Fool's Gold 60 and 90 MTB Race - September 17, 2016 - NUE Series Finale!

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In cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Permit Pending
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Fool's Gold 60 and 90 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series and all governing rules of the NUE apply to the Fool's Gold 60 and 100.

The 2016 Fool's Gold 60/90 will have a NEW start/finish be based out of the beautiful Anderson Creek Retreat in Ellijay, GA.

As far as the course, all of the fast Bull and Jake Mountain singletrack that you know and love will remain the same. The course changes will be to the gravel road sections and we feel will make the course safer and more fun.

It is the final race of the 2016 National Ultra Endurance Series. All categories and rules align with those of the NUE.

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Schedule of Events

Anderson Creek Retreat
89 Spring Camp Road
Ellijay, GA 30536

Click HERE for a Google Maps location of the new venue entrance.

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

Friday September 16

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Race number and t-shirt pickup (at Sunrise Ridge Preserve - follow signs once on property.

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - MANDATORY Rider Meeting for 100 Miler Participants
and highly suggested for all 60 miler participants. Last minute changes to any previously posted information will be communicated at that time. These could impact the course, start arrangements, your safety, etc. You are responsible for all information communicated at this meeting even if a representative collects your race packet or you check in 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. 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 17

5:00 am - Parking lot opens

5:30 am to 6:20 am - Race number and t-shirt pickup (NOTE - ONLY pickup, NO DISTANCE CHANGES, NEW REGISTRATIONS OR TRANSFERS CAN BE ACCOMMODATED AT THIS TIME. This was added as a courtesy to our local riders who would prefer to drive up in the morning)

6:20 am - DROP BAG CUTOFF - Drop bags will leave the venue promptly at 6:20 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.

7:15 am - 90 mile race start with neutral rollout
7:45 am - 60 mile race start with neutral rollout

1 pm to 7:30pm - Post-race meal available at the finish line.

All racers must complete the entire 60 or 90 mile course and be in by 8:30pm to have an official finish time. There will be time cutoffs at the aid stations to ensure you can make it back by 8 pm.

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 may be around 1:30 pm for the 60 mile race and around 4 pm for the 90 mile race but this may change.

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2016 Fool's Gold Accident Waiver - Bring to Race

2016 Anderson Creek Accident Waiver - Bring to Race

Lodging

YES!!! THERE WILL BE LIMITED ONSITE PRIMITIVE CAMPING AVAILABLE AT THE NEW VENUE!

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 - ESSENTIALLY A NICE FIELD WITH A VIEW BUT THERE IS NO WATER, ELECTRICITY, or OTHER HOOKUPS. THERE WILL BE PORTA-POTTIES ON SITE.

If you desire a bed, AC and home cooked meals, I highly recommend Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway. 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.

Hotels offering racer discount:
Best Western Mountain View Inn, 43 Coosawattee Dr, East Ellijay, GA 30540, (706) 515-1500. Offering corporate rate discount: 2 queens $93.49 (for 2 people, up to 4 can stay in this size room but will cost extra) - normal cost is $110 with 10 rooms available as of 8/4. King suite $118. King suite with jacuzzi $126 - 4 suites left on 8/4. You will need to call by phone, not online, or won’t receive discount. Tell the front desk that you are racing Fool’s Gold bike race and were told you would get a corporate rate discount.

The closest hotel to the start/finish is actually Amicalola Falls Lodge, which is located within Amicalola State Park.

There are also a variety of hotels in the East Ellijay area that are approximately 20 minutes from the race venue. We will keep you posted for any other special deals on local lodging as we receive news. For all Ellijay lodging options including B&Bs, hotels, and cabins see Gilmer County Accomodations

There is also free primitive camping within the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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

The start/finish is situated between Ellijay and Dahlonega this year, however is slightly closer to Ellijay.

Yes, you may ship it to Cartecay Bike Shop in Ellijay, GA - about 20 minutes from the race venue. Their address, phone and hours are below and they charge $35 to re-build and race prep the bike. Please contact mike@cartecaybikes.com and let him know it is on its way once you ship it so he can keep an eye out for it.

Bike Shipping/Reassembly

If you would like to ship your bike and have a local shop reassemble and race prep it for you, the closest shop to the race is Cartecay Bikes in Downtown Ellijay. The cost is $35 for reassembly. If you plan to take advantage of this, please email mike@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.-Tues. – 10:AM-5:PM
Wed. – 10:AM-5:PM
Thurs.-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. 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 2nd 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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2016 Shirt Design (above) and 2015 finisher awards (below):
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Fool's Gold 60 and 90 Training Plans from LW Coaching

Rock your Fool's Gold race with the expert guidance of LW Coaching training plans. Coach Lynda Wallenfels has tailored these training plans toward your experience, race distance, goals and age. Masters rider over 40 or single-speeder? She's got you covered. Look through her Fool’s Gold training plan stacks to find your perfect plan. Questions? Connect with Coach Lynda on her LW Coaching Athlete Support Forum for your personal recommendation. Start training now to peak at Fool’s Gold!

