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Asheville Triathlon

Asheville Triathlon

2020 Asheville Triathlon - swim, bike, run

iDaph Events is excited to once again bring back this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon!
The race consists of a 400 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike course and a 5K run course. These distances make this sprint triathlon great for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. Novice + Beginner tri-athletes love this race! Elite athletes – get ready for a PR!

This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites.

NEW FOR 2020: NEW LOCATION!
This year the Asheville Triathlon will take place in Patton Park, Hendersonville, NC! DIRECTIONS TO PATTON PARK

Patton Park is run by the YMCA of Western North Carolina and owned by the City of Asheville. The park consists of 400m pool swim, 12.5 mile bike and 5k run! The bike and run will use parts of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway.

Swim

The 400 meter swim takes place in Patton Pool, an Olympic sized 50 meter lap pool with 8 lanes. We will space the swimmers in time trial starts. THIS IS NOT LIKE PAST EVENTS! EACH SWIMMER MAY NEED TO START A MINUTE AFTER THE SWIMMER IN FRONT OF THEM TO ALLOW ENOUGH DISTANCE. Participants will have a time trial start with plenty of time between each swimmer and will be organized in wave starts according to their estimated 100 yard swim time. Swimmers will flow in one direction in the lane.

Bike

The 12.5 mile bike course rolls through the quiet and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville, exits the Greenway and flows along a ‘rolling’ course through Henderson County countryside roads. Cyclists will return to the park by way of the Greenway and back to the transition zone.

Run

The 5k run is FAST and for the most part-flat, except for one little dipper hill that you will crest before entering back to the park. The entire 5k run is on the quiet, shaded and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville. The section of the greenway used for this event will run towards Jackson Park. There will only be a short section where the bike/run overlap. The route is an out-and-back, lollipop course, with one ‘self-service’ water station at the halfway point. We do encourage you to bring your own fuel, nutrition and refreshments for this event.

 

 

Why I Ride

Why I Ride

Mental Resilience: How to stay mentally strong

by Jeremiah Reider

Jeremiah is an excellent cyclist who rides with Asheville Winter Bike League regularly and battles with seasonal depression. Here he shares a few paragraphs about his struggle and how AVL WBL and the iDream Athletes Foundation have helped him cope. 

Jeremiah has attended ALL of the AVL WBL rides this season so he is on his way to winning the coveted AVL WBL mug! 

I write this the day prior to the Winter Solstice, for I have endured the shallow arc that the sun is taking across our beautiful Western North Carolina sky. The fact that daylight is now scarce comes with a range of emotions. Some happy and elated because of the holiday season. Some dismal and depressed wondering when spring will begin to show its renewal on the land. Like many of you, I choose to keep pedaling through the winter month, often looking out the window and seeing the cold northerly wind dancing in the trees or the barely above freezing rain falling from the sky. Motivation to ride my bike becomes a fleeting thought.

I choose to ride for the child-like freedom and joy that cycling brings. For the challenge, camaraderie, sense of adventure and Strava KOM’s. Just kidding! I haven’t posted a ride to Strava in almost a year and plan to keep my streak alive ;-).

I prefer to ride off of feel, checking in with my mind and body to see the game that I want to play on any given day. Above all, I ride for my mental health. I have been on a 15 year journey of mental health rejuvenation, for I experience crippling depression and anxiety as I’m sure many of you do. Loneliness and despair can rein supreme if I choose to let them. Over the years I learned that I have a choice when these emotions become all consuming. My choice is to keep pedaling, even when my mind is screaming at me to keep curling my body up in a ball at the end of my bed.

I turn to group rides to keep my emotions in check. To motivate me on the days when my mind wants to ruminate and tell my body to simply stay put. The Asheville Winter Bike League rides have become a mainstay for me and another coping skill when my depression and anxiety rear their ugly head. I encourage you all to come out and reach out to one another through our common ground, and I bet that you will discover that you are not alone when it comes to the emotional and mental health challenges that you face.

Ride steady, ride strong, and above all ride for your emotional and mental health.

Want to learn more about Asheville Winter Bike League?

Click here, or sign up directly by clicking on the button below!

