2018 Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race - October 6, 2018 - presented by Van Michael Salons!

Thursday October 4th

Early Check-in and Registration at OutSpokin' Bicycles on Sixes Road from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Saturday October 6th

7 am – Blankets open for Pit Row setup
7 am to 9:30 am – Racer Check-in (including day-of registration)
9:30 am - Pre-Race Meeting
10 am – 6 Hour Race Start
10:15 am - 3 Hour Race Start
1:30 pm - Awards Ceremony for 3 Hour Race
4:10 pm – Awards Ceremony for 6 Hour Race

Race day registration will be available from 7 am to 9:30 am on Saturday, October 6th

The Blankets Creek 3/6 Hour Race joins the Southeastern Endurance Cup!

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We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with Chainbuster Racing to make the 2018 Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Race part of the Southeastern Endurance Cup!

The Southeastern Endurance Cup features 3-Hour and 6-Hour mountain bike races in Georgia and North Carolina. Each race combines beautiful venues with well-curated trails, and courses are designed to accommodate a range of athletes, from beginners to experts. To compete for series prizes, racers must enter at least five of the seven races in a single season. Points-series results are calculated based on a racer’s top four finishes. The SEC Series ends with prizes and raffles at a banquet hosted by title sponsor Terrapin Brewery.

At the end of the season, the first-place athlete in each category receives a custom Chain Buster champion jersey. The series trophy for each category is a custom beer growler.

Race Entry Fees

On or Before September 15th:

6 Hour Race

All Solo Riders - $50
All 2 Person Teams - $100
3 Person Male, Female, or Coed - $150
3 Person Just Having Fun - $130
3 Person Junior Male, Junior Female, or Junior Coed - $90

3 Hour Race

All Solo Riders - $40
Solo Junior 1 (14 and under, 1 lap) - $30
Solo Junior 2 (15-18, 2 laps) - $35

After September 15th, add $5 to each entry
Race Day Registration, add $10 to each entry

A large portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to SORBA Woodstock for their continued maintenance and upkeep of the Blankets Creek and Rope Mill Trails.

Directions to Blankets Creek Trails

Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails
2261 Sixes Road
Canton, GA 30114

From the south, take I-575 north to exit 11, Sixes Road. Turn left onto Sixes Road and go approximately 1.7 miles to Blankets Creek Trails, which will be on the left. The trails are just past the Cherokee Charter Academy School, on the opposite side of the road.

2018 Blankets Creek 6 Hour Accident Waiver - BRING TO RACE

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Categories

We are offering solo, two, and three person team categories in the 6 Hour event, and a shorter 3 hour race with solo categories. Full Category List is below with standard Chainbuster Racing categories being used:

6 Hour Categories

Solo Male Beginner, Sport, and Expert
Solo Female Beginner, Sport and Expert
Solo Clydesdale (200 lbs+)
Solo Male 40-49
Solo Male 50-59
Solo Male 60+
Solo Open Singlespeed
2 person Expert Male
2 person Expert Female
2 person Male, Female, and Coed
2 person Masters (both riders over 40, either gender)
3 person Male, Female, and Coed
3 person Just Having Fun
3 person Junior Male, Junior Female, and Junior Coed

All 6 Hour Cateogories race for Medals and Prizes except 3 person Just Having Fun and 3 person Junior divisions, who race for medals only. 6 Hour Solo Expert and 6 Hour 2 Person Expert divisions race for cash payout.

3 Hour Categories

Solo Expert Male 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59
Solo Expert Female 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59
Solo Sport Male 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59
Solo Sport Female 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59
Solo Beginner Male 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59
Solo Beginner Female 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59
Solo Singlespeed Male
Solo Singlespeed Female
Solo Clydesdale
Solo Male 60+
Solo Female 60+
Solo Novice (First Timer) Male
Solo Novice (First Timer) Female
Solo Junior 1 (14 and under, 1 lap)
Solo Junior 2 (15-18, 2 laps)

All 3 Hour divisions race for medals. Solo 3 Hour Expert divisions race for payout.

6 Hour Solo Expert Payout Schedule

6 Hour 2 Person Expert Payout Schedule

3 Hour Solo Expert Payout Schedule

T-Shirts and Swag

YES, we have some nice swag for you...

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Commemorative beverage glass for the first 200 who register! (2017 design shown)

2017 T-Shirt Design - we like the flaming skull so expect a similar design for 2018.
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Shirts will be cotton/poly blend tees with race logo and are super lightweight and comfy. Register by September 22nd to guarantee one of these great shirts in your preferred six. If you register after the 22nd, sizes are first-come, first-serve as you REGISTER (meaning if a size is available when you register and pay, that is what you will get on race day). Only sizes/styles still available will be shown in the shirt selection menu when you register. Those who register late or on race day will likely receive a Mountain Goat Logo shirt if we run out of event specific shirts.

How Does This Event Actually Work?

