1. What is the Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder? This bicycle tour of some of Western North Carolina’s finest paved and gravel roads will also have chip timing and police officers at important intersections to keep the ride flowing. Choose your weapon of choice – your cross bike or mountain bike – and come out to show off your stuff!

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2. What is included with my entry fee? Chip timed event with police at important intersections to allow riders a smooth flowing course. Fully staffed aid stations with medical assistance available. SAG Wagons following behind.

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 12/31/18.

4. What is the start time for the event? Shuttle items must be dropped off and ready to go by 7:30am. There will be a race meeting at 7:50 am at the start line where the race director will go over important information. The race will start at 8AM.

5. Where does the race start?  In front of the REEB Ranch in at 315 Shoal Falls Road in Hendersonville, NC.  From the intersection of Highway 280, Highway 64, and Highway 280 in Pisgah Forest, head about 3.5 miles south on Highway 64 to a right on Crab Creek Road at the traffic light.  Follow Crap Creek for 4.5 miles to a right onto Shoal Falls Farm into the REEB Ranch.

6. What is provided at the Rest Stops? Rest Stops will be fully stocked with plenty of Cold Water, energy drink, PB & J, Chips, Soda, Fresh Fruit and Advil.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9.  Can I do this race on a road bike?  No.  The fire roads are too rugged, and the final 2 miles are on single track – for safety purposes, riders are strongly suggested to be on a mountain or cross bike.

10. Are there awards?  There are awards for the top 3 men and women in all categories. *Must be present to collect your award – no exceptions.  

11. Are there cut off times?  Yes:

  • Rest Stop 1 (Mile 18): 11am
  • Rest Stop 2 (Mile 35): 1pm

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