Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend

Fire Mountain Inferno Cherokee North Carolina
April 27, 2019
April 28, 2019
Saturday-10:00 AM, Sunday-9:30 AM

The Second Fire Mountain Inferno will be held April 27-28, 2019 and feature a weekend of mountain bike racing on the Fire Mountain trail system in Cherokee, North Carolina.  There will be cross country racing for all levels of experience on Saturday and enduro racing on Sunday.

(Photo: Lori Galbert)

Welcome to the second weekend of mountain bike racing on the amazing Fire Mountain trails in Cherokee, North Carolina.  This is an event was so successful in 2018 that we are bringing it back again on earlier weekend – April 27-28. We will have Cross Country racing on Saturday and Enduro racing on Sunday. This event is for all levels of racer and we know everyone will enjoy both the trails and the amenities we will provide. View 2018 Photos

Fire Mountain Inferno XC and Enduro LogoRegistration

Online registration will open August 1, 2018 and closes on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 9:00 PM.  On-site registration will be open on the dates and times shown below.

Limits

There is a limit of 120 participants in the Enduro races on Sunday.

Schedule

Friday, April 26

All Day – Enduro and Cross Country practice – Courses will be marked

5:00-7:00 PM Packet Pickup/Late Registration – TBA

Saturday, April 27

7:00-9:00 AM    Course open for practice

7:30-12:00 PM    Packet Pickup/Late Registration -Cherokee Fairgrounds

Cross Country Racing

10:00 AM            Beginner & Junior Categories (M&F)

12:30 PM             Expert Category (M&F)

12:35 PM             Sport, Single Speed Category (M&F)

Sunday, April 28

8:00-9:30 AM    Course open for practice

8:00-9:30 AM    Packet Pickup/Late Registration -Cherokee Fairgrounds (441 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee)

Enduro Racing

9:15 AM    Rider meeting at trail head

9:30 AM   Expert (M&F) Race Start – All racers up Uktena

9:45 AM    Sport (M&F) Race Start – All racers up Uktena

10:00 AM  Beginner & Sport (M&F) Start – All racers up Uktena

12:35 PM Sport and Single Speed Categories (M&F)

Entry Fees

Enduro

August 1, 2018 – April 25, 2019:  $60 – All Categories

On-Site $75 – All Categories

Cross Country

August 1, 2018 – April 25, 2019: $30 – Beginner, Sport, Single Speed & Expert Categories

On-Site $45 – Beginner, Sport, Single Speed & Expert Categories

August 1 – Race Day: $10 – Junior (17 & Under)

Dante’s Double (Both Days)

August 1, 2018 – April 25, 2019: $85 – All Categories

On-Site $100 – All Categories

Courses

The Cross Country races will start at the Cherokee Fairgrounds and begin with a climb on pavement to the trail head.  The Enduro races will start near the trail head in the upper parking lot of the Oconoluftee Village.

Cross Country

Beginner & Junior – Start climb from the Fairgrounds up to the loop, .9 miles with 325 ft elevation gain: https://www.strava.com/segments/176448833 laps of the beginner loop (2.3 miles each lap with 312 ft elevation gain): https://www.strava.com/segments/17644901Then there is .9 miles back to the finish line at the fairgrounds. Total: 8.7 miles with 1261 ft elevation gain

Sport, Single Speed – Start climb from the Fairgrounds up to the loop, .9miles with 325 ft elevation gain: https://www.strava.com/segments/176448832 laps of the Sport/Expert loop (4.75 miles each lap with 650 ft elevation gain): https://www.strava.com/segments/17644917Then there is .9 miles back to the finish line at the fairgrounds. Total: 11.3 miles with 1625  ft of elevation gain

Expert – Start climb from the Fairgrounds up to the loop, .9miles with 325 ft elevation gain: https://www.strava.com/segments/176448833 laps of the Sport/Expert loop (4.75miles each lap with 650 ft elevation gain): https://www.strava.com/segments/17644917Then there is .9 miles back to the finish line at the fairgrounds.  Total: 16.05 miles with 2275 ft of elevation gain 

Cross Country course map

Enduro

Up Uktena Trail then down Spearfinger Trail (Stage 1) – 2 miles with 630ft of elevation loss: (https://www.strava.com/segments/17644957)

Up Uktena Trail then down Kessel Run-Upper Half (Stage 2) – 1.4 miles with 486ft of elevation loss: (https://www.strava.com/segments/17644988)

Up Uktena Trail then down Kessel Run-Lower Half  (Stage 3)

Down Kate’s Wave (Stage 4)

Enduro course map

Swag

All racers will receive an event shirt and special gift.  Those racing both days doing Dante’s Double will receive a special event shirt and gift.

Awards 

Awards

Enduro

Expert – Top 3 M/F receive cash ($50-1st, $30-2nd, $15-3rd) and a commemorative prize

Sport – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Beginner – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Junior – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Master 40+ – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Cross Country

Expert – Top 3 M/F receive cash ($50-1st, $30-2nd, $15-3rd) and a commemorative prize

Sport – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Single Speed – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Beginner – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Junior – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Master 40+ – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Master 50+ – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Dante’s Double

All those finishing both days of racing will receive a special award after the cross country race on Sunday.

Event Village

The Ceremonial Grounds will host all event festivities over the weekend.  There will be music, vendors, sponsors beer, and food from a local food truck and the awards ceremonies for all events.

Results

Unofficial results will be posted at the event site both days.  Officials results will be posted here after each day of racing.

2018 Enduro Results

2018 Cross Country Results

Directions

From Asheville, NC (approximately 1 hour)
Take I-40 west to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 past Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy 19. Turn left at first traffic light – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately ..3 miles on the left.

From Knoxville, TN (approximately 2 hours)
Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 beyond Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S. Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy. 19. Turn left at first traffic light – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately ..3 miles on the left.

From Atlanta, GA (approximately 2.5 hours)
Take I-85 north to I-985 which becomes U.S. 23 north, and eventually becomes U.S. 23/441 north. You will travel through the towns of Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC, and Dillsboro, NC. Just beyond Dillsboro, take U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn left at first traffic light – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately ..3 miles on the left.

Refunds/Transfers

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discounts for those canceling during our cancellation periods.

If the event is NOT sold out, a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 7 days before the event, if the event is not sold out.

If the event IS sold out, a discount code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 7 days before the event, if the event is sold out.

Partial discount codes are only available for cancellations of completed registrations. A registration is considered incomplete if payment was mailed in and has not yet been received. Discount codes can be used to register for the 2020 event.

To cancel or update your registration, go to www.IMAthlete.com, log in, My Races, select this event and make your changes.

Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted through Monday, April 21 by completing and submitting this Transfer Form. This is the only way transfers or the selling of bibs between participants will be allowed. Anyone who is discovered to have purchased or accepted another person’s bib without submitting this form will be disqualified and banned from future races.