Ride Reports

arrow&v

DIRTY 130

Jason Vance

Jason Vance

6/30/21

Charleston, SC to Tennessee is a long drive and I procrastinate. So, naturally I would tackle the Triple Crown on consecutive days right on the deadline...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

Claire Colbert

Claire Colbert

6/27/21

Well, the Death March is certainly aptly named! I’m really glad I chose my hard tail over my gravel bike bc some of those descents would have been gnarly in the best of conditions… but I ended up doing a lot of them in the middle of thunderstorms...

DIRTY 130

Jer Walker

Jer Walker

5/15/21

As an old and busted chubby flatlander, this was never going to be an easy day at the office. Much to my surprise, I apparently brought Michigan temps with me as it was only 41 when I started at 6:48 AM! Luckily, I was in for a super sunny day that would warm up quickly...

TELLICO HIGHLANDS

Jeramie Hoff

Jeramie Hoff

5/01/21

Started the day under perfect skies and crisp temps for the first day of May! Because I’m between gravel bikes at the moment I rode a MTB hardtail equipped with 700 X 40C tires. This made for a comfortable and confident descending ride, but it was a tad slower on the more sustained climbs...

DIRTY 130

Carey Lowery

Carey Lowery

4/18/21

This route, designed by Kim Murrell, is one of three races hosted by Tennessee Gravel. This year it is happening as an ITT event, which I kind of like, because I got to choose my date, ensuring that at least I would not be out in the rain...

DIRTY 130

Lee Neal

Lee Neal

2/01/21

Getting myself ready for a couple of things coming up, I've been looking for some bigger rides that are semi-local to avoid making myself dizzy riding the same loops over and over here at home. I'm a fanboy of Kim's routes but hadn't done one in a while, so I figured I would go give the D130 an off season spin...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

Randy Kerr

Randy Kerr

12/11/20

I wasn’t exactly sure where I was. I remembered the climb and maybe the creek side from this morning’s start, but I was confused. My head was spinning. Everything was beginning to look the same. I don’t remember these houses. Nor do I remember these farms… nor the pastures. It was such a beautiful farm setting. I hadn’t seen it before. It was getting dark...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

Monica Desjardins

Monica Desjardins

11/14/20

After completing TNGA I was looking for a few routes to get my suffer fix. Dirty 130 and Death March Revival got penciled onto the calendar. Then the realities of homeschool hit and motivation went out the window. Thank heavens I have friends who keep me motivated...

DIRTY 130

Jeramie Hoff

Jeramie Hoff

10/03/20

The day started with an early arrival at the start location, where temps were in the low 40s with a light fog. Forecasted conditions were going to be prime for making an epic loop on the Dirty 130. The days game plan was to start at 6:45...

DIRTY 130

John Wiygul

John Wiygul

6/13/20

So I’m sort of new to off-road riding. When I was hit by a car while road biking in downtown Chattanooga at the end of 2015, I decided to reduce the odds of getting hit again by supplementing mountain biking into my training. That’s when I started biking with Brad Cobb and Spencer “Taco” Whittier...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

Jason Vance

Jason Vance

6/29/21

Charleston, SC to Tennessee is a long drive and I procrastinate. So, naturally I would tackle the Triple Crown on consecutive days right on the deadline...

DIRTY 130

Chris Joice

Chris Joice

6/19/21

Tennesseegravel.com put up an ITT challenge for the Dirty130 route, and this would be my third time doing the course. the first two times were the official races in '17 and '18, and all who competed will tell you just how tough this route is...

TELLICO HIGHLANDS

John Robertson

John Robertson

5/10/21

This ride was not really a race for me but a challenge to see if I could complete it. I have rode this distance several times but on the road and not nearly this much elevation...

TELLICO HIGHLANDS

Randy Dial

Randy Dial

5/01/21

The plan: Ride comfortably but focused. Carry two bottles, limit time losses on stops to refill at 3 water points. Finally, have fun and take in the scenery as there is so much of it to enjoy. Living in Florida I don't get the opportunity often to be in the mountains or ride the type of gravel found on these courses...

