WE DON'T HAVE MANY, BUT WE DO NEED TO REMIND YOU OF A FEW THINGS.

RIDER RULES AND ETIQUETTE

BWGA 2024 RIDE BIBLE

Updated: 02/13/2024, 11:00AM

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TURN-BY-TURN ROUTE FILES FOR YOUR GPS DEVICE.
Note: final routes are currently posted. However, keep in mind that the routes are fluid and may change due to close/washed out roads, or other means out of our power. We will make an announcement three days prior if something changes.

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You will be able to download the race routes as a TCX File three days prior to the event.

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Please review the rider etiquette, rider notes, and scroll down to read any important information that you need to know for the distance you are riding.

EARLY PACKET PICKUP

Friday, February 23, 2024

Location: S&S FIRE PITS – 2411 Sullivan Rd, College Park, GA 30337

Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm – Stay for a beer

DAY OF PACKET PICKUP

Please arrive at least 1 hour before your start time. EVERYONE WILL NEED TO SIGN A WAIVER (unless you did at the early packet pick-up). You will need to pick-up your number with timing chip (62 & 100 only,) tshirt and any additional swag you purchased.

START TIMES:
8:00am: 100-Mile
9:30am: 62-Mile
11:00am: 30-Mile

FIELD LIMITS:
100-Mile: 200 total riders from combined categories.
62-Mile: 250 total riders.
30-Mile: 150 total riders.

COST: $85
Proceeds after costs will go to the Heard County Food Pantry, MTB Atlanta, and the East Point Track Club

START LOCATION:
Franklin City Square, Franklin, GA, 30217

PARKING:
Heard County High School: 545 Main St, Franklin, GA 30217
Look for signs and volunteers at the lot. 

We have ample parking for 600+ vehicles at the Heard County High School, which .4 miles from the Start/Finish. So no muddy parking this year. I know you’re disappointed to not have to have your car pulled out of the mud. =)

Please look for our volunteers once you pull in who will be pointing you to where they want you to park.

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE TWO SPOTS THAT HAVE FLOWERS AND ILLUSTRATIONS ON THEM AS A MEMORIAL FOR KIDS WHO HAVE LOST THERE LIVES. DO NOT PARK IN THESE TWO SPOTS.

Please DO NOT PARK IN PRIVATE LOTS. Piggly Wiggly, Grace’s Treasures and what not will be open. There is some parking spots downtown and a large(ish) lot across from Piggly Wiggly, but this will fill up fast, so don’t count on it. We think it’s best to just park at the High School, so we’re not taking all the spots for anyone from the area coming into town.

Please remember to arrive with plenty of time to park and get registered (We shouldn’t have a line to either park or to pick up your registration since we are staggering the start times so much, but don’t count on it.

BWGA-Parking Map

30-Mile Ride Notes

  1. This route is pretty straightforward and is very similar to the Dirty Sheets route in Atlanta.
  2. This route is entirely in Georgia and the gravel is in pretty good shape.
  3. The first gravel area along the river turns into a trail, about 1-mile in, it could have standing water at the entrance of the trail, which has a path to walk around it. Once you get past this, there shouldn’t be any more standing water on the trail.
  4. Your aid stop will be around mile 16 in the township of Glenn
  5. There are a few fast gravel downhills with wooden bridges at the bottom around mile 12 and 23. Use extra caution on these downhills.
  6. Watch for traffic behind you when turning left onto roads
  7. Please share the road while on Glenn/Ridgeway Rd
  8. Remember this is an open course route and while the traffic is very limited, you are responsible for obeying all traffic laws.
 

