Cyclingnews.com is reporting that the third edition of the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race has been moved to a new spot on the 2011 calendar. In order to avoid conflicts with other events, the race will take place from September 27 to October 1 of this year.
The Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race is one of only three sanctioned off-road stage races in the United States. It will cover 175 miles, climb 40,000 feet, and will showcase some of the best singletrack that the Pisgah National Forest has to offer.
For more information on the race, please click here.
In other mountain biking news, a new system of trails at the Jackrabbit Recreation Area on Chatuge Lake near Hayesville, NC has officially opened. On April 30th there will be an open house for the Jackrabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails system. Representatives from local, state and national government, SORBA, IMBA, and others have been invited to take part in the festivities to celebrate the official opening of the new system. Plans include a ribbon cutting followed by group rides, runs, and hikes. Attendees will enjoy lunch provided by SABA and local restaurants.
The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association website explains that the Jackrabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails system is an ongoing project. With close to 15 miles of trail completed thus far, the next goal is to create more mileage including a connector trail that will tie the trails to its neighboring campground. Future plans also include the addition of restrooms, a pavilion and a bike wash station.
The trail system is open to hikers, but not to horses. You can click here for map of the trail system.