ASHEVILLE OFF ROAD SERIES
PRESENTED BY HUNTER SUBARU
Sunday, September 19, 2021
RIDE KANUGA, HENDERSONVILLE, NC
The 9th Annual Asheville Off Road Series is back for 2021!
This year, the Asheville Off Road Series presented by Hunter Subaru is held at the awesome venue - Ride Kanuga located near Asheville in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Join us for an amazing day of cycling, running, or both on Sunday, September 19, 2021!
The AORS (Asheville Off Road Series) consists of three main events: Asheville Duathlon, Trail Run, and Gravel Grinder Bike events. Each of these events gives a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts the ability to explore either by foot or by two wheels the Western North Carolina trails, gravel roads and scenic country paved roads.
Course time limit is 1pm.
Duathlon: The Asheville Duathlon - a 2.5 mile, mostly single-track trail run, 13 mile mixed surface (both paved and gravel/dirt roads) bike, and a final 2.5 mile trail off-road run.
Gravel Events: The Asheville Gravel Grinder Bike Events come packed with something for every type of rider, a 13, 25 or 42 mile option. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or scenery seeking rider, these bike events are for you!
5 Mile Trail Run: The trail race is a 2.5 mile loop course (2x) that runs on Ride Kanuga property. With only 160 feet of elevation gain, trail runners will get to enjoy their time on their feet, running through the beautiful woods and single-track trails.
This is an e-bike friendly event! E-bike riders will in their own set of events and scored separately from regular cyclists.
What is included with your race entry:
• One-of-a-kind Prizes
• Goody Bag
Free T-shirt deadline:
Wednesday, August 31, 2021
After this date, shirts will be available online for $10 during online registration, limited sizes.
If you’d like to have your shirt + race number mailed to you before the race, you can purchase that shipping option during registration up until August 31st at midnight.
SUPER AWESOME SWAG
You’ll receive a free, super-cozy and soft, commemorative short sleeve t-shirt if you register by Wednesday, August 31 at midnight! After this date, shirts are available on a limited basis through online registration for $10.
Support LOCAL events and our community by purchasing one of these super-sweet, soft and stylish RUN LOCAL, RUN WILD, RUN FREE shirts! Snag yours online during registration.
Support LOCAL events and our community by purchasing one of these super-sweet, soft and stylish RUN LOCAL shirts! Snag yours online during registration. If you want one, buy it online during registration!
Ride with GPS maps and cue sheets will be emailed to registered participants.
Note: Courses are subject to slightly change and have minor modifications prior to race day. Rest stop/water station information and locations will be coming soon!
All Courses will be open to vehicular traffic.
Duathlon: Run/Bike/Run - 2.5 mile trail run, 13 mile bike, 2.5 trail run (both run courses are the same)
Running only option
5 Mile Trail Run: Experience new single track trails at Ride Kanuga! The single track trails are flowy and fun. This 5 mile trail run is 2 laps of the same 2.5 mile duathlon run course.
Running Course Description:
The Asheville Off Road Series run is a 2.5 mile loop course that runs on Ride Kanuga property. With only 160 feet of eleveation gain, you will get to enjoy your time on your feet, running through the beautiful woods and trails. The course is mostly single-track trail with a couple of short sections of gravel/dirt roads and a couple really short snippets on paved road. Get ready to let your legs fly on the Ride Kanuga connector trail and flowy trail near their soon-to-be new office building. Both of these sections are flowy, smooth as butter and fun!
Biking only options
The Asheville Gravel Grinder 13 mile route is the bike course for the off-road duathlon and also a stand-alone bike event for riders looking for a shorter introduction to gravel riding. There is approximately 1,000 feet of elevation gain on this route. Similar to the 25-mile route, the 13-mile route features about 3 miles of smooth, flat to uphill gravel sessions that can be done on a road bike with robust tires (minimum of 28mm gator-skin), on a gravel bike, or even on a mountain bike. If you’ve got a bike and a desire to try out gravel this is the course for you! If you are a trail runner thinking about the duathlon, the bike course will be fun and exciting, but won’t be so challenging that it takes away from your trail running legs.
