Lung Buster Time Trial Series Cycling Events


2016 Lung Buster Time Trial Series


The Lung Buster Time Trial Series is a five-part competitive time trial racing series of cycling events in Western North Carolina held with the intent of providing all participants a professional racer experience, no matter how fast you are. The series includes 2 one-way, very challenging, hill climbs at Hendersonville’s infamous Beast Hill at Bearwallow and the punishing Elk Mountain route outside of Asheville, and 3 flat & fast 20km out-and-back courses, with two along Etowah River Road and one on Riverside Drive, which newly this year offers a 40k course, between Marshall and Asheville. So, you’re sure to have a course perfect for you!

IMG_8895logoLung Buster: The very name embodies pushing one’s mind and body to its aerobic limits. And that’s exactly what we expect to see. This series is a great test for participants of all abilities, and a great way to gauge your standing and progress in your cycling endeavors. With awards, medals, cash, bragging rights, and course records all on the line, you better not leave your inner competitor at home!


LungbusterElkMountain2013logoThe Lung Buster Time Trial cycling events are non-USAC sanctioned events. Cyclists will not need a USAC license to ride in this year’s events.

The series proffers opportunities to Cyclists and Triathletes from all manner of ages, disciplines, experience, and ability levels. If you don’t have a time trial bike, don’t worry about it. Our divisions include Merckx and Time Trial Divisions, with Categories for all ages (see more below). Our unique mix of different racing environments allows riders of different strengths and focuses to level the playing field amongst competitors. Also, having five separate events makes for a fairer series in that one poor showing won’t decimate your opportunity to do well in the series as a whole. So as to not leave out any cyclist: whether you’re an elite time trailer or a recreational rider on your road bike wanting to prove your merit in our Merckx/Standard division.

2014LungBusterEtowah2TT-PaulJackson-11Cyclists have a reputation for having egos as big as their thighs. But with the kinds of efforts we saw in Lung Buster 2013, we feel that such braggadocio is warranted! We saw hard efforts and fast times, and expect 2016 to bring an abundance of the same. So when the time of your life meets the ride of your life, you’d better be ready to channel your inner Kung-Fu, drive hard on the pedals, and Bust a Lung!


2016 Lung Buster Time Trial Series Events:

Pre-registration online (recommended) or on-site @ 5 pm – closing promptly @ 6 pm, first rider starts @ 6:15pm. Riders will go out in 1 minute intervals by order of registration. Click on the race name to learn more about each event or the Registration link to sign up now! Discounts available when registering for all 5 Events, see more below.


TBA, 2016 | Etowah Time Trial 1 Etowah, NC | Quiet 20k (12.4 mi), mostly flat and gently curving out and back along scenic River Road in Etowah. | REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!



TBA, 2016 | Bearwallow Beast Bike Hill Climb | Hendersonville, NC | All time favorite training climb for cyclists and triathletes to set records and test legs & lungs on this one-way uphill climb! | REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!

Join the “Beat the Bikes” Running Events

Two Feet or Two Wheels, who will reach the Mountain Top first? Taking place at the Lung Buster Time Trial at Bearwallow Mountain on TBA at approx. 6pm. Use foot power, stamina and speed to try to beat the bikes to the top of the mountain. All runners will start together, climbing the same mountainous course as the cyclists,  departing prior to the first cyclist starting the bike time trial. Who will crown themselves King of the Mountain or Queen of the Mountain? Will it be a runner or a biker? Join us and find out! MORE DETAILS |REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!



TBA, 2016 | Etowah Time Trial 2 Etowah, NC | Quiet 20k (12.4 mi), mostly flat time trial course with gentle curves down scenic River Road in Etowah. | REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!



TBA, 2016 | Riverside Drive Time Trial Asheville and Marshall, NC | Flat and scenic 20k (12.4mi) out and back time trial course and *NEW* 40k (24.8 mi) (2 loops) designed to test you and your equipment. |REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!

2016-LBTT-logo-Round-4.2TBA, 2016 | Elk Mountain Hill Climb | Asheville, NC | 5 mile one-way uphill climb, with scenic switch backs along Elk Mountain Highway, designed to test lungs and legs! | REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!


Register for all 5 events and save some moolah! $20 per race or $90 for all 5 in the series! Pre-registration is highly encouraged when we re-open soon for the 2016 season. Those who pre-register receive preferred starting spots.  


More T-shirts this year!

We are so excited to have you all show off your accomplishment of being in the time trials and want you to wear your shirt with pride all summer long!

Limited edition, Canvas+Bella, 2015 Lung Buster Time Trial tees available for just $20 bucks! Custom designed with our NEW series logo, lightweight Lung Buster t-shirts in both men’s and women’s fit, plus ladies’ tanks, will be available throughout the year for purchase! They are so cool, we can’t wait to see you in them!

(Pictured right: shirt and ink colors may change)

Purchase your tee on imathlete when you register for one or all  2015 Lung Buster Events! Shirts will be picked up at the event.


Lungbuster-EtowahJuly2013logoRace Series Information:

Further individual race course info and directions can be found on their respective pages.


Merckx and TT division: Men Cat 1-3 (experienced riders), Women Cat 1-3 (experienced riders), Master’s Men 35+, Master’s Men 50+, Master’s Women (40+), Juniors, Men Cat 4-5 (intermediate/beginner/unclassified riders), Women Cat 4 (intermediate/beginner/unclassified riders) & Tandem.

