Three Rivers ITT Series
The Three Rivers Individual Time Trial Series is comprised of three incredibly scenic and challenging routes - each in a different river region - that allow you to push your limits on your own clock while earning rewards and a spot at the annual Fall Invitational end-of-season party!
Click on the logos below for downloadable route maps.
BE ADVISED: North River Road is undergoing significant maintenance and is closed to public access until March 2023. North River Road is one of the primary climbs on the Tellico Highlands ITT, which means you should focus on the other two ITTs until the roadwork is complete.
The series runs from July 1st thru June 30th annually.
Everyone who completes one of the ITT's will be invited to join us for the Fall Invitational
end-of-season party held annually the first Saturday of November.
Everyone who completes all three ITTs in the same season will receive a special prize package at the Fall Invitational.
T-Shirts & Stickers
Everyone who completes one of the ITT's will be mailed a commemorative sticker. We'll also award you a free t-shirt at the Fall Invitational.
Special King/Queen of the Mountains prizes will be awarded to the two people (male & female) with the lowest combined times for all three challenges.
The riders at the top of the ITT leaderboards at the end of the season (June 30th) will be awarded a commemorative belt buckle at the Fall Invitational.
The series runs from July 1st thru June 30th annually.
Riding the routes is free anytime 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.) After we have verified your ride, we'll mail you a patch commemorating the accomplishment. We'll also hook you up with a t-shirt at the Fall Invitational race & party the first Saturday in November.
The leaderboards for each time trial reset annually on July 1st, which means that you need to complete at least one of the challenges no later than June 30th to qualify for the Fall Invitational that November.
Stay up to date on time trial finishers, course conditions, and other news by following @TennesseeGravel on Instagram!
Support & Wayfinding
All of the time trials are self-supported. It is imperative that you familiarize yourself with each route prior to attempting the rides and that you prepare a nutrition & hydration plan. Please note that there is almost no signage on the routes.
To a get a sense of what it's like to ride these routes and to see what bikes & wheels past riders have used, check out all of the firsthand accounts on our Ride Reports page!
We're offering these routes as a free service and in no way assume any liability for your experience in choosing to ride them.
Please note the location and conditions of each ITT start/finish.
Death March Revival
The route starts and ends at Thunder Rock Campground. Parking is free next to the campground (do not park in designated campsites), and pit toilets are available. Click here for more information about Thunder Rock Campground.
The route starts and ends at Oosterneck Overlook. There is no fee to park there, but there are also no facilities. It is simply a pullout at the base of the Cherohala Skyway. If you're looking for a bathroom, stop at the Cherohala Skyway Visitors Center or the Cherohala Market in Tellico Plains.
The route starts and finishes at the intersection of Hwy 30 & Kimsey Mountain Hwy. Parking is available just around the corner from the start at Mona's Antiques. Please park away from the front door off to the left. Click here for a location map. Please note:
1. There are no restrooms available.
2. Use caution when riding on Hwy 30 as traffic may be moving fast.
3. Mona's Antiques is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles or content.
4. Mona's Antiques is owned by the same people who run Hall's Store which is right at the start of the route, so please thank them for their generosity in allowing us to park there by purchasing some snacks and drinks.
The ITTs are all about self-sufficiency and a level playing field.
To be eligible for a recorded time and placement on the Leaderboard, you must abide by the following rules:
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 on the same screen. Please see the examples below.
2. Each ITT requires you to take a selfie at a certain location. DIRTY 130: Buck Bald. DMR: Mulberry Gap. TELLICO HIGHLANDS: Indian Boundary Lake.
3. DIRTY 130 RIDERS: Do not use the railroad bridge to cross the creek! Crossing on the railroad bridge will result in automatic disqualification. If you are concerned that it may not be safe to cross the creek, contact us for a bypass option.
4. The route must be ridden in one unbroken stage.
5. No drafting at any time.
6. No stashed caches along the route.
7. No sharing supplies between riders.
8. No outside assistance with navigation.
9. No motorized transport or hitch-hiking. You must complete the route under your own power.
10. No support crews. You can only receive support from local businesses on-site during their normal business hours.
11. You are allowed to leave the official route at any time as long as you return to the route within 100 feet of the point that you left the route.
12. 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!
Current standings for the 2022-2023 season (June 30th to July 1st).
For past results, click here.
Death March Revival 2022-2023
93 miles/12,500 feet
Chad Hungerford 10/08/22: 8h-7m (fastest known geared time)
Randy Kerr 11/03/22: 8h-30m (fastest known singlespeed time)
Randy Kerr 8/20/22: 8h-34m
Andrew Drury 9/17/22: 8h-50m
Chad Brandon 10/29/22: 9h-01m (singlespeed)
Jeramie Hoff 9/24/22: 9h-27m
Carey Lowery 11/03/22: 10h-35m (fastest known women's time)
Randy Dial 9/24/22: 10h-37m
Larry Upson 8/26/22: 11h-09m
Curtis Eaby 8/26/22: 12h-35m
Jeremy Cook 8/26/22: 12h-42m
Sean Barton 10/22/22: 13h-26m (singlespeed)
Ken Hickman 8/20/22: 13h-52m
Beth Lofgren 7/09/22: 14h-30m
Melanie Blake 7/09/22: 14h-30m
James Harnois 3/07/23: 31h-25m
Tellico Highlands 2022-2023
85 miles/10,000 feet
Lynn Sims 2/18/23: 9h-25m (fastest known women's time)
Christopher Gehrke 7/16/22: 9h-38m
John Switow 2/18/23: 10h-19m
Bill Sonnenburg 2/18/23: 11h-32m
Jason Bierley 7/23/22: 12h-6m
Josh Waldrop 7/23/22: 12h-10m
Kevin Wheeler 7/05/22: 12h-34m
Dirty 130 2022-2023
130 miles/14,000 feet
Randy Kerr 9/4/22: 12h-50m (singlespeed)
Chris Barrett 10/14/22: 37h-32m
Michael Rasch 10/14/22: 37h-32m
Please use the form below to submit your ride for placement on the leaderboards.