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This is a shameless plug for an inaugural event a friend of mine is promoting- 24 hours of Pisgah. That's right, Sept 19-20 will see the 1st annual (we hope) running of the 24 hours of Pisgah event. Go to 24hoursofpisgah.com for more information. Much of this course will be extremely technical, with new, hand-cut trail and long challenging descents with rocks and roots. The venue is incredible- CABINS FOR FREE FOR THE FIRST 60 teams, cafateria for food, lake for swimming, NUDE BIKE JUMP INTO THE LAKE AT THE END! This really will be an fun, locally flavored, super-beautiful, highly technical event- it is being held in the "east coast Mecca" of Pisgah, on top of the amazing venue. OK, enough promotion, just go check out. Peace.
 

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Already spreading the gospel

My friend did the Tour of Canaan and several people were talking about it then, and that was in June.

I heard it was going to be technical, but not super technical, and when are they going to release the course length? I'm really interested to know.

I am going to be on an open team and we fully plan to be in the top 10 drunken teams there. I think its going to be a lot of fun and am really glad to hear of another great race in WNC.

Hats off to your friend(s) for organizing this!!
 

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Obviously, you can come up the day before the race and pre-ride. Otherwise, there will be some group rides happening amongst the friends of the organizer to try and break the trails in a little bit more. I will ask him if posting a date or two will be OK. I was just out there yesterday helping build more trail- we put in another 1/8-1/4 mile of singletrack that eliminated a point where the course was going to double-back on itself. This is going to be a truly sweet course at an amazing venue. Because it's a new venue, the trails are still breaking in and will be much more like classic trail riding then hammering it out on a race course. It will be fascinating to see how the trails break in over the course of 24 hours. Anyway, check it all out at www.24hoursofpisgah.com. Peace.
 

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Mike can you verify?

Mike,

Are the trails open for preriding? I rode them yesterday and they need a LOT of riding to get it packed down. I realize having two hundred riders over the course of 24 hours can do a lot for a trail as well. I did have fun and can't wait to get on them at night.

Also, what's team count at right now? I have head different numbers and thought you could shed some light since you are so connected.

Corey
 

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cmweldon said:
Are the trails open for preriding? I rode them yesterday and they need a LOT of riding to get it packed down.
doesn't that question and comment above contradict itself? I talked with the organizer tonight and the trails are open for pre-riding. Signs are posted on the course and you can get ride directions from the office at Camp Carolina. The course is approx. 4.5 miles long with 1,000 ft of elevation gain with one short hike a bike. Won't be a ride in Pisgah with out it.

Jeremy
 

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Yes, yes it does

I just didn't know for sure if it was WIDE open for anybody to ride, that is what I was clarifying. I was hoping someone would say " Why yes they are wide open, everyone get out there and ride to get this trail worn in."

I experienced the hike-a-bike and while I was sucking air at the top saw this guy just tear right through it.
 

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Sorry it's taken me a while to get back, been mega super busy. Anyway, all offically WIDE open, there's instructions on the website for where to go, trails are marked, etc. I've heard a lot of people are talking "down" about the course because of the hike-a-bike sections, that it's not a race course persay. Well, first, that's kind of the point behind the event. It's supposed to be more like technical, challenging mountain biking, rather than fast, buff laps. Secondly, this is the first year of the event. If we can keep it all going, Camp Carolina is open to more trail construction and claim that they will work to keep the camp's horses off the specific trails we build so they stay biking, not riding, trails. This has the potential to become a premier venue in the heart of Eastern MTBing and think that potential is enough of a reason in and of itself to try the event. And, it'll be set-up to be fun when NOT racing, too. www.24hoursofPisgah.com
 

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You can hook up to the gated road that dumps out behind the Shenck Job Corps. station right across from Smoker's Cove, the base of Black Mountain Trail. That road's on the map, but I don't know how to describe getting to it from Camp Carolina. You can always try exploring...but PLEASE stay on what is clearly doubletrack and do not cross any No Trespassing signs you encounter...they only mean you're going the wrong way. Peace, Mike
 

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park at the red skate park barn and follow the 24 hours of Pisgah arrows up the road and take the left up the double track still following the signs. The race course will continue to the right after about 1/4 mile of climbing. Continue up the double track and I believe this will eventually drop you into Joel Branch Road which is the road that Mike speaks of behind the Job Corps.
 

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Check out 24hoursofpisgah.com. Results are posted, tons of great pictures. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I was on a previously scheduled solo bike tour in Nova Scotia on the re-scheduled date, so I was not able to participate. Definitely next year, though....Peace, Mike
 
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