Past iDaph Blogs

Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

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What you need to know for the Hendersonville Triathlon

What you need to know for the Hendersonville Triathlon

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Asheville Off-Road Series Participant Information

Asheville Off-Road Series Participant Information

Participant Guide Released for Asheville Off-Road Series

Here’s your 2019 Asheville Off Road Series Participant Guide. This guide includes the race schedule for the Asheville Duathlon, Asheville Off-Road 10K and the Asheville Gravel Grinder Bike events all set for Sunday, September 15th.

We hope everyone has an amazing Asheville Off Road Series experience at Biltmore Estate! Please contact support@idaph.net if you have any questions about this event.

Routes via Ride with GPS with clickable links/elevation and cue sheets

 

Duathlon

Asheville Duathlon Run #1 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30559040

Asheville Duathlon Bike https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30978451

Asheville Duathlon Run #2 - Westover Trails https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30786766

 

Gravel Grinders

20 Mile – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30660041

40 Mile – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30667543

60 Mile – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30783313

 

Run

10k Off Road – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30529766

What’s it like to ride the Gravel Grinder?

We get a lot of questions about what the Gravel Grinder is like to ride. Here longtime cyclist and Asheville local Billy McCracken talks about the course, which is part asphalt, mostly gravel, and not too much elevation gain. This event takes place on the West side of Biltmore Estate. Video Credit: Wright Creative, Inc.

Past iDaph Blogs

Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

Welcome to the 2020 Hendersonville Triathlon on September 20th!    If you haven't already... #1 Please READ through our DIGITAL EVENT GUIDE.  #2 You can also LISTEN to our Podcast with race info HERE.  #3 CHECK OUT THE HUB MAP HERE and get familiar with the event hub...

What you need to know for the Hendersonville Triathlon

What you need to know for the Hendersonville Triathlon

We can’t wait to cheer you on at the Hendersonville Triathlon on  Sunday, September 20th at Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC. Thank you for supporting our event and our small business.  We have created an Interactive Digital Event Guide to help inform our...

All you need to know for Tour d’ Apple

All you need to know for Tour d’ Apple

Here’s what you need to know about start times, packet-pick up, parking and more!

We are excited to kick off another Tour d’Apple on Monday, September 2nd! This ride begins at 8:00 am from Blue Ridge Community College.

All rides will start 5 minutes apart.

8:00 am – 100 Mile Start
8:05 am – 100 KM Start
8:10 am – 45 Mile Start
8:15 am – 25 Mile Start

Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 1st:

1:00-4:00 pm: Packet pick up + Onsite Registration at Sycamore Cycles (743 Locust St, Hendersonville, NC)

If you ordered Tour d’Apple bib shorts and/or jersey you will pick these up with your ride packet.

Monday, September 2nd:

6:45am-7:45am: Packet Pick up + Onsite Registration at Blue Ridge Community College: 180 W Campus Dr, Flat Rock, NC 28731

WE HIGHLY SUGGEST GETTING YOUR MATERIALS AT THE SUNDAY PACKET PICK-UP TIME TO SAVE YOURSELF TIME AND STRESS ON EVENT MORNING

6:30 AM Coffee available from Share Well Coffee Co. (bring cash!)
6:45-7:45 AM Packet Pickup + Onsite Registration
8:00 AM 100 Mile Start
8:05 AM 100 KM Start
8:10 AM 45 Mile Start
8:15 AM 25 Mile Start
10:00 AM Chick-fil-A breakfast for 25 milers begins
10:00 AM YAM on site for post-ride massages (bring cash!)
11:00 AM Chick-fil-A post ride meal begins
11:30-2:00 PM Dryman Mountain Boys plays at BRCC
4:00 PM Post Ride Meal Ends
4:30 PM All Routes Close - the ride will be unassisted after this point

PARKING:
There is plenty of parking at Blue Ridge Community College, but with over 500 cyclists, you may want to consider any of the parking areas listed on the map posted above. In addition to the main parking lot, you can assess parking through East Campus Drive and West Campus Drive behind the College buildings.

DIRECTIONS: 

DIRECTIONS:
From Asheville: Take I-26 East, then Exit 53. Turn right on Upward Road; after 0.6 miles, turn right on S. Allen Road. After 0.7 miles, turn left on College Drive. Follow signs to Tour d’Apple.

