OFF-ROAD DIRT & GRAVEL EVENTS AT BILTMORE ESTATE
COUNTDOWN TO THE AVL Duathlon, 10k Run & Gravel Grinders at Biltmore
T-SHIRT DEADLINERegister by Tuesday, August 30th at midnight to get a super comfy t-shirt included in your registration!
The off-road series of multi-sport events at Biltmore Estate consists of 4 main events, each come with various privileges for participation:
The Asheville Duathlon, is a 5k road run, 13.25 mile off-road bike, and a final 5k packed dirt off-road run. The off-road bike is non-technical riding on the west side of the estate, which is typically off-limits to regular guests at the estate. Individual participants or 2 or 3 person relay teams available.
The Asheville Gravel Grinder Bike Events come packed with something for every type of rider, a 20, 40 or 60 mile option. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or scenery seeking rider, these events are for you! The Gravel Grinder Bike races are the only bike events at the estate that allows the participant to access the front of Biltmore House on their bike.
The Asheville 10k Run at Biltmore features a newly designed, off-road 10k, featuring some paved, packed dirt and trail that takes the runner to a marvelous adventure with new views of the Biltmore House.
The fourth event in the series is the popular Du 4 Kids (run/bike) which is a flat, paved 5k and 13.25 mile off-road bike event.
All four of the off-road events in September are entirely on the historic grounds of the Biltmore Estate property. The Asheville Duathlon and Gravel Grinder events both get to explore the west side of Biltmore Estate, which is typically off-limits to guests. Join endurance athletes of all abilities and step to the start line, hearts booming in anticipation, to challenge mind and body while competing in the 4th Annual Multi-Sport event series held at Biltmore Estate.
We are pleased to announce our selection of the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity as our non-profit partner for the Off-Road Series of Events at Biltmore Estate. This benefit will go towards the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Shiloh: Let’s Build! Campaign.
Asheville Duathlon + Gravel Grinder Limited Edition Cycling Jersey: Produced in the popular Hincapie Sportswear Velocity style. All merchandise orders placed before July 25th will be available at packet pickup on September 10th. Any orders placed online after July 25th will be available for pick-up or shipping (for an additional fee) in late September/early October. Early shipments are not available. No returns available.
All Du 4 kids Participants will receive a finishers award upon completion of the event
Commemorative Asheville Duathlon awards are available for purchase through the registration page
Check out what our fans say about the Asheville Off-Road Series
The gravel grinder bike race has become one of my favorite races each year. The course is beautiful, yet challenging. The event management is world class, and staff and volunteers always have a smile on their faces. Plus the fun of riding past the Biltmore house and gardens is always amazing! Thank you Daphne and crew!Laura Rice
Fast course! Gripping views and loose gravel. This is by far the most memorable race that takes you to the front door of the mansion, past the garden and through the vineyard. Great race support. I’m doing it again next year.Jaimee Johnsen
Asheville Off-Road Series at Biltmore Estate
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ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at midnight
Tuesday, August 30th
Deadline to register and have a t-shirt be included in your registration is August 30th
PRE-EVENT PACKET PICK-UP & REGISTRATION
Saturday, September 10th, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 pm
DoubleTree Hotel in Biltmore Village (inside the hotel, please see signage as you’re coming in).
Please check the info on your bib and make sure that it is correct. If purchasing a Spectator Ticket for Race Day, please note you can only remit payment by cash/check on Saturday, 9/10.
Sunday, September 11th, 2016
6:30a-7:15a at Group Sales outside Biltmore Estate Entrance
**We highly recommend picking up your packet on Saturday to avoid waits on Sunday morning**
PRE-EVENT PARTICIPANT MEETING
Saturday, September 10th, 2016
At DoubleTree Hotel. Optional meeting with the Race Director. All participants encouraged to attend.
FRONT GATE OF ESTATE OPENS FOR ENTRY. Please have your Biltmore ticket in-hand when entering the front gates to Biltmore Estate, and until you park! No Biltmore ticket = no entry to Biltmore.