LW Coaching Fool's Gold Training Plans

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Payout and Podium Awards

Top 5 Open Men in the 90 is: $500/400/300/200/100
Top 3 Open Women in the 90 is: $500/400/300
Top 3 Open Singlespeed in the 90 is: Please see Payout Schedule (based on # of riders)
Top 3 Masters 50+ in the 90 is: Please see Payout Schedule (based on # of riders)

Top 5 Open Men in the 60 is: $250/200/150/100/50
Top 3 Open Women in the 60 is: $250/200/150
Top 3 Open Singlespeed in the 60 is: Please see Payout Schedule (based on # of riders)
Top 3 Masters 50+ in the 60 is: Please see Payout Schedule (based on # of riders)

All other top finishers will receive prizes from the race sponsors. 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

60 mile race - You can send TWO gallon-sized drop bags out to the aid stations. 90 mile race - You can send THREE gallon sized drop bags to the aid stations. 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. CUTOFF FOR DROP BAGS IS 6:20 AM ON SATURDAY MORNING - NO EXCEPTIONS!

60 Miler Aid Stations:

AID STATION #1 - Top of Nimblewill Gap - first major climb. Approximately 7.5 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time: None

AID STATION #2 - Intersection of FS 28B, 28G, & Black Branch Trail. Approximately 21 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Sixes Pit Bike Shop, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Stinger Waffles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: Aid Station Closes 4 pm

AID STATION #3 - Intersection of FS 83, 28H, 872, & Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail. Approximately 30 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 4 PM to START the Bull Mountain loop

AID STATION #4 - Intersection of FS 83, 28H, 872, & Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail, i.e. same as #3. Approximately 42 miles from the start. Cut-off time for all racers: 6 pm aid station closes.

AID STATION #5 - Top of Nimblewill Gap - Final major climb. Approximately 52 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time: 7:30 pm aid station closes.

60 & 90 mile course split is at approximately mile 44. There is no cut-off at this location. 90 Mile Riders will be short coursed if they do not reach the Bull Mountain Aid Station on the second loop (approx 59 miles) by 4 pm.

90 mile Aid Stations:

AID STATION #1 - Top of Nimblewill Gap - first major climb. Approximately 7.5 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time: None

AID STATION #2 - Intersection of FS 28B, 28G, & Black Branch Trail. Approximately 21 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Sixes Pit Bike Shop, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Stinger Waffles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 4 pm aid station closes.

AID STATION #3 - Intersection of FS 83, 28H, 872, & Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail. Approximately 30 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 4 PM to START the Bull Mountain loop

AID STATION #4 - Intersection of FS 83, 28H, 872, & Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail, i.e. same as #3. Approximately 42 miles from the start. Cut-off time for all racers: 6 pm aid station closes.

COOLER DROP - Self Service Cooler Drop has been MOVED TO BULL MOUNTAIN AID STATION at Mile 42 so you only have to stop once and you will be able to access coolers on lap 2 if desired. Note coolers will not return to the venue until 7 pm.
AID STATION #5 - Intersection of FS 28B, 28G, & Black Branch Trail. Approximately 50 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Sixes Pit Bike Shop, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Stinger Waffles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 4 pm aid station closes.

AID STATION #6 - Intersection of FS 83, 28H, 872, & Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail. Approximately 59 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 4 PM to START the Bull Mountain loop on second lap

AID STATION #7 - Intersection of FS 83, 28H, 872, & Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail, i.e. same as #3. Approximately 71 miles from the start. Cut-off time for all racers: 6 pm aid station closes.

AID STATION #8 - Top of Nimblewill Gap - last major climb. Approximately 81 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Larabars, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, Oranges, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time: 7:30 pm aid station closes.

If you start Bull Mountain for the second loop close to 4 pm, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you have a red rear blinkie and a white front light as you may be caught in the dark.

If you ignore volunteer instructions and choose to continue up Bull Mountain after 4 pm, YOU WILL GET CAUGHT IN THE DARK, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. The aid stations will be packed up by the time you reach them.

Cancellations and Transfers

No Transfers or changes on Friday 9/16 or Race Day

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 12th. 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.