Drive hard on the pedals, and Bust a Lung!

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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 2016 series includes 4 flat & fast out-and-back courses, three 20k or 40k routes along Riverside Drive between Marshall and Asheville and one 20k on Etowah River Road. The final two time trials are one-way, very challenging, hill climbs — one up the punishing Elk Mountain outside of Asheville, the other hill climb is NEW a ***Gravel Grinder Time Trial in Black Mountain. **New to 2016 is the addition of Team Time Trials for the Asheville/Riverside flat routes (TT1, 2 + 4). Teams can consist of 2-4 participants. You may participate in individual and Team TT in the same day.** *** Our Newest Time Trial, Climb the Quarry will take place on September 17th and is a BONUS time trial. This event will be out at the Grove Stone Quarry and will consist of a 5 mile hill climb that is sure to test your lung capacity while offering rewarding views from the finish line.

Top male and female finishers for the Elk Mountain and Climb the Quarry will receive a special Lung Buster Series Hincapie polka dot jersey for King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain

To be eligible in the Lung Buster Time Trial Series Awards and Prizes you must participate in 4 out of the 6 time trials. 

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 means 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.

Lung 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! Cyclists have a reputation for having egos as big as their thighs. But with the kinds of hard efforts and fast times we’ve seen in the Lung Buster Series over the years, we feel that such braggadocio is warranted, and expect 2016 to bring an abundance of the same.

Thanks for putting on this event. 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 Drive TT Participant

Commemorative Lung Buster Series Tanks and Tees

2016 RACE APPAREL

$20.00

2016 Lung Buster Time Trial Limited edition, Canvas+Bella, lightweight t-shirts in both men’s and women’s fit, plus ladies’ tanks are so cool, we can’t wait to see you in them! (Pictured above: shirt and ink colors may change) NOT INCLUDED IN RACE ENTRY, purchase during registration. Shirts will be picked up at the event.

2016 TIME TRIAL SERIES

Lung Buster Time Trials Riverside Drive Time Trial

TT#1 RIVERSIDE DRIVE #1

April 7, 2016, Asheville and Marshall, NC

Flat and scenic 20k (12.4mi) out and back time trial course and 40k (24.8 mi) (2 loops) designed to test you and your equipment. Team Time Trial Option available

Lung Buster Time Trials Riverside Drive Time Trial

TT#4 RIVERSIDE DRIVE #3

TBA, 2016, Marshall to Asheville, NC

Riverside Drive is a flat and scenic 20k (12.4mi) out and back or 40k (28.8mi) two-loop time trial course designed to test you and your equipment. It’s a great road for riding aero position and for setting a personal record in the mountains.

Lung Buster Time Trials Riverside Drive Time Trial

TT#2 RIVERSIDE DRIVE #2

May 5, 2016, Asheville and Marshall, NC

Flat and scenic 20k (12.4mi) out and back time trial course and 40k (24.8 mi) (2 loops) designed to test you and your equipment. Team Time Trial Option available.

Lung Buster Time Trials Bearwallow Beat the Bikes Hill Run

TT #5 ELK MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB

August 4, 2016, Asheville, NC

Elk Mountain is a punishing 5 mile one-way uphill climb, with scenic switch backs along Elk Mtn. Hwy., designed to test lungs and legs. Who will crown themselves King of the Mountain or Queen of the Mountain?

Lung Buster Time Trials Etowah Time Trials

TT#3 ETOWAH TIME TRIAL

June 2, 2016, Etowah, NC

The Etowah TT is a quiet 20k (12.4 mi) is mostly flat and gently curves down scenic River Road in Etowah to Pleasant Grove, which turns into Tally Road, and then back. It’s a great time trial for riding Aero position and for setting a personal record in the mountains while hopping between Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Team Time Trial Option is NOT available for the Etowah TT.

Lung Buster Time Trials Bearwallow Beat the Bikes Hill Run

TT #6 CLIMB THE QUARRY

September 17, 2016

Our newest edition to the Lung Buster series is a 5 mile hill climb on packed gravel roads out at the Grove Stone Sand & Quarry that is sure to test your lungs but offer rewarding views from the finish.

RACE CALENDAR:

Find all Scheduled Pre, Post, and Race Day Events Here

ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS

Wednesday before each Event, at 6pm

PRE-EVENT PACKET PICK-UP & REGISTRATION

By Online Registration Only
Pre-registration is highly encouraged, those who pre-register receive preferred starting spots.

