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Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race

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United States of America
Event type:
Adventure Race
Entries open:
Event dates:
13 Apr 2020 - 5 day event
± 2 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Blue Ridge Adventures
Race Director:
Todd Branham



5 days | 140 miles/225 km | 20,000+ ft/6,100+ m of elevation gain
3/4 of the miles/km are technical singletrack!
5 stellar routes in Pisgah National Forest.

Pisgah has earned a growing reputation for having some of the best trails in the country, and this five-day, fully supported endurance event delivers an unmatched sampler platter of some of the best singletrack in the country. The course includes the East’s most rugged trails. Come sample spring riding in Pisgah National Forest with rhododendron tunnels, picturesque creek crossings, incredible leaf colors, and rooty, rocky singletrack. After spending a week getting to know and appreciate the bounty of Pisgah National Forest, you won’t want to leave.

More details at PisgahStageRace.COM



  • Race individually or as a duo team.
  • All five days will count for an overall time to crown the top riders.
  • Custom crafted awards to top 3 in every category. Leader’s jersey awarded to every category.
  • The final top 3 in the open men and women categories win $750/$500/$250 CASH!
  • Cash purse to enduro top three men/ women $150, $130, $120!

Pisgah National Forest is well known for its rooty, rocky, often slick terrain (due to the heavy rainfall in a temperate rainforest) and boasts over 400 miles of singletrack and ‘half’ track trails. This backcountry race puts internationally ranked professional mountain bike racers alongside avid community riders at the start line and finds them swapping stories at the finish line.

The weeks’ events include 5 days of racing, a recovery zone with snacks and recovery drinks at the race finish, Leaders’ Awards Ceremony and Happy Hour following each evening with adult beverages, exquisite local catered dinner 6 nights, and a Closing Ceremony Celebration Party including a vendor expo, kids race, silent auction and live music.

This is designed as a true race, not a test of survival. We have fully stocked rest stops, including Medical staff and mechanical assistance, however if you want to send anything extra to the rest stops we will shuttle your items each day.

Timed Enduro Sections each day!

This will showcase the true descenders in the endurance world.  The timer at the start at the top will have a hand held chip reading device and the bottom timer at will have a small structure in place with a chip reading device attached to a laptop computer.  Riders will not need to slow as they enter or exit either timing area but can continue to ride normally along the route.  The “enduro” section will be included with registration fees and applicable for all participants in the event. We’ll be handing out Enduro awards too!


This year we’re offering on-site lodging options at the Brevard Music Center, so you stay just walking distance from the epicenter of the event! The Brevard Music Center is the base camp for all Pisgah Stage Race activity. PSR’s opening ceremony, nightly dinners and awards, the start and finish to Stage 5, and closing ceremonies will all be held here on-site. BMC’s campus is also easily accessible by bike, car, or optional shuttle to Brevard’s vibrant downtown area, offering visitors a wealth of retail and dining options.

Media Coverage

Click the links below to read more…

“The Evolution of the Pisgah Stage Race” – Pinkbike – 1/4/2018

“Inside the Pisgah Stage Race” – 6/2/2017

“Roots, Rocks, Repeat: The Pisgah Stage Race” – Pinkbike 1/19/2017

“Get a Sneak Peak of What the 2016 Pisgah Stage Race Has in Store” – 2/25/2016

“10 Reasons Why You Need To Do The Pisgah Stage Race” –Pinkbike 2/17/2016

“Top 5 Stage Races In The World” – 4/10/2015


Solo: Open Men, Open Women, Master Men 40-49, Grand Master Men 50-59, Master Women 40-49, Grand Master Women 50+, Senior Men 60+, Single Speed

Duo Team: Open Men, Open Women, Co-Ed

Average & Winning Times:

  • Stage 1: winning time-1hr 52min | avg time-2hr 30min
  • Stage 2: winning time-2hr 14min | avg time-3hr 35min
  • Stage 3: winning time-2hr 29min | avg time-3hr 45min
  • Stage 4: winning time-2hr 41min | avg time-3hr 35min
  • Stage 5: winning time-2hr 05min | avg time-3hr 15min


Weather conditions

Prepare for anything. Generally cool to warm...always a chance of rain.

