Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate

Sun September 20, 2020 Asheville, NC 28806 US Directions
The 2020 Asheville Off Road Series is Cancelled

The Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate is a unique, challenging event that has grown into a local and regional favorite over the years. Our 2019 event was our biggest event to date, and we were anticipating an even bigger number in 2020. We were looking forward to having another day of Gravel Grinder, 10K and Duathlon events, and sharing the excitement of racing with our participants. 

However, the world had other plans...

We shut down registration for the 2020 Asheville Off Road Series in March due to COVID-19, and since that time we have been working behind the scenes with Biltmore Estate to make the event possible in some capacity. When we received the go-ahead last week from Biltmore Estate, we sent out a survey to all of our participants to gauge community interest, and we noted that there would be some major changes to the event, such as the deletion of the Duathlon, staggered start times, wave starts, and other safety guidelines we would put in place to encourage social distancing.  

Although the response to the survey was mostly positive and encouraging, we did not feel there were enough responses to ensure we would have the necessary number of participants at this year’s event.

Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that we are foregoing the 2020 Asheville Off Road Series this year and will instead plan for a completely epic event in 2021. With 40 percent of our participants not feeling comfortable at this time to attend an in-person event — AND with September being saturated with scheduled events already — we have opted to cancel the 2020 event completely. We are taking the safety of our participants very seriously, and although we could have this event in a safe and socially distanced way, given the survey results it would not be a viable option for our iDaph team. 

We are offering our current registrants the option to defer their registration to the 2021 event, to donate their registration costs to the iDream Athlete's Foundation, or to receive a refund. 

Registrants must submit a formal decision by August 31st at midnight by selecting one of the options below. All responses must be submitted using the options below, and any other form of response (phone calls, emails, Facebook comments, etc) will be directed back to this page to make a selection. If you do not respond by August 31st at midnight, your registrations cost will automatically be donated to the iDream Athlete's Foundation. 


Here Are Your Options:

If you select this option, we will reach out to you after the decision deadline date with a coupon code which will allow you to register for free for the 2021 event. 

Note: We are not capable of automatically deferring you to 2021 - you'll be required to use your custom comp code to re-register (for free). 

iDream Athletes Foundation Mission:

It is the mission, duty and purpose of iDream Athletes Foundation to provide opportunities for Western North Carolina youth and adults who are unable to pay for sporting event fees, coaching, travel expenses and/or equipment to train for and/or participate in our WNC sporting events. This tax-exempt non-profit provides needs-based scholarships. The amounts to be gifted are determined on a case-by-case basis through a criteria-selection process.

In addition, we will assist in fueling the growth for local running, cycling and multi-sport champions, teams, clubs, locally owned stores and communities in Western North Carolina by providing resource and financial support when conducting our key activities.

For more info on the Foundation, click here

We understand and hope you can join us in 2021!

Note: We cannot refund the fees charged by the registration site or any donations. Refunds will be returned to your credit card via RunSignup within 2-3 weeks following August 31st. 

Bitmore Estate
Asheville, NC US 28806
Race Contact Info

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Asheville Duathlon, 10k off-road Run, & Gravel Grinder Bike Events (20, 40 or 60 mile)

Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC
Sunday, September 20th, 2020

For the French aristocrat in all of us, this rough-cut, crown-emerald of a race sweeps participants through a mystical journey, back to a time when the Estate might have resembled a 15th century countryside plantation, complete with a game-stocked forest, working vineyards, and a cold mountain river rushing by. Racers on this day will be lords and ladies of the land they claim under fast plowing feet & spokes.

The Asheville Off Road Series of multi-sport events at Biltmore Estate consists of 3 main events - each come with various privileges for participation.

All three of the off road events in September are entirely on the historic grounds of the Biltmore Estate property. The Asheville Duathlon and Gravel Grinder events both get to explore the west side of Biltmore Estate, which is typically off-limits to guests. Join endurance athletes of all abilities and step to the start line, hearts booming in anticipation, to challenge mind and body while competing in the annual multi-sport event series held at Biltmore Estate.

Event is limited to 750 spots. We expect the event to sell out prior to race day! Sign up as an individual, or a 2—3 person relay team for the AVL Duathlon.

[NOTE: The backup date for this event is September 27th, 2020]


NOTICE: The 2020 course is subject to change.

5k road run, 13.25 mile off road bike ride followed by a final 5k pack dirt/single track off road run. The bike course is non-technical riding on the west side of the estate, an area off limits to regular visitors! 2-3 person relay options are available. Kids can team up with an adult for the relay option. Bike rider for the team option must be 10 yrs old to participant. Runner may be younger than 10.


The Asheville Gravel Grinder Bike Events come packed with something for every type of rider, a 20, 40 or 60 mile option. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or scenery seeking rider, these events are for you! The Gravel Grinder Bike events are the only bike events at the estate that allows the participant to access the front of Biltmore House on their bike.


