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    2006 Swank 65

    Sunday, November 5th. Is it the cold weather or Farlow Gap that's scaring some of you away? This year's Swank will be back to what it was before last year when a last minute change by the Forest Service made it shorter. The course should be between 40-45 miles. As always, there will be Highland Ale at the finish. Dinner after the race will be furnished also. Saturday and Sunday night camping is included. I will attemt to post the brochure below:


    General
    Information
    Pre-Registration:
    Online Registration at www.active.com.
    Pre-Registration will be run exclusively
    through Active.com due to a 100 person
    limit.
    Check the active.com website
    before entering to assure there
    are still openings in the race.
    For more information:
    Contact Blue Ridge Adventures at
    828-606-5107. You can also Email us at
    epicrides@bellsouth.net.
    Awards:
    $2000 Cash and Prizes
    20 deep men/10 deep women
    Blue Ridge Adventures Proudly Presents
    2006 8th Annual
    Swank 65
    Mountain Bike Journey
    Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
    Sunday, November 6th
    2006 8th Annual
    Swank 65
    Mountain Bike Journey
    Blue Ridge Adventures
    P.O. Box 1701
    Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


    Welcome To A Devilishly
    Good Time On Two Wheels!
    2006
    Swank 65
    Official Entry Form
    Name:
    Address:
    City:
    State: Zip:
    Phone:
    Email:
    Emergency Contact:
    and Phone:
    Team/Sponsor:
    Ride Fee:
    $70 Includes fully-stocked rest stops, an epic
    course, and home-style burger cookout finish.
    Payment info:
    Entry Fee includes an exciting race course,
    four completely-stocked rest-stops, Awards
    Party with a home-style burger cookout.
    Register online at www.active.com. There
    will be NO race-day registration. Sign up
    early to assure your part in the SWANK 65.
    If you would like to volunteer to help
    with the event, please call 828-606-5107
    or email Todd Branham at
    epicrides@bellsouth.net.
    Location:
    From the entrance of Pisgah Forest at the
    corner of US 64 and Hwy 276/280 go north on
    Hwy 276. After 4.5 miles, take a left onto F.S.
    Rd. (475-A). Travel 475-A for 3 miles, Cove
    Creek group campground on right.
    Parking:
    Parking is limited due to rules governing
    parking in Pisgah’s group campgrounds.
    Please carpool if possible.
    Course Description:
    The Swank 65 Mountain Bike Journey is
    mountain bike racing at it’s most primeval,
    far removed from civilization and polluted air.
    The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists
    of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding
    around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National
    Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads,
    fun single track, tough climbs and hell-raising
    descents, the exhilarating course will test your
    skills and desire as you explore the devilish
    terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. 42 miles
    (65K) in length.
    Start Time:
    A controlled mass start will begin promptly at
    10:00 a.m. Race meeting at Start line at 9:45.
    Every racer must attend meeting.
    Rest Stops/First Aid:
    There will be four fully-stocked rest stops
    on the course. The rest stops have food,
    Gatorade, and H20. We have a drop system
    organized so you can arrange to have your
    personal supplies at the rest stops. First Aid
    will be at every rest area and Start/Finish area.
    Restroom facilities are also at Start/Finish.
    Fires:
    There is one large fire ring. No personal fires
    at campsites. Cooking flames o.k.
    Camping:
    Free camping will be available in the peaceful
    cove around the Start/Finish area of Lower
    Cove Creek group campground Saturday and
    Sunday nights.
    Lodging:
    Holiday Inn Express 828-862-8900
    Hampton Inn Brevard 828-883-4800
    Weather:
    Weather mid November in the forest is
    generally 40-50 degrees around race time and
    can either warm up to the 60’s or drop in the
    low 40’s. Riders saw snowflakes in 2002. Be
    prepared for all conditions!
    Presenting Sponsors:
    828-253-4503
    HammerGel
    828-877-5790
    Liberty Bikes
    (828) 274-2453

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    Does anyone know what the course is like this year? Rumors have been on this board that the race may go down Farlow to Daniel Ridge, has this been verified?

    The weather is looking good for this weekend it should be a great event.