ENTRANCE TICKETS FOR SPECTATORS and guests can be purchased at the Group Sales Office (same as packet pickup – first building on the right as you enter the Biltmore Estate) for $23+tax for race access only ($18+tax for Passholders). Upgrades to visit the Biltmore House and Gardens are an additional $29+tax.
PACKET PICKUP and Race Day Registration. At the Group Sales office (First Building on the right when entering Biltmore Estate).
We suggest you arrive no later than 7:00 am to get your bib and through the front gates in time to set up your things in the transition area before the race starts. Please check the info on your bib and make sure that it is correct.
Biltmore Creamery is open in Antler Hill Village, selling coffee and breakfast items.
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ON THE ESTATE GROUNDS!
OFFICIAL RACE START!!! For the Gravel Grinder
OFFICIAL RACE START!!! For the Asheville Duathlon, 10k Trail Run, and Du4Kids.
BILTMORE PASSHOLDERS can enter the estate without a spectator ticket if arriving after 8:30 in the morning.
10 am—12:30 pm:
COMPLIMENTARY RACE SNACKS from Ingles for participants and volunteers
Post event massages
Cedric’s Tavern opens in Antler Hill Village with food and beverages for purchase. 11:30 The Bistro in Antler Hill Village area with food and beverages for purchase.
Michelob Ultra Serving beer
Awards ceremony for Duathlon, 10K and Du 4 Kids
Awards ceremony for Gravel Grinder
Course closure for all events! All participants must be finished.
The 2016 event will have a 5 hr. 15 minute time limit. All participants must be finished no later than 1pm.
Congrat’s to you and your entire staff on a very well organized and successful event. I participated in the 60mile gravel grinder and found the course exciting, challenging and just plain fun. I felt that all aspects from picking up the packets to the finish line events were staged well, plenty of friendly people to talk to and good information. Thank you and the entire Idaph team and the sponsors for a perfect fall day. I can promise if I am in town again next year I will indeed sign up again.Rob Potter
I loved that there was a bike rental company willing to bring bikes to the start line, I traveled there so it was very convenient for me. Very professional photographer, having fun looking at all the photos on his website. I loved that he took pictures at specific locations that were a good photo op with something pretty in the background and not just a close-up of me in misery.Sarah Schoonover
DETAILS & GUIDELINES
COURSE DETAILS & MAP
|Course Info||Laps||Before cross bridge (on West side)||FINISH mileage|
|20 mile||2 laps||21.8 miles cross bridge to east side||22.4|
|40 mile||5 laps||39.5 miles cross bridge to east side||40.1|
|60 mile||8 laps||57.2 miles cross bridge to east side||57.8|
|Kids Du Bike||2 laps||12.67 miles cross bridge to east side||13.25|
|Duathlon Bike||2 laps||12.67 miles cross bridge to east side||13.25|
Safety Note: NO HEADPHONES allowed during the bike portion of the events, as they produce a danger to yourself and others around you when needing to communicate at the event. You will receive a time penalty and get DQ’d if you are found wearing them.
PRE RACE WARM-UP
- Duathlon participants will add their bikes to the bike rack in transition area.
- Allow space for your neighbors in transition, there are typically 6-8 bikes per bike rack.
- No bike storage the night before the race.
- Participants only in the transition area.
- Only the race participant will be allowed to remove his/her bike from the transition area.
- Participants will have to run their bikes to the transition area entrance before mounting and will have to dismount at the transition area entrance upon completing the bike leg.
- Asheville Bicycle Company will be providing bike tech support on the course for minor issues.
- During the race, if you’re a participant and you need to get into the T.A. after you have finished racing, please watch for other athletes moving in and out the transition area.
- Kids’ Duathlon — will finish with the bike leg of the event and they will cross the finish mat to get their time.
Water Station Locations:
- Near the Lagoon Turnaround on the Lagoon Trail (on 1st 5k run for Duathlon)
- West Side (Alta Vista) + port o johns
- Westover Trail (10k and 2nd Duathlon run) same spot as last year, before entering the single track section.
