2014 Event Cancelled

I regret to announce that the Three Peaks USA UltraCX and Gravel FUNdo will not be held in 2014. I hope to announce the plan for 2015 by the end of the year.

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The Pinnacle Inn Resort is hosting Three Peaks

pinnacle inn logo A big part of what makes Three Peaks such a great event has been our host hospitality. I am excited to announce the tradition will continue at the Pinnacle Inn Resort. We will be offering Saturday night registration and packet pickup at the hotel, and after you finish the race, you can relax in the heated indoor pool, sauna, or hot tubs.

That’s right.

Finish line hot tubs.


Click here or call 800-405-7888 to book you room, and enjoy a great weekend at this beautiful resort, with the easy convenience of being able to roll out of bed and to the start line.

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Stay on Beech Mountain

The Beech Mountain tourism agency is once again generously sponsoring Three Peaks USA.

Break away from chain establishments and select from an assortment of unique and eclectic lodging options on Beech. From budget to luxury, from standard lodge rooms to spacious vacation homes, there’s a fit just for you. There are dozens of properties steps from the start line and after party, and a few nights sleeping at altitude will give your training a great boost. Go to www.beechmtn.com/lodgings to learn more.

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Win Giro Mountain Bike Shoes!

Like free stuff? How about America? Then today is your lucky day. Sign up for Three Peaks USA by the Fourth of July, and you will be entered to win a pair of Giro mountain bike shoes courtesy of sales rep superstar Dave Frye.

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America’s Hardest Cyclocross Race is Back!

America’s Hardest Cyclocross Race is back with an even better course, more categories, even more prizes, and its part of even more race series. The “half” is now the Little Three Peaks Gravel FUNdo, offering slightly tamer 35 mile route that shares two of the Peaks with the race. Register now at BikeReg.com!

The 2013 Course returns to Beech Mountain, and features a gorgeous new section through the village of Elk Park and down a forest road along the Elk River, along with a serpentine exploration of the dirt roads of Beech Mountain, while avoiding the steep and technical descent through the Back 500. As a result, the course is stretched to 55 miles while cutting the about 1,300′ of climbing.

The Little Three Peaks Gravel FUNdo course is slightly tamer than last’s year “Half,” by cutting the steep gravel climb on Sam Eller, and only subjecting your to a single pass of Shawnee “Road.”

Check out this great helmet cam video shot by Zachary Adams at last year’s race:

Three Peaks USA is now part of THREE race series.

This year we are awarding cash prizes across all the race categories! Not only will the top three overall men and women will receive $600 in equal cash payouts, but all the age-groups and single speed categories will also be eligible to win over $2,000 in cash and prizes!
Race Series Scoring:

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Course Changes for 2013

America’s Hardest Cyclocross Race returns with a more ‘cross friendly route: the hairy descent is being replaced with a longer stretch of forest road, which will level the playing field between cyclocross and mountain bikes, nudging the total distance close to 100K while cutting the total climbing under 8K feet (in the race video, 1:46 to 2:24 is the part getting cut out). The “Half” will remain unchanged. The proposed course map is available on RideWithGPS.com (note that climbing figures are 10-20% higher than data read off a handheld or estimated on Strava). Give your feedback on the Facebook page, where the registration opening date – along with a special early registration incentive – will be posted.

Also be sure to check out the American UltraCross Championship Series for info about the two new races that joined the series, and look for some new competition from out West this year.

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Race Highlight Video from CyclingDirt.org

Sorry, FloCast is screwed up so it won’t embed, but you can go straight to the website to watch the video here:


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Thank you

I want to thank all the racers, sponsors, and race staff for making the race a success.

First, I want to thank the 130 folks who signed up for the race, and gutted out a tough day on a brutal course, tolerated my missteps, and who raised over $1,000 for local charites.

My thanks to the officers from the Avery and Watauga County Sheriffs’ Departments, the Banner Elk and Beech Mountain Police Departments, and the members of the Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department for working hard to make you safe and keep you on track.

I want to thank mechanics Reid Beloni and Garret Thompson of Magic Cycles, and my friend Steve White for spending a long day driving SAG and fixing bikes.

Big thanks to Dan and Christina Scagnelli from the Town of Beech Mountain, Fred’s General Mercantile, Hammer Nutrition or staffing and supplying our aid stations. Additional thanks to Tarry Crockett at the Headwaters at Banner Elk for loaning their four-wheeler to patrol the Back 500.

There were 16 course marshals who spent the day pointing you in the right direction: Emily Morris, Kelly Perkins, Erin Propst, and Kathy Schroeder from App State, all around good guy Brad Hardie, and especially Doug Owens and the 10 members of the Lees-McRae Cycling Team for working tirelessly to manage the course, run an aid station, and help me clean up.

Lee Timing once again did a great job getting accurate results posted quickly.

My buddy Joe Wiswell spent hours helping me clear and mark trail when all he wanted to do was to ride fast and make me cry, and Patience Perry, who rescued us after Joe got five flats.

My awesome new intern, Vanesss Papa, who has an uncanny ability to remain upbeat and positive in stressful situations and demonstrates a level of professionalism and maturity rarely witnessed in a person her age.

My beleaguered and infinitely patient wife Rosie spent all day Saturday getting car sick while marking the course and ran packet pickup that night despite having a real job that allows me to put on races despite how much it stresses her out and undermines our financial well being.

The Beech Mountain Tourism Development Agency helped make it possible for Thom Parsons from CyclingDirt.org to cover the race and generously covered the cost of the Beech Mountain police officers directing traffic.

Global Go-To-Guy Jeff Zell is my most loyal sponsor, supplying Panaracer Tires for my events for six years.

Gary Vasconi at Capo Cycling Apparel has been an incredible sponsor, supplying Pirate Race Productions with the finest made and best looking kits and winners jerseys I’ve ever seen.

Judging from the rapidity with which you cleaned them out, it’s clear how much we all appreciate the continued generosity of Blowing Rock Ale.

Finally, Michelle, Valerie and their staff at the Banner Elk Winery and Villa are generous and gracious hosts at arguably the most gorgeous venue in all of cycling.

I sincerely hope I did not leave anyone out.

Again, thank you.

Andrew Stackhouse

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Free Raffle for a Two Night Luxury Getaway!

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