Fool's Gold 38 and 55 Mile MTB Race - September 15, 2018 - Presented by Maxxis Tires!

In cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Permit Pending
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The 2018 Fool's Gold Mountain Bike Race will be returning to the beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA for 2018. As far as the course, expect lots of fast & flowy singletrack, some amazing singletrack descents, a sprinkle of pavement, and two major sustained climbs.

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Schedule of Events

Montaluce Winery
946 Via Montaluce
Dahlonega, GA 30533

The race begins and ends at Montaluce Winery. Please follow arrow signs to race venue area once you turn into the Montaluce property.

Friday September 14

12 pm - Camp Area Setup Available

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Race number and t-shirt pickup at Big White Tent near Montaluce Pool - Use address above to main entrance, then follow signs to parking and registration once on property. There is no rider meeting this year on Friday night - this will take place at 7:30 am on Saturday morning.

Please Note: There is no race-day registration or distance changes. All registrations, distance changes and transfers must be completed by September 12th at 8 pm - NO EXCEPTIONS THIS YEAR. If you have questions, changes, or need to speak with the Race Director, you will need to do so on Friday evening (or earlier via email - preferred). We will not be able to accommodate any changes on Saturday morning.

Saturday September 15

6:00 am - Parking lot opens

6:00 am to 7:30 am - Race number and t-shirt pickup. NOTE - ONLY pickup, NO DISTANCE CHANGES, NEW REGISTRATIONS OR TRANSFERS CAN BE ACCOMMODATED AT THIS TIME.

7:30 am - DROP BAG CUTOFF - Drop bags will leave the venue promptly at 7:30 am...if you miss the cutoff you will need to carry your drop items or rely on the aid stations for fuel. If you plan to check in on Saturday morning, I highly recommend showing up with your drop bags pre-packed so you don't miss getting them here on time. Gallon size ziplocs are fine, as are standard grocery bags - just ensure your bottles won't leak on everyone else's stuff. We will have ziploc bags for you to use.

7:30 am - Pre-Race Meeting (all riders need to attend)

8:00 am - 55 mile race start with neutral-ish rollout

8:10 am - 38 mile race start with neutral-ish rollout

12:00 pm to 6 pm - Post-race meal available at the finish line.

All racers must complete either course and be in by 7 pm to have an official finish time. There will be time cutoffs at the aid stations to ensure you can make it back by 7 pm. This gives you 11 hours to finish the race.

Awards will be presented near the finish line when the top 5 finishers in each class have crossed the finish line. Approximate timing for awards will be around 1 pm for the 38 mile race and 2 pm for the 55 mile race.

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2018 Fool's Gold Accident Waiver - Bring to Race

2018 Participant Guide - Read Before Race

Lodging

YES!!! THERE WILL BE FREE, ONSITE PRIMITIVE CAMPING AVAILABLE AT MONTALUCE WINERY!

If you plan to camp, you MUST RESERVE YOUR SPOT by emailing lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com no later than Sept. 1st. Please include the type of camping unit...RV, Sprinter, Tent or Sleeping in car/SUV, so we can ensure we have space for you. No ground fires are allowed so bring a camp stove if you plan to cook. NOTE THIS IS PRIMITIVE CAMPING - THERE IS NO WATER, ELECTRICITY, or OTHER HOOKUPS. THERE WILL BE PORTA-POTTIES ON SITE.

Those camping in a tent or sleeping in their car will be able to camp in a nice, level grass field along the Etowah River. This is about 3/4 of a mile from the start/finish. Due to space constraints, no trailers or anything larger than a sprinter van will be allowed in this area. Those camping in RV's or pop-ups will be able to set up in one of the cul-de-sacs near the start/finish.

There are also plenty of lodging and camping options in Dahlonega and those can be found dahlonega.org.

The closest lodging to Montaluce is the Mountain Top Lodge: 706-864-5257. The Mountain Top Lodge is 4.8 miles from the race venue and offers a Bed and Breakfast atmosphere.

You can also search Dahlonega, GA on AirBnB.com and bring up a number of cabins and houses that are available for rent if you are bringing a larger group.

The closest campground with amenities and full hookups is Etowah River Campground: (706)867-7528. Etowah River Campground is 2 miles from the race venue on quiet, back roads.

There is also free primitive camping within the Chattahoochee National Forest if you don't want to join our little party down by the river.

If you are in town for a few days and desire a bed, AC and home cooked meals, I highly recommend Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway in Ellijay, GA. Mulberry Gap offers camping or air conditioned cabins as well as delicious, home cooked meals that are sure to provide enough calories to get you through the event. They are offering 10% off your stay for Fools Gold Racers, as well as a crazy early morning breakfast before the race. Please mention Fools Gold to receive the discount when making your reservation. Please note that Mulberry Gap is 45 minutes away from the race venue.

Bike Shipping/Reassembly

If you would like to ship your bike and have a local shop reassemble and race prep it for you, Cartecay Bikes is about 30 minutes away from the start/finish in Downtown Ellijay. The cost is $85 for reassembly. If you plan to take advantage of this, please email ben@cartecaybikes.com and let him know you are sending a bike his way.

