Sample some of Pisgah's best trails in this great season closer - including the trails in back bowls of Pisgah ether known as Pilot Mountain!
The Sycamore Cycles Swank 65 is mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun single track, 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.
Start Time: Packet pickup at 8AM. There will be a Race Meeting at the Start line at 9:50. Every racer must attend meeting. You must have your shuttled items ready by 9:45AM. Race start will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Rest Stops/First Aid: There will be three fully-stocked rest stops on the course. The rest stops have food, Energy Drink, and H20. We have a drop system organized so you can arrange to have your personal supplies at the rest stops. 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 & 2 items will be back around 4 pm
Rest Stop 3 items will be back around 5 pm
Location: From the entrance of Pisgah Forest at the corner of US 64 and Hwy 276/280 go north on Hwy 276. After 4.5 miles, take a left onto F.S. Rd. (475-A). Travel 475-A for 3 miles, Cove Creek Group Campground is on the right.
Parking: Parking is limited due to rules governing parking in Pisgah's group campgrounds. Please carpool.
Camping: Free camping is available outside the Cove Creek group campground.
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 6th for a t-shirt). Sure to be the envy of all your friends.
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