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The Off-Road Assault on Mt Mitchell is a 60 mile mountain bike race with 10,500' of climbing in Pisgah National Forest.

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4,801' 1,463 m


1,422' 434 m


8,772' 2,674 m


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Join us for 60 miles and 10,500 feet of climbing at the 20th annual ORAMM! From Old Fort, climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just below Mt. Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable North Carolina singletrack. There are fully stocked rest stops approximately every 10 miles and you can send anything you want to the rest areas with our staff.

Mt. Mitchell peaks at 6,684 ft and is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. The start/finish in the town of Old Fort sits at around 1,400 feet. Most of the climbing is on Forest Service roads while most of the singletrack points downhill!

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The Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell hits Pisgah classics including Kitsuma Trail, Star Gap, Heartbreak Ridge, and more!


Do not underestimate the extreme difficulty and danger of this event. The course is extremely demanding and travels over rugged terrain with extreme elevation changes. The forest remains in its natural habitat. It is not uncommon to see wildlife such as a wild cat or a black bear. Be ready to cope with any circumstances!! Please note that firearms are not permitted in certain areas. Aid stations will help with safety matters, but it is the competitor’s ultimate responsibility to insure his or her own safety.

A few course-related facts: the 63 mile course record was set in 2014 by pro rider Thomas Turner, who finished in 4 hours 23 minutes. One rider completed the course with only one month of riding under his belt, however this rider quit riding altogether after the race! Others too have retired their biking efforts after competing in this race. This is not your typical race. Regardless of how you finish, you'll have competed in the most exciting mountain bike race in the entire southeast!!!

Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 7:50am. Ride starts at 8:00am. We will be racing, rain or shine!

Packet Pickup: Registration packet pickup begins race morning at 6am. Early packet pickup will be available on Friday from 4-8pm and on Saturday from 1-4pm at the Finish, in the grassy field beside the Gateway Museum. I.D. Required

Fee: $140 till 6/23/19, $150.00 till 7/21/19, $160.00 day of.

Amenities: time clock, awesome rest stops, Oskar Blues Beer, a pasta (meat or vegetarian) feast, well marked route, restrooms, wicked NC singletrack, and so much more.

Required Gear: All riders must wear a secure helmet at all times during the race. Riders will need to exhibit a white light for the front of their bike and a red light for the back of their bike while on the Blue Ridge Parkway since they will be riding through tunnels.

Rest Stops: There are four rest stops, including a water stop three quarters of the way up Curtis Creek Road. Approximately every 10 miles you'll reach a rest stop. You may shuttle anything you want to any of the four rest stops on the course. Be prepared to label and bag up your personal items by 7:30 am. Rest stops are stocked with water, CLIF Energy fuel, assorted snacks, fresh fruits, PB&J sandwiches, and lots of encouragement from our rest stop personnel!

*Mandatory Cutoff Times –You must finish before Dark*

Finish Party: Each rider will receive tickets for food and beer. Additional will be available for purchase and for spectators. Massages will also be available for purchase.

T-shirts: a 100% cotton pre-shrunk T-shirt is an option to all participants registered by July 1st. Sure to be the envy of all your friends.


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