The 6th Annual Couch Potato

November 3, 2018 -25 MILES – 3200’+ ELEVATION


The Couch Potato is an annual mountain biking race with a short enough course to make it doable from ‘off the couch’. Rolling over rugged mining roads, classic Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course will test your skills and desire as you explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.  Good food, brews and a camp fire will be at the finish to comfort you after a long day in the saddle!

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

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Start Time: Packet pickup starting at 8AM. There will be a Race Meeting at the Start line at 9:50. Every racer must attend meeting. You must have your shuttled items ready by 9:45AM. Race start will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

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Rest Stops/First Aid: There will be three fully-stocked rest stops on the course. The rest stops have food, CLIF 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 is available outside the Cove Creek group campground. Here is a map for camping suggestions.

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 at Swank 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!

T Shirts: 100% cotton pre-shrunk T-shirts are optional to all preregistered participants (register on or before September 30th for a t-shirt).  Sure to be the envy of all your friends.

Ride Fee: Includes fully-stocked rest stops, an epic course, a local homegrown burger cookout finish complete with beer and awards.

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


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 12/31/18.

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 marshalls will be located at key turns on the course each day to ensure riders don’t get lost.


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 CLIF fuel, plenty of cold Water, PB & J, Chips 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.


Lodging options in Transylvania County


Attractions in Pisgah National Forest


Couch Potato Schedule


Couch Potato Results

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2018 Couch Potato Sponsors
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