The Transylvania Times -

By Eric Crews
Staff Writer 

Bike Riders Overcome Nasty Weather In Forest Race — Brevard NC


Lori Roberts, owner of the Sunset Motel, sponsor of Wednesday's stage, fires the starter pistol as the 75 riders in this year's Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race head off on the 32-mile long Carl Schenck Loop.. (Times photo by Eric Crews)

Racers in the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race battled torrential downpours, flooded crossings and trails described by the riders as creeks during the 42-mile-long opening stage of the race Tuesday.

Despite the tough conditions, riders said they enjoyed the opening stage and were looking forward to better conditions through the rest of the week.

“That’s about as much rain as Pisgah ever sees,” said Sam Koerber, an Asheville-based professional mountain biker who won the first stage. “I was dreading the ride when I was looking at the radar, but it turned out to not be so bad. It was we...

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