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Three Rivers ITT Series

The Three Rivers Individual Time Trial Series is comprised of three incredibly scenic and challenging routes created by Kim Murrell - each in a different river region - that allow you to push your limits on your own clock while earning rewards!

Click on the logos below for downloadable route maps.

ROADWORK! Please note that the Forest Service is working on the Turkey Creek Shortcut Road (the little road that connects the Tellico River Road to the Cherohala Skyway) through September. This road is a part of the Tellico Highlands ITT which means that the ITT is not rideable until the roadwork is complete. 

Since this is the second time the Tellico Highlands ITT has been blocked by roadwork, and since it will be unrideable until after our normal June 30th end-of-season deadline, we have decided to extend the ITT Series season to December 31st.

Death March Revival

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93 Miles / 12,000 Feet

Dirty 130

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130 Miles / 14,000 Feet

Tellico Highlands

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85 Miles / 10,000 Feet

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For a fun and insightful look at the Dirty 130, check out this video documenting Pete Stetina and Heather Jackson's attempt at the FKT!

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REWARDS

Each ITT season ends on Dec 31st.

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 with the ITT logo at the RELIANCE event the last weekend in April.

Triple Crown

Everyone who completes all three ITTs in the same year will receive a special prize package at the RELIANCE event the last weekend in April.

Belt Buckles

The riders at the top of the ITT leaderboards at the end of each year (Dec 31st) will be awarded a commemorative belt buckle at the RELIANCE event the last weekend in April.

KOM/QOM

The two people (male & female) with the lowest combined times for all three challenges in the same year will be awarded Special King/Queen of the Mountains prizes at the RELIANCE event the last weekend in April.

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DETAILS

Each ITT season ends on Dec 31st.

Registration

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 sticker commemorating the accomplishment. We'll also hook you up with an ITT t-shirt at the RELIANCE event the last weekend in April.

Deadlines

The leaderboards for each time trial reset annually on January 1st, which means that you need to complete at least one of the challenges no later than December 31st to qualify for the awards & prizes at the RELIANCE event the last weekend in April.

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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 & tires past riders have used, check out all of the firsthand accounts on our Ride Reports page.

Liability

We're offering these routes as a free service and in no way assume any liability for your experience in choosing to ride them.

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PARKING

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.

Tellico Highlands

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.

Dirty 130

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.

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RULES

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!

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LEADERBOARDS

Current standings (July 1, 2022 thru December 31st, 2023).

For past results, click here.

TRIPLE CROWN

  1. Ben Carpenter 28h-36m

  2. Randy Kerr 28h-39m (singlespeed)

  3. Matt Schweiker 35h-49m

  4. Luke Swab 37h-45m

  5. John Switow 38h-19m

  6. Jason Vance 38h-30m (singlespeed)

  7. Bill Sonnenburg 57h-32m

Death March Revival 2022-2023

93 miles/12,500 feet

  1. Chad Hungerford 5/04/23: 7h-41m (fastest known geared time)

  2. Chad Hungerford 10/08/22: 8h-7m

  3. Randy Kerr 11/03/22: 8h-30m (fastest known singlespeed time)

  4. Randy Kerr 8/20/22: 8h-34m (singlespeed)

  5. Travis Jolly 6/17/23: 8h-36m (singlespeed)

  6. Chris Joice 6/17/23: 8h-45m (singlespeed)

  7. Andrew Drury 9/17/22: 8h-50m

  8. Chad Brandon 10/29/22: 9h-1m (singlespeed)

  9. Jeramie Hoff 9/24/22: 9h-27m

  10. Ben Carpenter 7/14/23: 9h-31m

  11. Carey Lowery 11/03/22: 10h-35m (fastest known women's time)

  12. Randy Dial 9/24/22: 10h-37m

  13. Courtney Cooper 5/07/23: 11h-5m

  14. Lindsey Kenny 5/07/23: 11h-6m

  15. Larry Upson 8/26/22: 11h-09m

  16. Christopher Gehrke 6/15/23: 11h-14m

  17. Carey Lowery 6/23/23: 11h-18m

  18. David Jolin 6/23/23: 11h-21m

  19. Jason Vance 6/15/23: 11h-40m (singlespeed)

  20. Matt Schweiker 5/27/23: 12h-0m

  21. John Switow 4/15/23: 12h-10m

  22. Luke Swab 5/27/23: 12h-12m

  23. Curtis Eaby 8/26/22: 12h-35m

  24. Jeremy Cook 8/26/22: 12h-42m

  25. Matt Comer 6/10/23: 13h-08m

  26. Sean Barton 10/22/22: 13h-26m (singlespeed)

  27. Tim Louderback 9/20/23: 13h-27m

  28. Ken Hickman 8/20/22: 13h-52m

  29. Carey Lowery 6/24/23: 14h-27m (opposite direction)

  30. Beth Lofgren 7/09/22: 14h-30m

  31. Melanie Blake 7/09/22: 14h-30m

  32. David Jolin 6/24/23: 16h33m (opposite direction)

  33. Bill Sonnenburg 3/18/23: 31h-17m

  34. James Harnois 3/07/23: 31h-25m

Tellico Highlands 2022-2023

85 miles/10,000 feet

  1. Ben Carpenter 7/09/23: 7h-11m

  2. Randy Kerr 8/04/23: 7h-19m (singlespeed)

  3. Ed "Steady" Kulbis 7/08/23: 7h-38m 

  4. Alan Ventress 6/24/23: 8h-30m

  5. Matt Schweiker 5/29/23: 9h-11m

  6. Luke Swab 5/29/23: 9h-11m 

  7. Lynn Sims 2/18/23: 9h-25m (fastest known women's time)

  8. Hardwick Gregg 8/05/23: 9h-32m

  9. Christopher Gehrke 7/16/22: 9h-38m

  10. John Switow 2/18/23: 10h-19m

  11. Beth Lofgren 7/29/23: 10h-19m

  12. Jason Vance 6/16/23: 10h-46m (singlespeed)

  13. Bill Sonnenburg 2/18/23: 11h-32m

  14. Jason Bierley 7/23/22: 12h-6m

  15. Josh Waldrop 7/23/22: 12h-10m

  16. Kevin Wheeler 7/05/22: 12h-34m

Dirty 130 2022-2023

130 miles/14,000 feet

  1. Pete Stetina 4/05/23: 8h-20m (fastest known geared time)

  2. Heather Jackson 4/05/23: 9h-45m (fastest known women's time)

  3. Chris Joice 7/15/23: 11h-29m (singlespeed)

  4. Ben Carpenter 7/12/23: 11h-54m

  5. Randy Kerr 9/4/22: 12h-50m (singlespeed)

  6. Carey Lowery 7/7/23: 13h-36m

  7. Lindsey Kenny 4/15/23: 14h-36m

  8. Courtney Cooper 4/15/23: 14h-36m

  9. Matt Schweiker 5/28/23: 14h-38m

  10. Bill Sonnenburg 4/15/23: 14h-43m

  11. Matt Comer 5/13/23: 15h-50m

  12. John Switow 7/10/23: 15h-50m

  13. Jason Vance 6/17/23: 16h-4m (singlespeed)

  14. Luke Swab 5/28/23: 16h-21m

  15. Norm Deane 8/05/23: 35h-24m

  16. Chris Barrett 10/14/22: 37h-32m

  17. Michael Rasch 10/14/22: 37h-32m

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VERIFICATION

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

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