Running over 5 days, 140 miles and 20,000 feet of elevation gain, the 11th annual Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race, is hosted in Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Held this year on April 8-13, 2019, the event claims to offer up ‘the best and highest quality stage race in the world with consistent, gnarly singletrack on the docket every day.’
Pisgah has earned a growing reputation for having some of the best trails in the United States – featuring rhododendron tunnels, picturesque creek crossings and rooty, rocky singletrack.
The organising team at Blue Ridge Adventures (BRA) is well-known for putting together a variety of endurance events – including road rides, stage races and mountain biking races. BRA adds that it rolls out the red carpet for the internationally attended Pisgah Stage Race.
The week’s events include 5 days of racing, a recovery zone with snacks and recovery drinks at the race finish, Leaders’ Awards Ceremony and a happy hour each evening with adult beverages, farm-to-table catered dinner six nights, continental breakfast and a closing ceremony celebration party. BRA also offers new on-site housing at the Brevard Music Center and ‘full-on travel packages from the Asheville Airport for those interested in an all-inclusive epic mountain bike week.’
“We are excited to move into our 11th edition of the PSR,” said BRA’s Founder and Race Director, Todd Branham. “New courses, lodging, meal upgrades and one of the most diverse group of racers to date slated to attend; this year’s event is going to be explosive!”
As a specialist in the trail building world, Branham’s creation of the Pisgah Stage Race course features three new courses this year. These travel through 76% singletrack, 19% dirt and only 5% asphalt riding. The course includes some of the east’s most rugged trails, including a daily enduro section, two of which will be new in 2019. Although, the organising team add that, despite the multitude of singletrack, the Pisgah Stage Race is designed to be a true race, not a test of survival.
As one of three MTB stage races in America, the Pisgah Stage Race aims to set itself apart with daily enduro sections, that ‘keep racers coming back year after year’. The organisers add that PSR is already over 60% towards full capacity.
Blue Ridge Adventures is a grassroots race production company based in Pisgah Forest, NC. Company Founder Todd Branham has been racing mountain bikes for over three decades, and organizing endurance events since 1998. Starting with just 40 entrants at the inaugural Off Road Assault on Mount Mitchell, Blue Ridge Adventures now runs eight premier endurance events.