Monday, September 16, 2013

2013 Pisgah Stage Race - Day 0

It's almost here!   The 5th Annual Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race

This morning started with a steep rolling climb up the relatively new trail Braken Mountain that starts just a the base of the Pisgah Mountains in Brevard, NC. This new section of single track heaven is a super twisty bench cut masterpiece that flows off of mountains and into Brevard, right next to the music center. The climb out of town was fairy steep, but the numerous and well planned switch backs made the ride a piece of cake. When we turned around on our out and back loop we already had an idea of just how good it would be to roll back into town. And believe me friends... it was awesome on the way back down!

After our moderate pre-ride of Braken we headed into town to check out Sycamore Cycles where I had a chance to catch up with Wes Dickson and the crew helping all the racers during the stage race. Sycamore is an awesome shop and has everything you could want in a bike shop at the base of some of the most epic riding on the east coast.

After rolling around town and grabbing some chow, we headed back to the sweet mountain cabin I'm staying in all week. I had some tire repair to take care of after destroying my front tire riding in dupont the previous day. Luckily my bad ass Industry Nine wheels seated up without much fuss and the fix was done.

I took a nap and got ready to head over to the pre-race dinner and festivities.

Sufficiently rested, I got it together and headed over to the Brevard Music Center for the "Day 0" activities.I had a chance to catch up with lots of race friends and relive some tales of Pisgah Past. 2009, it snowed on us on the way up Laurel Mountain. Man that was cool, and cold!

The pre-race meal and beer were great as well as the race briefing from race director Todd Brahnam.

After getting all set up at dinner, it was back to the house to do final prep on the bike, plan out my aid stop drop, and hit the hay!


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