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Big Ring Challenge

Big Ring Challenge

COURSE DISTANCE: 10.5 miles

ELEVATION CHANGE: 700 feet

COURSE DIFFICULTY: 4 out of 10

In a 2018 survey, the Jackrabbit Trail was named as the favorite trail in our series. This trail system, which opened in 2011, is a roller-coaster of machine-cut trail that leaps and bounds through the Nantahala National Forest in Hayesville, North Carolina, just over the state line from Georgia. The singletrack winds through a peninsula surrounded by Lake Chatuge, offering stunning views around every turn. The fun-to-pain ratio is excellent on this fast, flat course—there’s less than 700 feet of climbing in every 10.5-mile lap….that’s why we call it the Big Ring Challenge, you can go as fast as you dare to go!

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Race Location

Jackrabbit Mountain Biking Trailhead

465 Jack Rabbit Rd, Hayesville, NC 28904

Course Information

Course Difficulty: 4 of 10 (punchy climbs, distance)

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Camping Information

Jackrabbit Campground will be open for camping! Reserve your site at www.recreation.gov. 75 sites available.

Race Day Schedule

7:00 am: Packet Pick Up / Race Day Registration Opens

9:00 am: Packet Pick Up / Race Day Registration Closes

9:30 am: Racer Meeting

9:45 am: 6 Hour Racers Positioned on Start Line

10:00 am: 6 HOUR RACE START

10:10 am: 3 Hour Racers Positioned on the Start Line

10:15 am: 3 HOUR RACE START

10:20 am: Junior 1 and Junior 2 Race Start

1:15 pm: 3 HOUR RACE ENDS

1:30 pm: 3 Hour Awards Celebration

4:00 pm: 6 HOUR RACE ENDS

4:30 pm: 6 Hour Awards Celebration

CategoryFeePrizesSeries Prizes
6 Hour Solo Expert (Male/Female)$60Medals & PayoutCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour Solo Sport (Male/Female)$60Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour Solo Beginner (Coed)$60Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour Solo Single Speed (Coed)$60Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour Solo Clydesdale (200+ lbs)$60Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour Solo Masters (40-49)$60Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour Solo Grand Masters (50-59)$60Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour Solo Ultra Masters (60+)$60Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour 2 Person Open$115Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour 2 Person Masters (Both 40+)$115Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour 3 Person (Male/Female/Coed)$160Medals & PrizesCustom Series Prizes
6 Hour 3 Person Junior (Male/Female/Coed)$140Medals & Prizes Custom Series Prizes
3 Hour Solo Expert Open (Male/Female)$45Medals & PayoutsCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Junior Expert$45Medals & PayoutCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Solo Sport (Male/Female with age groups) $45MedalsCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Solo Base (Male/Female with age groups)$45MedalsCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Solo Single Speed (Coed)$45MedalsCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Solo Beginner (Male/Female)$40MedalsCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Solo Clydesdale$45MedalsCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Solo Ultra Masters (60+)$45MedalsCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Junior 1 Lap (14 and under) $40MedalsCustom Series Prizes
3 Hour Junior 2 Laps (16 and under)$40MedalsCustom Series Prizes