Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend

Fire Mountain Inferno Cherokee North Carolina
June 16, 2018
June 17, 2018
Saturday-8:00 AM, Sunday-7:00 AM

The Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend will be held June 16-17, 2018 and feature of weekend of mountain bike racing on the Fire Mountain trail system in Cherokee, North Carolina.  There will be enduro racing on Saturday and cross country racing for all levels of experience on Sunday. (Photo: Lori Galbert)

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this first time event.  We cannot be more pleased about the turnout and feedback we have received.  We look forward to seeing everyone again next year and we will do our best to make it bigger and better than this year.  Results for both days of racing are below.

Registration

Online registration for the Fire Mountain Inferno is closed.  You may register in person at the dates and times below.  Thank you to everyone who has supported this event.  The pre-registration numbers have exceeded our wildest expectations.

Limits

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

Schedule

Friday, June 15

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

5:00-7:00 PM Packet Pickup/Late Registration – Innovation Brewing, 414 West Main Street in Sylva, NC

Saturday, June 16

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

7:30-9:00 AM    Packet Pickup/Late Registration -Cherokee Fairgrounds

Enduro Racing

9:15 AM Pre-Race Meeting at Trail Head

9:30 AM Race Start – All categories up Uktena Trail

2:30 PM – Cut off time for racers to finish all stages

3:30 PM – Awards Ceremony

Sunday, June 17

7:00-9:30 AM           Course open for practice

8:00 AM-12:00 PM Packet Pickup/Late Registration -Cherokee Fairgrounds (441 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee)

Cross Country Racing

9:45 AM    Beginner & Junior rider meeting at Fairgrounds

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

12:15 PM    Expert, Sport & Single Speed rider meeting at Fairgrounds

12:30 PM Expert Category (M&F)

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

Entry Fees

Enduro

February 1 – June 14 $60 – All Categories

On-Site $75 – All Categories

Cross Country

February1 – June 14 $30 – Beginner, Sport, Single Speed & Expert Categories

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

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

Combo (Both Days)

February 1 – June 14 $85 – All Categories

On-Site $100 – All Categories

Courses

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

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 (Stage 2) – 1.4 miles with 486ft of elevation loss: (https://www.strava.com/segments/17644988)

Up Spearfinger Trail then down Uktena (Stage 3) – 1.9 miles with 578ft of elevation loss: (https://www.strava.com/segments/17644998)

Enduro course map

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

Swag

All racers will receive an event shirt and special gift.  Those picking up packets on Friday at Innovation Brewing will receive a commemorative pint glass.

Awards (Both Days)

Expert – Top 3 M/F receive cash ($200-1st, $100-2nd, $75-3rd) and a commemorative Club Ride shirt

Sport – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative Club Ride shirt

Single Speed (XC Only) – Top 3 receive commemorative Club Ride shirt

Beginner – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative Club Ride shirt

Junior – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative Club Ride shirt

Event Village

The Cherokee Fairgrounds will host all event festivities over the weekend.  There will be music, vendors, beer from Innovation Brewing and Seven Clans Brewing, and food plus the awards ceremonies for all events.

Results

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 2019 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, June 11 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.