11th Annual Pisgah Stage Race

April 8-13 2019 – Brevard, North Carolina

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

This is designed as a true race not a test of survival.



Pisgah has earned a growing reputation for having some of the best trails in the country, and this five-day, fully supported endurance event delivers an unmatched sampler platter of some of the best singletrack in the country. The course includes the East’s most rugged trails. Come sample spring riding in Pisgah National Forest with rhododendron tunnels, picturesque creek crossings, incredible leaf colors, and rooty, rocky singletrack. After spending a week getting to know and appreciate the bounty of Pisgah National Forest, you won’t want to leave.


Timed Enduro Sections each day!

This will showcase the true descenders in the endurance world.  The timer at the start at the top will have a hand held chip reading device and the bottom timer at 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!


April 8-13 2019 – 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 trails. This backcountry 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.


The weeks’ events include 5 days of racing, a recovery zone with snacks and recovery drinks at the race finish, Leaders’ Awards Ceremony and Happy Hour following each evening with adult beverages, exquisite locally catered dinner 6 nights, and a Closing Ceremony Celebration Party.

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For 2019, all of Blue Ridge Adventures’ races help support the Bread of Life.


What You Get with your entry – Solo & Duo

  • Five well marked courses. 
  • Instant chip timed results.
  • Enduro Segment each day.
  • Daily Leader’s Jersey for ALL Categories:

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  • 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 and trade stories with other riders.
  • 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.
  • Coffee & Pastries – selection of local delicacies provided by Crank Coffee each morning!


  • 6 Dinners – Locally sourced, farm-to-table meal.  Click here for the 2018 Pisgah Stage Race menu.
    • Vegetarian, Gluten Free options available.
    • All meals include beer, soda, and water

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  • Finisher’s T-shirt – cool, unique 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
  • Racer Goody Bag – useful and creative promo gifts from sponsors and promoters.

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  • Friendly, grassroots atmosphere – helpful staff that aren’t scared to throw on a costume. Beautiful picturesque venues and stellar trails make this a very easy race to unwind in and make new friends


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  • Starlight Apparel Pisgah Stage Race Jersey is included for all participants preregistered by midnight March 4th, 2019 –  Starlight Sizing Chart



1. What is the Pisgah Stage Race? Over five days, elite athletes as well as dirt cycling enthusiasts will push themselves like they have never done before. There will be rest stops each day with food, water, mechanical and medical assistance. You may also shuttle items. This is not an adventure survival event!

2. How do team categories work? There are two Duo Team (2 person) categories: For the Duo Team category, riders race together each day and must cross the finish line within 5 minutes of one another. If there is more than 5 minutes between finishing times, then teams will be given a 1 hour penalty. This rule is only in effect at the finish line. You do not have to be together at rest stops or on the ride.

3.  Where does each stage start? All the routes starts are 20 min from the town of Brevard at the most. 3 of the 5 stages are 5 minutes from town!

4. How do I get to each stage start/finish?

Please refer to this map as another helpful reference.

5.  What is the best airport to fly in to? We would recommend flying in to the Asheville Regional Airport.

6. What are the average and winning times?

  • Stage 1: winning time-1hr 52min | avg time-2hr 30min
    Stage 2: winning time-2hr 14min | avg time-3hr 35min
    Stage 3: winning time-2hr 29min | avg time-3hr 45min
    Stage 4: winning time-2hr 41min | avg time-3hr 35min
    Stage 5: winning time-2hr 05min | avg time-3hr 15min

7. Do I have to drop out of the race if I can’t finish a stage? No. You can still compete in the race if for some reason you cannot finish a stage. You will be given a time penalty and awarded the time of the final finisher (in your category) + 1 hour for the stage. Your time will still be documented on the final results.

Pisgah Stage Race, 2017


Viatge als EUA. Pisgah Stage Race – Ada Xinxo 5/18/28

“Mountain Bike Stage Racing: Tips and Perspective” – Sacred Rides Boulder 4/24/18

“The Evolution of the Pisgah Stage Race” – Pinkbike 1/4/2018

“Inside the Pisgah Stage Race” – singletracks.com 6/2/2017

“Roots, Rocks, Repeat: The Pisgah Stage Race” – Pinkbike 1/19/2017

“Get a Sneak Peak of What the 2016 Pisgah Stage Race Has in Store” – singletracks.com 2/25/2016

“10 Reasons Why You Need To Do The Pisgah Stage Race” – Pinkbike 2/17/2016

“Top 5 Stage Races In The World” – singletracks.com 4/10/2015

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Click here for the 2018 Pisgah Stage Race Schedule


Additional Services



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 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 bike 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 bike 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

To register for massage services please CLICK HERE.

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


Pisgah Stage Race Results

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2018 Pisgah Stage Race 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.