Ten Reasons Why You Need to do The Pisgah Stage Race

Feb 17, 2016 at 0:01
Feb 17, 2016
by Jeff Plassman  
 
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1. It’s World Class
I've been able to race this awesome event 5 times in the last 7 years. The Pisgah Stage Race has been carefully refined year after year. All the hot trails in Pisgah are featured, and each day contains almost 75% single track. Professional chip timing and electronically scanned Enduro segments yield accurate and worry free results. Each evening, a gourmet catered dinner is complimented by a professionally produced video featuring race action from that same day. There’s also a professional photographer capturing all the action. You’ll be sure to find a great photo of yourself to make all your friends jealous. Blue Ridge Adventures has continuously improved this event over the past 7 years and the finished product shows it. Racers come from all over the US and the World to participate. I’ve raced in this event with folks from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, the Caribbean, and all corners of the US.

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2. It’s Bad Ass
That’s right, bad ass! The easiest way to put it is… well let's just say that where you’re from there is a beginner, an intermediate, and an expert trail... a green, a blue, and a black diamond. You need to step that up when you come to Pisgah. The riding is physical… it’s raw. Rocks, roots, repeat.

Courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventures Icon Media Asheville

Courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventures Icon Media Asheville

Courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventures Icon Media Asheville

3. Oskar Blues
When you have a headline sponsor like Oskar Blues, you know it’s going to be a great event. What’s a great mountain bike race without great beer, right? Well no need to worry because Oskar Blues has you covered with the best beer, brewed right in town in Brevard. You can crush a stage, and then stop by the brewery and see and taste first-hand how great beer is crafted.

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4. Location, Location, Location
The town of Brevard N.C. is the primary staging point for the Pisgah Stage Race, and it’s in the heart of the Pisgah Mountains. Each stage starts and finished very close to town, so you don’t have to worry about transferring from town to town with each stage. Brevard is a tourist attraction in its own right and is popular for many family and adventure vacations. Transylvania County surrounds Brevard and contains much of the Pisgah Forest. The county is known as the “Land of the Waterfalls” with over 250 places where water cascades over the unique geography of the region. Nearby Dupont State Forest has an amazing network of well groomed trails as well as some spectacular waterfalls. Asheville N.C. is close by and boasts a vibrant arts scene and plenty of historic architecture. You won’t have any shortage of activities to fill your spare time and all these opportunities make for great adventure for your family to enjoy as well.

Video still Land of Sky Media courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventures

Video still Land of Sky Media courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventures

Video still Land of Sky Media courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventures
Video stills by Land of Sky Media courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventures


5. Enduro
Would you rather focus on shredding the downhills? You will love the Enduro sections! Think you can win your stage category and take the Enduro segment? Why not, there’s some serious talent that shows up for this race. Throw your hat in the ring. Each stage features a chip timed Enduro section.

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6. Kick Ass / Kick Start
Anyone who has done a stage race will tell you that by the end of it, you're usually rolling stronger than you started. Plus, training for a stage race in the Spring is going to help turbo charge your summer season. The Pisgah Stage Race will kick start you out of the winter cold and set you up for a kick ass season.

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7. Beast Mode!
Riding in Pisgah is demanding and raw. Completing the Pisgah Stage Race will turn you into a brawler and leave you with the Pisgah Tattoo. Race in Pisgah for a week and you’ll return home a prize fighter ready to rage on all the trails you used to think were hard. You might come to the race as an animal, but you’ll leave as a beast.

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8. Old School meets High Class
Just because you are racing in the oldest mountains on the planet, with some of the gnarliest trails on the East Coast, don’t expect the event to be old school. The Pisgah Stage Race is a modern, high class and high tech event. Blue Ridge Adventures has been continuously improving and refining the event every year. A constant evolution of course design, catering, post ride events and activities, ensures you can focus on one thing, having the best damn time possible enjoying all that Pisgah has to offer.

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9. Family
The Pisgah Stage Race really is a family affair. You’ll race together, dine together, and share in the challenges and triumphs. Blue Ridge Adventures becomes your extended family for the week and will absolutely make sure you have a good time. Every day you’ll get to know the friendly staff and folks out there on the course making sure you stay on track, that your well stocked, and of course having fun. Even if you come to the Pisgah Stage Race without knowing anyone, I guarantee you’ll leave with a lot of new friends.

