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RIDE/RACE QUESTION AND ANSWERS
Q: What distances are offered
A: 30-mile ride, 62 & 100-mile race. >>>Register at Bike Reg
Q: What’s the cost
A: $85 for adults, $65 for 18 and under. Note: Junior riders can only register for the 30 or 62-mile distances
Q: What do I get with my entry
A: Entry into any of the distances, rider tee shirt (If registered before Jan. 24, 2024), Ride Aid Stations, Swag bag, Post Ride Food, Drink & Live Entertainment/Expo and Event Drawing
Q: Refund Policy
A: The event is rain or shine and all registration fees are non-refundable.
In the case that Border Wars Gravel Adventure is unable to happen or is restricted due to state guidelines or other reasons beyond our control, registrants will have the option to either 1) Defer until the following year, or 2) Receive 50 percent refund.
Q: Event Location
A: Franklin City Square, Franklin, GA, 30217
A: Parking will be throughout downtown. More parking information will be in your Ride Bible.
Q: Is this a race or a ride
A: The 100-mile and 62-mile events are a “race” in the sense that if you are trying to win as best overall male or female or to place within “X” placings, then that event is a race for you. However, most participants are “riding” the event, whether to beat a friend to the finish, finish within a specific time frame or race within themselves to finish. The 30-mile ride is a ride and meant to enjoy, either leisurely or briskly, but it is not a competition.
Awards: We will have podiums for the top 3 finishers for the categories you registered for within the 100 and 62-mile evens. All finishers will get an event completion badge.
Q: Custom Rider Trophies
A: Thanks to Grouchy Ass Pottery Studio (He’s really not that grouchy according to the promotor) is throwing large, custom, hand-made, Honey Pot Trophies, branded with the Border Wars logo, for the winner of each category in the 100 and 62-mile distances (The 30-mile is a fun ride only). Each trophy takes hours to make and should be a worthy prize worthy of how hard the event is to win. With that said, there must be at least five riders registered for a specific category (Men, Women, Non-Binary, Masters 35+, Juniors) registered three weeks prior to the start of the event to warrant the effort needed to make each trophy. If there is not a minimum of five riders in your category by that time, you will receive custom medals (see next question)
Q: Custom Rider Medals
A: Again, thanks to Grouchy Ass Pottery Studio (see he’s totally not grouchy at all) he will be creating custom, Border Wars branded, hand-made medals out of stoneware, for first, second and third place per category for the 100 and 62-mile events. They’re pretty bad-ass in our opinion and worthy of your great achievement.
Q: Will the route be marked?
A: NO! We have spent hours upon hours making sure that the GPS file we are sending you is correct. Please make sure you download it and study it. Don’t make an hour before your ride the first time you look at it.
Q: How will be know if the GPS file is correct?
A: There are a lot of variables that can happen between now and then where the route has to change, be tweaked or edited for a variety of reasons. All routes will be final once the file name says FINAL. If it doesn’t say final, it’s not final. The final route will come out no later than 3 days prior to the start, but most likely will be final way before.
Q: What’s the gravel really like?
A: See the Gravel Page>>
Q: What’s the best bike and tire for the terrain?
A: Most likely the bike and tires you have, but… we highly recommend Gravel-Specific or Moutain Bikes with non-slick tires over 36mm. The more aggressive the tread, the better. Cross-bikes with 33mm tires should be fine, but you may get a puncture or two. This ride, even the 30-mile ride would not do well with a road bike at all, and most commuter bikes do not have 1) enough tread/width and/or 2) enough gears for all the climbing. We also highly recommend tubeless; however, bring two tubes to play it safe if you have tubes in your tires.
Q: Can I ride my e-bike?
A: Electric Class 1 pedal-assist bicycles are allowed on the 30-mile ride course only. Your e-assist bike can only assist you while pedaling and may not have a throttle or other control device that works independently of you pedaling. We do not have a specific category for this type of bike time, and e-assist riders are not eligible for awards but will receive an event badge and be eligible for our post-ride drawing.
Q: How hard are the rides?
A: The 30-mile ride is a wonderfully, beautiful route on a pretty nice mix of gravel and rural pavé. If you’ve done Dirty Sheets in Atlanta, it will be about the same, just with a little more climbing.
