Course Prep

The folks who live in communities where we are racing are pulling out all the stops to make this race a success, and to help the folks at the Mountain Alliance give more local kids a chance to learn leadership skills, get outdoors and RIDE BIKES! To wit, there will be FORTY (40) course marshals, patrol cars, motos, and EMS ATVs out on race day, including three fire departments, two police departments, the Ski Beech ski patrol, the kids, parents and teachers from the Mountain Alliance, and the Crew from Team Pirate Race Productions presented by Alpha Facilities Solutions. All the intersections will be manned, painted, and/or signed on race day. There will be a rest stop you pass at miles 8, 29 and 39 which will be stocked with water, bananas, and peanut butter sandwiches courtesy of Fred’s General Mercantile. If you decide to hang it up, the Mountain Alliance bus will get you back to the start line. The team from RMS Events are doing scoring, on-site registration, and are running a second online registration page with lower fees than BikeReg. When race day comes, we’ve got you covered!

If you are coming up to pre-ride, please note there are no markings for the turn onto “Farm Rd” as someone painted over them in black (possibly the Angry Cow), and that the markings for the turn onto Old Beech Mountain Rd is very faint – both will be fixed, but not before this weekend. Also, please note that there is a nasty gravel switchback on Joe Parlier that we will have marked on race day, but would be very dangerous if you overshoot it, Also, the descent off the Second Peak on Old Beech Mountain Rd has a couple hundred meters of new, large gravel that will require high tire pressure, a steady hand, and low speed to navigate without pinch flatting or drifting into the pucker-brush.

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Prize Money!

Thanks to the generous support of Boone Bike and Touring, we will be able to offer CASH prizes. As of Sept 21, we are paying out $250/5 deep to the top male ‘cross racers in the 75K race – as registrations fill in the other categories, we’ll kick in cash there as well. Go see Shaw, Sarah, Joseph and Sam for all your cross needs, and check out the new 2011 Trek XO and Specialized Crux

Boone Bike and Touring

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Are you up to the challenge?

An homage to the UK’s legendary 3 Peaks Cyclocross Race and Pennsylvania’s notorious Iron Cross, this will be a challenge of rider and machine on the unpaved roads that scale Beech Mountain and its North and South Ridges. Roads conditions range from ¬†quality paved roads, to scraped gravel sections that would be comfortable on a road bike, to weathered jeep roads that will force many to walk. Unlike our namesake we are also offering a Mountain Bike Division in both the 75K and 35K races. Race starts and finishes at the Beech Mountain Visitors Center.

Three Peaks USA is a fundraiser for the Mountain Alliance, a community of individuals committed to providing Watauga County high school aged youth with opportunities to explore and develop their leadership potential through experiential learning. Students in the program will be working as course marshals and manning the aid station and start/finish, working hard to keep you safe, on track, and having fun.

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