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.
6 Hours of Warrior Creek
Saturday April 1, 2017 - Wilkesboro, NC - Get your endurance tuned up with the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek. The trails at Warrior Creek are the lastest addition to the trail system at W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir. These trails are built and maintained by the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club and all proceeds from the race will directly benefit continued trail development.
Charlotte Youth Cycling League
Sunday April 9, 2017 - Belmont, NC - The overarching goal of CYCL is to give kids the opportunity to have a great mountain bike race experience that is scaled to fit the age and ability level of a child in a fun, safe, low cost setting. Through mountain bike racing we promote good sportsmanship, skill building and a bias towards healthy activity as a lifestyle.
Alabama NICA Race #3
Sunday April 9, 2017 - Huntsville, AL - Returning to one of the most iconic mountain bike races venues in the world, the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville will host race #3 in early April.
Pisgah Stage Race
Monday April 10, 2017 - Pisgah Forest, NC - Pisgah has earned a growing reputation for having some of the best trails in the country, and this five-day, fully supported endurance event delivers an unmatched sampler platter of some of the best singletrack in the country.
Friday April 21, 2017 - Charlotte, NC - Tuck Fest is a three-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC). The festival features a variety of outdoor sport competitions that include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, and adventure racing. The name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark located at the USNWC.
Chain Buster SGC Race #2 The Shake N' Brake
Saturday April 22, 2017 - Heflin, AL - Back for its 3rd year, and keeping the course more gravel and less mud! It is still an epic ride through the stunning Talladega National Forest though.
Charlotte Youth Cycling League
Sunday April 30, 2017 - Huntersville, NC - The overarching goal of CYCL is to give kids the opportunity to have a great mountain bike race experience that is scaled to fit the age and ability level of a child in a fun, safe, low cost setting. Through mountain bike racing we promote good sportsmanship, skill building and a bias towards healthy activity as a lifestyle.
Alabama NICA Race #4
Sunday April 30, 2017 - Pelham, AL - Known by many as the 'birthplace’ of mountain biking here in the state, Oak Mountain State Park is a great venue for Race #4 of the Alabama League series. The trails here at this park once held the IMBA 'EPIC’ status and feature miles of high quality single track.
Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race
Saturday May 6, 2017 - Pisgah Forest, NC - 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.
Alabama NICA Race #5
Sunday May 7, 2017 - McCalla, AL - In 2017 we are taking the State Championship race to where we opened our first two seasons, Tannehill State Historic Park in McCalla. The return to this venue is certain to bring back a lot of memories and excitement for racers and spectators alike.
Dirty Spokes 6/3 Hour Mtb Race SEC #3
Saturday May 13, 2017 - Winder, GA - We are in our 12th year of putting on the Dirty Spokes Fort Yargo State Park Endurance Mountain Bike Race and as enthusiastic as when we started it (thanks to racers and riders like yourselves). We appreciate the support you all have given our events for the last 11 years and look forward to seeing you out there again this year!
Charlotte Youth Cycling League
Sunday May 14, 2017 - Belmont, NC - The overarching goal of CYCL is to give kids the opportunity to have a great mountain bike race experience that is scaled to fit the age and ability level of a child in a fun, safe, low cost setting. Through mountain bike racing we promote good sportsmanship, skill building and a bias towards healthy activity as a lifestyle.
Pisgah 111k Mtb Race
Saturday May 20, 2017 - Pisgah Forest, NC - The PISGAH 111K is the ultimate cross-country-endurance mountain bike race. Racers follow a set 111 kilometer course on the finest trails and gravel roads Pisgah National Forest has to offer. The route includes over 11,000 feet of climbing along the way. This is a true mountain bike race with no map reading skills required, just follow the arrows.
Pisgah 55.5k Mtb/Running Race
Sunday May 21, 2017 - Pisgah Forest, NC - The Pisgah 55.5K 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!
Saturday June 3, 2017 - Pisgah Forest, NC - The fastest growing form of mountain bike racing is returning to the Pisgah National Forest! Pisgah Productions is excited to announce the second annual Pisgah Enduro. Individuals will test their downhill skills on seven different timed sections over one or two days of racing. The rides in-between the downhill sections will not be timed.
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.
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!!!
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
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.