Start your Asheville Duathlon adventure with a 5k run modified for 2016! Runners will start in the Farm area at Antler Hill Village, run alongside the French Broad river on dirt/gravel roads, run to the Lagoon, turnaround and then return to transition while following the paved Lagoon Trail.
Duathletes transition to mountain bikes and ride onto packed dirt roads over through the west side of the estate, where racers will slip by working vineyards, normally off-limits to the public. The duathlon bike is TWO LAPS (approximately 6 miles each) on the west side for a finish total of 13.25 miles.
The seminal moment is a pace quickening dash across the Estate’s signature 264 foot bridge standing mightily over the French Broad River. As racers pump across this stone-hardened trestle, they’ll slice through a refreshing undulating zephyr, forged below in the veins of the ancient river. Crossers are flanked by a dual set of cloverleaf-style railings, spanning the entire corridor, which unites the western and eastern hemispheres of Biltmore’s expansive 8000 acre property.
The bike course is mountain bike or cyclocross bike recommended (no road bikes with slick tires) - there is rock and gravel on the wide carriage roads; No single track.
Please be prepared to count your laps/mileage on your Garmin/watches before crossing the bridge to the finish line. Duathletes will ride approx 12.65 miles on their bikes before they cross the bridge to come back to the east side of the estate to the finish line. (2 laps on west side)
The second Duathlon Run is perfect for the adventure seeker, as it is the most challenging leg of the race, complete with dirt roads and technical single track trail. 2 or 3 person teams welcome in the Asheville Duathlon!
- All athletes must wear their assigned race number:
- Team Duathlon – Team Duathlon (bike and bib number) – . Runners on a relay team need to remove their ankle band in transition and hand off to your bike team mate. The bike team mate will also exchange this same ankle band in the transition area to the runner doing the 2nd run.
- Runner #1 will tag biker and hand off ankle band at their assigned bike rack location, Biker will tag Runner #2 and hand off ankle band to Runner #2 before leaving transition.
- Bikers must tag runners at their assigned bike rack location
- The bib must be switched in Transition Area
The BRAND NEW 10k Off Road Run consists of paved greenway, hard packed dirt surface and single track trails that give extraordinary views of the mixed forests, fields and rugged landscape by Antler Hill Village and the Biltmore House, all while relishing the beautiful forests these extraordinary grounds offer.
Runners will start in the Farm area at Antler Hill Village, run alongside the French Broad river on dirt/gravel roads, run past the Lagoon, cross the Main Road and then up to Biltmore House on single-track trail, they will turnaround at the House and then return to the finish by way of the paved Lagoon Trail.
The Gravel Grinder Bike Events consists of a 20, 40, or 60 mile option. The first 9.5 miles is on paved surface where cyclists will ride in front of the Biltmore House and the gardens. Cyclists then switch to dirt/gravel paths on their way to the west side of the estate which is all gravel/dirt carriage roads. These areas are typically off-limits to the public on bikes. It is a privilege for our gravel grinder participants to ride in front of Biltmore House and on the west side of the Biltmore Estate.
New for 2016 Gravel Grinder Events: At approx mile 3 1/2 - 4 miles the Gravel Grinder participants will stay on Approach Road and head straight towards Biltmore House instead of turning into the parking lots like they have done in past years. They will also continue on the paved section of the estate at mile 7ish until they return to Antler Hill Village at mile 9.5. In Antler Hill Village at the intersection near the Start/Finish area, Gravel Grinder participants will veer onto dirt/gravel roads along the French Broad River and over to the West Side of the estate.
The hilly west side features beautiful countryside, old barns, a working farm and the Biltmore Vineyards. Depending on the gravel grinder distance you select, you will do either 2 laps (20 mile) 5 laps (40 mile) or 8 laps (60 mile) on the west side of the estate. After completing the west side you will finish in Antler Hill Village where you started. We invite tourist riders, competitive and non-competitive bike enthusiasts to join us on this beautiful bike adventure on the estate.
