Frequently Asked Questions

When is the 2017 Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion?

Monday, May 15, 2017

What does it cost?

The Assault on Mt. Mitchell is $135.

When does registration close for the 2017 Assaults?

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at noon.

Why is the event held on a Monday?

Due to the popularity of both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mt. Mitchell State Park, Monday is the only day available for a special event of this size!

Why are family/friends/personal SAGS not allowed to follow riders on the course? Why can't they drive to Mt. Mitchell to watch the rider finish?

In order to keep the course safe, and to not cause additional traffic concerns, family/friends/personal SAGS are not allowed to follow riders. The spectators’ guide contains information about how you can cheer on your rider at key points on the course!

Due to safety concerns, family/friends/personal SAGS cannot drive to Mt. Mitchell. This is a policy set forth by the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mt. Mitchel State Park that we must adhere to. If you would like to see your rider finish at the top of Mt. Mitchell, you will need to purchase a spectator bus ticket from Marion to the top of Mt. Mitchell for $15 online here.

Are there entry requirements to be able to ride the Assault on Mt. Mitchell?

There is no set timing requirement to register for The Assaults. Please note that this course is very challenging and requires proper training to ensure the safety of the rider!

Can I transfer my number to someone else?

You may transfer your registration to another rider, if you are unable to participate. Transfer may be made until Thursday, May 11, 2017. To transfer your registration, contact Katie Jordan (director@theassaults.com) with the names of the participating parties. A $30 transfer fee is charged to the new rider upon transfer; it is up to the individual parties to set and collect any amount outside the transfer fee.

I am no longer able to participate. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, The Assaults is unable to offer refunds. You may be able to transfer your registration to another rider for an agreed-upon amount, plus the $30 transfer fee.

How does one train or prepare for events as arduous as these?

We recommend researching training plans for century rides, which include hill training.

When is 2017 Packet Pick-up?

On Sunday, May 14 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. From 1:00 – 8:00 p.m., you can pick up your packet and enjoy an expo with local companies all supporting The Assaults. You will be able to put a small dry clothes bag onto either the Marion or Mt. Mitchell truck.

Additionally, you can pick up your packet on Monday morning, May 15 at the auditorium from 5:45 – 6:15 a.m. You will again have the opportunity to put a small dry clothes bag onto the appropriate baggage truck.

May I leave my car in Marion on Sunday?

On Sunday, May 14, there will be a service bus from Marion, NC to Spartanburg, SC, so you can leave your vehicle at Tom Johnson Campground overnight. You will need to purchase a parking ticket when you enter Tom Johnson Campground in order to keep your car there overnight. The Sunday bus ticket from Marion to Spartanburg can be purchased in advance online here. (Note: bikes will not be allowed on these services buses. You will have to make separate arrangements to transport your bike to Spartanburg.)

If I drop my car off on Sunday will there be a way for me to get my luggage to Marion on Monday?

You may drop off a small duffle bag on the appropriate baggage truck on Monday morning between 5:45 a.m.-6:15 a.m. The Assaults does not provide any personal luggage transportation beyond that one small bag.

Are there any special room rates at local hotels?

Yes! Click here for more information.

When should I purchase my transportation ticket(s)?

Transportation tickets can be purchased at any time during the online registration period or at packet pick-up the day before the ride.

What is the start going to be like this year?

In an effort to create a smoother smart, we have asked participants to estimate their average speed time. We would appreciate riders lining up according to those times at the start of the ride.

How many Rest Stops are on this course?

There are ten total rest stops along the ride to Mount Mitchell. There are four rest stops before reaching Tom Johnson Campground and the finish of The Assault on Marion. Please reference the cue sheet to see the exact locations.

What will be available at the rest stops?

Rest stops offer food, beverage, first aid kits and toilets. SAG vehicle will also be available on the course. Some rest stops will have tech support available as well. Please reference the cue sheet for more information.