Season: Spring

Route Information



Mountainous. Best Single Track in the Country. Roots. Rocks. Long Descents.

Technical Rating: 8

Stage details

CLIF’s Looking Glass Route
Sunset Motel’s Promised Land Route
Sycamore Cycles’ White Squirrel Route
FOX Factory’s Carl Schenck Route
Industry Nine’s The Land of Waterfalls Route

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R12855 to 14284 / USD: $900

Early Bird: Solo: Open Men, Open Women, Master Men 40-49, Grand Master Men 50-59, Master Women 40-49, Grand Master Women 50+, Senior Men 60+, Single Speed : $900 dollars Early Bird Duo Team: Open Men, Open Women, Co-Ed   : $1800 dollars Full Price : Open Men, Open Women, Master Men 40-49, Grand Master Men 50-59, Master Women 40-49, Grand Master Women 50+, Senior Men 60+, Single Speed  : $1000 dollars Duo Team: Open Men, Open Women, Co-Ed : $2000 dollars

What You Get with your entry – Solo & Duo

  • Five well marked courses.
  • Instant chip timed results.
  • Enduro Segment each day.
  • Daily Leader’s Jersey for ALL Categories
  • Rest Stops along the course each day are fully stocked with plenty of cold water, PB & J, chips, soda, fresh fruit and Advil. Medical and mechanical assistance will also be available.
  • Drop System to shuttle anything you want to the rest stops.
  • Recovery Zone with fresh fruit & snacks, a lounge area to trade stories with other riders.
  • Bike Wash Available at Sycamore Cycles and the Sunset Motel.
  • Mechanic Assistance each day at Rest Stops as well as a shuttle system for any repairs.
  • Medical Assistance – professional course medics are on duty each day to ensure rider safety.
  • Happy Hour & Awards Ceremony each night with beer and wine.
  • Coffee & Pastries – selection of local delicacies provided by Crank Coffee each morning!
  • 6 Dinners, 5 breakfasts – Locally sourced, farm-to-table meal.  Click here for the 2019 Menu.
    • Vegetarian, Gluten Free, and Vegan options available.
    • All meals include beer, wine, soda, and water.
  • Finisher’s Award – cool, unique prize awarded to all finishers.
  • Custom Crafted Prizes –  You’ll get a custom Pisgah creation.
  • Racer Goody Bag – useful and creative promo gifts from sponsors and promoters.
  • Friendly, grassroots atmosphere – helpful staff that aren’t scared to throw on a costume. Beautiful picturesque venues and stellar trails make this a very easy race to unwind in and make new friends
  • Mechanic Service – available for daily repairs.  Sycamore Cycles will take care of your bike each day: wash it, make repairs and return it to you the next morning ready to race!  Sign up early for this service and they will make sure to have parts for your bike in stock!
  • Massage Service – Available from 12:30-6pm daily for $7/5 minutes, and $1/minute thereafter.
  • Starlight Apparel Pisgah Stage Race Jersey is included for all participants.
  • Daily Shuttle to/from the venue each day from your lodging arrangements, contact us to reserve a ride.

Race reviews
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.
If you’re looking to challenge yourself this year on some of the best trails in the US, check out Blue Ridge Adventure’s Pisgah Stage Race.

This year, the five-stage race will take place from April 11-16. Over those five days, you’ll cover 140 miles of classic Pisgah trails and climb over 20,000 feet. Expect the race to be hard, but it’s important to note that the organizers aren’t trying to crush your soul each day.
Pisgah National Forest is eastern root, rock, and rugged riding at its finest, but what snagged my attention most about this Blue Adventures race was the plethora of pleasantries and grassroots vibes during both race and relaxation. From coffee and pastries each morning to farm fresh locally-catered dinners every night, and from fully-stocked rest stops to nightly happy hour amidst live music, the last thing you’ll need to worry about while ripping or resting is your belly’s want for more. If you’re one who only replenishes with what you train on, the Pisgah crew will shuttle personal goodies daily to the rest stop of your choice.

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