Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way

Mulberry Gap is a rustic haven located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Northwest Georgia with IMBA Epic mountain bike trails outside our front door! We provide cabin and campsite lodging, delicious home cooked meals and an amazing craft beer selection, shuttles to trailheads, guided mountain bike tours, and we host a variety of clinics, events, and private groups. 

First Annual Southeastern Race Director Summit a Success!

Sometimes you find yourself sitting in the room at the start of something that you know is gonna be big!   

On August 1, 2019, Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way was psyched to host the first annual Southeastern Race Directors’ Summit.  This brainchild of Jason & Dawn Chandler of Chain Buster Racing was a way to invite everyone in the southeastern USA race world together to share, learn, and strategize around the table with great food, cold beer, and a wealth of wisdom. 

This first gathering (sponsored by Perimeter Roofing) was small, but mighty with around 20 mountain bike and race industry pros from across the area.  Chain Buster and Mulberry Gap also heard from several others who just couldn’t make it this first time around, but hope to be at the table next year. With a primary goal of sharing resources that benefit race organizers, this year we kicked off the event with three great industry guest presenters.

WHO WAS AT THE TABLE?

Presenters at this inaugural event included:

  • David Ross, Gilmer County Emergency Coordinator, Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) shared information on the benefits of working with local Amateur (Ham) Radio users to enhance safety and emergency communication in wilderness or backcountry events, outside the reach of normal cell coverage. 

  • Kent McMullen with AMB Weather gave a great presentation on the great consulting work that AMB provides for race and event organizers, from pre-event planning and monitoring, through active race or event day weather tracking. 

  • Justin Shealey with MTB Atlanta, (SORBA’s Metro Atlanta Chapter) spoke about the current trail building, advocacy, and community work that MTB Atlanta is doing currently, and welcomed race and event organizers to reach out for support and partnership for all things mountain bike related in the Atlanta area.

And other race directors and industry pros included Lisa Randall (Mountain Goat Adventures,) David and Terri Berger (GoneRiding.com,) David Moore (Go Nuts Biking,) Brent Noisette (Third Coast Productions,) and Chris & Ashley Grey (Corvus Racing LLC.) 

WHAT’S THE IN THE FUTURE FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN RACE DIRECTOR’S SUMMIT?

Much more comfortable with planning events months or years in advance, Dawn shared that this first Summit was a very quick process from the dreaming stage to actually doing.   They’re excited about making some updates to enable more folks to attend next year.   We fully support their initial hope to have Mulberry Gap as the home base of the summit again in 2020! 

Jason and Dawn see this as only the first step on the trail to making the Southeastern Race Directors Summit something even bigger, with the potential to expand into having presenters and vendors with valuable topics and resources for a wide variety of race and event types.  They envision specialized tracks and breakout sessions geared towards organizers with different priorities, and a great way for young and emerging pros to get connected with great info and epic people. The overarching goal Dawn and Jason shared, is to work together to continue building a strong cycling community in the southeast!  

 

SOUNDS COOL! HOW DO I GET TO GO TO THE NEXT ONE?

Chain Buster Racing is hoping to have information soon for the 2020 Summit, so you can keep an eye on their website and social media for chainbusterracing.com, or on MulberryGap.com and our socials.  If you have ideas or suggestions, or want to go straight to the source you can reach out to the Chain Buster crew at info@chainbusterracing.com or on 706-338-0632

Exciting Trail News!

Ellijay Mountain Bike Association (now, North Georgia Mountain Bike Association) has been working hard to obtain land and permits to build new trails in the surrounding counties. Here are some of those details. 


1. New Trail at Talking RockJasper is finally going to get their own trail system at Talking Rock.  Have you ever noticed the scenic overlook just North of Big Uns BBQ on Hwy 515, that's where this 12-mile trail system is going to be, on the West side of Hwy 515.  Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land has acquired this 200 +/- parcel of land and is developing a 12-mile bike optimized multi-use trail system and a disc golf course. Construction will begin shortly on the first 5 miles.  They are just waiting on a permit. Southeastern Trust for Parks & Land would like to form a Friends of Talking Rock Park.  If you want to be a part of this new park please let respond to: Mike@cartecaybikes.com.


2. Carters Lake New Trail Proposal - A concept plan for Ridgeway and Woodring Branch has been developed by Preston York of Flow Motion.  This plan will revamp the Ridgeway Trails into several flow lines and add 11+/- trails to Woodring Branch.  All these trails will offer a progression from beginner to advanced.  Additional 11 +/- trail at Woodring Branch will have a connection to the campground, a 1.5-mile beginner loop, advanced loop - all total about 15 miles (including the Amadahy Trail).  The plan has been submitted to USACE Carters Lake and we are waiting for approval.  Once we have approval we will begin fundraising to pay for the construction.  Be patient, this process takes time.  


3. Aska Trail System Update - The Aska Challenge Cost/Share Agreement with USFS will be modified to putting all resources into the Longbranch Trail.  Previously, the CCSA was to redo the rolling grade dips on Flat Branch.  After 2 years these features have mellowed and with some hand work are functional and lots safer.  All resources will go to Longbranch to create road to trail conversions on the whole length and reroute trail to and from a hardened creek crossing to make this a truly fun and beginner trail.


4. New Trail at Fruitkoff Area - A concept plan for approximately 5 +/- trails is being developed now by Keith McFadden. This trail system will be located at the end of the Green Mountain Trail off of FS Rd 711 on the lake.  This area is very conducive to beginner/intermediate trail with its own trailhead. The views of the lake are awesome!  The concept plan should be ready by the end of July.


5. Support - Please consider supporting our club by becoming a member or donating to help with trail maintenance and costs associated with obtaining new trails.

Huge thanks to Mike & Terry Palmeri and Cartecay Bike Shop for all of their work to bring things plans together. 

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