All solo racers and teams pitting with solo racers are welcome to set up a pit area/tent along the portion of the course that will run through the main parking lot at Blankets Creek. We will utilize the shaded, grassy area between the parking lot and River Church as our team pit area. We will have an on-the-bike start where riders will complete a half mile parade lap before heading into the trail and starting their first lap. Once you complete your lap, as you come back into the parking lot, you will need to dismount your bike and run with it through the timing and teammate exchange area. If you are on a team, this is where you will tag your teammate and the next rider will run his bike out of the exchange area and then remount and take off on their lap. Solos just keep running through the exchange area (don't worry, it won't be very far) and then remount after exiting. After going through the exchange area, teams and solos are welcome to stop at their pit area along the course to refuel, switch bikes, fix bikes, sit and rest, etc., before heading out for their lap. Most riders on teams won't need to stop (since they will have just started), but solos will likely need to refuel at some point.

If you are on a team, each team member needs to complete at least one lap over the course of the race. You can do back to back laps or your can switch each lap...doesn't matter. You will still dismount at the exchange area and you will still ride the same distance through the parking lot as everyone else. There is really no advantage to doing back to back laps if you are on a team, so best use that as a last resort if your teammate isn't ready in the exchange area when you come through : )

This year we are instituting a firm 4 pm cutoff for the 6 Hour Race and 1:15 pm cutoff for the 3 Hour Race, meaning that if you don't return by those times, your last lap does not count. This will allow the racer to make the call as to whether to try to squeeze in another lap or just pack it in for the day. This is to ensure that we can have the awards ceremony in a timely manner.

Solos only need to complete one lap to be considered an official finisher, however the winner will be determined by who has the most number of laps in the least amount of time.

Race Scoring

Mountain Goat Adventures utilizes Chip Timing using MyLaps Bibtag Technology and our Real Time Results System. Lap times will be visible in real-time from our results kiosk as well as via your wireless device. Instant gratification!

Race Rules

Please note this is probably not a comprehensive list..but it may answer some of your questions.

  • All participants will be required to wear a bicycle helmet at all times while riding. Penalty is DQ.
  • Outside (non racer) assistance is only permitted in the pit area. Non racers may not assist out on the course. Racers may assist other racers and are encouraged to do so.
  • All food and drink for the race must be either carried with the racer or staged in the pit area. There will be no water stops on the course
  • You must run or walk your bike into and out of the exchange/timing area each lap, regardless of whether you are a team or solo racer.
  • Teams must swap wristbands in the exchange area to their teammate each lap. A 5 minute penalty will be assessed each time a team does not complete the swap
  • Due to the number of racers on the trail, headphones/ipods are strongly discouraged.
  • Race numbers must be visible at all times and must be mounted to the handlebars on the front of the bike.
  • Cutting the course is not permitted. Penalty is DQ and public ridicule.
  • In the event of an unfixable mechanical, the racer must complete the lap along the entire course with his/her bike to receive credit for the lap. You MAY back track or shortcut back to the pit to fix your bike, but you will not receive credit for that lap. Do not enter the timing/exchange area if you are coming back from an incomplete lap. Please be honest.
  • Please exercise caution and good sportsmanship when passing other racers on the trail. Announce your intention to pass rather than just forcing your way by with no warning. Most riders will gladly let you pass.
  • Solos need to complete one lap to be considered official finishers. Teams need each person to complete at least one lap to be considered official finishers
  • Once you reach your pit, you may change any equipment you want, including bikes, and you may stay there as long as you'd like.

Parking

Parking will be in the Blankets Creek Parking Lot and River Church, which is just west of Blankets Creek on Sixes Road. Parking is first come, first served unless we tell you otherwise between now and then.

Awards

Medals and Cash Payout to 6 Hour Solo Expert Male/Female, 6 Hour 2 Person Expert Male/Female, and 3 Hour Solo Expert classes. Medals and prizes to all 6 Hour solo and 2 Person teams, as well as 3 Person Male/Female/Coed. Medals only to 3 Person Just Having Fun and 3 Person Junior teams, as well as medals only for all non-expert 3 hour categories.

We also have created custom podium t-shirts that all of our first place 6 Hour Category winners will receive (solo and teams). You'll want one, so start training now!

6 Hour Solo Expert Payout Schedule

6 Hour 2 Person Expert Payout Schedule

3 Hour Solo Expert Payout Schedule

You must be present at the awards ceremony to receive your award. Awards and prizes will not be mailed. If you win something and bail on the awards ceremony, your prize will be added to the raffle goodies pile or given to a race volunteer.

Inclement Weather

The race will run rain or shine, however, the Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify segments of the event as deemed necessary for preservation of the trail and/or participant safety. No refunds will be given in the event of an act of God that requires cancellation of the race for the saftey of participants. Once the race has started, no refunds will be given due to delayed start or early conclusion of the race. If we have to end the race early, chances are, you will be glad we are doing so.

Any Questions?

If you have a race question that was not answered above or would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email the race director at lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com