This weekend marks the final two race events for the North Carolina Cyclocross Series. What makes this event special? Two things. 1) It will be held on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. 2) This course won the bid for the 2016 Cyclocross National Championships. More details after the break.
The Biltmore mansion is the largest privately owned home in the United States. It’s construction was finished in 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt. Today it features a very large home to tour, gardens, a winery, a village area for tourists to enjoy, and plenty of property to see. It is certainly a privilege to tear up the grass on such a fine estate!
As the winner for the 2016 Nationals course, this is a unique opportunity to preview the course that the pros themselves will be grinding it out on. Also, there is a good chance that some heavy-hitters may preview the course themselves if they are in the area. There has been a hint through social media that the course will have some European influence; something that most NC racers don’t get to see very often.
Because the event is held on private property, all racers and spectators must pay an $11 entrance fee for the grounds. For an additional $15, event goers can also get a ticket for the house tour. If you don’t know already, this is a smoking deal! It normally is 4-5 times that price to tour the home. Again, this is a great opportunity for anyone local, or anyone needing an excuse for a small, mountain vacation. I personally plan to attend and race on Sunday and will make much of my time there… vacation style.
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