Cartecay Bike Shop
123 North Main Street
Ellijay GA. 30540
Phone: 706-635-2453

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. – 10:AM - 5:PM
Sat. – 9:AM - 5:PM
Sun. – Closed

T-shirts, Swag, and Finisher Awards

All racers will receive a super comfy cotton blend tee as well as a commemorative finisher award that you can fill with Terrapin brew post-race. The shirts are soft, lightweight and are likely soon to be your favorite. These are available in unisex sizing, so ladies order a size down if you like a more fitted shirt. Please register by the September 1st shirt size deadline to guarantee your size. We will order a limited number of extra shirts for late registrants, however sizes are first come-first serve as you register. You will receive a Mountain Goat Logo Shirt if you register late and we have run out of race specific shirts.
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2017 Shirt and Pint Glass Design (last year's design - this year's will be of similar style)

Payout and Podium Awards

Top 3 Open Men in the 38 mile is: $150/100/100
Top 3 Open Women in the 38 mile is: $150/100/100
All other categories in the 38 mile will receive handcrafted awards for the top 3.

Top 5 Open Men in the 55 is: $250/200/150/100/100
Top 3 Open Women in the 55 is: $250/200/150
All first place finishers in the remaining 55 mile classes (excluding Tandem) receive $100 cash.

All other top finishers in the 55 mile will receive handcrafted awards and prizes from the race sponsors a minimum of 3 deep. The larger the category, the deeper we will go with prizing. Money classes may also go deeper with sponsor prizes, depending on number of entrants.

Aid Stations

38 mile race - You can send up to 2 gallon-sized drop bags out to the aid stations. (There are 2 aid station locations, 3 aid opportunities). Bring your own or we will have ziplocs that you can label and use. The better labeled it is with your race number, the quicker the volunteers can find your bag for you at the aid stations. If you just have bottles, they do not need to be bagged but ensure that they have your number on them and they do not leak. CUTOFF FOR DROP BAGS IS 7:30 AM ON SATURDAY MORNING - NO EXCEPTIONS!

55 mile race - You can send up to 3 gallon-sized drop bags out to the aid stations. (There are 3 aid station locations, 4 aid opportunities). Bring your own or we will have ziplocs that you can label and use. The better labeled it is with your race number, the quicker the volunteers can find your bag for you at the aid stations. If you just have bottles, they do not need to be bagged but ensure that they have your number on them and they do not leak. CUTOFF FOR DROP BAGS IS 7:30 AM ON SATURDAY MORNING - NO EXCEPTIONS!

38 Miler Aid Stations:

AID STATION #1 - Intersection of FS 83, Jones Creek, and Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail. Approximately 11 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 2 PM to START the Bull Mountain loop

AID STATION #2 - Intersection of FS 83, Jones Creek, and Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail, i.e. same as #1. Approximately 23 miles from the start. Cut-off time for all racers: 4 pm aid station closes.

AID STATION #3 - Intersection of FS 28B, 28G, & Black Branch Trail. Approximately 31 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Sixes Pit Bike Shop, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: None - keep going to finish..8 miles to beer and tacos!

55 Miler Aid Stations:

AID STATION #1 - Intersection of FS 42, 58 & 77, aka top of Winding Stair. Approximately 17 miles from the start. Water, HEED, snacks, drop bags, mechanical support. Cut-off time: None

AID STATION #2 - Intersection of FS 83, Jones Creek, and Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail. Approximately 28 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bike Shop, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 2 PM to START the Bull Mountain loop

AID STATION #3 - Intersection of FS 83, Jones Creek, and Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail, Same as #2 Approximately 40 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 4 pm Aid Station Closes

AID STATION #4 - Intersection of FS 28B, 28G, & Black Branch Trail. Approximately 48 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Sixes Pit Bike Shop, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: None - keep going to finish..8 miles to beer and tacos!

If you ignore volunteer instructions and choose to continue up Bull Mountain after 2 pm, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. The aid stations will be packed up by the time you reach them. Please be courteous to our aid station volunteers and race staff.

Cancellations and Transfers

No Transfers after 9/10 - NO EXCEPTIONS. No category changes after 9/12.

Once your registration is processed, there are no refunds. Entries do not transfer from year to year and they do not transfer to other Mountain Goat Adventures events. If you get hurt or need to bail at the last minute, that is a major bummer, but we still need to pay the expenses associated with you racing regardless of whether or not you are able to attend. To help you out with this, you may sell your entry to someone in the same event without penalty (meaning no transfer fee) until September 10th. You are responsible for finding someone to buy your entry as well as arranging payment with that person. Once you have all that squared away, please email lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com with the contact info for the person buying your entry, and I will send them a link to register. The person buying your entry will receive whichever shirt size you originally ordered.

If a natural disaster requires cancellation or postponement of the event, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on how many race expenses have been paid up to that point, and given the opportunity to pick up any race swag that has been ordered. The Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify segments of the event as deemed necessary for participant safety. Once the race has started, no refunds will be given due to delayed start or early conclusion of the race.