From Greenville: Take US25 North, then ramp to I-26 West. Take Exit 53, turn left on Upward Road. After 0.5 miles, turn right on S. Allen Road. After 0.7 miles, turn left on College Drive. Follow signs to Tour d’Apple.

From Spartanburg: Take I-26 East, then Exit 53. Turn left on Upward Road. After 0.5 miles, turn right on S. Allen Road. After 0.7 miles, turn left on College Drive. Follow signs to Tour d’Apple.

Past iDaph Blogs

Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

Welcome to the 2020 Hendersonville Triathlon on September 20th!    If you haven't already... #1 Please READ through our DIGITAL EVENT GUIDE.  #2 You can also LISTEN to our Podcast with race info HERE.  #3 CHECK OUT THE HUB MAP HERE and get familiar with the event hub...

What you need to know for the Hendersonville Triathlon

What you need to know for the Hendersonville Triathlon

We can’t wait to cheer you on at the Hendersonville Triathlon on  Sunday, September 20th at Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC. Thank you for supporting our event and our small business.  We have created an Interactive Digital Event Guide to help inform our...

Cash prizes offered for this year’s 40 Mile Gravel Grinder

Cash prizes offered for this year’s 40 Mile Gravel Grinder

Bike Fast. Get the Cash.

How fast can you grind through the Gravel Grinder? Asheville Bicycle Company is giving away cash prizes for this year’s 40 mile Gravel Grinder at the Asheville Off Road Series. Prizes will be given to male and female overall winners and masters winners. 

“If we can make more people happy, the better,” says owner Craig Friedrich.

Craig started selling bicycles in 1993 and has been owner and partner of Asheville Bicycle Company and Ski Country for almost 30 years. He grew up road biking and mountain biking, and has spent most of his life riding Asheville’s scenic roads and mountain bike trails. He became involved with the Asheville Off Road Series through Biltmore Estate several years ago.

“They (Biltmore) asked me to produce a bike race,” Craig explains. “In doing so…after some exploration work, I met Daphne through the Kiwanis run…and it was pretty obvious that with the size and scale Biltmore wanted for this event…I asked her to do it. She’s just so damn good at everything she does.” 

Asheville Bicycle Company is now one of the main sponsors of the event and has been since its inception. They provide bike mechanics on the West side of the Biltmore Estate for anyone having issues on the trail, and at the start of the race for any last minute repairs and to top off air. 

This will be the first year Asheville Bicycle will be offering cash prizes for the 40 mile Gravel Grinder. Craig hopes the prizes will continue to draw more participants and build momentum for this multi-sport event. 

“This event does bring a lot of extra income into the community: Lodging, food and beverage. It’s not just good for Asheville, it’s also good for the cycling industry,” says Craig. “It highlights Asheville’s charms on what the riding community offers - the access we have, and the beauty of Asheville and Biltmore Estate.”

The Gravel Grinder - part of the Asheville Off-Road Series - takes place on Sunday, September 15th. There are 20, 40, and 60 mile options for this event.

The event also offers a Duathlon and 10K that same day. Relay teams are an option when you sign up. Prices increase September 5th! 

What’s it like to ride the Gravel Grinder?

We get a lot of questions about what the Gravel Grinder is like to ride. Here longtime cyclist and Asheville local Billy McCracken talks about the course, which is part asphalt, mostly gravel, and not too much elevation gain. This event takes place on the West side of Biltmore Estate. Video Credit: Wright Creative, Inc.

Past iDaph Blogs

Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

Welcome to the 2020 Hendersonville Triathlon on September 20th!    If you haven't already... #1 Please READ through our DIGITAL EVENT GUIDE.  #2 You can also LISTEN to our Podcast with race info HERE.  #3 CHECK OUT THE HUB MAP HERE and get familiar with the event hub...

What you need to know for the Hendersonville Triathlon

What you need to know for the Hendersonville Triathlon

We can’t wait to cheer you on at the Hendersonville Triathlon on  Sunday, September 20th at Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC. Thank you for supporting our event and our small business.  We have created an Interactive Digital Event Guide to help inform our...