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    I will be there, preparing to take revenge on the demons in my head.
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    Yes it has Farlow and Daniel as well as Butter and Long Branch. Cove Creek of course will be the last leg. There is some additional stuff on the west side of Pilot Mtn. but it won't be on 215 at any time. The field is small for the ladies so far. It might be a good opportunity to pick up some prize money.

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    38 spots left.

    hm, really can't afford this but I'll probably still do it anyway.



    I wonder how bad it'll be on a singlespeed? lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by plume
    I wonder how bad it'll be on a singlespeed? lol...
    I rode it last year on the SS and it was great. All except for Mike Brown dropping me on the final Cove Creek descent. I think their where only 5 of us one gear folks last year. A SS is going to be a lot lighter for all the hike-a-bike on Farlow.

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    I will be on a SS. . . I don't plan on Mike leaving me going down Cove

    He should be waaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of me by then.
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    SS Gearing

    For you SS'ers out there. I'm on the fence if I'm going to ride mine or go geared. In the past, what gearing have you run?

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    This will be my first SS race. However I will be running the normal gear I run in Pisgah which is 32X22 on bighum wheels (29'er)
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    I ride 34/22 on biguns everywhere I go. And thats what I'll ride Sunday.

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    You guys are out of your mind!
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    Quote Originally Posted by michenfelder
    For you SS'ers out there. I'm on the fence if I'm going to ride mine or go geared. In the past, what gearing have you run?
    I think I was 34X19 last year.
    Little girl wheels.
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    Pictures and Camping

    Old Dude,

    Do you have anyone coming out to take pictures? We can arrange for pictures to be taken if you don't. . . We have done events with very happy results in the past.

    Anyone planning on camping Sunday night? My g/f and I are going to set up for Sunday night so we can take full advantage of the post race brew ha ha's.

    Looks like great weather for camping!!!
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    Hey Old Dude
    Michenfelder is trying to convince me to do this ride, mainly so he'll have someone to beat up on. I might be able to do the distance, but don't have a good feel for how long it will take me... it might be near sundown. yeah I'm old and slow. Is there a time cutoff on the last loop to prevent night riding or should I bring lights?
    the time is right for violent revolution

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    I'm not the promoter for the race, so I can't comment on pictures. Todd's not real internet savvy, so I offered to put out a reminder. You can call him at 828-606-5107. Bikecop, I think the winner will be <4hrs. There will be people out there for 8 hrs. That's a ~6mph avg, speed. for a 45 mi. ride. If you've done a 30 mile ride, 45 isn't much worse since you can travel lighter with the feed stations with water and Gatorade every 10-12 miles. The fact that there is free beer always makes the last 10 miles flly by. Do it for us old guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by old dude
    I'm not the promoter for the race, so I can't comment on pictures. Todd's not real internet savvy, so I offered to put out a reminder. You can call him at 828-606-5107. !
    I figured, no biggie and thanks for the info.
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    Must....fight...urge...to...Swank....must.....
    stupid smack-talking extreme tomato
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    Must....fight...urge...to...Swank....must.....
    stupid smack-talking extreme tomato

    No smack talkin' from me. . . Its not in my catsup to smack talk.

    With that being said, I understand if you need to wait until you are off the "girlie wheels" before you race again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by extrmtao
    No smack talkin' from me. . . Its not in my catsup to smack talk.
    I figured if I accused you of talking smack then maybe you would start it up. I can't go to a race without pre-emptive smack-talk.
    Too dull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    I figured if I accused you of talking smack then maybe you would start it up. I can't go to a race without pre-emptive smack-talk.
    Too dull.
    Well geeeeeez, if that's all I need to do to get you out to race. . .
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    'mater, that is some funny funny shiz-nit.
    Rick James, beeeuaatuatch.

    Endo- that was too much fun last year, I was wiped and knowing you were right behind me was very motivational.

    Right now, I's out this year, the Double Dare is still sitting heavy in the legs. We'll see how I'm feeling tomm or Fri however.

    Mike

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    No smack talkin' from me. . . Its not in my catsup to smack talk.

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    What's that?
    Who's coming to the Swank?
    Little boy in the back row with the crazy viking/pirate hat?

    Changing the name to The Smack 65, beaatch!

    BTW: That boy is asking for five beers in sign language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    Must....fight...urge...to...Swank....must.....
    stupid smack-talking extreme tomato
    are those real?

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    wait a sec, what the hell was this thread about?

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