Fool's Gold 38 and 60 Mile MTB Race - Coming September 12, 2020! Limit of 300 riders for 2020

2019 Fools Gold 38 Mile Race Results

2019 Fools Gold 60 Mile Race Results

2019 Fool's Gold Race Photos - Dashing Images

In cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Permit Pending
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The 2020 Fool's Gold Mountain Bike Race will be returning to the beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA. As far as the course, expect lots of fast & flowy singletrack, some amazing singletrack descents, a sprinkle of pavement, and two major sustained climbs.

The 2020 60 mile race is part of the NUE Marathon Series!
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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 11

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. Social distancing rules apply.

Please Note: There is no race-day registration or distance changes. All registrations, distance changes and transfers must be completed by September 9th 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 12

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 am - DROP BAG CUTOFF - Drop bags will leave the venue promptly at 7 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 to 8:30 am - Staggered starts by distance and category - you will have an assigned start time. 60 mile categories will be released in earlier waves, 38 mile riders in later waves.

12:00 pm to 6 pm - Post-race meal available at the finish line. These are boxed lunches from Moe's this year to promote social distancing and avoid the need for you to stand in 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 60 mile race.

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2020 Fool's Gold COVID-19/Accident Waiver - Bring to 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. 7th. 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, also a mostly level area with plenty of room to spread out, as well as a porta-potty.

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.

If you have a group coming, you can check websites such as AirBnb and VRBO for rental houses by searching "Dahlonega, GA". There are four villas available for rent on the Montaluce Property for larger groups.

Dahlonega Hideaway Havens offers 5 nearby cabin rental options.

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 Shop Support

Nimblewheels Bicycles will be onsite at Montaluce on Friday evening from 4 pm – 8 pm for mechanical support as well as small item purchases (tubes, CO2s, nutrition). If you discover that you need something more major and cannot get to the shop before 6 pm on Friday, please CALL them before 3 pm and see if they can bring what you need to the venue.

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

Nimblewheels Bicycles
582 N Grove St, Suite A
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: 706-973-1249
Hours: Tues-Fri. 11 AM-6 PM, Sat 11 AM-4 PM, Sun/Mon - 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 August 29 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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2019 Shirt and Pint Glass Design

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 60 is: $250/200/150/100/100
Top 5 Open Women in the 60 is: $250/200/150/100/100
All first place finishers in the remaining 60 mile classes (excluding Tandem) receive $100 cash.

All other top finishers in the 60 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!

60 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 12 miles from the start. Water, Torq Energy, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Torq 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, Torq Energy, drop bags, mechanical support from Sixes Pit Bike Shop, soda, Torq 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!

60 Miler Aid Stations:

AID STATION #1 - Intersection of FS 42 and FS 69 (Fish Hatchery Rd), aka Hightower Gap. Approximately 21.5 miles from the start. Water, Torq Energy, Torq Gels, snacks, mechanical support from Nimblewheels Bicycles, drop bags. Cut-off time: None

AID STATION #2 - Intersection of FS 83, Jones Creek, and Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail. Approximately 35 miles from the start. Water, Torq Energy, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bike Shop, soda, Torq Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 3:00 PM to START the Bull Mountain loop - NO RIDERS UP BULL AFTER 3 PM!

AID STATION #3 - Intersection of FS 83, Jones Creek, and Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail, Same as #2 Approximately 46 miles from the start. Water, Torq Energy, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Torq Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 5:00 pm Aid Station Closes

AID STATION #4 - Intersection of FS 28B, 28G, & Black Branch Trail. Approximately 53 miles from the start. Water, Torq Energy, drop bags, mechanical support from Sixes Pit Bike Shop, soda, Torq 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 3 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 - our cutoffs are very generous given reasonable circumstances.

Cancellations and Transfers

No Transfers after 9/7 - NO EXCEPTIONS. No category changes after 9/9.

Please note EVENT ENTRIES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE once you register, as we plan for your attendance by purchasing your race shirt and swag, meals, insurance, etc and most other costs associated with your entry need to be paid up front. No refunds will be given in the event of an act of God or event beyond the control of the Race Organization that requires cancellation of the race for the saftey of participants. If the event is rescheduled all entries will be transferred to the reschedule date.

We do, however, understand that injuries happen, you got sick or life was just too chaotic to train for one of our events so we have a no-penalty transfer policy. You may transfer your entry to another racer in the SAME EVENT without penalty until Sept 7, 2020. You are responsible for finding the person interested in buying your entry and working out payment with them. Entries do not transfer to other events nor do they transfer year to year. If you would like to sell your entry to another racer, please contact lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com with the name and email of the person you wish to transfer your entry to no later than Sept 7th.

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 participant safety or preservation of trail. Once the race has started, no refunds will be given due to delayed start or early conclusion of the race.