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2021 Southern Cross Results

2021 Southern Cross Race Photos - Dashing Images

In cooperation with the USDA Forest Service,

The 2021 Southern Cross will again be based out of the beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA. As far as the course, expect mountainous terrain consisting of mostly gravel, with a grass section in the last half mile to the finish. The course is around 50 miles with two major, sustained climbs and two long, high speed descents. Total elevation gain is approximately 6200'.

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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 5

12 noon - Camping areas open at Montaluce for setup

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Race number and t-shirt pickup (In big white tent near the pool at Montaluce - also the location of the Start/Finish)

Please Note: There is no race day registration for this event. All registrations or transfers must be completed by Monday March 1st.
If you have questions, changes, or need to speak with the Race Director, please email directly before March 1. With pre-assigned start waves, will not be able to accommodate any changes on Saturday morning.

Saturday March 6

7:00 am - Parking lot opens

7:30 am to 9:30 am - Race number and t-shirt pickup

9:00 am - NOTE TIME!!! Drop bag cutoff - Drop bags will leave the venue promptly at 9:00 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. Please ensure your bottles do not leak as they make a mess in your bag and inside the transport bins. You may use TWO drop for the first pass through the aid station, and another for your second pass. Drop bags are self-service for 2021 and you must place your drop bag in the "DONE" bin as you exit the aid station each time.

10:00 am - Wave Starts begin by category (Exact start times will be released the Monday before the race) All riders will be on the course by 10:30 am.

1 pm to 5 pm - Post-race meal at the finish line (Moes Bagged Lunches)

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 5 finishers in each class have crossed the finish line. Approximate timing for awards will likely be 2:30 pm but this may change based on finish times.

Entry Fees

All 50 Mile Riders

$90 until 1/31/21
$100 until 2/15/21
$110 after 2/15/21
No Race Day Registration

All 30 Mile Junior Riders

$65 until 1/31/21
$75 until 2/15/21
$85 after 2/15/21
No Race Day Registration

Feb 20 is the deadline to guarantee your shirt size in the RACE design. Late registrants may receive a Mountain Goat Logo shirt if we run out of race shirts.
The online registration fee is $4 per entry.

Your entry fee for the Southern Cross bike race includes:
-1 race entry on a killer course that will challenge you physically, mentally, and possibly emotionally (You're welcome!)
-1 premium soft and comfy race t-shirt that you'll actually want to wear
-Finisher award - Coffee Mugs for 2021!
-Free On-site Primitive Camping
-Fully stocked aid station with calories, fluids, first aid, and mechanical support.
-Post-race Moe's Bagged Lunch and Terrapin beer for those over 21!
-Transport of up to TWO gallon sized ziploc bags to the aid station (ziploc bags provided at race-number pickup)
-Clearly marked course with course marshals and "wrong way" indicators at confusing intersections.
-Priceless memories of your race, especially if the weather or your preparation is less than ideal. No extra charge for character building!

On-line registration will close on March 1st or sooner if the event fills up. There is no race-day registration for this event.



2021 Registered Competitor List

2021 Accident Waiver - BRING TO RACE

2021 Mail In Registration Form

Course Maps, GPX Files, and Descriptions HERE

Mail in forms must be received by March 1st.

2021 Piedmont Collegiate Gravel Cup

Thanks to the support of Piedmont Cycling, we are offering some special prizes for our top 3 male and female collegiate riders. The fastest male and female collegiate riders will receive an entry to the 2021 Fool's Gold, the 2021 Blankets Creek Dirty 15/30 and the 2021 Blankets Creek 3/6 Hour. Second and third place will receive entries to both 2021 Blankets Creek events. To qualify, you need to be a full time student at any higher education institution and you must wear a collegiate kit, sweatshirt, or t-shirt in the podium photos representing your school. Those interested in participating may register in any existing race category, however they must email PRIOR to March 1st to confirm they are a collegiate rider.

