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


Last updated 11/8/2017 at 6:06pm

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 consid...

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