Three Rivers Way

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Take a journey through the deep woods and beautiful backroads of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains on a bikepacking route like no other: THREE RIVERS WAY! Named for the three rivers that define this gorgeous landscape - the Ocoee, Hiwassee & Tellico - Three Rivers Way is truly a bucket-list bikepacking adventure.

 

With two distances to choose from, you'll discover a carefully crafted course designed to maximize your experience both on and off the bike. Ride it solo or join us for the annual Grand Depart. Either way, you'll find breathtaking views and stunning scenery on this adventure of a lifetime!

Click on the maps below for downloadable route maps.

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The Vista: 316 Miles

The VISTA uses the best singletrack, gravel, and tarmac that the Cherokee National Forest and the surrounding area have to offer to showcase the beauty of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The Mountain: 430 Miles

The MOUNTAIN is an expanded version of the Vista route that includes the deep woods of the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia.

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DETAILS

The Grand Depart is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Registration

There is no charge for participating in the Grand Depart or riding an ITT, and you do not have to register before you ride. However, you do need to have your ride verified after you've completed the ride in order to get on the leaderboard. (Use the verification form below.)

Ride Start & Parking

Both routes start & finish at Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park in southeast Tennessee: 404 Spring Creek Rd, Delano, TN 37325. Parking at the State Park is $3/day which you can pay at the ranger station.

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Stay up to date on Three Rivers Way finishers, course conditions, and other news by following @TennesseeGravel on Instagram!

Verification

There are two ways to have your time verified. You can submit a Strava file to us after the ride (use the form below) or you can set up tracking with Trackleaders.com which will allow your friends and family to watch your progress "live" during your ride. Please contact Trackleaders at least a week prior to your intended ride date. (Allow more time if you need to rent a "Spot" tracking device from them.)

Support & Wayfinding

Riding Three Rivers Way is a self-supported endeavor, both individually or as part of the Grand Depart. It is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the route prior to attempting the ride and that you prepare a nutrition & hydration plan. There are no aid stations, wayfinding or support on the course. Please note that the majority of roads on the route (especially in the national forest) do not have signs.

Liability

We are providing the Vista and Mountain routes as a free service and in no way assume any liability for your experience in choosing to ride them.

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LODGING

Two great options for staying at the start/finish of Three Rivers Way.

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Hiwassee Ocoee State Park

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Fireside Outpost

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RULES

Three Rivers Way finishers practice self-sufficiency from start to finish.

If you want your time recorded on our list of Finishers, you must adhere to the following rules of self support. The intent of this solo self-supported race is to ride the route as fast as possible in the simplest/purist style possible. If you find yourself looking for loopholes, consider taking another year to prepare before racing. Most likely you'll go faster and enjoy it more as a result.

1. You must take a picture of your bike computer right before you start and right after you finish. The pictures need to show the time of day and the mileage.

2. No motorized transport or hitch-hiking. You must complete the route under your own power.

3. No stashed caches along the route.

4. No sharing supplies between riders.

5. No outside assistance with navigation.

6. No pacers.

7. No support crews. You can only receive support from local businesses on-site during their normal business hours.

8. No sharing supplies between riders.

9. During an ITT, assistance with navigation, supplies, or lodging cannot be received from friends, family or private individuals when it's not available to all riders.

10. You must have a contingency plan in place before you start the ride in case of emergency or if you need to quit. You are responsible for your own safety and well-being out there.

TRAIL MAGIC: Trail Magic is an unexpected occurrence that lifts a rider's spirits and inspires awe and gratitude. During an ITT, obtaining an item from another person can only be unsolicited and accidental. Otherwise, the receipt of assistance or supplies by individuals when it's not available to all riders reflects a lack of self sufficiency which renders an effort not self-supported. In short, you can't ask for Trail Magic. You can only pray for it!

