Fools Gold 38 Mile and 55 Mile Courses and Maps

The course begins at Montaluce Winery and will have a neutral rollout for approximately 3 miles on pavement, then transition to gravel roads. The 55 mile course begins with a stout 3 mile gravel road climb and some ridgeline gravel, followed by a fast gravel descent and then turns onto the singletrack of the Turner Creek Trail. The 38 mile course heads directly to the Jones Creek Ridge Singletrack Trail along gravel roads, giving riders the opportunity to space out.

The 38 mile course essentially just cuts off the first section of gravel road climbing and ridge riding, and heads directly to the singletrack loop.

Much of the singletrack is newly re-constructed and flowy, with an assortment of fast gradual climbs to short grunts. There is another 3 mile climb up Bull Mountain, and the descent on the Bull Mountain Trail is one of the best in the Southeast. This course has a good mix of all trail types and does not cater to any one particular style of rider, though fitness is rewarded due to the abundance of climbing. In terms of technical difficulty, the most demanding sections would be considered moderately technical.

See link below showing new course configuration. Cue Sheets will be updated and posted shortly.

2018 Fool's Gold 38 Mile and 55 Mile Course Map

2018 Fools Gold 55 Course Garmin Connect File

55 Mile GPX File

Bull and Jake Mountain Trail Map

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Please note if you are pre-riding, the Bull and Jake Mountain Trails are Multiuse, including Hikers and Horseback Riders. You MUST YIELD to Horses and Hikers. If you encounter a horse head-on, dismount your bike and move off the trail to allow the horse to pass. Horses are prey animals and can spook easily, causing the rider to be thrown and badly injured. Keep speed under control on blind corners that you cannot see around - there may be someone else out there other than you. Please exercise trail courtesy and help provide a safe environment for all users.

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Rain Route

We are required to have an alternate course that does not include singletrack trail in the event of extremely wet weather or saturated soil conditions leading up to the race. This is for preservation of our wonderful trails as well as your equipment. The "Rain Route" will be similar to our Southern Cross Course with riders leaving Montaluce and taking Hightower Church Road to FS 28-1. Riders will turn right on FS 28-1 and continue climbing FS 80 to Cooper Gap. From Cooper Gap, riders turn left and continue on FS 42 to Winding Stair Gap. From there riders will continue on FS 42 past Springer Mountain, and down to Doublehead Gap Road. Riders will turn right on Doublehead Gap Road, then make another right onto FS 58 where they will climb back up to Winding Stair Gap. Once up at the Gap, they will descend down FS 77, all the way to FS 28-1. At FS 28-1, riders make a left and continue to Hightower Church Road where they turn right to head back to Montaluce.

The decision to use the rain route will be made no later than Friday September 14, however, we most likely will announce it sooner if we are required to use it.