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Jerdon Mountain Challenge

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This is backcountry mountain bike racing at its finest with a shorter course.


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26.6

Miles

42.9

KM

70%

Singletrack

3,136' 956 m

High

1,406' 429 m

Low

3,482' 1,061 m

Up

3,484' 1,062 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This is backcountry MTB racing at its finest with a shorter course and still all the amenities of a long distance endurance race. The Annual Jerdon Mountain Challenge will run on some of the same trails as the ever popular Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell in Old Fort, North Carolina. Racers will tackle 3,600′ of climbing over 26 miles as you hit some great trails like Kitsuma, Star Gap and Jarrett Creek.

Need to Know

Follow signs for parking in a large lot available on Commerce St.

Description

From the town of Old Fort, there is a police lead mass start out US Hwy 70 to Jarrett Creek Rd.
• From Water St, take a RIGHT on Catawba Avenue.
• Follow it over the railroad tracks to a stoplight.
• Make a RIGHT onto US Hwy 70. Travel for approx. miles.
• Make a LEFT on Curtis Creek Rd. Follow it up for approx. 1.5 miles.
• Turn LEFT on Jarrett Creek Rd (FS 4030). Follow it down through a recreation area near the creek, past a gate and up an old doubletrack road.
• Continue up Jarrett Creek to take a RIGHT on Star Gap (Trail 209)
• Follow this to make a LEFT on Heartbreak (Trail 208) heading downhill.
• Turn LEFT on Graphite Rd (SR 1408).
• REST STOP 1 – Graphite Rd (SR 1408) at Brookside Baptist Church
• Continue on Graphite Rd to take a RIGHT on Mill Creek Rd.
• REST STOP 2 – Mill Creek Rd near Ridgecrest Porperty.
• Take a LEFT on Royal Gorge Rd (frontage road) just before reaching the overpass of Hwy 40.
• Follow this road through the parking lot and onto Kitsuma (Trail 205)
• Kitsuma will turn into Youngs Ridge (Trail 206). Follow it down to the Old Fort Picnic Area.
• Turn RIGHT out of the parking lot onto Mill Creek Rd (SR 1407). Follow it for 2 miles.
• Turn RIGHT on Orchard St.
• Turn LEFT on Commerce St.
• Turn LEFT onto town singletrack.
• Cross Catawba Ave onto S. Railroad St.
• Turn RIGHT onto Mauney Ave and follow it to the finish.

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Catlin Bishop

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Photos

Flow riding with Singletrailer.
Oct 28, 2015 near Black M…, NC
Kitsuma - Pisgah National Forest - Montreat, NC - 10/1/2017
Oct 7, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Some great views along the paved Point Lookout Trail climb.
Mar 13, 2016 near Black M…, NC
Cruising along the ridge and taking in some killer views.
Mar 10, 2016 near Black M…, NC
Old and older homes along the route.
May 5, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Bombing down Kitzuma Trail
Aug 9, 2014 near Black M…, NC

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