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FINISHERS

2018-2021

Fastest Known Times

MOUNTAIN

Dave Chen: 3d-3h-45m

 

VISTA

Brian Toone: 1d-15h-30m (includes 3-hour penalty for missing Buck Bald)

2020 Results

MOUNTAIN ITTs

  1. Ryan Smith: 6d-13h-45m

 

VISTA ITTs

  • No riders finished.

 

SCRATCHED: 14 riders

2018 Results

MOUNTAIN GRAND DEPART

  1. Dave Chen: 3d-3h-45m (course record)

  2. Graham Skardon: 4d-10h-10m

 

VISTA GRAND DEPART

  1. Jon Livengood: 1d-17h-25m

  2. Joe Wharton: 2d-25m

  3. Chris Joice: 2d-1h-30m

  4. Stewart Miller: 2d-7h-21m

  5. Audrey Tangye: 3d-1h-30m

  6. Betsy Schauer: 3d-2h-09m

  7. Michael Rasch: 3d-12h-07m

  8. Austin Shreiner: 4d-7h-04m

  9. Matthew Liers: 4d-10h-58m

  10. Dakota Meyer: 4d-12h-01m

 

MOUNTAIN ITTs

  1. Lee Neal: 3d-9h-35m

  2. Casper TFG Ortvald: 5d-12h-37m

  3. Kent Lundager Larson: 5d-12h-37m

 

VISTA ITTs

  1. Jheremy Zetans: 2d-8h-50m

  2. Linda Sledge: 4d-4h-30m

  3. Celso Rodrigues: 5d-14h-15m

  4. Nicholas Christopher: 6d-15h-23m

  5. Jonathan Hicks: 7d-11h-15m *

 

SCRATCHED: 21 riders

2021 Results

MOUNTAIN GRAND DEPART

  1. Steve Fisher: 6d-4h-15m

 

VISTA GRAND DEPART

  1. Brian Toone: 1d-15h-30m (course record, includes 3-hour penalty for missing Buck Bald)

  2. Joe Wharton: 1d-19h-46m

  3. Hank McCullough: 2d-11h-06m

  4. Betsy Schrauer: 2d-19h-45m

  5. Travis Stevens: 2d-19h-45m

  6. Irmantas Stiega: 3d-9h

  7. Karl Stine: 4d-12h-45m

 

VISTA ITTs

  1. Michael Rasch: 3d-12h-51m

 

SCRATCHED: 8 riders

2019 Results

MOUNTAIN GRAND DEPART

  1. Dave Chen: 3d-9h-31m *

  2. Graham Skardon: 3d-18h-26m *

  3. Sara Dallman: 4d-7h-07m *

  4. Betsy Schauer: 4d-13h-30m

  5. Travis Stevens: 4d-13h-30m

  6. Scotty Hilgenfeldt: 5d-18h-21m

  7. Jason Vance: 6d-6h-42m

  8. Ryan Smith: 6d-16h-35m *

 

VISTA GRAND DEPART

  1. Brad Beadles: 2d-5h-30m

  2. Joe Urbanowicz: 2d-7h-4m *

  3. Eric Olsen: 2d-22h-18m

  4. Michael Rasch: 3d-36m *

  5. Eric Henderson: 3d-39m

  6. Jacob Spath: 3d-9h-59m

  7. Brad Mcleod: 3d-17h-47m

  8. Thierry Crouzet: 4d-7h-01m

 

MOUNTAIN ITTs

  1. Charles Watkins: 8d-11h-16m

  2. John Pickron: 8d-11h-16

 

VISTA ITTs

  1. Irmantus Lu: 5d-8h-15m

  2. Irmantus Steiga: 5d-8h-15m

 

SCRATCHED: 24 riders

 

*There was an additional challenge added in 2019. Riders could choose to do the Waucheesi Bald KOM. That climb added 825 feet of elevation gain in the 1.5 miles to the summit. There is a star next to the recorded time of the riders on each route that summited first. There is a star next to all the riders who summited.

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VERIFICATION

Please use the form below to submit your ride for placement on the Finishers list.