Details Announced for the 2020 Pisgah Stage Race

Feb 2, 2020
by Jeff Plassman  
The 2020 Pisgah Stage Race features the incredible trails of Pisgah National Forest

PRESS RELEASE: Pisgah Stage Race

The 2020 Pisgah Stage Race returns this spring for the 12th annual event and takes place April 13th through April 18th. All five stages are located in the Pisgah National Forest and are readily accessible from the town of Brevard, North Carolina in the southeastern United States. The combined stages have over 140 miles of riding and 20,000+ ft of elevation gain. The routes also boast having a composition of 76% single-track, 19% dirt roads, and only 5% asphalt. Also, each of the five stages features a chip-timed enduro segment.

More racing categories for 2020
An expanded range of racing categories offers everyone an opportunity to trade paint for a podium with opponents that they are closely matched with. For 2020 additional categories have been added including Grand Master Women 50+, Duo Men 80+ and Duo Men 100+. These additions bring the total available race category count to 15 ensuring close competition among age brackets for men and women as well as 5 different categories for duo teams. Age brackets for men and women include Open, Veteran 30-39, Master 40-49, Grand Master 50-59, and even Senior Men 60+. There have been fast racers in all these age groups before, and for 2020 the competition is going to be great!

Icon Media Asheville is on course every stage capturing racers at their best with professional photographers

Trail improvements ready for 2020
Several iconic Pisgah trails have received much-needed attention and countless hours of work. The section of Black Mountain that leads into Avery Creek, and Avery Creek itself, have been transformed into absolute rippers. Before this work, much of these trail sections were extremely eroded, super chunky, rutted and blown out. The reworked portions of Black Mountain and Avery Creek offer much-improved flow and awesome new jump lines if you choose them. These trail sections still offer plenty of classic Pisgah gnar, but now offer incredible reworked lines and as much boosting as you want to choose.

Nick Bragg wrangles one of Bennett Gap's most technical sections

The iconic Bennett Gap trail also got some trail love on the lower section which really improved water shedding and sustainability. An added bonus of Bennett Gap’s improved lower section is how it enables a rider to charge down it faster than ever before. All three of these trails are part of Stage 3 which is the Queen stage of the Pisgah Stage Race. Even accomplished Pisgah veterans will be stoked with the awesome route.

Five days of rewarding stage routes
Stage 1 - Daniel’s Ridge and Farlow Gap introduce racers to Pisgah’s rugged back-country
Stage 2 - Squirrel Gap and Black Mountain offer two of the most revered Pisgah rides
Stage 3 - Avery Creek and Bennett Gap are all the rage in Pisgah
Stage 4 - Laurel Mountain and Pilot Rock showcase the beauty and beast of the Appalachian Mountains
Stage 5 - Butter Gap and Bracken Mountain Preserve offer a fun mix of old school and flow

Head over to the Pisgah Stage Race the main page and check out everything that the 2020 edition of this iconic stage race has to offer!


18 Comments

  • 32 3
 Remember folks...if you pay to race with 100s of others on a weekend in Pisgah & cover dozens of miles of singletrack in the muckiest conditions , people will take pics and celebrate your accomplishments!

But...if you head out the door for an hour ride and the ground is the least bit damp...you'll be shamed into oblivion for being the worst mountain biker on record.
  • 6 1
 I was wondering why someone would bring this up in a thread about an epic race celebrating the badass riding we have in NC. Then I clicked on the profile and saw it was you Butch, lol. Live and let live, don't fall victim to the hype and don't let the haters get you down. Ride your bike and say no to the keyboard!
  • 2 2
 blah blah then go ride your bike in the mud if it will make you feel better.
  • 1 0
 @Trilliamiano: #fightclub
  • 8 6
 "The section of Black Mountain that leads into Avery Creek, and Avery Creek itself, have been transformed into absolute rippers. Before this work, much of these trail sections were extremely eroded, super chunky, rutted and blown out. The reworked portions of Black Mountain and Avery Creek offer much-improved flow and awesome new jump lines if you choose them..." Frown
  • 9 1
 Its not as boring as it sounds, the bad sections were improved and the good chunk just got faster.
  • 4 0
 @bmxRC009: Right on. I rode Avery before the rework and it was in really bad shape. I've only seen videos of the new trail so far and it looks good.

If it strikes a nice "intro to Pisgah" feel, even better. I love riding out there but have a hard time bringing folks out to try it. The step up from DuPont is pretty big.
  • 2 2
 @James2785: just because you can't rose something it's bad?
Just because something has roots, rocks & ruts doesn't make it bad. It means it's not your cup of tea and should ride something else.

I suck at dirt jumping. I'm not labeling them bad or getting pumped if they get turned into tabletops
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: I love riding DJ's but I have also ridden bad dirt jumps...
  • 6 0
 Some of the most fun you can have on a bike! Love this place.
  • 5 0
 The Entry fee includes a perma grin that will last for days!
  • 5 0
 Who is going to send the Avery Creek gap?
  • 3 0
 Probably Kerry Werner, at the front of the race
  • 3 0
 @SangamonTaylor: Kerry puts down times 30 miles into a race most locals can’t match on a hot lap. It’s demoralizing when you see how fast some of the Lycra clad are on the downs.
  • 4 0
 MMMM...Pilot....So dope
  • 4 4
 Should've added "race promoters also steal other people's photos and add their own watermark." #community
  • 3 1
 No, that is not correct. The photos used in this article were photographed on course and produced by Icon Media Asheville for the Pisgah Stage Race. Go look at IMAs website iconmediaasheville.smugmug.com
  • 3 1
 @jsplassman: I'm talking about their Instagram. Thanks though Smile

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