RACE-DAY PACKET PICK-UP & REGISTRATION

Each Race Day
5:00—6:00 (SHARP) pm

Various Locations, see Race Schedule.

RACE SERIES SCHEDULE:

April 7th, 2016- TT #1 Riverside #1

5—6 pm: Pre-Event Registration for Riverside Drive 1

Registration is under the iDaph tent

6:15 pm (SHARP): Riverside Drive Time Trial begins!

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your start time.

May 5th, 2016- TT #2 Riverside #2

5—6 pm: Pre-Event Registration for Riverside Drive 2

Registration is under the iDaph tent

6:15 pm (SHARP): Riverside Drive Time Trial begins!

 Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your start time.

June 2nd, 2016- TT #3 Etowah

5—6 pm: Pre-Event Registration for Etowah

Registration and Parking are in the lower parking lot at Cummings Cove Golf and Country Club, 20 Cummings Cove Pkwy, Hendersonville, NC (map)

6:15 pm (SHARP): Etowah Time Trial begins!

 Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your start time.

July 7th, 2016- TT #4 Riverside #3

5—6 pm: Pre-Event Registration for Riverside Drive 3

Registration is under the iDaph tent

6:15 pm (SHARP): Riverside Drive Time Trial begins!

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your start time.

August 4th, 2016- TT #5 Elk Mountain 

5—6 pm: Pre-Event Registration for Elk Mountain

Registration is under the tent in the parking lot of Ira B. Jones Elementary School, 544 Kimberly Ave, Asheville, NC (map)

6:15 pm (SHARP): Elk Mountain Hill Climb begins!

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your start time.

September 17th, 2016-Bonus TT #6 Climb the Quarry

Climb The Quarry! Start time is 11:30am. Approx 5mile hlll climb on dirt and gravel roads through The Grove Stone and Sand Quarry in Black Mountain. Cyclocross or mountain bike required

September 29th, 2016 6:30pm- Awards Ceremony @ Highland Brewing Company

Join us for our end of series celebration and awards ceremony! 

DETAILS & GUIDELINES 

Check-In

Registration and packet pick up is from 5-6pm before each Time Trial. We recommend giving yourself plenty of time to arrive and get ready to ride.

Accompanied Minors

Minors must have a parent or guardian with them when registering to sign the release form.

Bring Everything You Need

Money, food, drink, adequate clothing. There will be no technical support out on the course. Riders are responsible for repairing their own flat tires.

Wear Your Helmet

Riders must wear a helmet at all times when on the course, even when just warming up.

Be Ready to Break!

Single speed bikes must have 2 working hand brakes. Fixed gear bikes require only a front brake.

Follow Road Rules

All courses are open to traffic.Riders are required to obey all traffic lawsBe smart. Pay attention to the road and stay to the right of the white line whenever possible. DO NOT BLOCK ROADS.

Mind the Loo

There are no restrooms along courses. Restrooms will be available near Race Day Registration tents. There will be NO port-o-johns at Bearwallow, please use the restroom before you come.

No Littering

Show respect for communities that we go through by by not littering.

HAVE FUN!

Mandatory!

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

In case of inclement weather, we may alter or cancel the event. But, we will always do everything in our power to avoid delay or cancellation. Announcements made before ride. CHECK our Facebook page for updates.

Team Time Trials

If you participate in the Team Time Trial and anyone on that team has a aero/tt bike you will be in the Aero/TT Team Time Trial category. If all cyclists on the team have a road bike you will be in the Merckx category.

Lung Buster Time Trials are timed by iDaph Timing

IDAPH TIMING

Events will be timed using bib chips and scored manually. For more information visit iDaph Timing.

DIVISIONS & CATEGORIES

Merckx/Standard Division Categories:

Merckx divison means NO AERO EQUIPMENT at all  No TT bars, aero helmets, or anything deeper than a 404 is a no-no.

  • Men 1-3
  • Women 1-3
  • Master’s Men 35+
  • Master’s Men 50+
  • Masters Women 40+
  • Juniors
  • Men 4-5 and unclassified recreational riders
  • Women 4 and unclassified recreational riders
  • Tandem

Aero/TT Division Categories:

  • Men 1-3
  • Women 1-3
  • Master’s Men 35+
  • Master’s Men 50+
  • Masters Women 40+
  • Juniors
  • Men 4-5 and unclassified recreational riders
  • Women 4 and unclassified recreational riders
  • Tandem

NOTE:  If you participate in the Team Time Trial and anyone on that team has a aero/tt bike you will be in the Aero/TT Team Time Trial category. If all cyclists on the team have a road bike you will be in the Merckx category. 

