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Big, Surprise Pro Field Rumored for Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race

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A little birdy just dropped us a note with some secret rumors about pros coming from everywhere, even out of retirement (!), for the inaugural Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race in October.  We can’t confirm any of this, nor can we reveal our source, but some comes with a pretty high degree of validity…  Here’s what we’ve heard:

  • S. African World Cup mountain bike racer Max Knott is coming.
  • Olympian Chris Shepherd is coming.
  • Jeremiah Bishop proved he’s back from his injury by winning the SM100 last weekend and will bring the heat.
  • Sue Haywood, who won the Women’s Open at the SM100, is coming.
  • Nick Waite, 2001 XC National Champion and former pro road racer with Kelly Benefit Strategies is coming out of retirement to challenge the field.
  • SORBA members that put in two days of trail work can get a $50 discount off their entry.

That’s the “news” for now…more as we dig it up.

If you’re not sure what the PMBSR is, it’s the first epic mountain bike stage race in the southeast.  It’ll put riders through four days of racing over 145 miles (promising more than 50% singletrack) and 38,000 feet of climbing for the “richest stage race cash purse” in America: $15,000.  It’s limited to 150 riders, so if you’re itchin’ to put yourself to the test, sign up now.  Every entrant gets a jersey, and it’s fully suppported with three stocked rest stops per day, mechanical support and more.

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