9th Annual Jerdon Mountain Challenge

July 25th, 2020- 26 Miles – 3,600′ Elevation

Registration opens December 5th

2019-Jerdon-Jersey-Front-8This is backcountry mountain bike racing at its finest with a shorter course and still all the amenities of a long distance endurance race. The Annual Jerdon Mountain Challenge will run on some of the same trails as the ever popular Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell in Old Fort, North Carolina. Racers will tackle 3,600′ of climbing over 26 miles as you hit some great trails like Kitsuma, Star Gap and Jarrett Creek. Celebrate with a huge after party on the picturesque Gateway Museum grounds.

This race is limited to 300 participants.

Jerdon Mountain Challenge


I Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 (Rain or Shine)

Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 7:50 am . Ride starts at 8:00am.

Packet Pickup: Registration packet pickup begins race morning at 6am. Early packet pickup will be available on Friday from 4-8pm  at the Finish in the grassy field beside the Gateway Museum. I.D. Required

Fee: $80 until 6/21/20.  $90 until 7/19/20 $100 on race day.

Amenities: Chip timing with instant results, categories, awesome rest stops, Upcountry Brewing beer at finish with Pasta (Meat or Vegetarian) Feast,well-marked route, restrooms, wicked NC singletrack and so much more.

2019-Jerdon-Tshirt-FrontT Shirts: T-shirts are optional to all who preregister before June 29th

For 2020, all of Blue Ridge Adventures’ races help support the Bread of Life.

Venue & Parking

Directions to Mountain Gateway Museum

Parking Map

We have a New Parking setup this year.  Please do not park in the old lot.  Parking is available on Commerce St.



Lodging / Camping options in Old Fort, NC


Jerdon Mountain Challenge Schedule


Jerdon Mountain Challenge Spectator Information


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2019 Jerdon Mountain Challenge Sponsors
Squirt arose in the cycling world with a group of off-road bicycle riders from South Africa who were committed to innovating the necessary bike products that are both friendly to their bikes and the environment they rode in. Through constant testing and a life time of cycling in the harshest conditions around the globe, our products are now independently testing and performing above and beyond the trails and roads we use them on.