Long-Running Swank 65 Now A Fall Classic - Pisgah Forest, NC


November 9, 2017

Ray Adams

The winner of the women's race was Jennifer Nielson from Clemson, S.C.

The Sycamore Cycles Swank 65, held this past weekend in Pisgah National Forest, is the longest running mountain bike competition in Western North Carolina

The race is operated by Blue Ridge Adventures and its owner, Todd Branham.

1998, it became the first permitted mountain bike race in Pisgah National Forest.

The race is limited by the U.S. Forest Service to 200 participants.

"The original Forest Service permit only allowed 65 riders, which meant those racers at the first starting line were the original "Swank 65," Branham said. "While the race has grown considerably, we still consider all of our racers to be the most swank of them all."

The race begins at 2,500 feet, and the 2017 Swank consisted 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 tests the riders' skills and desire.

The Cove Creek Group Campground is the host site for competitors.

For more information, go to http://www.blueridgeadventures.org.

Ray Adams

Competitors got to ride through vivid fall colors.


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