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.

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

Vineyards, Live Music & Adorable Animals

Cartecay Vineyard

Nestled in a valley about 35 minutes from Mulberry Gap is a local gem, The Cartecay Vineyards. As you pull into the gravel parking area you are greeted by rows of endless grapevines, an inviting stone paved patio with an original 1800s brick fireplace, a gazebo overlooking vast rows of vines and a quant bridge on a small creek that runs along one side of the property.  You park in front of the rustic 1890s Tasting Barn which has been refurbished using most of the wood from it’s original days. The lower level of the barn is where you start the tasting. The upper level has a comfortable deck where you can stand and admire the vineyard from one side of the property. The barn has a very warm and cozy feel, with the walls covered in local art, adorable locally made jewelry, and the Vineyards apparel. The wine tasting is $10 dollars for 5 samples and they have the option to add a delightful platter of cheese and summer sausage for an additional $20.00.  There is a great selection of in-house wines to choose from and the staff are very knowledgeable of all the varieties, along with the best food to pair with your wine. If you are looking for a relaxing day trip, Cartecay Vineyards is a great place to sip some wine, kick up your feet and relax.

 

Chateau Meichtry

Beyond Cartecay’s vineyard is The Chateau Meichtry, offering beautiful mountain views and an excellent selection of Muscadine wine.  The Chateau Meichtry is a family owned and operated winery with the main residence above the winery itself, inside of a breathtaking multi-story home, with the entire lower level devoted to the passion of wine making. A cosy tasting room lies on the edge of the lawn, facing beautiful mountain ridges that lay across an open valley of cattle. The inside is equally beautiful, with flowers and a large portrait of the family matriarch who originally introduced the family to wine making. The tasting for this vineyard was 7 dollars for 5 glasses. They had several varieties of Muscatine wine, which is exactly what I was looking for during our visit. The hostess was hospitable and friendly, and we sat and chatted with her about the pressures of modern life. The music was relaxing; she shared with us the history of her family’s vineyard and provided us with some background of the area, which led us to our next destination during our days adventure.

Mountain Valley Farm

We followed windy backroads which offered breathing taking views on the mountains and various small family owned farm operations.  After a few miles we pulled up to Mountain Valley Farms, a general store with a couple friendly cows, munching on corn stalks in an adjacent pole barn. Joy and Goofy were their names and they seemed happy to have us.

We ventured over to pet the numerous different types of goats, while bunnies hopped around the property freely. Shaded pens almost completely surround the parking area, where a variety of traditional farm animals wait to greet you. The store sits among the shade as well and offers homemade Ice cream and gourmet snacks to help ease the discomfort of the summer heat. It does the trick, and even if you’re already feeling the burn of the southern heat, the spicy mustard and hot sauces for sale and for sample are a delicious way to pass the time and explore your taste buds further. 

 

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