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November 2, 2014 – 40 MILES – 5800′+ ELEVATION

Sample some of Pisgah’s best trails in this great season closer
- including the famed Farlow Gap!

The Swank 65 Mountain Bike Journey is mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National Forest.  Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun single track, tough climbs and hell-raising descents, the exhilarating course will test your skills and desire as you explore the devilish terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.

New for 2014 – Timed Enduro Section!!! We’ll be timing your descent on Daniel Ridge! This will allow for a safety accountability of riders mid course and showcase the true descenders in the endurance world.  The timer at the start at the top of Dan iel Ridge at the staircase will have a hand held chip reading device and the bottom timer about 1/4 mile before the rest stop 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!

This race is limited by the US Forest Service to 200 participants.

*Pending permit by the USFS

Info

Start Time: Packet pickup at 8AM. There will be a Race Meeting at the Start line at 9:45. Every racer must attend meeting. You must have your shuttled items ready by 9:45AM. A LeMans style start will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Rest Stops/First Aid: There will be three fully-stocked rest stops on the course. The rest stops have food, Heed Energy Drink, and H20. We have a drop system organized so you can arrange to have your personal supplies at the rest stops. First Aid will be at every rest area and the Start/Finish area. Restroom facilities are also at the Start/Finish.

Location: From the entrance of Pisgah Forest at the corner of US 64 and Hwy 276/280 go north on Hwy 276. After 4.5 miles, take a left onto F.S. Rd. (475-A). Travel 475-A for 3 miles, Cove Creek Group Campground is on the right.

Parking: Parking is limited due to rules governing parking in Pisgah’s group campgrounds. Please carpool.

Camping: Free camping will be available in the peaceful cove around the Start/Finish area of Lower Cove Creek group campground Saturday and Sunday nights. Please email [email protected] if you plan on camping and let us know what nights you’ll be staying, the number in your party and your intended accommodations if other than a tent.

Fires: There is one large fire ring at Lower Cove Creek. No personal fires at campsites. Cooking flames o.k.

Weather: Weather mid November in the forest is generally 40-50 degrees around race time and can either warm up to the 60’s or drop in the low 30’s. Riders saw snowflakes in 2002. Check the weather before you leave and be prepared for all conditions!

Attire: All riders are required to wear a helmet. This race covers some remote locations. Please wear bright colors to avoid being mistaken for a deer or bear. Please no all black attire.

Ride Fee: $100 Includes fully-stocked rest stops, an epic course, a local homegrown burger cookout finish complete with beer & wine, a direct-to-garmet printed 100% ringspun cotton Tshirt, and socks.


F.A.Q.

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 12/31/14.

How will the course be marked? The course will be marked with 4″ White Blue Ridge Adventures 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. Course marshals will be located at key turns on the course each day to ensure riders don’t get lost.

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Are there cutoff times? Yes we will have cutoff times.

  • Rest Stop 1 – Daniel Ridge trailhead  (mile 10) – 12 PM
  • Rest Stop 2 – Gloucester Gap (mile 21) – 3 PM;
  • Rest Stop 3 – Daniel Ridge trailhead (mile 29) – 5 PM.

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.

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 ziploc bags in your race packet with your number on it. These are to shuttle your personal items. There will be tarps numbered with the Rest Stop location at the Start to drop your bags in the morning and they will return there later in the day.

When will Rest Stop Items Return?

  • Rest Stop 1/3′s items will be back around 5:30PM
  • Rest Stop 2′s items will be back around 3:30PM.

Lodging

Free Primitive Camping (toilets, no showers) offered at the Cove Creek Group Campground Saturday and Sunday nights. If you should require showers and amenities, please visit one of the websites listed below.