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10. Your Adventure is waiting!
Over the years, I’ve participated in lots of racing and riding events. From the local cross country circuit to bigger adventures such as the BC Bike Race and many hundreds of miles in the NUE series. But there’s something about Pisgah that always calls me back. Out of all the places I’ve raced, and all the events I’ve been fortunate enough to participate it, the Pisgah Stage Race is at the top of the list. Every time I’ve been able to race it, I’ve always come away with new stories of adventure, new friends, and memories I’ll carry throughout the rest of the year. Oh yeah, and… I come out a beast.

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30 Comments

  • + 23
 Awesome race... would be even better described in an article not authored like a click-bait numbered list.

Please pink bike, don't sink to doing "8 reasons to whatever" or "12 secrets of such and such" type articles.
  • + 12
 "You won't believe number 3!"
  • + 5
 If I want buzzfeed I'll go to buzzfeed. Which happens to be never.
  • + 15
 Awesome race! Until you realize you'll have to sell your bike to pay for the entry fee...
  • + 2
 Can you enter as a pedestrian?
  • + 11
 I love all of these articles that finally relate to where I live... The East Coast!!
  • + 5
 My only regret is that I moved to North Carolina for the world class whitewater kayaking and it wasn't until I was just getting to move away that I got a bike again and realized all the world class biking I had been missing out on. A personal goal of mine is to start making it back south for some of these amazing mtn events. Now when I head back to visit friends I always find myself riding and very rarely paddling.
  • + 4
 Awesome article! I went backpacking in Pisgah with friends over fall break and was surprised to see 6000'+ tall mountains in North Carolina. There were tons of great trails and beautiful views. Had I known, I would have brought my bike instead Wink
  • + 2
 Best bikepack adventures at Pisgah as well.
  • + 2
 Highest peak on the East coast here! Mt. Mitchell at 6682'. There are a lot of 6000'+ peaks here.
  • + 3
 Oops, my bad. Sorry Oskar Blues. I've submitted it to the PB editors for the home page and unfortunately can't correct it just yet... Thanks for the heads up!
  • + 2
 nice article & great photos, more NorthCarolina awesomeness...While I prefer Blue Ridges SWANK 65 & the Couch Potato Race...well, this one is in the bucket list!
  • + 1
 5 day stage race, pretty tough terrain. The enduro segments are part of each stage and racers compete for the Enduro podium each day as well as the stage. Neko Mulally was focused on the Enduro segments last year.
  • + 3
 #11!!!!!don't underestimate Pisgah!it is badass but if ur not on ur game it will chew u up and spit u out!
  • + 2
 Love me some Pisgah. One of my fav rides is Laurel Mtn to Pilot Rock. The views, the brews and the bros! Great time.
  • + 3
 Did Laurel to Pilot and got a surprise thunderstorm that lasted an hour last summer, one of the grittiest and brutal rides I've ever done. Pisgah is not something to take lightly!
  • + 2
 Yah, bro-tatochip. That hike-a-bike section on Laural before the drop to Pilot is nothing but brutal. Def not for the faint of heart - or legs.
  • + 3
 Oskar Blue is spelled wrong. K not a C, Awesome read Smile
  • + 2
 Oskar Blues**
  • + 3
 and when ur done u can go to the Hub and grab a beer.
  • + 3
 Just have to say- number 93 has a fantastic beard. Fuggin viking.
  • + 4
 Now I know what happened to my missing gnome...he's frickin racing bikes
  • + 1
 The format wasn't detailed...how many days? Timed enduro segments, but most pictures show xc kits and xc/trail bikes. Can someone familiar elaborate.
  • + 2
 5 days, 140 miles, 20,000+ feet of elevation gain. Terrain is pretty technical. Bike choice is up to you. XC or Trail. If you're truly "racing" it, something that pedals faster would be good and just suffer a bit on the downhills. If you're out to win the enduros sections 5-6" would be a good choice. Each day is between 24-27 miles, so it's not a complete suffer-fest.
  • + 2
 You ride/race the entire stage, every day. Some people race the entire thing, others take their time on the ascents and only race the timed "enduro" sections.
  • + 1
 Or just race the Pisgah Enduro and you can afford to race and keep your kidneys.
  • + 2
 Who can take a whole week off work for a bike race?
  • + 4
 this guy !
  • + 2
 Pisgah is the best
  • + 1
 11. Excuse to wear spandex!

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