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ASHEVILLE OFF ROAD SERIES

Sunday, September 18, 2022

RIDE KANUGA, HENDERSONVILLE, NC

The 10th Annual Asheville Off Road Series is back for 2022!


For the second year in a row, the Asheville Off Road Series will be held at Ride Kanuga located near Asheville in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Ride Kanuga is every off road cyclist’s dream, so join us for an amazing day of cycling, running, or both on Sunday, September 18, 2022!


The AORS (Asheville Off Road Series) consists of two main events: Asheville Duathlon (trail run, gravel bike, 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.

This is a hugely popular event each year, so we suggest you register as soon as you can! Because of limited parking availability, this event is limited to 500 participants.

Race Details:

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 25 or 42 mile option. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or scenery seeking rider, these bike events are for you!

 

 

What is included with your race entry:

• A first-class biking and running experience in the fall in Western North Carolina!
• Chip-timing for accurate results

• One-of-a-kind Prizes 

Super-cool swag including:
• Super comfy, custom-designed t-shirt

• Goody Bag

 

Awesome post event food and treats:
• More info coming soon!

 

Free T-shirt deadline:

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
After this date, shirts will be available online for $10 during online registration, limited sizes.

Swag Shipping

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

Jump Off Rock Half Marathon Shirt

ASHEVILLE OFF ROAD SERIES SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT

You’ll receive a free, super-cozy and soft, commemorative short sleeve t-shirt if you register by August 31 at midnight! After this date, shirts are available on a limited basis through online registration for $10.

FREE TO RUN T-SHIRTS

Grateful for the freedom to run? Don’t miss the opportunity to grab your super soft, super comfy, short sleeve Free to Run shirt for only $20! These are high quality, Bella + Canvas shirts in a cotton/poly blend, available in Dark Grey Heather or Tan. Add one to your registration today or purchase it through the Race Store and we’ll have it ready for you at packet pickup, or after the race at our Merchandise Tent!

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Run Local shirt

RUN LOCAL SHIRT

Support LOCAL events and our community by purchasing one of these super-sweet, soft and stylish run local shirts at the event!

iDaph Events Run Local Hoodie

RUN LOCAL BEANIE

Warm-up with a Run Local beanie, available for purchase at the event!

COURSE INFO

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.

Multi-sport option

Duathlon: Run/Bike/Run - 2.5 mile trail run, 13 mile bike, 2.5 trail run (both run courses are the same)


Biking only options

The Asheville Gravel Grinder 25 mile route is an inviting course for new gravel riders and racers. It is a mostly rolling course, with 2,100 feet of elevation gain and loss. It features a little over 4 miles of smooth, and flat to uphill gravel sections with most of the elevation gained and lost being on pavement. This course could be ridden on a road bike with robust tires (minimum of 28mm gator-skin), on a gravel bike, or even on a mountain bike. If you are new to gravel or prefer a faster course with less elevation and less technical gravel this is the course for you!


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.

      PEDAL PUSHER        PHOTO CONTEST

Be on the lookout for the course photographers! Ride like the wind and show off your best pedal-pushing moment, and you could win a custom handmade, stained glass gear medal AND a free entry to the 2023 Asheville Off Road Series!

Two additional Honorable Mention winners will also receive a custom handmade, stained glass gear medal!

PACKET PICK-UP

  • We will be having a pre-event packet pickup session on Saturday, September 17th from 3:00 - 5:00pm inside the main building at Ride Kanuga.
  • Packet Pickup will also take place on race morning from 6:30 - 7:30am inside the main building at Ride Kanuga.

If you’d like to avoid the long lines and hassle of in-person packet pickup, you can have your shirt + race number mailed to you beforehand. You can purchase that option during registration or from the Race Store up until August 31st at midnight. Packets will be shipped out approximately two weeks prior to the event.

Contact the fine folks at Ride Kanuga for more information on pre/post event activities and bike rentals! 

POST RACE

We’ll have music, vendors, and a full-service food truck available serving food and drinks at the finish line!

 

RESULTS

2021 ASHEVILLE OFF ROAD SERIES RESULTS CONGRATS to all the Overall Winners!

Duathlon - Male Overall: Daniel Simpkins and Female Overall: Brook Odom

Gravel Grinder 13 Mile: Male Overall: Joshua Haigler and Female Overall: Deborah Gibb

Gravel Grinder 25 Mile: Male Overall: Bill Babcock and Female Overall: Katie Smith

Gravel Grinder 42 Mile: Male Overall: Reid Beloni and Female Overall: Nina Beloni

e-Bike 13 Mile GG: Male Overall: Matthew Gillum and Female Overall: Ashten Mock

e-Bike 42 Mile GG: Male Overall: Joel Hoerni

5 Mile Trail Race: Male Overall - Benjamin Schoonover and Female Overall - Molly Gorsuch

AWARDS

All categories will give out the following number of handmade pottery mugs for males and females. In addition to a mug, Sycamore Cycles will also be providing gift certificates for age group winners.62b5d49a732bb.png

Event
Overall category
29 and under
30-39
40-49 50-59 60+
Duathlon
Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3
25 Mile Gravel Grinder Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3
42 Mile Gravel Grinder Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3

 


E-BIKE CATEGORIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR AWARDS

VOLUNTEER

If you would like to sign up to help along the course as a volunteer or in the event village, this will be a great way for you to support and cheer on your friends and family members! Volunteers will get a super cool and cozy race shirt!! Email for more info about volunteering.

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WHERE TO STAY

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!

Jessica Payne

2019 Participant

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!

Carlton Corley

2019 Participant

CHARITY PARTNER

THOSE FOUR WORDS…

 

“Your child has cancer.”  Imagine being a parent, hearing that. Our daughter, Rebecca, was only 12 when she was diagnosed with leukemia.. What followed was three years of grueling treatments, most of which were cancer causing themselves, or had horrible side effects. But what choice does a parent have when told their child has cancer? None. And some of the choices and treatments are designed for adults, not growing bodies, or are outdated.  Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death in children in the US, with one child diagnosed every two minutes.

— and that is where YOU can make a difference. By supporting St. Baldrick’s you will be helping fund the most promising research to give families new options and give kids long and healthy lives. St Baldrick’s has funded over $314 million in research grants since 2005, thanks to one donor, one participant at a time.  Help us give kids a lifetime! 


Participants who donate $35 or more by September 5th will receive a free St. Baldrick’s goody bag! Donations can be made during registration.

Fit by Reid

Before you show up on race day, make sure your bike fits your body! Head over to Fit By Reid for a physical assessment and bike fitting - you’ll be glad you did!


Fit by Reid is an athlete-focused independent bike fit studio. My background professionally is as an endurance sports coach and I’ve ridden and raced most disciplines, so I really understand the needs of athletes and that drives my athlete-focus approach to bike fit. I apply my background of helping athletes to bike fit so that everyone can be as happy as possible on their bike. The main things I do are bike fit for road, mtb, gravel, and some Tri and TT bikes; pretty much any pedal bike. The fit starts with an interview and physical assessment to get to know the rider and their needs. Then I do a comprehensive, fingers to toes bike fit using Retul 3D motion capture, and provide a post-fit report. I also offer a complete range of in person and remote coaching and skills instruction solutions for endurance cycling athletes.

THANKS TO REID FOR DESIGNING OUR BIKE COURSES!!

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. 


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 due to the pandemic, weather, or an act of god.


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 support@idaph.net for instructions on how to transfer. There will be no refunds for the price difference between events. Transfers during the week of the event will cost $10 (starting September 12th)

 

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.

THANK YOU RACE PARTNERS

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