Fonta Flora Barnburner 50k

October 19th, 2024

Three words can describe the Barnburner 50k....

Challenging, fun and a must do race!

The Fonta Flora Barnburner 50K tests your endurance, skill and fortitude to press on as you race through the heart-pounding trails of Lake James State Park and the fun, sweeping single track of Fonta Flora Trail system.

The Barnburner is for everyone...race for the finish or enjoy our Party Pace class to take in all the mountain and lake views. The challenge is up to you.


Barnburner 50k

Event Details

Race Day October 19th, 2024

Friday, October 18th:

Early packet pickup - TBD

Saturday, October 19st:

7am – Packet Pickup
8:45am - Packet Pickup Closes
8:50am – Racer Meeting for Barnburner 50k
9am - Fonta Flora Barnburner 50k Race Start
12pm – Barnburner 50k Awards

*Please note, schedule times can change*

Barnburner 50k

Saturday, October 21st 9am Race Start


Each trail system has unique features to enjoy, but here's a little taste...

LJSP is tight, fast and flowy, with ripping berm sections and did we mention feel the flow?

Next the Fonta Flora trail opens up, but stay on your game. It's fast, fast, fast with tight corners, wide open sprints and enough flow to get the wheels well off the ground.

Gorgeous lake views abound on this race along with mountain views that will inspire you to ride harder.

Official Barnburner 50k Map - Ridewithgps

*Due to current trailwork and closures, route can change*

Please see Event Details tab for detailed schedule.

Prizes: Top Three of each age group

Post Ride Beer: As usual, participants get a free post ride beer! Choose your favorite brewery and get your hand stamped for your toasty one.

Cut-off time: Cut off time is 1pm at the Linville River bridge off HWY 126 on the return trip from LJSP. Riders past this time will be directed to finish the race.


1. Have Fun!
2. Riders must wear an approved cycling helmet at all times while on the bike.
4. Riders must complete the event on the bike they started on. No bike swaps
during the event.
5. Riders may receive outside support within 100′ of official rest areas.
6. Riders may receive support from other PARTICIPATING riders at any time.
7. Riders must stay in single-file except to pass.
8. Riders must obey all local traffic laws.
9. Electric-Assist bikes (E-Bikes) are prohibited. 
10. The Event
Director reserves the right to disqualify any rider for any reason.
DNF riders must check-in and notify event timers


This years festival will be held at the Linville Adventure Pasture near Lake James and Linville River!!!

Our new venue will provide on site camping and more parking in the grass field.

We still ask that if you can carpool to please do!


5536 Hwy NC 126 Nebo, NC 28761


From Raleigh: Follow I-40 W to exit 100 or Jamestown road. Follow Jamestown road (becomes independence blvd.) Turn left onto hwy 126 and follow for approximately 12 miles to Linville Adventure Pasture.

From Asheville: Follow I-40 E to exit 100 or Jamestown road. Follow Jamestown road (becomes independence blvd.) Turn left onto hwy 126 and follow for approximately 12 miles to Linville Adventure Pasture.



Free camping at Race Venue Friday and Saturday night.

Your camping spot will be at your vehicle, no assigned spaces. There will a specific area for folks camping to park.

Those not camping will also have a specific area to ensure good traffic flow.

Parking attendants will assist with this starting Friday.

Other places to stay:

The nearby Lake James State Park has two stellar lakeside campgrounds within 15 minutes of the start. More information can be found at the park website.

There are also multiple hotels in Morganton about 20 minutes drive from Linville Adventure Pasture. Airbnb and VRBO are excellent resources as well.




Contact information

Overmountain Cycles


Visit website