Pisgah Stage Race – 13th Annual
April 12-17, 2021-Brevard, North Carolina

Registration opens April 20th

Pisgah National Forest, NC

5 days, 140 miles, 20,000+ ft of elevation gain
76% Singletrack – 19% Dirt Rd. – 5% Asphalt
5 Stellar MTB Routes in Pisgah National Forest.

The Pisgah Stage Race has earned a growing reputation for having some of the best MTB trails in the USA, and this five-day, fully supported mountain bike endurance event delivers an unmatched sampler platter of some of the best singletrack in the country. The stage race course includes the Eastern United States’ most rugged trails. Come sample spring MTB riding in Pisgah National Forest with rhododendron tunnels, picturesque creek crossings, incredible leaf colors, and rooty, rocky singletrack. After spending a week in Brevard getting to know and appreciate the bounty of Pisgah National Forest, you won’t want to leave. This is a Mountain Bikers paradise!

 

APRIL 12-17 2021 – BREVARD, NORTH CAROLINA

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 MTB trails. This backcountry MTB stage 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.

For 2021, all of Blue Ridge Adventures’ races help support the Bread of Life.

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 MTB 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 off your clean MTB 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 MTB will be waiting for you at the start no later than 8am.

This service is limited to 35 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.

DAILY MASSAGE

Our highly trained therapists are available after the race to help you unwind and relax as well as get you back to peak performance.

With many years of accumulated experience we are able to offer numerous styles of therapy to help suit your specific needs.

Post race massage plays an important role in supporting a rider to perform at their best:

  • Speeds the recovery process
  • Relaxes muscle tissue
  • Improves circulation
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Eases cramping
  • Reduces and helps prevent pain and injury

We offer daily post race massage:

  • 15 minute massages for $30
  • 30 minute massages for $60

Please contact Randi Nelle at [email protected] with any questions regarding massages.

TRAINING PLAN FOR PISGAH

The Cycling Gym will help you prepare for Pisgah, one of the hardest mountain bike stage races in North America!

Follow along with our Pisgah training plan to help build your ability to climb and manage your efforts over the course of the stage race.

Click here for more information and to sign up

DAY ZERO

Monday, April 12, 2021

Brevard, North Carolina

Opening ceremony

  • 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Packet Pickup at Brevard Music Center
  • 5:50 – 7:30 PM –  Opening Ceremony Dinner
  • 6:00 PM – Welcome to Riders – Course Overview with details
  • 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Social Hour

DAY ONE

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Clif’s 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 MTB race start at Lower Cove Creek Campground
  • 11 AM – 3 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 14, 2021

Sunset Motel’s 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 MTB race start at Black Mountain Trailhead
  • 11 AM – 3 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 15, 2021

Sycamore Cycles’ 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 MTB race start at Black Mountain Trailhead
  • 11 AM – 3 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 16, 2021

FOX Factory’s 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 MTB race start at Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center
  • 11 AM – 3 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 17,  2021

Industry Nine’s The Land of Waterfalls Loop

  • 7:00-8:30 AM – Racer Sign-In at Brevard Music Center
  • 8:30 AM – Rest Stop Shuttle Items Must be at Designated Area
  • 8:30 AM – Riders Depart  for Remote Start
  • 9:00 AM – Stage 5 MTB race start at Selica Methodist Church
  • 3:00-4:00 PM – Brevard Music Center
    • Closing Awards Ceremony Dinner
  • 4:00 PM – Rest Stop Shuttle Items Return
    to Brevard Music Center

Awards Banquet at The Brevard Music Center

  • 2:00-4:00pm – Food served
  • 3:00-4:00pm – Pisgah Stage Race Awards

Auction/ After Party with Local band at Brevard Music Center

  • 4:00-5:00 Auction with items from local merchants
  • 5:00-7:00pm- Jam out and unwind after a long week!

What You Get with your stage race entry:

  • 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 plenty of cold water, CLIF energy drink, CLIF bars and shots, 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 fresh fruit & snacks, a relaxing lounge area to chill after each stage.
  • Bike Wash Available at Sycamore Cycles and the Sunset Motel.
  • Mechanic Assistance provided by Sycamore Cycles each day at rest stops.
  • Medical Assistance –There will be course marshals at almost every turn to assist you with medical issues. We have coordinated with local EMS on each day’s course and time frames we are on the trail segments in the event of an extreme emergency.
  • Continental Breakfast – Scones and coffee provided by Crank Coffee each morning. We are also now partnering with CLIF to offer granola, yogert and fruit each morning as well.
  • 6 Dinners – Locally sourced, farm-to-table meal. Click here for the 2020 Pisgah Stage Race menu.
    • Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options available.
    • All meals include beer, soda, and water
  • Finisher’s T-shirt – cool, unique MTB  t-shirt to all finishers.
  • Custom Crafted Prizes –  Awarded to top three in each category. $750, $500, $250 to top three overall men and women for the cross country. $150, $130, $120 to the top 3 overall men and women for the Enduro.
  • Starlight Apparel Pisgah Stage Race Jersey is included for all participants preregistered by midnight March 15th, 2020 –  Starlight Sizing Chart