  • Davidson River Campground: Facilities provided include fire rings, picnic tables, lantern posts, gravel tent pads, hot showers, and flush toilets. Reservations required. Starting at $18 with $2 extra for river sites. RV and group sites available. Plan on arriving early enough to ensure yourself a camp spot.
  • Holiday Inn Express: Heated outdoor pool, fitness center, free local phone calls, wireless internet access, and a complimentary breakfast. Pet friendly with a fee.
  • Hampton Inn: Free breakfast, high speed internet access, cable TV, AAA hotel diamond rated, fitness room, pool. No pets.
  • Sunset Motel: The Sunset Motel is a quaint retro 20-room accommodation .25m to Main Street. Each room has front door parking, wifi, HBO, microwave, fridge, coffee pot. Bike Wash and rags provided. Bikes allowed in rooms with tarp. 3 pet rooms available.
  • Red House Inn: English Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Brevard. Satellite television and high speed wireless internet. Owned by local cyclists.
  • Bear Ridge View Cabin: is located on 64 privately-owned acres atop Mine Mountain, which is approximately five minutes from the entrance to Pisgah Forest. The cabin was recently renovated and contains two bedrooms (1 King & 1 Queen), 2 baths, and a modern kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. It also features generous outside decks with an outdoor eating area, wireless internet, Direct TV, a DVD player and library, a washer and dryer, and a gas grill. Guests can enjoy the solitude of the area while rocking on the newly constructed covered back porch. This porch, which overlooks Pisgah Forest, features ample seating for large groups, as well as a ceiling fan and variable lighting to guarantee year-round comfort. Bear Ridge View, with its knotty-pine paneling and charming décor featuring a mix of unique antiques and newer pieces, is an ideal cabin for couples or small families.
  • Mountain View Cabin: is located on 64 privately-owned acres atop Mine Mountain, which is about five minutes from the entrance to Pisgah Forest. The cabin features two bedrooms (1 king and 1 Queen), two baths, a modern kitchen with eat-in island, and a majestic stacked-stone fireplace. The cabin also contains a bunk bed located in a small nook off of the great room (for a total of 4 beds). In addition, this cabin provides Direct TV, a DVD player and library, a washer and dryer, and a large deck with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. The deck features a grill, an outdoor dining area, rocking chairs, and a hammock so that guests can take full advantage of the beautiful vistas. This cabin is well-suited to groups that include two couples, since the cabin contains two separate guest suites.
  • Deer Ridge Property Management: At Deer Ridge we offer affordable rates, exceptional value, personal attention to detail and have nearly 40 cabins and homes to choose from.  All of our homes are fully furnished and include linens, choose from rustic cabins to large lake front homes.  Consider bringing the family with you or extend your trip to enjoy everything else Brevard NC has to offer.  Ask us about our “Bike friendly” homes and available discounts.
  • Black Forest Campground: Free WiFi, electricty at all sites, Mountain Bike Wash Station!
  • Ash Grove Resort Cabins & Camping: Campsites available, some with water & elec. and some without. Free coffee Sat & Sun mornings. Bike washing station. Exceptionally clean bathhouse with hot showers, flush toilets, etc. Ten minutes from downtown, 10 minutes from Dupont Forest.
  • Cabins at Seven Foxes: Fully equipped cabins nestled on seven wooded acres in Lake Toxaway, 15 minutes from Brevard.
  • Down To Earth Cottages: 5 miles outside Brevard. Each cottage overlooks a mountain stream and is  nestled amongst vegetable, flower, and herb gardens.  Pick fresh organically grown vegetables and herbs in season for a dinner on the grill.
  • Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill: Nestled in the foothills of Western North Carolina, the Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill is a newly constructed, purpose built B&B conveniently situated in what is known as the “Playground of the South”.  Just 10 minutes to the Asheville Regional Airport, 25 minutes to the Biltmore House and 15 minutes to either Hendersonville or Brevard makes this an ideal destination.

Attractions

  • Mountains to Sea Trail: Trailhead starts in the back of the Davidson River parking area. This trail stretches 1,000 miles from Clingman’s Dome in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks of NC. This section of the trail is a spur to the main and is very popular with trail runners.
  • Looking Glass Falls: One of the most popular falls visited in the forest. There is a short trail to the base of the 60ft falls for a closer view. Stay away from the falls. Try Moore Cove Falls 1.1 miles further up the road for a more personal waterfall experience by getting underneath them. Looking Glass Falls is 5 miles North on Highway 276 from the entrance of the Forest.
  • Moore Cove Falls: Walk under this 45 ft waterfall. Trail is rated easy and follows a gentle up and down path. Round trip walking time is about 45 minutes. Allow extra time to have a picnic on the rocks and enjoy the interesting formations around the falls.
  • Looking Glass Trailhead: You have to work a bit for this rewarding view, but it’s well worth the effort. Looking Glass Rock trail climbs about 1,700 ft in just over three miles (6.5 miles roundtrip). The trail switchbacks through Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel tunnels before popping out to open cliffs with spectacular views. Do not get too close to the edge.
  • Sliding Rock: This is a must see. This recreation area has a changing room and a large parking lot that requires a small fee. Sliding Rock is a naturally occurring 60ft waterslide with a 7ft deep pool at the bottom.
  • Cradle of Forestry: Contains the first official school of forestry in America – The Biltmore Forest School. There is an 18 minute movie, hands on exhibits, a snack bar and a gift shop. Be sure the kids ride the fighting helicopter simulator and participate in the scavenger hunt. Fun for everyone!
  • Blue Ridge Parkway: Marvel at the forest clad mountain peaks, the mist filled coves, and the slopes of fragrant balsams, rhododendrons and mountain laurel. Breathless views this time of the year with the leaves changing. Take a left to visit Graveyard Fields or a right to head to Asheville.
  • Dupont State Forest: About 30 minutes by car from the start/finish area sits a magnificent piece of land. With 10,268 acres and 80 miles of roads and trails, this forest is open to the public for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license.

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