 

AWARDS & PRIZES
idaph events Lung Buster stained glass award Frontidaph events Lung Buster stained glass award BackAll participants and division winners will be recognized at our End of Series Party with super cool, regionally handmade, recycled stained glass awards for the Lung Buster Time Trial Series! Each award is unique, just like you!

To be eligible in the Lung Buster Time Trial Series Awards and Prizes you must participate in 4 out of the 6 time trials

If you switch between divisions, you will be scored in whichever division you rode the most.

Merckx/Standard:

  • Men Cat 1-3: 1st: $150, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $75
  • Women Cat 1-3: 1st: $150, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $75
  • Master’s Men 35+: Awards 3 Deep
  • Master’s Men 50+: Awards 3 Deep
  • Masters Women 40+: Awards 3 Deep
  • Juniors: Awards 3 Deep
  • Men 4-5 and unclassified recreational riders: Awards 3 Deep
  • Women 4 and unclassified recreational riders: Awards 3 Deep
  • Tandem: Awards 3 Deep

Aero/TT:

  • Men Cat 1-3: 1st: $150, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $75
  • Women Cat 1-3: 1st: $150, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $75
  • Master’s Men 35+: Awards 3 Deep
  • Master’s Men 50+: Awards 3 Deep
  • Masters Women 40+: Awards 3 Deep
  • Juniors: Awards 3 Deep
  • Men 4-5 and unclassified recreational riders: Awards 3 Deep
  • Women 4 and unclassified recreational riders: Awards 3 Deep
  • Tandem: Awards 3 Deep

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS & MAPS
 

 

 

Etowah Time Trial is a quiet, mostly flat 20k (12.4 mi) which gently curves down scenic River Road in Etowah to Pleasant Grove, which turns into Tally Road, and then back. It’s a great time trial for riding Aero position and for setting a personal record in the mountains while hopping between Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Riders must obey all traffic laws out on the course.

EtowahTTmap

 

 

The Riverside Drive Time Trial is a scenic 20k (12.4 mi) out and back bike ride along the French Broad River on HWY 251 (Riverside Drive) between Marshall and Asheville, NC. It’s a great road for riding aero position and for setting a personal record in the mountains, a flat out and back flat time trial course and, NEW this year, a 40k (24.8 mi – 2 loops) designed to test you and your equipment! Team Time Trials are also available for the Riverside Time Trials. Riders must obey all traffic laws while riding on the course.

Lung Buster Riverside

 

 

Elk Mountain is a challenging 5 mile one-way hill climb race with scenic switch backs along Elk Mtn Hwy in Asheville, NC. Course open to traffic. Riders responsible for turning around at the top and riding back to the start. Be aware of fast downhill section on the return and obey all traffic laws. Start is at the intersection of Elk Mtn Hwy and Tsali Trail. Rider line up will be along Tsali Trail.

Elk-MountainTTmap

 

 

**NEW FOR 2016**

Climb the Quarry!

The Climb the Quarry Time Trial will start near the entrance of the Grove stone Sand & Quarry in Black Mountain at 11:30am on Saturday, September 17th. There will be ample parking close to the start of the event. This event will take place in collaboration and at the conclusion of the Rock the Quarry 5k running event.

Sign up for both Rock the Quarry AND Climb the Quarry and receive $3 off your registration. Use code ‘QUARRYCHALLENGE’ when you register.

The 5 mile hill climb course starts on fine-gravel, open roads that are a false flat. The gravel road will turn into a wooded section for a short time where there are some larger gravel pieces and some grassy areas. The road will open back up onto a gravel road and gradually climb to the top of the quarry where riders will summit to the finish.

Cyclocross bikes or Mountain Bikes are appropriate for this event. Road bikes are not recommended. 

Riders will finish 5 miles from the start line and will ride their bikes back to the start line upon finishing their event. No spectators are permitted at the top of the climb/finish area. If you want to see the spectacular finish in the quarry you will need to sign up to participate in the event!

The 2016 Lung Buster Hincapie Polka Dot jersey will also be up for grabs for our King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain!

hill climb

Climb the Quarry Course Map

quarry

Elevation Map:

climb the quarry elevation

START TIMES

 

 

Pre-Registered Participants receive preferred starting spots! Riders will go out in 1 minute intervals by order of registration. Pre-registered riders will receive their start times by email prior to the race. Start Times will also be posted on the Lung Buster Time Trial Series Facebook page on the prior evening evening. If you are registered for the 40k option, you will have an earlier start time. NOTE: Only pre-registered participants will get a start time prior to the event. If you plan to participate as an individual and in the team trial, you will participate as an individual in an early start time and then start the team trial after all the individuals have started. You must pre-register online by Wednesday at 6pm to participate in both the individual and team time trials on the same evening.

