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. 

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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.


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 (,) David Moore (Go Nuts Biking,) Brent Noisette (Third Coast Productions,) and Chris & Ashley Grey (Corvus Racing LLC.) 


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!  



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, or on 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 or on 706-338-0632

Santos Fat Tire Festival 2016 & the Sweet Story of Nugget

Andrew & Kate headed south earlier this month for OMBA's 10th Santos Fat Tire Festival in Ocala, FL. Mulberry Gap has represented at the event over the last 3 years, once as attendees and the previous two years as vendors. 

They had a bit of hiccup on the way down which caused only a slight delay. Thankful for the driver who let them know they had blown a tire on the interstate, they were able to safely pull over and fix the flat. 

Nugget was the perfect traveling companion. Kate found him about a week prior during a snowstorm in the middle of the road near Mulberry Gap. After posting on multiple local Facebook pages and contacting the shelters and veterinary offices with no luck - Kate & Andrew decided to take him down to Florida and see if anyone was looking for a new addition to their family. 

With a few adorable videos and images of Nugget's personality - he quickly got a lot of attention on social media. At the event on Friday, he received lots of love from the mountain bike community. Someone even offered to take him on a long walk for us as we were tied down with customers in the booth. 

We set up our booth with local information about The Ellijay's (Ellijay main and East Ellijay), Cartecay Bike Shop, Mulberry Gap and a bikepacking area with details about our multi-day tours, our rigs loaded down and some of the gear we carry. 

We talked to folks about our latest adventure, the Huracan 300, which we completed in early November and the diversity of the guided trips options we offer.

This well attended event pulls folks from all over the Eastern United States. We spoke to bikers from as far as Canada, Michigan & New York to as close as Florida, Georgia, the Carolina's, Tennessee and Alabama. 

The first evening - there's always an awesome live band and a group night ride. With beers flowing and energy high, riders talk about the following day's 50-mile epic and the latest gear and bikes they're dying to get their hands on. 

We skipped the night ride and stuck around for Jamie, who called us on the drive down to Florida, as he was interested in coming to meet Nugget. Around 9:00pm he arrived from Lakeland, Florida with Charlie, his other rescue dog. Nugget & Charlie played for over 45 minutes and it was best friends as first sight. 

We're proud to announce that Jamie and Lorraine are the new parent's of Nugget or Nuggie as they've named him. They took him home that night and have been sending weekly updates on his quick acceptance into their home. They took him to the vet immediately. He tested negative for rabies and heartworm. He has been neutered, chipped, received his shots and had his umbilical hernia fixed. They are loving and taking good care of him.

Nugget will spend his years between North Carolina where the family is building a second home near Black Mountain and Lakeland, Florida where they currently live and work. 

He'll enjoy hikes, kayaking, cuddling in bed, and roadtrip adventures will his new family as they travel around the southeast. 

Our booth and little Nugget on the side swooning the people. We may or may not have had a sign on his crate that said "I need a home... Adopt Me." 

Our booth and little Nugget on the side swooning the people. We may or may not have had a sign on his crate that said "I need a home... Adopt Me." 

Movement around camp and the vendor village is always a bit slow on Saturday morning. You have the overachievers who are already 20 miles into their 50-mile ride and then you have the partiers who are having a hard time crawling out of their tents.

OMBA provided coffee and breakfast and this is what motivated some of the crowd to zombie walk to the coffee bar to drink to juice of life. 

Folks were digging the Mulberry Gap swag we had on display this year. Our new booth gets a lot of attention and we try to have a mixture of bike specific goodies for both men and women. 

Mr. Sk-ji Pedals (aka Jimmy Dismuke) rolled through to say hi on his way home from the super challenging Florida Divide route put on by Singletrack Samurai

We can't say enough good things about the volunteers and OMBA who organize and put on this successful event. It's one of our favorites and we can't wait to get back there next year. 


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