Please be prepared to count your laps/mileage on your Garmin/watches before crossing the bridge to the finish line:
*NEW for 2016* 20 Mile Gravel Grinder: 2 Laps on west side, cross the bridge to head toward finish at approx. 22 miles. (2 laps on west side)
40 Mile Grinder: 5 laps on the west side, cross bridge to head toward finish at 39.8 ish miles
60 Mile Grinder: 8 laps on the west side, cross bridge to head toward finish at 57.7 ish miles
Equipment Needs: We suggest you use a mountain bike or if you are an experienced cyclocross bike rider that is comfortable on gravel roads that have holes/dips and some ‘larger’ rocks in various sections then a cyclocross bike will also work for the event. NO ROAD BIKES ALLOWED (even though the first 9.5 miles of the ride will start on pavement, the courses will turn into dirt/gravel/rocky roads that are not suitable for a road or hybrid bike.)
How technical/difficult is the course? The course is not ‘technical’ in the sense of tight turns or roots, however, there are some rocks and gravel to contend with on the west side of the estate. There is NO single track on the gravel grinder event. The longest ‘climbing’ section of the gravel grinder will be a 2 mile, gradual climb from the admissions gate to Biltmore House (on pavement). The other ‘climbs’ on the course will be ‘rollers’ on the west side. The overall course has some hills and some great fast, flat sections too. No mountain ridges to climb on this ride. Great for all types of riders!
This event is for intermediate and advanced level youth athletes only. Both individuals and youth teams are allowed to participate in this 5k flat run and 13 mile mountain bike course. So get the young ones signed up to Du4Kids!
Each kid will receive a t-shirt, a finisher’s prize, goodies, and food at the event.
The Du 4 Kids is a dedicated run/ bike event designed for youth athletes.
The 5k run for the Du4Kids will start in the Farm area at Antler Hill Village, run alongside the French Broad river on dirt/gravel roads, run to the Lagoon, turnaround and then return to transition while following the paved Lagoon Trail.
13.25 mile dirt/gravel mountain bike (2 laps on the west side) will be challenging for youth. Recommended only for Intermediate and Advanced kids ten and older. Youth are also permitted to race as individuals or 2 person teams. . We encourage athletes of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels compete in our duathlon and prove that when you put your mind to something, anything is possible. The focus is on PARTICIPATION rather than competition, and to create an unbelievable experience for competitors, family, and the greater community at large! Create an opportunity to meet friends and other youth athletes who are interested and engage in the multi-sport lifestyle; providing a great social atmosphere in which lifelong friends can be found.
Bib must be worn on the front of your shirt and the handlebar bib must be attached to your bike! No Bib display = no access to west side!
DIVISIONS & CATEGORIES
- Duathlon: 5K run, approximate 10 mile bike ride, 5k Run. May have a team of 2 or three for a relay option. All participants must be registered
- Du 4 Kids: 5K run, approximate 10 mile bike ride. Must be 10 years old to participate
- Du 4 Kids Relay: Team of 2- 5K run and approximate 10 mile bike ride. Bike Rider must be 10 yrs old. Teams must consist of two kids who must both be registered, an adult may not pair up with a child.
- Gravel Grinder: 20, 40, 60 mile distance options.
- 10K Off Road Run
AWARDS & CATEGORIES
Overall awards are hand-crafted, locally made pottery mugs and age group awards are hand-crafted, pottery tumblers for individuals and teams! All participants will receive a specially designed custom race tee and goodies from our race sponsors.
Commemorative Awards are available for purchase through the registration page and will be handed out at the beginning of the awards ceremony.
All Du 4 kids participants will receive a finisher award upon completion of the event.
Race Day Award Categories (Duathlon + 10k)
Locally made pottery Male/Female
- Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Masters 1st
- Age Groups 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Race Day Award Categories (20 Mile, 40 Mile Gravel Grinder + 60 Mile Gravel Grinder)
Locally made pottery Male/Female
- Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
- 19 and Under 1st
- Masters (40+) 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Grandmasters (50+) 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Du 4 Kids Award Category:
Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Du 4 Kids - 2 Person Relay: (Must both be kids to participate in this category) - Overall 1st Place
Overall (1st place) for 2-person and 3-person relay teams
EVENT RULES We ask that you line yourself up at the start line according to your run/bike pace. If you are a slower runner or cyclist we ask that you please start more towards the back of the starting line-up. It will eliminate congestion if you line yourself up appropriately on race morning! Everyone will have a better experience.