Event Costs:

$20 individual race entry fee or $90 to register for entire series. Use discount code via imathlete: (TBA) to get $10 off when you register for the entire series. T-shirts may be purchased online for an additional $20 with your registration and picked up at the event. Registering online requires nominal additional surcharges to pay online, or you may opt to mail in payment to imATHLETE. NO REFUNDS. Volunteers participate for FREE at one of our upcoming events!

IMG_8887logoOnline Pre-Registration:

Pre-registration is highly encouraged and is available at Those who pre-register receive preferred starting spots. Minors must have a parent or guardian with them when registering to sign the release form. Online registration will be available until Monday night at midnight the week of the race. Nominal additional surcharges will apply for online payment, or you may opt to mail in payment to imATHLETE.

Day of Registration:

Those who register onsite on race day will sign up and start on a first come, first serve basis and will be assigned a start time randomly in order of sign up. Minors must have a parent or guardian with them when registering to sign the release form. Day of race registration closes at 6pm sharp.

iDaph-TT-5logoStart times:

Time Trials start at 6:15pm SHARP. Riders will start at 1 minute intervals. Please be on time for your race start!Those who register online will receive their start times prior to the race posted on our Facebook page and our website at (after registration closes) and will be able to start next to riders in the same category.


Hand held timing will be used and scored manually.


Results and standings will be posted on Facebook and on the LBTT Results page.


Cash Prizes + Race Schwag from our Sponsors + Bragging Rights + Course Records + Participation: All participants and division winners will be recognized at our end of series party!KarenTTBearwallowLogo

idaph events Lung Buster stained glass award Frontidaph events Lung Buster stained glass award BackThese regionally handmade, recycled stain glass, awards for the Lung Buster Time Trial Series are sooo cool!
Each award is unique, just like you!

Series Cash & Prizes:

(Merckx and TT Divisions; Must participate in 4 out of 5 time trials to be eligible to win series cash and prizes. If you switch between divisions, you will be scored in whichever division you rode in most.)

  • Cat 1-3 Men: 1st: $150, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $75
  • Women’s Cat 1-3: 1st: $150, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $75
  • Master’s Men 35+, Master’s Men 50+, Women (40+), Women Cat 4 and unclassified recreational riders, Men Cat 4+5 and unclassified recreational riders, Tandem and Juniors: Bragging rights, race standings and end of season awards for overall series winners, 3 deep.

Saftey & Rules:

  • All courses are open to traffic, so be careful while racing and in particular at the turnarounds!
  • Follow the rules of the road and stay to the right of the white line whenever possible.
  • Riders must wear a helmet at all times when on the course, even when just warming up.
  • Elk-TT_1logoThere will be no technical support out on the course. Riders are responsible for repairing their own flat tires.
  • Merckx divison means NO AERO EQUIPMENT at all. No TT bars, aero helmets, or anything deeper than a 404.
  • Single speed bikes must have 2 working hand brakes, unless you ride a fixed gear, just a front brake is required.


There are many opportunities for volunteering at the event if you want to come and check it out or are racing this weekend and want to take it easy on Wednesday or  Thursday. You can go to to sign up. Of course, volunteers will be taken care of with food and drinks. Plus, Volunteers participate for FREE at one of our upcoming events!




Who can participate?
Cyclists and Triathletes of all abilities! Don’t have a time trial bike? No problem, we have a Merckx/Standard division, which allows you to use your road bike! Time trials are a safe way for experienced & recreational cyclists to measure their fitness level and progress. It’s also a great way for triathletes to sharpen their bike skills. If you enjoy riding and want to set your own personal record, give a time trial a try!

Do you have to have a USAC license to participate?
No, we have opted not have the LBTT be USAC sanctioned events this year. This makes the events more affordable for any and all types of cyclists to participate, not just racers. In addition, only mass start races count for upgrade points with USAC thus defeating the purpose of cyclists participating for the sole purpose of getting points to upgrade.

In order to get series points to qualify for end of season prizes do I have to register in the same category the entire season?
Yes, you may register for either the TT or Merckx division at any race you so desire, but you must stay in the same category the entire series in order to qualify for prizes. (For example, a Master’s 50+ rider that registers in that category for the first race would need to stay in that category for the rest of the season.) 

Do my time trials count towards moving me into a new cycling category?
As far as the upgrades, TT’s do not count, only mass start races.

2016LBTTfacebookLikeFor more information, visit and like Lung Buster on Facebook

Other Questions? Contact: iDaph events – Daphne Kirkwood: (828) 450-7514;


Special thanks to all our 2015 generous event sponsors!

an additional thanks to … Madison, Buncombe, Henderson + Transylvania Sheriff, VIP’s and NCDOT


Thanks for putting on this event (2015 Riverside Dr. TT).  I found it very easy to sign up, and the folks working the course were very helpful and pleasant.  I live near this course and can ride it “for free” but found the event, timing equipment, workers, other riders, and the “occasion” of it all well worth the reasonable entry fee –  not even including the surprise can of beer at the finish!

I’ll be back for more (idaph events, with or without beer)   ~Joshua K., 2015 Riverside Dr. TT participant

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