 

VOLUNTEER AT THE LUNG BUSTER TIME TRIALS!

We would love for you to volunteer at one of many opportunities on Wednesday or Thursday. Volunteers receive food and drinks, PLUS, participate for FREE at an upcoming Lung Buster event! Sign up by clicking the button below. If you prefer to sign up manually, or have trouble, please email us

VOLUNTEER ME!

LOCATIONS, DIRECTIONS & PARKING

 

 

 

 

 
 

Race Location:

RACE START: (Approximate Address) 132 River Rd, Hendersonville, NC

Parking:

Participant parking is available 1 mile from the start line at Cummings Cove Golf and Country Club, 20 Cummings Cove Pkwy, Hendersonville, NC (map) Volunteer Parking is available near the start line, on River Road, in the grass off the road.

Directions:

From Asheville, NC:

I-26, Airport exit 40, Right on NC-280, follow 4.7 miles, turn Left onto Haywood Rd/NC-191, turn Right onto School House Road, Slight right onto Ladson Road, Ladson Road becomes Banner Farm Road, Turn slight right onto Brevard Rd/US-64, Turn left onto Cummings Road, Turn left into Cummings Pkwy.—  Cummings Cove golf club house as at the top of the hill on the right.

From Hendersonville, NC and Greenville, SC:

Highway 25 N to I-26 West. Take exit 49B (64W-4 Seasons Blvd/Brevard RD) this will loop you onto the correct direction on 64W. Follow signs for 64W, also called Brevard Road. Follow for approx 9-10 miles to Cummings Road (turn left), follow road till signs for Cummings Cove Golf Course and turn left onto Cummings Pkwy. Cummings Cove golf club house as at the top of the hill on the right.

 Registration is under the tent and parking is available in the lower parking lot.

 

 

 

Race Location:

RACE START: On Riverside Drive at Ivy River Road, Marshall, NC

Parking:

Available parking on the river side of the road ONLY. No parking in front of the Church or Business Office.

Directions:

From Asheville, on I-240, take exit #4A to US 19/23 North. Take the Marshall exit #19A onto US 25/70. Go 6.5 miles and turn left on business 25/70 (signs to Marshall)

 

 

Race Location: Elk Mountain Scenic Parkway

Parking: Ira B. Jones Elementary School

Directions: Get directions HERE

Race Location:

Grove Stone Sand & Quarry, 842 Old Us Hwy 70, Black Mountain, NC 28711

You will need to enter the BACK entrance of the Quarry. Directions can be found HERE

 Parking:

Parking will be available near the start line at the Quarry. Follow all posted directions and volunteer instructions

Directions:

From Asheville:

I-240 E to I-40E toward Statesville. Exit 59 for Swannanoa. Left at light at end of exit ramp onto Patton Cove Rd. Right at light onto US Hwy 70 E (Swannanoa River Rd). Left onto Whitson Ave. Right onto Old US Hwy 70 E. Go 2 miles. Entrance for the Quarry will be on the left.

From Greenville:

I-26W towards Asheville. Exit 31 for I-40E towards Hickory. Exit 59 for Swannanoa. Left at light at end of exit ramp onto Patton Cove Rd. Right at light onto US Hwy 70 E (Swannanoa River Rd). Left onto Whitson Ave. Right onto Old US Hwy 70 E. Go 2 miles. Entrance for the Quarry will be on the left.

 
 
FAQs

 

 

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.

If one person on our team has an Aero bike, which category will we participate in? If one person has an Aero bike, your whole team will be placed in the Aero/TT category. If all cyclists on the team have a road bike you will be in the Merckx category.

POST RACE SURVEY

ONCE YOU’VE RECOVERED, PLEASE LETS US KNOW ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE so we can improve upon the race for next year!

TAKE THE SURVEY

RACE PHOTOS

RACE PHOTOS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM PAUL JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY at some events. Show your thanks and purchase a couple pictures, use the link below. Please feel free to post share own photos or videos on our Facebook Page.