62-Mile Ride Notes

  1. This route is 42 miles in Georgia and 22 miles in Alabama There are a few hard-packed clay roads in Alabama that can get sticky when wet. The roads in Georgia are mostly normal gravel roads but could be rutted from the weather.
  2. The first gravel area along the river turns into a trail, about 1 mile in, it could have standing water at the entrance of the trail, which has a path to walk around it. Once you get past this, there shouldn’t be any more standing water on the trail.
  3. Your aid stop will be around mile 16 in the township of Glenn, your second is around mile 37 and 46. There are a few fast gravel downhills with wooden bridges at the bottom around mile 12 and 56. Use extra caution on these downhills.
  4. There is a creek crossing around mile 32 that comes off a steep downhill. It is very ridable unless we get some crazy weather leading up to it, and even then it shouldn’t be too deep.
  5. At mile 50 you turn onto Ridgeway Rd for 4 miles, which has a little more traffic than the rest of the route, but in general, you shouldn’t see too many cars.
  6. Please be observant of traffic behind you when turning left and share the road on the few paved sections you are on.
  7. Remember this is an open course route and while the traffic is very limited, you are responsible for obeying all traffic laws.
 
100-Mile Ride Notes
 
  1. This route is 45 miles in Georgia and 44 miles in Alabama
  2. There are numerous hard-packed clay roads in Alabama that can get sticky when wet, but I selected the least potential for “mud” roads. The roads in Georgia are mostly normal gravel roads but could be rutted from the weather.
  3. The first gravel area along the river turns into a trail, about 1 mile in, it could have standing water at the entrance of the trail, which has a path to walk around it. Once you get past this, there shouldn’t be any more standing water on the trail.
  4. Your aid stop will be around mile 16 in the township of Glenn, your second is around mile 37 and 80.
  5. There is a gas station at mile 64 should you need some additional energy or a restroom break.
  6. There are a few fast gravel downhills with wooden bridges at the bottom around mile 12, 46 & 92. Use extra caution on these downhills.
  7. There is a creek crossing around mile 32 that comes off a steep downhill. It is very ridable, unless we get some crazy weather leading up to it, and even then it shouldn’t be too deep.
  8. There is a steep downhill around mile 39 just after the aid stop where the road is pretty trashed and has been for some time.
  9. Just after the above downhill is a dog that has come out acting a little tough, but never has been aggressive. He does have big bark though.
  10. At mile 50 you turn onto Ridgeway Rd for 4-miles, which has a little more traffic than the rest of the route, but in general you shouldn’t see too many cars.
  11. Please be observant of traffic behind you when turning left and share the road on the few paved sections you are on.
  12. Remember this is an open course route and while the traffic is very limited, you are responsible for obeying all traffic laws.