You must have a ticket to enter the Estate. Participant or Spectator tickets are good only for the designated race area and Antler Hill Village; they must be upgraded in order to access the Biltmore House and Gardens. Expect a line of cars at the Biltmore Entry Gate. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes to get from the entrance to the parking lots. Traffic to the Winery area will be heaviest and slowest as race time approaches. Runners and spectators are encouraged to carpool! All vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas. Parking on paved roads and blocking roads is not permitted. Cars parked illegally will be ticketed and are subject to being towed. Do not park at the Gatehouse Gift Shop for carpooling, so as to leave enough parking space for other Biltmore Guests to shop as they exit the property. To carpool, please park at Doubletree Hotel in Biltmore Village. Restrooms are located at the Start/Finish area near Antler Hill Village. Respect the Estate, and please be aware that we are conducting our race on their businesses, so please throw all trash in proper receptacles, and be mindful not to inconvenience other visitors of the Estate. We want to be invited back next year! In case of emergencies, EMS vehicles will be in various locations on the course. In the event of an accident or emergency, call 828-777-9129. Biltmore Security Staff will contact EMS, Fire Department, etc. and assist in making sure you get help as quickly as possible. If inclement weather occurs, such as heavy rain and/or other hazardous weather conditions, as with any other marathon or sporting event, the race may be cancelled. We will make every attempt possible to have this event on race day. If the conditions are life threatening or dangerous and we cancel the event and it will not be re-scheduled and entries are non-refundable. We would not be able to replicate this event on a different date at the estate in 2016. Neither The Biltmore Company or iDaph Events is responsible for the security of personal belongings. Once Finished with their race, bikers and runners will not be permitted back on the race course. No strollers or dogs permitted on any race course, and no bikes on the run courses.
- All parents/guardians are encourage to help their young athletes while they compete
- All athletes are required to wear a helmet and shoes on the bike
- All athletes must wear their assigned race number and be body marked
- All athletes must have their parent/guardian present
All athletes are required to wear a helmet and shoes on the bike. All athletes must wear their assigned race number (if it’s not displayed, the athlete cannot cross the bridge over into the west side):
- Trail Run – bib number for front of shirt
- Gravel Grinder – small bike handlebar number (20, 40 and 60 mile bibs will be different colors) and corresponding bib number for back of jersey
- Duathlon – timing tag will be on the ankle, bib number for run and a corresponding small bike handlebar number
- Du4Kids – timing tag will be on the ankle, bib number for run and a corresponding small bike handlebar number
Gravel Grinders must count laps and know when to return to the east side towards finish. 40 milers count 5 laps and 39.9 miles. 60 milers count 8 laps and 57.6 miles.
LOCATION, DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Biltmore is America’s largest privately-owned home. The 250-room French Renaissance-style chateau is located over 8,000-acres that include more than 80 acres of meticulously-tended gardens. Biltmore is a host to around one million visitors a year. To learn more about Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
EVENT DAY PARKING
VOLUNTEER TO HELP OUT AT THE RACES!
We always need an extra set of hands! Please visit SignUp.com to learn about the opportunities available for volunteers. Volunteers at the Asheville Off-Road Series at Biltmore will receive complimentary entry for the event purposes to the Estate on race day, yummy food, an adult beverage from Michelob Ultra (after your shift is over) and the opportunity to support Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, our Charity Partner for this event. All volunteer positions at Biltmore are required to assist for the duration of the race.
If you prefer not to use your email address, or have trouble signing up, please contact us to sign up manually.
Every person who enters Biltmore Estate is required to pay an entrance fee. Race tickets will allow runners to enter the estate, but spectators are required to pay an entrance fee to have access to the estate during the race – there will be food, drinks, cheering and more! Spectator viewing is limited to during the event at the Start/Finish, Antler Hill Village and Farm Trail areas. If you want to visit the house later in the day, you will need to upgrade your spectator or race ticket.
