Wauchees Bike Race


Wicked, Wily & Wondrous!

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Registration for the 2023 event opens October 3, 2022 at 10am on bikereg.com.

Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 8am
Where: All routes start in Tellico Plains at Tellico Grains Bakery with a police escort neutral roll-out.
Tellico Grains Bakery
105 Depot Street
Tellico Plains, TN 37385

The Waucheesi Bike Race is wickedly sweet and includes two racing distances: the Wily 88 and the Wondrous 63, crafted by Chris Joice.

Make no mistake, this race is just as challenging as it is beautiful. Cherohala Skyway, Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests provide all the goods—long climbs, fast descents, great forest roads, rowdy gravel, and amazing vistas. If you dare to try the 88-mile option, you’re looking at a stout 11,500+ feet of climbing, while the 63-mile course is no joke, with 8,800+ feet. Both routes include the Basin Gap and North River Road climbs, while the 88-mile course adds a spectacular climb to Farr Gap. Prizes will be given to the top three in each category for each distance.

For those not interested in racing or biting off the longer distances, we have a 45-mile ride option. The 45-mile course offers a great tour of Cherokee National Forest and Bald River, while climbing 4,100 feet. Please note that this category is a ride only; prizes will not be given out for this distance.

Riders must be finished by sunset. Therefore, we have the following time requirements for the 63 and 88 mile distances: 

  • Must reach the 24 mile split by 1pm or you will have to take the 45 mile fun ride route.
  • Must reach 45 mile split by 2:30pm or you will have to take the 63 mile route.
  • If you are racing the 88 mile course, you must have lights at rest stop 4 after 6pm.

The detailed course maps and descriptions can be found here.

Strava links:
88 mile course
63 miles course
45 mile course

To download gpx files, visit our Google Drive here.

When: Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 8am

Where: All routes start in Tellico Plains at Tellico Grains Bakery with a police escort neutral roll-out.

Cost: $90 (includes four fully stocked aid stops, delicious post-race meal and beverage)

Registration: Register on BikeReg starting October 3, 2022 at 10am.

T-shirts: Event t-shirts are $25. It's a high quality, super comfy triblend that will quickly become your favorite tee. 

Packet Pick-up: Race packets must be picked up in person at Tellico Grains Bakery on either Saturday, March 25 from 6-8pm or day of the event starting at 6am. 

Drop Bags: Each aid stop is fully stocked with food, water, and electrolyte drink. If you have additional items you would like at a particular stop, clearly write out your name and which rest stop the bag should be left. Bags must be dropped off the day before the event. 

Post-race Meal: All routes end back at Tellico Grains Bakery, where you'll enjoy wood-fired pizzas and craft beverage.

Past Results

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