Pisgah 55.5 MTB / Running Race

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Date: Oct 23, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

The 2021 Pisgah 55.5 is SOLD-OUT

Due to road closures related to Tropical Storm Fred there will be TWO rest areas for 2021.

THERE WILL NOT BE A REST AREA AT YELLOW GAP.

Please be aware and plan accordingly.

The Pisgah 55.5 will test the strength and endurance of racers by challenging them to complete a 55.5K course of nearly 100% Pisgah singletrack. The course traverses some of the great Pisgah classics: Black Mountain, Turkey Pen Gap, Laurel Mountain, and Pilot Rock!

The Pisgah 55.5 is also open to Ultra-Runners.

There will be TWO rest areas along the way that will be stocked with water, food (PB&J, fruit, salty snacks, sweet snacks, bars), and first aid. Racers may send drop bags to each Rest Area.

The Pisgah 55.5 will be held concurrently with the Pisgah 111!

Course:

Downloads of the course map, cue sheet, and .gpx track are available at the bottom of the page.

Schedule of Events:

FRIDAY 5:00PM-10:00PM – SIGN-IN at:
The Hub and Pisgah Tavern.
11 Mama’s Place
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
*Follow the signs to the sign-in area.

SATURDAY 5:30AM – 7:30AM – SIGN-IN at:
Start/Finish – directly across US276 from:
Davidson River Campground
1 Davidson River Circle
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
*YOU MUST BE IN THE SIGN-IN LINE BY 7:30AM.

NEW FOR 2021 – REQUIRED GEAR CHECK AT SIGN-IN. See required gear list below.

SATURDAY 7:45AM – (MANDATORY) RACER MEETING

SATURDAY 8:00AM – RACE START

SATURDAY 10:00PM – FINAL CUTOFF

Rules:

1. Have Fun!
2. Cyclists must wear an approved cycling helmet at all times while on the bike.
3. Cyclists must complete the event on the bike they started on. No bike swaps during the event.
4. Racers may receive outside support only within 100′ of official rest areas.
5. Racers must stay in single-file except to pass.
6. Racers must obey all local traffic laws.
7. Electric-Assist bikes (E-Bikes) are prohibited. 
8. Racers must use a front light (250 lumen minimum) after 7:00PM.
9. The Race Director reserves the right to disqualify any racer for any reason.
10. Rule infractions witnessed by Race Officials will result in disqualification.

11. Rule infractions NOT witnessed by Race Officials must be reported by TWO SEPARATE racers to be considered.
12. Protest period ends 30 minutes after the final team returns or 10:30PM Saturday, whichever comes first.
13. SIGN-IN  upon completion of the event (Please, this includes DNF racers).

Venue:

Start/Finish will be in the field directly across NC276 from Davidson River Campground in Pisgah Forest, NC.

Directions:

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

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.

Other:

REQUIRED GEAR:

NEW FOR 2021 – Every racer will be required to carry the following at all times while participating in the event:

1. Mobile phone
2. Water filter/iodine
3. Light source (250 lumen minimum)
4. Rain jacket
5. Helmet (cyclists only)

There will be a required gear check at sign-in. Please have your gear ready for inspection.

OTHER:

  1. There is VERY LIMITED parking at the Start/Finish area. Please do not expect to park at the Start/Finish area for day-of sign-in. There are numerous OTHER parking lots in the area especially near the intersection of NC280 and US276. Be aware of posted no parking areas. Please be resourceful and respectful.
  2. Drop-bags may be sent to each of the rest areas.  Please limit the size of your drop bag to a one gallon zip lock bag per rest area (approximately two large water bottles).
  3. All roads used in the Pisgah 555 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.

LODGING:

The Sunset Motel

Davidson River Campground

Hampton Inn Brevard

Holiday Inn Express Brevard

REFUND POLICY:

Sorry, No refunds.

PERMITTING AGENCY:

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

Route Downloads:

Pisgah 55.5 -- Map (map is in the .zip file)

Cue Sheet Downloads:

Pisgah 55.5 -- Cue (cue is in the .zip file)

GPS Downloads:

Pisgah 55.5 -- GPX (gpx is in the .zip file)

Sponsors:

Date: Oct 23, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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