Pisgah Monster CX, hosted by Pisgah Productions, is a gravel race up through select forest service gravel roads leading up to the Blue Ridge Pkwy. It is a very challenging race as the climbs are steep and the gravel descents are loose and twisty. I seem to do a little better every year and this year I was not counting on anything spectacular as I had just completed TNGA a few weeks prior. I also did not have a bike built up for the event as my super carbon gravel bike turned out to be a flop since it could only fit 32c tires at most.
This time, it was a little different...there were others from Charleston coming along! So cool! For a few years now, I have been making the trip up to this race by myself and it is fun when you get there as I get to see many of my Asheville and Greenville friends. This time, though, the MTP Velo team was rolling up in full force! Michael Bannister handled the logistics on a place to stay in Saluda and everyone was pumped to attack the gravel climbs in the beautiful Pisgah mountains. The
After a wonderful nights sleep in Saluda once again. Ed, Alice, and I wandered back up to Hendersonville and over to the Waffle House since the Pisgah Hub was not yet open and Ed wanted to buy bike stuff. We met up with Mike Pierce and devoured some greasy morning breakfast vittles. Afterwards, we headed back over to the Pisgah Hub and embarked upon an unplanned all day drinking session at the bar inside. We closed the place down. Thats how much we love the Hub! Looking forward to next year!