Race to the Rock at Chimney Rock 25 Mile Bike 2018

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7:30 AM


Sunday, August 12, 2018


Lake Lure, NC




25 Mile Bike


Thursday, August 09, 2018  7:30 AM


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Race to the Rock at Chimney Rock 25 Mile Bike






Heralded as one of “America’s Best Lakes” by USA TODAY, Lake Lure, North Carolina is home to your Premier Destination Race Weekend held along the shores of Rumbling Bald Resort and the peaks of Chimney Rock State Park. Returning for the 14th annual year, the scenic mountain town of Lake Lure hosts the Lake Lure Olympiad on August 10-12, 2018. Each year over 1,500 athletes come to compete at one of Western North Carolina's Premier Destination Sports Festivals, situated in the Blue Ridge Foothills.

The Lake Lure Olympiad boasts multiple race events, challenging courses, and entertaining outdoor activities for family and friends at diverse scenic locations. It is also a non-profit organization bringing people together in the spirit of firendly competition for the benefit of charitable giving. The Olympiad has given back that more than $315,000 towards area charities and service organizations.

Over the past 13 years, athletes of all ages and abilities have participated and continue to rave about the area's scenic beauty, delicious finish line food, and countless welcoming volunteers which all make the Olympiad experience truly special and unique. Bring your kids and let them experience the same thrill of competition that mom and dad love, plus they earn medals too at the Junior Olympiad!

Turn your competition into a destination race weekend and enjoy the amazing backdrop of the Hickory Nut Gorge, serving as both a place to compete and a fun summer getaway spot with views that will take your breath away.

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Race Details

Dominate the Rock on a high note, literally! Starting at the Old Rock Cafe on the west side of Chimney Rock Village, the course makes a 22 mile loop. Begin heading east along Memorial Highway. Following the winding roads of Bills Creek, Buffalo Creek and Buffalo Shoals Roads, the course takes you on a scenic trip passing Rumbling Bald Resort and down the mountain along the shore road. Cross the iconic Lake Lure Dam and back onto Memorial Highway into Chimney Rock Village. Enter Chimney Rock State Park and climb high up the switchback road ending at the base of the Rock with a stunning 75 mile panoramic view of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure.

Exclusive to the Lake Lure Olympiad, this is the ONLY TIME of the year the park closes to allow athletes to compete and run up to Chimney Rock. Race to the Rock participants can go back into the State Park for sightseeing and hiking adventures FREE of charge anytime after the race on Sunday by showing their race bib at the ticket plaza.
Spectaors can enter the park for FREE prior to 7:30 AM to cheer on athletes.

 T-Shirt deadline:

Register before July 25th to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

2018 t-shirts will feature the "no logos on back" direction that Set Up Events is going with many of the races in the NCTS.
Race shirts with a neat design on the front and clean on the back.

Complimentary Race Extras:

Commemorative t-shirt (only guaranteed if registered by July 25th)
Iced towels
"Roast on the Rock" and post-race food items
Medal ceremony

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3 Races in 3 Days - The Ultimate Challenge

New in 2018 - one click bundle and you're in! Sign up for the ultimate competing experience and challenge yourself to Slam the Dam, TRI Tough, and Dominate the Rock race events.

We packaged three completely different races at three scenic venues all in just three days. Reward yourself with three commemorative race shirts, large "3 Races in 3 Days" medals, and one additional prize giving you the ultimate bragging rights. Go on, give it a shot! This is your year to feel on top!


3 Race Pricing:

Slammin' the Dam 10K Run - Triathlon - Race to the Rock 5K Run: $85 (11/1/17 - 3/31/18) $115 (4/1/18 - 8/7/18)


Slammin' the Dam 10K Run - Triathlon - Race to the Rock 25 Mile Bike $100 (11/1/17 - 3/31/18) $130 (4/1/18 - 8/7/18)





Category Pricing

Age Group Male
Age Group Female
On or Before Wednesday, February 28, 2018$25.00
On or Before Thursday, May 31, 2018$30.00
On-site Registration$35.00
On-site Registration$45.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Note: On-line Registration for this event closes on 08-09-2018 at 7:30 AM.

On-site registration is available for this event on 08-12-2018 during normal packet pick up hours.

Event Site Rules

The Village of Chimney Rock requires that all cyclists be inside the park gate by 9:30 AM. This means you have 2 hours to complete the first 22 miles before riding the last 3 miles up to the top of Chimney Rock. If you do not reach the park entrance by 9:30 AM, a race official will meet you at the front gate to remove your timing chip.

Packet Pickup

Sunday, August 12 - 6:00 - 7:15AM - Old Rock Cafe - 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC

Only cash or checks can be accepted at packet pick-up.

Lodging Information

The Lake Lure Olumpiad is proud to partner with Rumbling Bald Resort, the host venue for the Lake Lure Sprint Triathlon as well as the 10K Slam the Dam Run located along the shores of Lake Lure. The resort is offering a special lodging discount rate for participating athletes. Book your stay and receive 10% off. Rumbling Bald Resort offers a wide selection of lodging options fit for a family, a group of friends or the couple looking for a peaceful experience while competing. Athletes can choose to stay in luxury homes, condos, studios, and the Motorcoach resort, ALL inlcuding resort amenities!

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*** Book your stay during the week of the Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival and receive 10% off your lodging!

Call Debbie Earley at: 828-694-3027
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Refund are not available for this event.


Withdrawals will be available after Friday, July 13, 2018.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event does not allow deferrals.


In the event of inclement weather the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement weather does not pass in time to complete the event safely in the original or modified format, the event will be cancelled. If the weather passes and the event cannot be held within the permitted time limits, the event will be changed to a duathlon format and possibly modified in length to meet these restrictions.

Every effort will be made to hold this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy.

By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.


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Award Categories

Men's A            Category 1,2, and 3
Men's B            Category 4,5, Beginners
Men's Master    Age 40 and Over
Women            Open
Junior Men        Under 18