Brevard College junior Tyler Miranda on the dual slalom course on Savannah Hill on the campus of Brevard College. Photo Credit: Victoria Brayman
The ten-time national champion Brevard College Cycling program will host the inaugural Brevard College/Ride Kanuga Mountain Bike Race Weekend on Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5. The Saturday action will take place at Ride Kanuga in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Sunday’s races will take place at Savannah Hill on the campus of Brevard College.
The event marks the first-ever USA Cycling and SECCC (Southeast Collegiate Cycling Conference) sanctioned collegiate races at Ride Kanuga and the first races on the Brevard College campus in over five years. Due to postponements and cancellations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the race also will be the first intercollegiate competition for the Brevard College Cycling program and for many of the participants since the Fall of 2019.
Confirmed collegiate programs participating include Kennesaw State University, King University, Lees-McRae College, Lindsey Wilson College, Milligan University, Piedmont University, SCAD-Atlanta, SCAD-Savannah and Warren Wilson.
The Saturday racing at Ride Kanuga will kick off with the 90-minute Men’s A Cross Country race at 9 a.m. followed by the Women’s A Cross Country competition at 10:45 a.m. Women’s B and C Cross Country will hit the trails immediately following the Women’s A start. Men’s B and C Cross Country then will race at approximately 12:30 p.m. The Saturday action concludes with the thrilling Downhill competition starting at 3 p.m.
Sunday’s action will take place on Savannah Hill, located next to Gil Coan Baseball Field on the campus of Brevard College. Five short track races will be held on the course, beginning with Men’s C Short Track at 8 a.m. Women’s B/C Short Track starts at 8:40 a.m., followed by Men’s B Short Track at 9:20 a.m. The 30-minute Men’s A and Women’s A Short Track races are scheduled for 10:10 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively.
Following Sunday’s short track action, the exciting Dual Slalom competition will begin at 12:30 p.m. on a new course down the front side of Savannah Hill. The bracket format will ultimately crown a dual slalom champion to conclude the race weekend.
Spectators are welcome to attend the Brevard College/Ride Kanuga Race Weekend, free of charge. Sunday’s racing will be broadcast live beginning at 10 a.m. on the Brevard College Tornados You Tube channel with Brevard College alumnus and professional mountain bike cyclist Carson Beckett providing color commentary.
Ride Kanuga, located at 1249 Kanuga Lake Road in Hendersonville, North Carolina, is a brand new, top-of-the-line trail destination founded by world-champion downhill racer, Neko Mulally. With business partner and lifelong rider, investor, and entrepreneur Dave Lamond, an estimated $100,000 has gone into building the park’s development so far, at no cost to Kanuga, a 1,400-acre nonprofit Episcopal retreat center. Ride Kanuga has eight downhill-specific trails with a variety of skill levels available by reservation for individuals and teams for practice and competition. For more information, go to ridekanuga.com.
The Brevard College Mountain Bike short track and dual slalom courses are located on Savannah Hill, on the backside of the BC campus next to the Gil Coan Baseball Field on Kings Creek Loop in Brevard, North Carolina. The ten-time national champion Brevard College Cycling program features varsity programs in the disciplines of Mountain Bike, Cyclocross, Road, and Gravel Racing. For the latest news and updates surrounding Brevard College Cycling, follow @brevardcycling on Instagram and ‘Brevard College Cycling’ on Facebook.
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Saturday, September 4 at Ride Kanuga
9 a.m. – Men’s A Cross Country (90 mins)
10:45 a.m. – Women’s A Cross Country (90 mins)
10:46 a.m. – Women’s B/C Cross Country (60 mins)
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Downhill Practice
12:30 p.m. – Men’s B Cross Country (75 mins)
12:31 p.m – Men’s C Cross Country (60 mins)
3 p.m. – Downhill Finals
Sunday, September 5 at Brevard College
8 a.m. – Men’s C Short Track (20 mins)
8:40 a.m. – Women’s B/C Short Track (20 mins)
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Dual Slalom Practice
9:20 a.m. – Men’s B Short Track (25 mins)
10:10 a.m. – Men’s A Short Track (30 mins)
11 a.m. – Women’s A Short Track (30 mins)
12:30 p.m. – Downhill Qualifying/Finals