Whether you ride a hardtail or full suspension mountain bike at Tsali is a matter of preference. The trails can comfortably be ridden on either. Single track purists love hardtails for their nimbleness and rider control. Others love full suspensions for their plusher ride and ability to hug the trail. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Bike Rentals

Mountain bike rentals are available through Bryson City Bicycles and include a helmet and vehicle rack. All race rentals need to be picked up at Bryson City Bicycles on Friday, October 2nd. Rentals can be returned at the Tsali Boat Launch following the event.

Tsali Adventure Triathlon competitors receive a $10 discount on bike rentals. Reservations are recommended.

Rental Prices

Kids 20″: $25 per day
Kids 24″: $25 per day
27.5″ Hardtail: $30 Race-Day rental
27.5″ Full Suspension: $40 Race-Day rental

Bryson City Bicycles
157 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713



Your favorite trail shoe should do the trick on this well-kept single-track trail. Keep in mind that the last 1/2 mile of the run stage is along a gravel road, so you’ll want to make sure your shoe has enough cushion to keep your feet protected.

New Shoes

Looking for that perfect trail shoe to train/race in? Stop by the Foot Rx tent during the Tsali Tri and try on shoes from Inov8, North Face, Hoka, Merrell, Altra, Pearl Izumi, & Brooks. Foot RX will be extending a discount of 20% off on race day. Check out what they have on closeout as well! These shoes will be $50. Want something else? Stop by the store with your race number and they’ll extend the discount to you even if they need to order a shoe for you!

Foot RX Asheville
1979 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

SUPs, kayaks, canoes, or any other non-motorized one-person water craft are welcome. In choosing your craft, keep in mind that there is no handicap advantage for slower boats.

Kayak & SUP Rentals

Kayak and SUP rentals are available through Nantahala Outdoor Center. Rentals are $29.99/day, and can be picked up on the morning of the event at NOC’s Adventure Center.

Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Hwy 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713