TELLICO HIGHLANDS

Bruce Stauffer

Bruce Stauffer

4/17/21

My Tellico highlands ITT attempt was a last minute replacement for my previously scheduled Rockstar 270. The one day race format is way easier to disguise as a vacation than having to co-ordinate pick-up, drop-offs and meet-ups...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

John Wiygul

John Wiygul

12/19/20

The Death March is probably my favorite bike loop, I’ve done it a bunch of times over the years now, and was stoked to try the ITT from Mulberry Gap. The epic loop is easiest from Thunder Rock, however, if you want to add a bit to it, try it from Kings Slough. But, if you really want a test, Mulberry start/finish is the ticket...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

Carey Lowery

Carey Lowery

11/27/20

I did the first edition of this race in 2017, back when mass starts were the norm. It then went on a 2 year hiatus and ended up turning into an ITT this year (damn Covid). I chose Black Friday to do the route. Because why else would I want to get up at 3 am?...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

Bruce Stauffer

Bruce Stauffer

11/07/20

So, 12,000 feet of climbing is no joke. There are plenty of steep climbs. Some have annoyingly loose or large gravel. I was able (with some effort) to pedal all of them without spinning out. I will say that the hardest climbs were the ones near the end...

DIRTY 130

Brad Cobb

Brad Cobb

10/03/20

With the crazy times of COVID and the cancellation of so many races, I have found myself looking for challenges that are both safe and provide a sense of accomplishment when they are completed. The Dirty 130 is one that checks both boxes very very well. I did the 130 on a gear bike in June...

DIRTY 130

Brad Cobb

Brad Cobb

6/13/20

Dirty 130 is one of the greatest gravel loops in the southeast. It has some of the best climbs with awesome views and remote riding that keeps you looking up the whole time. My day started right at six am when the sunlight was just breaking through the trees...

TELLICO HIGHLANDS

Jason Vance

Jason Vance

6/28/21

Charleston, SC to Tennessee is a long drive and I procrastinate. So, naturally I would tackle the Triple Crown on consecutive days right on the deadline...

TELLICO HIGHLANDS

Chris Joice

Chris Joice

5/22/21

Another wonderful gravel day in my favorite mountains of Tellico and Citico, but this time with a mission.... time to kick it up a notch and string together a bunch of favorite climbs, while practicing short stops, fueling, and metering out the effort...

TELLICO HIGHLANDS

Elizabeth McCalley

Elizabeth McCalley

5/02/21

My goal was to get started around 10 AM on Sunday morning and ride comfortable hard all day long. So naturally, I got rolling just after 11 AM with a new plan to ride hard enough to finish before dark...

TELLICO HIGHLANDS

Chris Coney

Chris Coney

5/01/21

What an amazing journey on the Tellico Highlands ITT course in Tennessee this weekend! Total stats: 93.69 miles and 11,402 feet of climbing. Tellico Plains is really a gravel riders dream with endless remote, backcountry forest roads with a mix of smooth to semi-technical gravel...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

James Dunaway

James Dunaway

3/12/21

Full disclosure- this is my first attempt at a race report. I could not have asked for better conditions when setting out for the DMR. Not only was the weather perfect with clear skies and temps in the 70s, but this area had not received any rain in about a week which is crucial for those mountain roads to fully dry out...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

Sheena Sheffield

Sheena Sheffield

12/11/20

I am very new to mountain biking, and this was my first official course. I chose the Death March Revival because I had been riding the Georgia parts of the course all summer, so it just felt right. And also because I had to know what 12,000 feet of climbing in a single day would be like...

DEATH MARCH REVIVAL

Ali Whittier

Ali Whittier

11/14/20

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than Death March Revival (yes, I understand how weird that sounds to some people). And since the grand depart had to be postponed until next year, an ITT would do the trick...

DIRTY 130

Spencer Whitier

Spencer Whitier

10/03/20

I heard about the Dirty 130 last year but hadn't seriously considered giving it a shot until earlier this year. In the last 5 years, I went from primarily racing cyclocross in the fall, to 50 and 100 mile mountain bike races...

DIRTY 130

Zak Broussard

Zak Broussard

6/27/20

Lost the bottle strapped to my post on the first descent and had to replace it with Power-Ade, but luckily the cage hose-clamped to the seat tube held and that was the only real hiccup of the day. Maybe I'll get a bike that actually holds more than one bottle at some point...