- $23+tax per person; Biltmore Annual Passholders save $5.
Upgrade Spectator or Race Ticket:
- $29+tax per person to tour the Biltmore House and Gardens.
- $69+tax for a Twelve Month Pass (available only on Race Day).
Purchase from the Packet-Pickups:
- at DoubleTree hotel on Saturday, September 10th from 1pm-4pm or
- on Race Day starting at 6:30 am at the Group Sales Office on Biltmore Estate (first building to your right when you come through front entrance).
Payment methods: Cash or check only for any spectator ticket purchases at DoubleTree. Biltmore will accept cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa, Amex, MasterCard and Discover). Race tickets and spectator tickets are non-refundable.
As long as Passholders come in during normal business hours they are not required to have a spectator ticket. If they come in before/after hours then they would have to purchase a spectator ticket because it is considered a ‘special event’ at Biltmore. Regular business hours on race day begin at 9am.
What can my family and friends do while I run? There are great shops to explore in Antler Hill Village with food, beverage, and gift items all with a great atmosphere. They can also stand in the Spectator Viewing Areas. SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE BRIDGE.
Race results questions? Please contact iDaph Timing at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Fastest / Slowest Overall Times
- Duathlon – 4:06 / 1:34
- 10k – 51:27 / 41:13
- 40 mile – 5:12 / 2:22
- 60 mile – 5:14 / 3:23
- Kids Du 2 – 3:09 / 1:34
Click the links below to access pdf versions of the 2016 results
2014 ASHEVILLE DUATHLON WINNERS:
Overall Males: 1. Stewart Alford, 2. Thomas Cason, 3. Matt Popowski Overall Females: 1. Nicole LaSelle, 2. Spryng Briggs, 3. Amy Alexander 2-Person Teams: 1. Hot Mess, 2. Fun Du, 3. Blue Ridge CrossFit 3-Person Teams: 1. Fort Mill Trekkies, 2. Team Training Wheels, 3. Five River Cycling Club Masters: Female 1. Elizabeth Flemming | Male 1. Brian DeRose 20-24: Female 1. Angela Day | Male 1. Justin Bost 25-29: Female 1. Lindsey Lanier | Male 1. William Jones 30-34: Female 1. Ashley Harn | Male 1. Adam Chapman 35-39: Female 1. Kathrine Wilson | Male 1. Jonathan Erickson 40-44: Female 1. Rhonda Devan | Male 1. Wade McKeehan 45-49: Female 1. Sherrie Pace | Male 1. Mark Ledyard 50-54: Female 1. Lee Doster-Ward | Male 1. Dwight Shuler 55-59: Female 1. Lou Hipps | Male 1. Dan Passarelli 60-64: Female 1. Heidi Sherman 65-69: Female 1. Judie Kean .
2014 10K TRAIL RUN WINNERS:
Overall Males: 1. Ryan Kestle, 2. Kyle Murphy, 3. Weston Clary Overall Females: 1. Holly DeWitt, 2. Ginna Reid, 3. Jody Smith Masters: Female 1. Amy Silvers | Male 1. Dwane Reece 20-24: Female 1. Amy Noll | Male 1. David Chandler 25-29: Female 1. Jamie Nakamura | Male 1. Ben Fithian 30-34: Female 1. Jennifer Murphy | Male 1. Rhyne Franklin 35-39: Female 1. Leslie Sloan | Male 1. Steve Petusky 40-44: Female 1. Kathryn Parker | Male 1. Jason Williams 45-49: Female 1. Jennifer James | Male 1. Ken Shields 50-54: Female 1. Sarah Casey | Male 1. Vincent Gardner 55-59: Female 1. Cindy Canova | Male 1. David Armstrong 60-64: Female 1. Laura Haldane | Male 1. Michael Lussier 65-69: Female 1. BJ Foster | Male 1. Wayne Boynton
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