore Cycles’s White Squirrel Loop:  29 miles. 5118′ of elevation gain

Day 4:

Sunset Motel’s Carl Schenck Loop: 29.5 miles. 6607′ of elevation gain

Day 5:

Runa’s Land of Waterfalls Loop: 25.5 miles. 3186′ of elevation gain

3. What is included with my entry fee? Please see Amenities.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Do stage race wins receive prize money and leader’s jerseys in all categories? No there is no cash awarded for winning a stage. Leader’s jerseys are awarded to ALL categories.

7. What are the start times for the event? Stages will start at 9AM.

8. 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!

9. 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

10. Is transportation available? Yes, we are happy to help shuttle you to the starts and to/from the Asheville airport. Please contact us if you are interested in this service so we can give you a custom estimate.

11. 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.

12. What is the cancellation policy?

  • No Refunds
  • We do not carryover entries to another year
  • Transfer to another person -  $40 until March 30th
  • Transfer to another person - $60 March 30th thru April 10th
  • All transfers must be received by April 10th

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

14. Are there cutoff times? Yes we will have cutoff times for the stages. Top riders are expected to finish each day in 2-3 hours. Most people finish in 3-5 hours.

15. 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. However, you will be ineligible to win prizes or money.

16. 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.

17. 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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Day Zero

Monday, April 13, 2015

Brevard, North Carolina
  • 4:30 – 7:30 PM – Packet Pickup at Brevard Music Center
  • 5:50 – 7:30 PM – Opening Ceremony Dinner
  • 5:30 PM – Welcome to Riders – Course Overview with details
  • 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Social Hour

Day One

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Looking Glass Loop
  • 8:00-9:00 AM – Racer Sign-In at Lower Cove Creek Campground
  • 9:00 AM – Rest Stop Shuttle Items Must be at Designated Area
  • 9:00 AM – Stage 1 Start at Lower Cove Creek Campground
  • 12:00 – 4:00 PM – Recovery Zone Open with Massage Available
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM - Brevard Music Center
    • Daily Awards Ceremony
    • Dinner with Stage 1 Video
    • Stage 2 Discussion & Helpful Facts

Day Two

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Promised Land Loop
  • 8:00-9:00 AM – Racer Sign-In at Black Mountain Trailhead
  • 9:00 AM – Rest Stop Shuttle Items Must be at Designated Area
  • 9:00 AM – Stage 2 Start at Black Mountain Trailhead
  • 12:00 – 4:00 PM – Recovery Zone Open with Massage Available
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM - Brevard Music Center
    • Daily Awards Ceremony
    • Dinner with Stage 2 Video
    • Stage 3 Discussion & Helpful Facts

Day Three

Thursday, April 16, 2015

White Squirrel Loop
  • 8:00-9:00 AM – Racer Sign-In at Black Mountain Trailhead
  • 9:00 AM – Rest Stop Shuttle Items Must be at Designated Area
  • 9:00 AM – Stage 3 Start at Black Mountain Trailhead
  • 12:00 – 4:00 PM – Recovery Zone Open with Massage Available
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM - Brevard Music Center
    • Daily Awards Ceremony
    • Dinner with Stage 3 Video
    • Stage 4 Discussion & Helpful Facts

Day Four

Friday, April 17, 2015

Carl Schenck Loop
  • 8:00-9:00 AM – Racer Sign-In
    at Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center
  • 9:00 AM – Rest Stop Shuttle Items Must be at Designated Area
  • 9:00 AM – Stage 4 Start at Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center
  • 12:00 – 4:00 PM – Recovery Zone Open with Massage Available
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM - Brevard Music Center
    • Daily Awards Ceremony
    • Dinner with Stage 4 Video
    • Stage 5 Discussion & Helpful Facts

Day Five

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Land of Waterfalls Loop
  • 8:00-9:00 AM – Racer Sign-In / Load Shuttle Bus
    at Brevard Music Center
  • 9:00 AM – Rest Stop Shuttle Items Must be at Designated Area
  • 9:00 AM – Shuttle Departs for Remote Start
  • 10:00 AM – Stage 5 Start at NC Outward Bound School
  • 4:00-10:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM – Rest Stop Shuttle Items Return
    to Brevard Music Center


2014 Pisgah Stage Race Results

2013 Pisgah Stage Race Results

2012 Pisgah Stage Race Results

2011 Pisgah Stage Race Results

2010 Pisgah Stage Race Results

2009 Pisgah Stage Race Results

Cascadia Evening

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Brevard Music Center
  • 3:30 – 9:00 PM – Food For Sale
  • 3:30 PM – Silent Auction to Benefit CYMBL Opens
  • 4:00 – 7:00 PM – CYMBL Kids Races
  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Pisgah Stage Race Awards
    & CYMBL Race Awards
  • 8:00 PM – Auction Ends
  • 8:15 PM – Pie Eating Contest
  • 8:30 PM – 12:00 Midnight – Live DJ

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Pisgah Stage Race or if you have a special request, please contact us.


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