BORDER WARS GRAVEL ADVENTURE RULES

  • ALL RIDERS WILL NEED AT LEAST A REAR FLASHING LIGHT AND A FRONT FLASHING LIGHT IS PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED. 
  • ALL RIDERS MUST SIGN A WAIVER WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR NUMBER. NO WAIVER, NO NUMBER. 
  • You must be present to sign the waiver to pick up your number. If you are a minor, you have to have a parent or legal guardian there to sign for you. Please do not ask a friend to pick up your number, because they will be turned away.
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. ALL RIDERS MUST OBEY ALL STATE ROAD LAWS FOR CYCLING. 
  • THIS IS AN OPEN COURSE EVENT. If you need a refresher: https://www.bicyclegeorgia.com/galaw.html.
  • YOU ARE RIDING AT YOUR OWN RISK: You (the participant) understand that you are riding on public roads, that there are inherent dangers of riding your bicycle on them, that you are riding at your own risk, and that by participating you accept those risks. You are ultimately responsible for your own personal safety.
  • MINORS must be accompanied by an adult.
  • BE COURTEOUS: We can’t stress this enough. We want everyone to have a wonderful day, and that means everyone. Please be aware of any traffic that is around you and work with them. Ride single file if needed, help them know if there is traffic coming and give them a thank you wave if warranted. We all need to work together and we need to make sure that WE the cyclists are always taking the high road.
  • BUSIER ROADS: The vast majority of roads selected are cycling friendly. There are a couple of roads and intersections that are a little busier than others. These locations are clearly marked on your routes. Please be aware of them. Ride single file on these few roads and be extra cautious crossing them. You are responsible for reviewing the route before you ride. Again, you are responsible for you. Don’t follow someone else doing something stupid and think it’s ok.
  • STOP SIGNS: YOU MUST OBEY THEM. This is an open road course, meant to be a fun and safe ride with friends through the back roads of Atlanta. You must stop at all stop signs. Failure to do so will result in the rider being removed from the event and that rider will not be allowed back to any Indepedent Gravel or East Point Track Club event.
  • MUSIC & HEADPHONES: It is illegal to ride a bike with headphones, so please leave them at home. We also ask that you keep your portable speakers at home as well. It is a hazard and distraction for you and others, and it’s not fair to make other riders listen to your music.
  • COURSE MARKINGS: None of the courses will be marked. We will provide turn-by-turn files to use on your phone or cycling computer. We have worked very hard on these directions, please review them before the start of your event. Later on in this document we will have specific instructions/information per ride distance.
  • ALL RIDERS SHOULD STUDY THEIR ROUTES PRIOR TO RIDING so that you can become familiar with some of the road names, support stops and key intersections.
  • We WILL NOT BE PROVIDING printed cue sheets at the start. You can, however, print the cue sheet from the map on your routes web page. Click on the “View Full Version” within the map area. It will bring up a new page from ridewithgps.com. In the top left corner click on the “More” button, and scroll down to print cue sheet. .
  • DOG CAUTION: We have ridden all of these routes numerous times and have modified the course to try to avoid any aggressive animals that could be on the course. We’re not saying there won’t be dogs, but we believe we have bypassed the worst offenders. We have never had problems with any dogs on the current courses.
  • DOG CONTACT RECOMMENDATION: Yelling at an aggressive dog, swinging bike pumps, and squirting them should be your last resort, not your first. A dog’s instinct is to chase, but most are just curious and won’t get too close to you or even leave the yard if you ignore them; when you start yelling, they feel threatened and are more likely to get more aggressive. Hold your line, because you might be around other riders. Stay calm and keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get in your way. Try talking to them like your own (or your friend’s) pets.
  • SAG SUPPORT: We will have plenty of aid stops on all the routes, which will be marked on the final route maps. We will also have vehicles roaming the courses towards the end of the day. If you have a non-repairable mechanical, please contact Wayne Whitesides at 404-314-6983 or Michael Barman at 575-4684 to let him know where you are. Make sure your mechanical is not fixable by you or another rider first! This should be your last option. We cannot guarantee when we can get you, but we will do our best to make it in a timely manner. You may end up having to wait at a SAG stop until we can get you back to the finish. Remember we have two other courses going on at the same time. Each stop will be well supplied with drinks, bars, snacks, and basic tools to keep you going.
  • OUTSIDE SUPPORT: If you have your own support please have them use the main roads to get to the SAG Support areas.
  • DO NOT LET YOUR SUPPORT DRIVE ON THE COURSE! Anyone found following the course in a vehicle will be removed including the rider(s) being supported. Please, please, avoid all the courses.
  • GEAR & YOUR BIKE: Please have your bike serviced before the event. Make sure your tires are in good shape, your brakes are working correctly, and your bike is shifting right.
  • BRING at least one extra tube (more if you’re doing one of the longer riders), CO2 cartridges or pump, tire levers and maybe a patch kit.
  • CELL SERVICE: Be aware that cell service can become spotty for the longer routes, and it may be limited in places. There’s not a lot we can do about it but make you aware.

 

BORDER WARS ETIQUETTE

  • Be grateful guests to the area and respect the people, animals, and property around you.
  • Respect private and public property. Please make nature stops privately and respectfully.
  • Never litter. Pick up your energy tops, don’t just spit them on the road. Put everything in your pocket until you get an aid stop or the end of the ride.
  • Communicate: Let other riders know where you are. If you’re passing them, speak up and let them know.
  • Passing: Try to pass other riders on your left
  • Be nice: Assume the person you’re riding next to that this is their first ride and give them the benefit of doubt if something strange happens.

DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT POLICY:

At Border Wars, Independent Gravel, and East Point Track Club, we are committed to providing and fostering an environment where everyone is welcome and feels safe. All harassment or discrimination based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, military status, socioeconomic status or religion will not be tolerated. All participants, volunteers, spectators, and sponsors are expected to abide by this policy. Violation of this policy may result in removal from the event, prohibition from participating in future events, law enforcement involvement, or other appropriate measures, contingent on the circumstances.

Lastly, Have a great time!!!