April 21 – Bootlegger 100 – A 100-mile dirt road ride with 8,000 feet of climbing, this ride starts and ends in downtown Lenoir, N.C., and travels into Pisgah National Forest. This is the third race in the Appalachian Grinder Series. • $80 •

Sept. 8 – Pisgah Monster Cross – The National Park Service limits up to 200 participants in this 70-mile loop with over 11,000 feet of climbing. The riders will be treated to some of the highest elevation sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway and over 40 miles of the toughest gravel roads Pisgah has to offer. Part of the Monster Cross Series, the three-race series begins with the Savage Cross in the Lake James area of Pisgah National Forest, then followed by the Monster Cross in Brevard, then the final race in Wilson Creek, near Linville Gorge. • $70 •

Sept. 16 – Asheville Off-Road Series – 10k off-road running, gravel grinder and duathlon events with different classes held on the Biltmore Estate grounds in Asheville. 20, 40, 60-mile rides. • Prices vary •

Sept. 22 – Dirt Diggler – Starting and finishing at the REEB Ranch and sponsored by Oskar Blues, this course will feature a backcountry/gravel road tour through Transylvania and Henderson counties. This 50/50 blend of paved and gravel roads meanders through DuPont State Recreational Forest and gated private property, and ends on 2 miles of single track. Riders are supported with a well-marked course, chip timing, fully supported rest stops with medical assistance available, and SAG wagons. • $40 •

Oct. 13 – Wilson’s Revenge – The final race of the Appalachian Grinder Series, this race has 33-mile and 53-mile options through Wilson Creek in the Grand-father District of Pisgah National Forest. • $80 •


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