The Couch Potato is an annual mountain bike race with a short enough course to make it doable from 'off the couch'. Rolling over rugged mining roads, classic Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course will test your skills and desire as you explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. Good food, brews and a camp fire will be at the finish to comfort you after a long day in the saddle!
THIS RACE IS LIMITED BY THE US FOREST SERVICE TO 200 PARTICIPANTS
Start Time: Packet pickup starting 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, CLIF 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's items will be back around 1:00pm
Rest Stop 2's items will be back around 3:00pm
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.