Last week David Swan and I (Christopher Danz) were fortunate enough to be able to experience the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race representing Performance Bicycle and the GT Dirt Coalition. While we are recuperating back here at corporate HQ, we will be writing about our experiences at this epic event and posting our pictures and stories here on the Performance Bicycle Blog.
According to their website, “The Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race is a 4 day epic journey in the backcountry of Western North Carolina,” and it definitely lived up to the billing. The race drew top professional riders like Jeremiah Bishop and Susan Haywood. David and I signed up as a way to push ourselves and to experience the latest trend in mountain bike racing: stage racing.
The format of this race would be just like many other stage races (i.e. the Tour De France, etc) where each day would be a different race and the overall competition would be based on the sum of your finish times. In this case the setting was Pisgah National Forest here in North Carolina, home of legendary mountain biking. This was the inaugural year for this race and it is the only mountain bike stage race on the east coast (so far).
The first stage was a short prologue at nearby Brevard College but each of the remaining three stages started and finished at the same spot at the gates of Pisgah National Forest. The long stages ranged from about 39-48 miles and when all was said and done we climbed nearly 38,000 feet over the four days and rode a huge chunk of the legendary trails in Pisgah.
Here’s a little sneak preview of our ride. This photo was taken as we crested Laurel Mountain in the rare October snow about half way through the third stage of the race. So stay tuned to the Performance Bicycle Blog over the next couple of days as we recap our journey of survival. Enjoy!