Cross Country & Mountain Bike Races 2017

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Cross-country and endurance racing test a rider’s mental game as much as his strength and fitness. Smart racers know when to attack and when to keep things in check. Transylvania County is home to a number of cross-country events, and the list grows every year.

Apr. 2 – SERC #2 – Bryson City, N.C. – The second of the Southeast Regional Championship series. A short cross-country race. • Pro, Beginner, Women’s classes • $45 • www.goneriding.com

April 9 – SERC #3 – Conyers, Ga. – The third of the Southeast Regional Championship series. A short cross-country race. • $45 • www.goneriding.com

Apr. 10-15 – Pisgah Stage Race – The flagship Pisgah race sending riders on five days of singletrack adventure. Not for new riders. • $750 www.blueridgeadventures.net

April 29 – SERC #4 – Winder, Ga. – The fourth of the Southeastern Regional Championship Series. A short cross-country race. • $45 • Pro, Beginner and Women’s classes • $45 • www.goneriding.com

May 6 – Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race – The classic checkpoint race, the winners ride over a hundred miles of Pisgah to reach all the checkpoints. Not for new riders. • $190 • www.pisgahproductions.com

May 20 – Pisgah 111k – Riders ride about 62 miles of Pisgah solo with rest stops provided. • $60 • www.pisgahproductions.com

May 21 – SERC #5 – Chattanooga, Tenn. – The fifth stop on the Southeastern Regional Championship Series. • Pro, Beginner, and Women’s classes • $45 • www.goneriding.com

May 21 – Pisgah 55.5k – A scaled down version of the 111k, but still some difficult terrain with rest stops. • $60 • www.pisgahproductions.com

July 24 – 12 Hours of Tsali – Race solo or with a team and see how many miles you can ride in 12 hours on these fast and flowy trails in Bryson City, N.C. • Prices vary • www.goneriding.com

July 29 – Jerdon Mountain Challenge – The little brother to the Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell, this event will give riders a backcountry feel, with checkpoint support. • $90 until

July 31 • www.blueridgeadventures.net July 30 – ORAMM – Line up against riders from all over the world in this classic Pisgah Race in Old Fort, N.C. • $160 • www.blueridgeadventures.net

Aug. 19 – Night Train 6/12-hour race – A lap endurance race, riders test their stamina in this 6 or 12 hour lap race. • $80 • www.pisgahproductions.com

Sept. 2 – Bracken Mountain Races and Festival – A community event held on the city-owned Bracken Mountain Preserve. Race has running and mountain biking legs and racers can partner with other athletes. • www.mountainroots.org

Oct. 28/29 – Double Dare – This two-day Pisgah mountain bike race will have riders racing for checkpoints all over Pisgah. Whoever gets the most checkpoints wins. • $100 • www.pisgahproductions.com

Nov. 4 – The Couch Potato – Not ready to tackle Farlow Gap in the Swank 65? Check out this toned-down Pisgah mountain bike race. • $90 • www.blueridgeadventures.net

Nov. 5 – Swank 65 – The longest running Blue Ridge Adventures race, this cloverleaf tour of trails is leafy, hard and true Pisgah. • $150 • www.blueridgeadventures.net

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