The Asheville Gravel Grinder 42 mile route is a challenging course with 3,600 feet of elevation gain and over 18 miles of mixed gravel. There will be steep and leg searing gravel climbs, primitive tracks along the NC/SC state line, steep and fast downhills, and a beautiful flowing section of gravel surrounding Lake Summit. This course has it all! A gravel bike with 35-42mm knobby tires and a wide range of gears would be a good choice but it could also be done on a mountain bike. This course is great for even the most experienced gravel racers or anyone looking for a challenging ride that won’t take all day.
Packet Pickup will only take place at the event hub on the morning of the race.
If you’d like to avoid the long lines and hassle of the day-of PPU session, you can have your shirt + race number mailed to you beforehand. You can purchase that option during registration or from the race store (on main page) up until August 31st at midnight.
Contact the fine folks at Ride Kanuga for more information on pre/post event activities and bike rentals!
The Taste Buds Food Truck from Echo Mountain Inn will be at the race hub.
They will be serving a full food menu, coffee, and fresh-pressed juice! be sure to bring cash for your post-race goodies!
CUSTOM DRINKWARE AWARDS! Winners will select from a limited offering of each of these styles!
Established in 1928 and affiliated with The Episcopal Church, Kanuga is a non-profit conference, retreat and camp center serving 35,000 guests annually. Nestled on 1,400 peaceful acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, NC, Kanuga’s historic setting features a 30-acre lake, 20 miles of hiking trails and full-service meeting and lodging facilities for up to 440 guests.
I have never had a bad experience with an idaph event!! I appreciate their excellent email communication, flawless race day timelines and all staff are just so awesome!
Asheville Off Road Series: A first class event!! Nothing is quite so magical as running through the woods on Biltmore property. Organizers were 100% on point from initial communication to race day execution. Bonus that it was very family friendly! Kiddos had a space to play and hangout. Making the entire event stress-free and just so much fun! Will be back!
Fantastic event executed impeccably well. The communication prior to the ride was clear and concise which is impressive given the added challenges I would imagine are associated with hosting an event of this scale at the Biltmore Estate. The course was beautiful and challenging and very well marked with the bonus of providing access to the east side of the estate and the chance to ride right in front of the house. The volunteer staff was incredibly friendly, encouraging, and helpful throughout the entire event.
The expo was a great experience as well with awesome sponsors and fantastic food & beverages. This event caters to such a wide variety of athletes with an option for all levels of runners and riders. This ended up culminating into an incredibly fun and family friendly post event atmosphere that you don’t often see.
I would highly recommend this event to others. I will definitely be back next year and plan on attending many other iDaph events in the future!
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DEFERRALS, TRANSFERS AND CANCELATION POLICIES
Above all else, we are striving to make this event as safe as it can possibly be for all our participants, volunteers, and staff. If you’re feeling unwell (or uncomfortable participating), we want you to be able to stay home and join us next year without feeling like you’re losing out. In order to make that happen, we are allowing everyone to transfer their registration to the virtual event at any point before the start of the race. In the virtual event, you’ll run/cycle anywhere you like, post your results, and have your swag mailed to you after the event.
Due to the last-minute nature of this event, we reserve the right to cancel any event options for lack of registrations. If that happens to an event you are registered for, you will have the option of a full refund or a transfer to another event.
REFUNDS: We have a small, but mighty team that is working on all the details to produce this event safe for you and everyone in our community in attendance. We are incurring the expenses for production well before the day of the event, and we will not be able to provide a refund to you should you want to cancel your registration, or if the event itself has to be cancelled if the event has to be cancelled due to the pandemic, COVID19 or an act of god, etc.
Transfers: All participants can transfer into the virtual version of their event up until the day of the event. If you would like to transfer from in-person event to another, you can do so before August 31st at midnight. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to transfer. There will be no refunds for the price difference between events
If you begin one of the gravel grinders in one category, you are not allowed to switch mid-ride. Riders who drop down from one distance to a shorter one during the ride will be disqualified.
CANCELLATION: As we all know the pandemic changes things quickly! We ask that you be flexible and patient as we may have to adjust things for this event up until the event takes place. In the event that the U.S. or NC government declares a new stay-at-home order or places new restrictions on gatherings and we are not able to have the in person event, all in-person event registrations will automatically be converted to the virtual event. If it gets switched to a virtual event, you will have your swag mailed to you for free.