Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend Sets Schedule of Events

Fire Mountain Inferno LogoThe inaugural Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend will take place June 16-17 on the Fire Mountain Trails in Cherokee, NC. The Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend is two days of cross country and enduro mountain bike racing for all levels of experience. The Fire Mountain Trails system is a newly constructed network of trails with more than 10.5 miles total winding through the Qualla Boundary in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Registration is now open for both days.

Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Race Schedule


Saturday June 16th – Enduro

Curious about the Enduro format but have never participated in a race? The Fire Mountain Inferno Enduro on Saturday is the race for you. Participants can take as long they want, within the time cut-offs. Racers will make three ascents with 500+ feet of elevation gain over 2-2.5miles. Once at the top, racers will then tackle a different trail, for a total of three timed stages. These stages will be held on the Spearfinger, Kessel Run, and Uktena trails. All stages are suitable for any experience levels and are approximately two miles in length with around 500+ feet of elevation loss.

Fire Mountain Enduro Stage Breakdown

Stage 1 – Spearfinger Trail – 2 miles with 630ft of elevation loss.
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644957
Stage 2 – Kessel Run Trail – 1.4 miles with 486ft of elevation loss:
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644988
Stage 3 – Uktena Trail – 1.9 miles with 578ft of elevation loss:
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644998

Beginner and intermediate riders will love the mostly smooth flow trail with giant berm turns and lack of any overly technical or hazardous sections. No special equipment is needed other than a mountain bike and a helmet. Advanced riders will love the challenge of reaching top speed on the flow trail, railing the berm turns, and airing out the table tops.

Register now for the Fire Mountain Inferno Enduro Race


Sunday June 17th – Cross Country

Fire Mountain Inferno Cherokee North Carolina

Photo By: Lori Galbert

This will be a traditional style cross-country race with a mass start for each category at the Cherokee Fairgrounds. The first section of each race will be a paved climb (.9 miles) up to the Fire Mountain Trails trailhead. Once racers are on the trails, the beginner loop stays lower on the mountain, while the sport and expert loop goes all the way to the top. Each category will have a different amount of loops to complete as well as different elevation gains.

Fire Mountain Cross Country Course Breakdown

Beginner Categories
Start climb from the Fairgrounds to the loop (.9 miles with 325ft elevation gain)
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644883
3 laps of the beginner loop (2.3miles each lap with 312ft elevation gain):
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644901
.9 miles back to the finish at the fairgrounds
Total Distance: 8.7 miles with 1261ft elevation gain

Sport Categories | Single speed | 40+ men
Start climb from the Fairgrounds to the loop (.9 miles with 325ft elevation gain)
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644883
2 laps of the Sport/Expert loop (4.75miles each lap with 650ft elevation gain):
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644917
.9 miles back to the finish at the fairgrounds
Total Distance: 11.3 miles with 1625ft of elevation gain

Expert Categories
Start climb from the Fairgrounds to the loop (.9miles with 325ft elevation gain)
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644883
3 laps of the Sport/Expert loop (4.75miles each lap with 650ft elevation gain)
https://www.strava.com/segments/17644917
.9 miles back to the finish at the fairgrounds
Total Distance: 16.05 miles with 2275ft of elevation gain


Register now for the Fire Mountain Inferno Cross Country Race


About Glory Hound Events

Glory Hound Events was started in 2006, initially managing the historic Bele Chere 5K. Shortly after that first year the Lake Logan Triathlon was introduced and eventually became a part of the Lake Logan Multisport Festival. Glory Hound Events is now the largest endurance event management company in the Western North Carolina region, producing an average of twelve events annually. In addition to producing its own events and those for a variety of clients, Glory Hound Events offers consulting services for events outside of Western North Carolina looking to take theirs to the next level.