Southern Cross presented by Maxxis Tires - March 5, 2016
The 2016 Southern Cross will again be based out of the beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA. As far as the course, expect a variety of terrain consisting of mostly gravel, with some grass and singletrack sections sprinkled in. The course is around 55 miles with two major, sustained climbs and two long, high speed descents.
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Ultra Gravel Grind Challenge Double Header
We are teaming up with Chainbuster Racing to bring you two exciting back-to-back weekends of gravel grinding. If you sign up for both the Southern Cross Ultra Gravel Grind (March 5th) and the Assault on Mt. Currahee Gravel Grind (Feb 27th) races and complete each race; you will receive a custom Ultra Gravel Grind Championship Award. You can register for the Assault on Mount Currahee on the Chainbuster Racing website.
Schedule of Events
The address of the start/finish is Montaluce Winery, 946 Via Montaluce, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Please follow arrow signs to start/finish once you turn into the Montaluce property.
Friday March 4
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Race number and t-shirt pickup (near the pool at Montaluce - also the location of the Start/Finish)
Please Note: There is no day-of registration for this event. All registrations or transfers must be completed by March 2nd at 8 pm. If you have questions, changes, or need to speak with the Race Director, please email firstname.lastname@example.org directly before March 2nd. We will not be able to accommodate any changes on Saturday morning.
Mandatory pre-race briefing to racers on Saturday morning at 9:30 am near the Start/Finish. You are responsible for knowing all information given in the pre-race meeting even if you do not attend.
Saturday March 5
7:00 am - Parking lot opens
7:30 am to 9:30 am - Race number and t-shirt pickup
9:20 am - Drop bag cutoff - Drop bags will leave the venue promptly at 9:20 am...if you miss the cutoff you will need to carry your drop items or rely on the aid stations for fuel. Drop bags may be pre-packed in your own bags, or there will be ziploc bags and sharpies available at registration. If you pack them at home, gallon size ziplocs are fine.
10:00 am - Race start with neutral rollout
1 pm to 5 pm - Post-race meal at the finish line
All racers must complete the entire course and be in by 5:30pm to have an official finish time. There will be time cutoffs at the aid stations to ensure you can make it back by 5:30pm.
Awards will be presented near the finish line when the top 3 - 5 finishers in each class have crossed the finish line. Approximate timing for awards will likely be 2:30 pm but this may change.
There is no onsite camping but the closest campground with amenities is Etowah River Campground: 706-864-9035. Etowah River Campground is 2 miles from the race venue on quiet, back roads. There is also free primitive camping within the National Forest.
For those looking for lodging in Dahlonega, the closest lodging 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. Standard rooms are $110, Suite Rooms are $130 and Deluxe Whirlpool/fireplace rooms are $160. Please note they do not allow pets or children under 12. This is a small, quiet establishment with only 12 rooms so book early. Please let them know you are with the Southern Cross Mountain Bike Race. You can ride to the race venue from here via quiet country roads.
The Holiday Inn Express is one of the nicer hotels in town and offers standard hotel rooms with breakfast: 706-867-7777.
For other lodging options including B&Bs and hotels see dahlonega.org
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 shirts are unisex, however the XS and Small fit quite nicely on us ladies. Ladies, order XS only if you are tiny or like your shirt fitted. Guys, order a size up if you like your shirts baggy. Please register by the February 20th shirt size deadline to guarantee your size. We will also be ordering finisher awards for everyone who completes the course.
2016 Shirt Design
2015 Finisher Awards
- Male Open (this is the "money" class)
- Masters 30-39
- Masters 40-49
- Grand Masters 50-59
- Vintage 60+
- Female Open (this is the "money" class)
- Female Masters 40+
- Clydesdale Open (over 200 lbs)
- Single Speed Open
Payout and Podium Awards
Payout for Top 5 Overall Open Men will be $250/$200/$150/$100/$100
Payout for Top 3 Overall Open Women will be $250/$200/$150
All other podium finishers will receive prizes from the race sponsors, and we will likely go deeper in the open divisions with sponsor prizes as well. The larger the category, the deeper we will go with prizing.
You can send one gallon-sized drop bag out to the aid station. 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.
You will have 2 aid station opportunities - it is a single Aid Station that you will pass by twice. The aid station will be at the top of Winding Stair Gap at the FS77/FS 42/FS 58 intersection. Aid Station will have water, Hammer Heed, bananas and a variety of snacks. Basic first aid supplies and mechanical support are also available at the Aid Station.
Cancellations and Transfers
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 February 29th. 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 email@example.com with the name and email 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 unless you transfer before the shirt deadline.