A: The 62 and 100-mile routes are challenging between the road quality and terrain, with the 100-mile upping their punch & bite in both road quality and terrain aggressiveness. Expect both to be a day of constant up and down, with grades reaching 27%+ on the 100-miler and 18% for the 62-mile ride. There are several creek crossings on both routes that range from zero thought to get across to, let’s slow down and think about this a little. On the Alabama side it’s more so the grade directly after the creek that can get a little tricky and for some might be a little walking. A couple of climbs would be considered Cat. 3/4, but that’s stringing a couple of roads together. We have ridden these roads repeatedly, and our elevation gain is never the same. So if your computer is telling you 4,000′ to go at the start, chances are at the end you will see closer to 4,500-5,000.
Q: What’s the scenery like?
A: It is a diverse mix of rolling farmland with amazing pastoral views, filled with cattle, sheep, and goats. There are also quite a few chicken farms, but luckily none that smell bad. For much of the ride you are at the highest point in the area, looking down towards the Chattahoochee River basin, with some spectacular panoramic glimpses of the valley below. Other times you are in pine tree forests in different states of harvesting. This part of both states is very remote, with few houses, some farms, but plenty of churches to take a break under their tree canopy. You could ride for hours and never see another person.
Q: Outside support. Can I have it?
A: Yes, however, please keep your support off the course. 1) there is a good chance they will get stuck. 2) We want everyone to have as close to a vehicle-free ride/race as possible. If you have outside support, map out your meeting points ahead of time and stick to the main roads. Churches make for good stops.
Q: What happens if you get lost or have a mechanical?
A: We will have some support out on course and a phone number for you to call if you get in a serious pickle. (We will supply this closer to the day) Please make sure you have exhausted all options before calling us. We should not be your first thought.
Q: What happens if I get hurt or someone around me gets hurt?
A: If it is serious, call 911 and then us. If you are injured enough that you can’t continue to ride, but it is not an emergency, or if it has caused a non-ridable mechanical, then call the contact number and we will get you as soon as possible. It could take us a bit to get to you, so please be patient.
Q: Are the roads closed
A: No. This is not a closed-road course, and all the rules of the road must be followed. Please ride knowing that cars will be passing you. Most of the ride is on gravel, so traffic is limited; even on the paved sections, traffic is minimal. With that said, remember that you are sharing the roads, even on the gravel; someone could be cresting the top of a hill in their car and most likely not expecting cyclists riding 3 or 4 abreast. Please be a good cycling ambassador.
Q: Will there be aid stations
A: Yes! We will include key aid stations along the route, which you can find marked on the map with a red “A.” (We will also call out gas stations and any public restrooms along the course.) Our aid stations will include some tools for repair, extra tubes, water, performance drinks, sodas, and plenty of snacks. There will also be an end-of-the-day SAG Sweep to pick up riders who have had non-repairable mechanicals or who will not make it back by the ride finish times. Unfortunately, our aid stops will not have bathrooms. Please bring TP or check the route for convenience/gas stations for bathroom breaks.
Q: What is required to bring on the ride?
A: GPS Computer with route or phone with the route downloaded to it and a program that gives you directions. Or, worse case, printed cut sheets. (Not recommended) You are responsible for getting back to the finish
A: Helmet & Rear flashing light (front and back preferred)
A: Your driver’s license and insurance card if you have them.
A: At least one extra tube (2 recommended) and something to inflate it (CO2, pump)
A: We RECOMMEND, additionally, quality tire levers, patch kit or dynaplug, multi-tool with chain break, extra chain links, a few zip ties, duck tape, and maybe an extra derailleur hanger. For riders who are picky about their drink and food intake or have diet restrictions, bring extra. Put your drink powder in a bag and mix it with our water.
Q: Will there be early check-in?
A: Friday day/early evening, we will have a location near the airport where you will be able to check-in and get your race number and swag. The location will be announced closer to the day.
Q: Will there be day of registration?
A: Yes, IF WE ARE NOT SOLD OUT. We sold out in 4 weeks last year. Please check the website before heading out to make sure we are not sold out. Please arrive at least one hour early. If you miss the start because we’re still trying to register you, that is not our fault.
Q: Riding Rogue/On your own
A: DON’t DO IT! Last year we had a few rogue riders. If you are caught on course without registering and are obviously doing the ride, you will not be allowed to attend any East Point Track Club or Independent Gravel events in the future. (Gravel, Road, Track, MTB) HINT, the reason we have color rider number plates. It’s pretty easy to spot when you don’t have one. We have reasons for our limited rider counts, and our budget is too tight to feed 60+ riders who decide to show up with a buddy. That also means no signed USA Cycling waiver on file. So please don’t!