Written by: Karen Potter
If you are a singletrack aficionado, the
Hunter Subaru Pisgah Stage Race is for you! Five days of full on classic east
coast singletrack awaits in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina. Many
of the trails have be touted at ‘half-track’ and will test all of your mountain
bike skills, including your fitness riding 195 miles with 28,000+ feet of
climbing over five days.
In its third year running, race director Todd Branham has had little to change from previous years given the rave
reviews from top endurance cyclists such as Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) and
Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale), last year’s open category race winners.
But, Todd still wanted to make the experience even better for the
For 2011, there will be a "Recovery Zone” for
riders to enjoy located in the vendor village area in downtown Brevard.
This will include folks from Carmichael Training to help riders with
nutritional, recovery and race strategies; massage therapy will be available;
awards ceremony and briefings. In addition, Verizon Wireless will be
offering an internet café for riders to test out the new phones and tablets
which will make updating blogs and writing race reports a breeze.
As far as major stage changes for 2011, Stage
One, White Squirrel Loop, is now a full 43-mile day with 5,000+ feet of
climbing. It will entail classic Pisgah singletrack and is considered the
"Queen Stage.” Last year, the Stage One was a prologue time trial.
Stage Two will feature – 46 miles and 6,400+ feet of climbing, Stage Four – 39
miles and 7,200+ feet of climbing and Stage Five – 42 miles and 5,700+ feet of
climbing remain pretty much the same sweet courses as last year. Stage
Three will take riders through the Mills River area for the first time and be a
slightly shorter day at 24 miles and 3,700+ feet of climbing.
The Pisgah Stage race receives a lot of
support from the local community which is not surprising given the area is
known for outdoor adventures of all types. The Pisgah area SORBA and
several local hiking clubs have been volunteering their time trimming the tight
trails for this race.
To register and find out more details go to http://www.blueridgeadventures.net/stage/default.html