The Asheville 10k Run at Biltmore features an off-road 10k run, featuring some paved, packed dirt and trail that takes the runner to a marvelous adventure with new views of the Biltmore House.

We encourage athletes of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels compete in our events and prove that when you put your mind to something, anything is possible. However, for our competitive participants, we do offer overall and age group awards for each of the events.


All the 2019 race photos have been provided by none other than Bren Photography! Bren has captured some amazing images for our past events, and we're thrilled to have her and her team back at the Biltmore in 2020.

For all the 2019 photos, CLICK HERE.


Saturday, September 19, 2020
The DoubleTree Hotel in Asheville

Sunday, September 20, 2020
The Group Sales office on the right before the Biltmore Estate Entrance 
**We recommend picking up on Saturday to avoid the crowds Sunday morning**


Every participant in the race will be granted free entry onto the Estate for the entire day, but there is a discounted entrance fee for spectators. The Biltmore Estate is not open to the general public, so each person coming through the gate must have a pass of some sort. 

Spectator tickets can be purchased at Packet Pickup (Saturday, the 19th) and at the Group Sales Office (first building on your left when entering Biltmore) on race day starting at 6:30 AM. 


$18 + tax for Biltmore Annual Passholders
$23 + tax for those without Annual Pass. Upgrade to house visit $29 + tax ($15 + tax for youth)Upgrade to annual pass $119 + tax


We have a selection of locally made pottery awards, pint glasses, gift certificates and SWAG for our award winners! 


Award Categories Duathlon (Individual) and 10k:


Overall                   1st, 2nd, 3rd

Masters                  1st

Age Groups           1st, 2nd, 3rd

(Age Groups: 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & over)   


Duathlon Relay Teams:

Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for 2-person and 3-person relay teams


Award Categories  20 Mile, 40 Mile Gravel Grinder + 60 Mile Gravel Grinder Bike Events:


Overall                   1st, 2nd, 3rd

Masters                  1st, 2nd, 3rd

Age Groups           1st, 2nd, 3rd


(Age Groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over)



AWARDS CEREMONY (Times are approximate and subject to change)

10:15 am:

Awards ceremony for 10K Off Road Run

11:00 am:

Awards ceremony for Asheville Duathlon

11:30 am:

Awards ceremony for 20/40 mile Gravel Grinders

12:00 pm:

Awards ceremony for 60 mile Gravel Grinder

iDaph Athletic Buffs

NEW FOR 2020!!!

If you're an avid endurance athlete, chances are you've got a whole drawer full of race shirts from years past. Why not try something new in 2020?

This year, you'll be able to select our iDaph athletic buffs as a alternative giveaway option when you register. If your race shirt drawer runneth over, you can snag one of these instead! A "must have" accessory for every adventure, this multi-functional buff is a bandanna, ponytail holder, sun guard, scarf, hat, neck gaiter, or dust screen.



New for 2020: Additional Timing Checkpoint

To ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of our timing system, a timing checkpoint will be added onto the west side of the Estate (where the Gravel Grinder and Duathlon bike laps take place). Participants will still be responsible for keeping track of their own laps, but this new checkpoint will eliminate any room for error when it comes time for the awards ceremony. 


For more in-depth info on each course, follow the links below to our Ride With GPS pages. 

NOTICE: The 2020 courses are subject to change. Contact for more information. 

Duathlon Maps

Asheville Duathlon Run #1 - [CLICK HERE

Asheviille Duathlon Bike - [CLICK HERE

Asheville Duathlon Run #2 - Westover Trails - [CLICK HERE]

Gravel Grinder Maps

20 Mile - [CLICK HERE

40 Mile - [CLICK HERE

60 Mile - [CLICK HERE]

10k Run Map

- 10k Off Road: [CLICK HERE

Custom Off Road Series Mug

This locally-made, commemorative mug is designed specifically for the Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate.

It pairs nicely with a morning cup of joe and reminiscing on your awesome race day experience. 

(You can add on this item during your registration, or by going to the iDaph Events shop here.) (2020 image coming soon!)


Celebrate your Off Road Series experience in style with the official commemorative medal.

It'll look great in a trophy case, on your desk at work, or worn around your neck at the grocery store. You just completed the Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate - show it off!

(You can add on this item during your registration, or by going to the iDaph Events shop here.) (2020 image coming soon!)



Looking to rent a gravel, cyclocross or mountain bike for the event? Asheville Bicycle Company is our premier, local bike shop support for the event. They will even bring the bike out to the event for you! Please reach out to Craig if you are interested in a bike rental - (828) 774-5215.

Race Website

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In a world of uncomfortable, low-quality race apparel, stand out with these custom Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate shirts. The soft fabric and men's/women's fits make these shirts perfect for workouts and nights out alike.

Starting on September 1st, these shirts will only be available in limited sizes & quantities for $10. 

(This item must be picked up at the race) (2020 image coming soon!)


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