SEE 2016 RACE PHOTOS

RESULTS & RECORDS

 

 

ETOWAH TIME TRIAL (12.4 mi.):

2014LungBusterEtowah2TT-PaulJackson-11AERO/TT:

  • MEN: Gene Fowler – 24:31:22 (2013)
  • WOMEN: Marilyn Senz – 27:47:23 (2013)

MERCKX/STANDARD:

  • MEN: Nick Jowsey – 26:57:00 (2014)
  • WOMEN: Nina Laughlin – 31:10:00 (2015)
  • TANDEM: Cara & Andy Applegate – 27:24:00 (2014)

2015Bearwallow-RunnerBEARWALLOW BEAST HILL CLIMB (4 miles):

MEN: Bryan Hoy – 17:54:00 (2015) WOMEN: Karen Ostergaard – 22:52:00 (2015)

BEAT THE BIKE RUN:

MEN: Clay Warner – 30:22:00 (2015) WOMEN: Set the course record in 2016!

2015Bearwallow-StartLineRIVERSIDE DRIVE TIME TRIAL:

AERO/TT:

20k MEN: Jason Sprouse – 25:29:00 (2012) 20k WOMEN: Greta Neimanas – 29:42:00 (2013) 40k MEN: Jason Sprouse – 53:14:00 (2014) 40k WOMEN: Gail Kattouf – 61:19:00 (2014)

MERCKX/STANDARD:

20k MEN: Thomas Smith – 27:26:00 (2012) 20k WOMEN: Karen Ostergaard – 33:44:00 (2014) 40k MEN: Reid Beloni – 59:40:00 (2016) 40k WOMEN: Nina Laughlin 1:02:50

ELK MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB

MEN: Taylor Little- 20:00 (2012) WOMEN: Nina Laughlin 22:34 (2016)

CLIMB THE QUARRY HILL CLIMB *New in 2016*

MEN: Reid Beloni 17:29 (2016  WOMEN: Tracey Drews: 24:47 (2016

2016 SERIES STANDINGS:

(Updated as of 9.17.16) (For inaccuracies, questions, or concerns please contact us at timing@idaph.net).  40k and 20k have been separated. If you participated in the 40k distance at any point, you results will be found under the 40k series results. Scroll down for individual event results. Click images below for larger view or download pdf version: 2016 Lung Buster Time Trial SERIES RESULTS

2016 Individual Time Trial Results

2016 Time Trial #1- Riverside Dr. /  2016 Time Trial #2- Riverside Dr. /  2016 Time Trial #3- Etowah, NC2016 Time Trial #4- Riverside Dr.   / 2016 Time Trial #5 Elk Mountain Hill Climb / 2016 Time Trial #6 Climb the Quarry Hill Climb

 

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This event is timed by iDaph Timing, questions or concerns regarding your results should be emailed to timing@idaph.net

 

2015 SERIES STANDINGS:

(Updated as of 8.19.15) (For inaccuracies, questions, or concerns please contact us at support@idaph.net). Scroll down for individual event results. Click images below for larger view or download pdf version: 2015 Lung Buster Time Trial SERIES RESULTS 2015 Lung Buster Time Trial SERIES RESULTS-august19

2015 EVENT RESULTS:

2015 Lung Buster Time Trial Series Results Etowah 1 2015 Lung Buster Time Trial Series-BEARWALLOW 2015 Lung Buster Time Trial Series Results ETOWAH 2 2015 LBTT Riverside Drive Results 2015 LBTT Elk Mountain Results

2013 SERIES STANDINGS:

Updated as of 8.16.13 (For inaccuracies, questions, or concerns please contact us at support@idaph.net) 2016

2012 SERIES STANDINGS:

(For inaccuracies, questions, or concerns please contact us at support@idaph.net) Click to view or download pdf version: 2012 Lung Buster Time Trial Standard Results | 2012 Lung Buster Time Trial Aero Results

CONTACT SUPPORT@IDAPH.NET WITH QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS!

Thank you for a great race. We all had a blast!!! What a great turn out of Women!!! Thank you for creating a welcoming race for all level of racers…from first time racers to us silly Masters+ Women on fixed gear with pink “I’m with Awesome” socks on. Look forward to the rest of the series.

Wendy Coin

2014 Etowah 1 TT Participant

OUR CHARITY PARTNER:

A portion of the proceeds will benefit iDream Athletes Foundation.

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

THANK OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!

 INTERESTED IN SPONSORING? Contact us at sponsorships@idaph.net

Our, additional,deep appreciation to Madison, Buncombe, Henderson + Transylvania Sheriff, VIP’s and NCDOT