Mountain biking can be performed almost anywhere from a back yard to a gravel road, but the majority of mountain bikers ride off-road trails and singletrack (narrow trails that wind through forests, mountains, or fields). Our area offers many great opportunities for this type of riding and is supported by long time clubs focused solely on the sport. Most of the mountain biking rides listed are races. For more information on area trails or mountain destinations be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this page.
Jerdon Mountain Challenge
Saturday July 29, 2017 - Old Fort, NC - Warmup to the ORAMM or just come out and ride a 26 mile course that doesn’t have you riding in circles! This is backcountry racing at its finest with a shorter course and still all the amenities of a long distance endurance race. This race will run on some of the same trails as the ever popular Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell. The race will still tackle 3,600′ of climbing over 26 miles as you hit some ORAMM highlights like Kitsuma, Star Gap, Heartbreak Ridge and Jarrett Creek. Celebrate with a huge after party on the picturesque Gateway Museum grounds.
Sunday July 30, 2017 - Old Fort, NC - The Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a 60 mile mostly off road Bicycle route with 10,500 feet of climbing. From Old Fort you climb over the Blue Ridge Parkway two times and just below Mt. Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable North Carolina single track.
Charlotte Mountain Bike Series
Wednesday August 2, 2017 - Charlotte, NC - The CITGO Fueling Good Charlotte Mountain Bike Series was created to provide mountain bike enthusiasts a fun and exciting opportunity to train and test their selves on a weekly basis. The Summer Series is 13 race point series on Wednesday evenings and rotates between four great mountain bike facilities in the Greater Charlotte area. Participants can race one event during the series or race them all. Registration is provided onsite at each race venue.
SES 6 & 3 Hours of Lake Crabtree
Saturday August 12, 2017 - Morrisville, NC - This race will use all loops of the Lake Crabtree trails system. The course is approximately 7 miles.
Chain Buster SGC Race #3 Red Clay Ramble
Saturday August 19, 2017 - Millidgeville, GA - The course is on a mix of dirt, gravel and paved county roads. While this course is super-fast with only 2,300 feet of climb, the Mid-August Georgia heat will test even the best racers’ endurance
Night Train 6/12 Hour Mtb Race
Saturday August 19, 2017 - Fontana Village, NC - The Night Train challenges solo riders and teams of 2 or 4 to complete as many laps as possible in 12 hours. There will also be a 6 hour category open to solo riders and teams of 2! The 12 hour race starts at 10:00AM. New for 2016 the 6 hour race starts at 4:00PM!!!
Bracken Mountain Races & Festival
Saturday September 2, 2017 - Brevard, NC - The 4th Annual Bracken Mountain Races are two separate races (mountain biking and trail running) to be held in Brevard, NC Labor Day on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. The 12K race course is an all terrain course from the scenic roads of beautiful Brevard, to a short section of gravel climbing up to the Bracken Preserve, where the challenging single-track loop trail around Bracken Mountain is featured. While the course is only 12k, both the trail run and the bike race are technically challenging. By the end of the race, a total of 905’ of elevation is gained. New for 2017 - Mountain Roots Family Fun Run! Get the whole family involved in the fun, with the 1 mile run in Brevard, NC. The proceeds of this event go to Mountain Roots, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and will be fed back into offering experiential education activities including outdoor education for local schools, day camps, and outdoor family adventures.
SES 6 & 3 Hours of Horton's Holler
Saturday September 23, 2017 - Wilkesboro, NC - This race will use the OVT and Horton's Holler trails for this race.
Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder
Saturday September 23, 2017 - Brevard, NC - The 3rd Annual Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder hits Transylvania County this fall! Starting and finishing at the REEB Ranch and sponsored by Oskar Blues, this course will feature a backcountry/gravel road tour through Transylvania and Henderson counties. A great 50/50 blend of paved and gravel roads meandering through DuPont State Forest and gated private property, and ending on 2 miles of single track.
Chain Buster SEC #4 Big Ring Challenge
Saturday September 30, 2017 - Hayesville, NC - Voted as the "Best of the Blueridge" bike race for 2016, this race should be on your bucket list for 2017. The Jackrabbit Trail system is a roller-coaster of machine-cut trail that leaps and bounds through the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.
Chain Buster Chewacla Challenge SEC #5
Saturday October 14, 2017 - Auburn, AL - Chewacla State Park is a stone’s throw from Auburn University, but it feels remote, with new and historic trails winding through thick pine woods and across suspended bridges spanning gin-clear creeks
Interbike Fall CycloFest
Thursday October 19, 2017 - Charlotte, NC - Join us at the renowned U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) for Fall CycloFest. Ride the best new bikes from top brands. Explore more than 25 miles of world-class mountain bike trails and the area’s network of fantastic roads. Enjoy great food, craft beer, and live music. It all happens at Fall CycloFest. Come on out and experience the East Coast’s largest outdoor cycling demo and festival for yourself.
Double Dare Mtb Race
Saturday October 28, 2017 - Pisgah Forest, NC - Teams of two riders will race to reach up to 10 checkpoints (CPs) per day, two days in a row. The race begins at noon on Saturday and every team must be back before midnight. The race resumes at 6AM Sunday with 10 brand new checkpoints. Every team must finish before 6PM on Sunday. Teams 'in the running' should expect up to 70 miles of riding with 12,000-15,000 feet of climbing each day.
Chain Buster Taco Stand Classic SEC #6
Saturday October 28, 2017 - Lawrenceville, GA - We are returning to Tribble Mill park in Lawrenceville, GA for the series championship race in 2017. Historically one of our biggest races, the Taco Stand Classic is certain to once again live up to its reputation.
The Couch Potato
Saturday November 4, 2017 - Brevard, NC - The Couch Potato is epic mountain biking with a short enough course to make it doable from 'off the couch’. Rolling over rugged mining roads, classic Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course will test your skills and desire as you explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. Good food, brews and a camp fire will be at the finish to comfort you after a long day in the saddle!
Sunday November 5, 2017 - Brevard, NC - The Swank 65 Mountain Bike Journey is mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun single track, tough climbs and hell-raising descents, the exhilarating course will test your skills and desire as you explore the devilish terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.