The Great Balsam Bike Relay will be held in Jackson County, North Carolina on August 11th, 2018. Teams are made up of four cyclists, ideally two mountain bikers and two road specialists. Each rider will ride two segments, one at a time, for a total of eight riding segments. Mountain bikes are permitted on paved sections, but no road bikes on the trail or gravel sections. Cyclocross bikes are permitted, except for on designated single-track sections. Race check-in will be held at Innovation Brewing at 414 West Main St in Sylva, NC, from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM on August 10th, 2018. The exact route is a secret until check-in where teams will receive their maps and race start times. The race finish line will be at Innovation Brewing’s new Dillsboro, NC location. All racers over the age of 21 will receive vouchers for beer at the Innovation after-race party and racers of all ages will receive a t-shirt at the finish line.