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Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Weekend

May 22, 2021 @ 9:00 am - May 23, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

 

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We are looking forward to seeing everyone again for our third weekend of mountain bike racing on the amazing Fire Mountain Trails in Cherokee, North Carolina. We will have Enduro racing on Saturday and Cross Country racing on Sunday. This event is for all levels of racer and we know everyone will enjoy both the trails, the amenities, and best social atmosphere in mountain bike racing.

Registration

Registration for the 2021 races will be announced soon

Race Capacity

There is a limit of 150 participants in the Enduro races on Saturday.

Details

Start:
May 22, 2021 @ 9:00 am
End:
May 23, 2021 @ 3:30 pm
Event Category:

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Venue

Cherokee Fairgrounds
545 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719 United States
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Race Information

Entry Fees

TBA

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Schedule
TBA

Course(s)

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
Note: These are the 2019 stages. We are working to extend one trail and add an extension for 2020. These will be posted as soon as they are finalized.

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)

Continue down Kessel Run-Lower Half (Stage 3) – .6 miles with 200ft of elevation loss (https://www.strava.com/segments/20238652)

Up Spearfinger and down Uktena (Stage 4)

Fire Mountain 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/17644883. 3 laps of the beginner loop (2.3 miles each lap with 312 ft elevation gain): https://www.strava.com/segments/17644901. Then there is .9 miles back to the finish line at the fairgrounds. Total: 8.7 miles with 1261 ft elevation gain

Sport, E-Bikes, Masters, Single Speed – Start climb from the Fairgrounds up to the loop, .9miles with 325 ft elevation gain: https://www.strava.com/segments/17644883. 2 laps of the Sport/Expert loop (4.75 miles each lap with 650 ft elevation gain): https://www.strava.com/segments/17644917. Then 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/17644883. 3 laps of the Sport/Expert loop (4.75miles each lap with 650 ft elevation gain): https://www.strava.com/segments/17644917. Then there is .9 miles back to the finish line at the fairgrounds. Total: 16.05 miles with 2275 ft of elevation gain

Fire Mountain Inferno Cross Country Course Map

Additional Info.

E-Bikes
We will follow the UCI, Class 1 rules for E-Bike at the Cross Country Races: No throttle, 250w maximum, 20 MPH maximum, no extra battery. All E-Bikes must pass a pre-race inspection at our technical support tent before being allowed to start.

There will be no distinction between age in this category.

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.

Post Race

The Festival 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.

Awards

Enduro
Expert – Top 3 M/F receive cash ($200-1st, $100-2nd, $50-3rd) 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
Master 50+ – Top 3 M/F receive a commemorative prize

Cross Country
Expert – Top 3 M/F receive cash ($200-1st, $100-2nd, $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
E-Bikes – 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.

In addition, the male and female with the lowest combined time from the Enduro and Cross Country races will be named God and Goddess of the Mountain.

Timing

TBA

Dogs
Parking

Parking will be available at three locations for the event:

  • In front of Fairgrounds
  • Parking lots around the Council House (south of Fairgrounds)
  • Parking lots across Drama Road, behind Qualla Arts and Post Office

Parking will not be permitted in the parking lot outside north gate of Fairgrounds at the museum and the Trailhead/Indian Village Parking lot

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

For those registered for the 2020 event: All registered participants will be deferred into the 2021 event on May 22-23, 2021. You are automatically entered into the same race and category and there is no need to take further action.

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 2022 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, May 17 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.

Results

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

2019 Enduro Results

2019 Cross Country Results

2018 Enduro Results

2018 Cross Country Results

Volunteers

Would you still like to be part of this great event but don’t want to ride? Volunteering is the perfect way to do that. We have spots available on Saturday and Sunday in a variety of roles. registration. Please email jere.hyat@nc-cherokee.com if you are interested in volunteering yourself or have a group that wants to join the fun.

Please email general race questions to greg@gloryhoundevents.com

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