2020 Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race - Coming September 5, 2020 - presented by Free-Flite Bicycles! 200 rider limit!

2020 Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Results

2020 Race Photos - Dashing Images

2020 RACE DAY PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOL (READ THIS)

2020 Start Waves

2020 Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Accident/COVID-19 Waiver - BRING TO RACE

2020 Pit Area/Parking Layout

We are excited to announce that Free Flite Bicycles will be the presenting sponsor of the 2020 Blankets Creek 3 and 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race. Owner Dan Thornton and the Free Flite crew have been long time supporters of SORBA Woodstock and were major contributors to the Trail Fund that helped fund the construction of the Van Michael Trail, Loop 3 of the Explorer Trail, and the Mill Trails at Rope Mill Park. Free Flite Bicycles has locations in Marietta, East Cobb and Sandy Springs.

Thursday September 3

Optional early Packet Pickup from 4-7 pm at Free Flite Bicycles, Canton Road location. Face coverings required inside store and at packet pickup.
Address:
2949 Canton Road, Suite 1000
Marietta, Georgia 30066
770-422-5237

Saturday September 5

7 am – Blankets open for Pit Row setup
7 am to 9 am – Racer Check-in (NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION)
9:30 am to 10 am – 3 Hour and 6 Hour Race Starts (Assigned start times, waves by category)
1 pm - Awards Ceremony for Junior 1 and Junior 2 racers
1:30 pm - Awards Ceremony for 3 Hour Race
4:10 pm – Awards Ceremony for 6 Hour Race

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION - WE'RE MINIMIZING CONTACT FOR YOUR/OUR SAFETY

Race Entry Fees

Before August 15:

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 August 15, add $5 per person to each entry
No race day registration.

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.

Mountain Goat Adventures Blankets Creek 3/6 Hour Operational Changes for COVID-19 (As of 8/12 - this could change or become more restrictive depending on CDC guidelines)

• Health screening questionnaire for all event volunteers and staff per CDC recommendations. No one that has tested positive in the past 14 days, has symptoms of being sick or a fever will be allowed to participate.
• All volunteers and race staff will wear a face covering at event check-in and within 6’ of others. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and spray available in multiple areas near start/finish, check-in, and at aid stations.
• Registration and check-in stations (3 per race) will be spread out to ensure 10’ minimum spacing and only one person may approach the check-in station at a time, with 6’ minimum spacing for those standing in line. Participants will have the option of picking up race packet early to avoid Saturday morning check-in. Items are all pre-bagged and can be slid across the table to avoid contact. Hand sanitizer available for event staff and participants checking in.
• Participants are required to wear a face covering to pick up their race number/shirt at both early check in as well as Saturday morning check-in.
• Waivers are to be printed at home and brought to the event, no community pens.
• Participants and any spectators will be encouraged to wear a face covering while at the event. Participants who are not wearing a mask outdoors must stay 6’ away from those not in their family/ride group.
• No pre-race group meeting. Pre-race meeting will be emailed to participants ahead of time. Any last minute communications will be printed out and posted so that participants can photograph with their phone and read elsewhere.
• No mass start – participants will be assigned a start time and must wait at their pit or warm up in the parking lot until 5 minutes before their start time. Small groups of riders will be released in waves by category and complete the course as a “time trial” so that participants are better spaced out on the trails. Masks are recommended while waiting to start.
• Participants must supply their own water and snacks for the duration of the event.
• Teammate exchange area will be anywhere along the parking lot course loop to eliminate congregating.
• Results will be posted at mgaresults.com so that participants can view the results immediately via their own phone and do not have to congregate around results printouts.
• Maintain CDC recommended guidelines for social distancing and face covering usage while at event venue.
• Restrooms with running water available at venue.
• Social distanced awards in the festival lawn area, face coverings recommended.

Camping and Lodging

The closest hotels are in Woodstock, Georgia.

Camping is not allowed at Blankets Creek Park, however there are several campgrounds along Lake Allatoona, which is 20-30 mins north of Blankets Creek, depending on which location you choose.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has a variety of camprounds available HERE.

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:

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, 20-39, 40+
Solo Expert Female 13-19, 20-39, 40+
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 medals and prizes.

6 Hour Solo Expert Payout Schedule

6 Hour 2 Person 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.

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!
2020 T-Shirt Design
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Shirts will be cotton/poly blend tees with race logo and are super lightweight and comfy. Register by August 22 to guarantee one of these great shirts in your preferred size. 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. Ladies shirts are longer and more fitted.

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 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.
  • Spectators and hecklers need to maintain 6' distance from racers at all times per CDC social distancing guidelines
  • 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
  • E-bikes are allowed with the following stipulations: There will be no special categories for E-bikes, thus those wishing to ride an E-bike may do so in their usual race category, but they will be ranked behind all non-E-bike finishers regardless of their finish time in the results. This allows those who need the assistance of the E-bike to be able to participate a way to do so. Any riders who intend to ride an E-bike must notify the race director before the event so we can keep track of them for results reporting. Any rider utilizing an e-bike that was not cleared by the race director before the start of the race will be disqualified.
  • Teams must bump wheels with their teammate when switching riders.
  • Due to the number of racers on the trail, earbuds are prohibited.
  • 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. If you arrive late, be prepared to park at the church and walk over to Blankets Creek.

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