Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race – PMBAR

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Date: May 06, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Teams of two riders will race to reach 4 of 5 checkpoints, in any order, and return to the start/finish in the least amount of time. Checkpoint locations will remain secret until start-time and there is no suggested route. Routes will vary between 50-80 miles, will include 9,000-15,000 feet of climbing, and should take 7-14 hours to complete.

The Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race (PMBAR) will be held deep in the Pisgah National Forest, one of the most beautiful, rugged, and unforgiving areas in the nation. There will be little to no water or food support on course. Once you leave the start/finish you are on your own. There will be no drops, sag wagons, or other outside support available. Be prepared for any circumstances you may encounter including, but not limited to: medical emergencies, navigational errors, inoperable equipment, wild animals, and stinging/poisonous insects and plants.

Course:

Schedule of Events:

Friday 5PM-10PM – SIGN-IN OPEN at:
START/FINISH area (Directly across NC276 from)
Davidson River Campground
1 Davidson River Circle
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Saturday 5:30AM-7:30AM -SIGN-IN OPEN at:
START/FINISH area (Directly across NC276 from)
Davidson River Campground
1 Davidson River Circle
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Saturday 7:45AM – Mandatory Racer Meeting
Saturday 8AM – Race Start
Saturday 10PM – Race Final Cutoff
Saturday 10:15PM – Raffle drawing (You do not need to be present to win!)

Rules:

1. Have Fun!
2. READ and UNDERSTAND the RULES. Ignorance of the rules is no excuse.
3. Team members must stay together at all times.
4. Teams must have their bikes and all other required gear at all times.
5. Approved cycling helmets must be worn at all times while riding.

6. Checkpoints may be reached in ANY ORDER.
7. Teams must reach FOUR (4) out of FIVE (5) checkpoints TO FINISH.
8. Teams that reach FIVE (5) checkpoints will be awarded a TWO (2) HOUR time bonus.
9. There will be required gear checks on course. Teams will receive a TWO (2) HOUR time penalty for each piece of missing required gear.
10. The team with the LEAST OVERALL TIME (after bonuses and penalties) WINS!!!
11. Use of HIKING-ONLY and OFF-MAP trails is strictly prohibited. 
12. NO BUSHWHACKING. Stay on approved trails and roads.

13. RACE CUTOFF TIME: 10:00PM
14. SIGN-IN and return your TIMING CHIP upon completion of the event. PLEASE, THIS INCLUDES DNF teams. An additional $200 charge will apply to teams that do not return their timing chip
15. The Race Director reserves the right to disqualify any team for any reason.
 

 

Venue:

In the field directly across NC276 from Davidson River Campground in Pisgah Forest, NC.

Directions:

From Asheville, North Carolina, take I-40 West to I-26 East to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to Davidson River campground.

From Spartanburg, South Carolina, take I-26 West to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to Davidson River campground.

From Charlotte, North Carolina, take I-85 South to Gastonia and exit at U.S. Highway 74 West. Merge with I-26 West to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to Davidson River campground.

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.28083, -82.7225
35°16’51″N, 82°43’21″W

Other:

1. PLEASE DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE EXTREME DIFFICULTY OF THIS EVENT.

2. We have very limited parking. Please consider leaving your car someplace other than the start/finish. For example, there are a few very large lots at the intersection of NC276 and NC280. We will also be directing half of all vehicles that arrive to the Ranger Station. Please be prepared for that possibility. Please show up early.

3. All gravel roads used in the Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race will be OPEN to vehicle traffic. Please use common sense while on gravel roads. Stay to the right. Do not cut corners. Pass with care. Ride single file.

REQUIRED GEAR:

There WILL BE required gear checks on course. Teams will receive a time penalty for each piece of missing gear.-

-Helmet. – (1 per racer)
-Mobile Phone – (1 per racer)
-Rain Jacket – (1 per racer)
-Water Filter or Iodine – (1 per team)
-Emergency blanket – (1 per racer)
-First Aid Kit w/ Gauze, Tape, Ace Bandage, etc. – (1 per team)
-Whistle – (1 per racer)
-Lighter – (1 per team)
-Compass or GPS unit – (1 per team)
-Red ‘Blinkie’ rear light – (1 per racer)
-Handlebar or Helmet mounted light source (500 lumen minimum) – (1 per racer)
-Pisgah Map. – (1 per team) We will use the Pisgah Map Company, Pisgah Ranger District map for all trail names, off-map vs. on-map trails, and for all protests.

note: DO NOT RELY ON TRAILFORKS OR OTHER SOCIAL MAPS. USE OFFICIAL MAPS ONLY. Use of off-map trails will result in disqualification.

We recommend downloading the free Avenza Maps app and purchasing the Pisgah Map Company – Pisgah Ranger District map for the digital version of the official map. 

 

 

 LODGING:

The Sunset Motel

Davidson River Campground

Hampton Inn Brevard

Holiday Inn Express Brevard

 

REFUND POLICY:
Sorry, No refunds.

OTHER:

This event is under special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service.

 

Sponsors:

Date: May 06, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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