SWANK 65
24th Annual

November 12th, 2023

Pisgah Forest, NC

27 Miles – 4,900’ Elevation

2023 Registration Is Now Open 

Sample some of Pisgah’s best trails in this great season closer – including the best trails at the front of the Forest!

The Swank 65 is MTB racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2200 feet, and consists of some of the best trail networks in Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun singletrack, tough climbs and hell-raising descents, the exhilarating course will test your skills and desire as you explore the devilish terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.

THIS RACE IS LIMITED BY THE US FOREST SERVICE TO 200 PARTICIPANTS.

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2023

Start Time: Packet pickup at 7:00 am, Photo ID Required. There will be a Race Meeting at the Start line at 8:55am. Every racer must attend meeting. You must have your shuttled items ready by 8:45 am. Race start will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

Fees: $100 until 10/8/23.  $110 until 11/5/23. $120 on race day.

Rest Stops/First Aid: There will be three fully-stocked rest stops on the course. The rest stops have food, Energy Drinks, and H₂O. We have a drop system organized so you can arrange to have your personal supplies at the rest stops. We do not ship or drop off items left from rest stop shuttle. First Aid will be at every rest area and the Start/Finish area. Restroom facilities are also at the Start/Finish.

When will Rest Stop Items Return?

  • Rest Stop 1 items will be back around 2:00 pm.- we will not ship left items
  • Rest Stop 2 items will be back around 4:00 pm. – we will not ship left items

Location: From the entrance of Pisgah Forest at the corner of US 64 and Hwy 276/280 go north on Hwy 276. After 1 mile, you will see the entrance  of the venue

Parking: Parking located across from venue, next to venue at work center parking lot as well as at the Ranger Station parking lot. Signs will be out to assist

Camping: Free camping is available within the forest for free. you must be 1000’ off the road, Davidson River group campground is directly across from the start/ finish.  You may not camp at start/ finish area. 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 have seen snowflakes a few times.
Check the weather before you leave and be prepared for all conditions!

T Shirts: T-shirts are optional to all preregistered participants (register on or before October 15th for a t-shirt).  Sure to be the envy of all your friends.

For 2023, all of Blue Ridge Adventures’ races help support the Bread of Life.

 

Free Primitive Camping (no toilets, no showers) offered on the FS roads.Here is a map for camping suggestions.  If you should require showers and amenities, please visit one of the websites listed below.

  • Foggy Bottom Cabins: Located in Pisgah Forest, these newly renovated, historic 1950’s cabins feature: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, living room, a fully equipped kitchen, screened front porch, dedicated driveways, spaces to clean and work on bikes or wash other outdoor gear, and high-speed internet.
  • Sunset Motel: The Sunset Motel is a quaint retro 20-room accommodation .25m to Main Street. Each room has front door parking, wifi, HBO, microwave, fridge, coffee pot. Bike Wash and rags provided. Bikes allowed in rooms with tarp. 3 pet rooms available.
  • Davidson River Campground: Facilities provided include fire rings, picnic tables, lantern posts, gravel tent pads, hot showers, and flush toilets. Reservations required. Starting at $28 with an extra fee for electric hookup. RV and group sites available. Plan on reserving early enough to ensure yourself a camp spot.
  • Holiday Inn Express: Heated outdoor pool, fitness center, free local phone calls, wireless internet access, and a complimentary breakfast. Pet friendly with a fee.
  • Hampton Inn: Free breakfast, high speed internet access, cable TV, AAA hotel diamond rated, fitness room, pool. No pets.
  • Comfort Inn: Free grab ‘n’ go breakfast, high speed internet access, cable TV, fitness room, pool, laundry. No pets.

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • 7:00-8:30am – Registration packet pickup at Start/Finish line.  I.D. Required.
  • 7:00-8:45am – Shuttle items must be dropped off at Start/Finish line.
  • 8:55am – Mandatory racer meeting
  • 9:00am  Race start – All categories 
  • 1:00pm – Shuttled items from Rest Stop 1 expected back
  • 1:30 pm – Awards Ceremony #1
  • 3:00pm – Awards Ceremony #2
  • 3:00pm–  Shuttled items from rest stop 2 expected back

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