Bike Shop Support

The closest bike shop is Nimblewheels Bicycles in downtown Dahlonega, GA. If you are coming to the race and need mechanical assistance on Friday, they will be available to help at their shop - please call and give them a heads up if you have a more complicated issue so they can ensure they have the right parts, etc. They will also be at the Winding Stair Gap Aid Station on Saturday during the race to offer neutral mechanical support.

Nimblewheels Bicycles
582 North Grove St., Suite A
DAHLONEGA, Georgia 30533

Sunday and Monday Closed
Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you are staying in the Ellijay area, Cartecay Bike Shop is your nearest shop.

Cartecay Bike Shop
493 North Main Street
Ellijay, Georgia 30540

Tuesday Closed, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


NEW FOR 2021 is a 30 mile race for Junior riders under 18!

  • Male Open All Ages (this is the "money" class)
  • Male Under 30
  • Masters Male 30-39
  • Masters Male 40-49
  • Grand Masters Male 50-59
  • Vintage Male 60+
  • Female Open All Ages (this is the "money" class)
  • Female Under 40
  • Female Masters 40+
  • Clydesdale Open (over 200 lbs)
  • Single Speed Open
  • Junior Male 15-18 (30 Mile Race)
  • Junior Male 14 and Under (30 Mile Race)
  • Junior Female 15-18 (30 Mile Race)
  • Junior Female 14 and Under (30 Mile Race)

Please note that the Expert/Open Men and Expert/Open Women are the "money" classes at this event. You need to be registered in one of those categories at the start of the race to compete for the cash prizes. If you are currently in a different category and would like to switch to the open class, please email sooner rather than later.

Additional Meals and Event Shirts

Extra meals and event shirts for spectators need to be purchased in advance - Meals are $12 and Shirts are $15 - please email to order. No on-site meal purchases.

Mountain Goat Adventures Southern Cross Operational Changes for COVID-19 (This could change or become more restrictive depending on CDC guidelines at time of race)

• 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 while in the start/finish area, at event check-in, aid stations or 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 will be spread out to ensure 6’ 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 on Friday night to avoid Saturday morning check-in. Waivers should be printed and signed at home and brought to the race. 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, their post race bagged lunch and any other time they are underneath our white tent/race headquarters. Check-in area and lunch pick up area will be spaced out to provide for social distancing per CDC recommendations.
• 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. Disposable masks will be available to those who do not have them. 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 vehicle or warm up in a non-crowded area until 5 minutes before their start time. Groups of 20 riders max will be gridded on the road 6’ apart and complete the course as a “time trial” so that participants are better spaced out on the roads. Large categories may have multiple start waves. Masks are recommended on the start grid.
• Participants are strongly encouraged to pack their own water and snacks in drop bags to minimize use of the on-course aid stations.
• Aid station on course will be staffed by masked and gloved individuals. A hands free bottle fill station will be available at aid station. Only pre-packaged snacks will be available at the aid stations. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and spray available at the aid stations.
• Post Race meal will be pre-made bagged lunches from Moes Dahlonega that will be handed out by race staff. No tables will be set up to eliminate close congregating post-race. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs/sun canopy so they can disperse post race.
• Results will be posted at 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.
• Hand wash stations and restrooms available at start/finish area, restrooms available in camping areas.
• Social distanced awards in a large outdoor open area, face coverings recommended.

Free On-Site Camping and Area Lodging Options

There is free, onsite primitive camping available at Montaluce Winery on Friday and Saturday night. If you plan to camp, you MUST RESERVE YOUR SPOT by emailing no later than March 1. 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 smaller 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. If you have a large travel trailer or Class A rig, you will likely need to camp in our overflow area, which can accomodate longer vehicles. We will utitlize the same camping setup that was used in prior years.
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. Rooms range from $109 to $175 depending on amenities. Please note they do not allow pets or children under 10. 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.

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.

For other lodging options including B&Bs and hotels see

T-shirts, Swag, and Finisher Awards

All racers will receive a super comfy cotton tri blend tee. The shirts are soft, lightweight and are likely soon to be your favorite. This year, we will be offering both men's and ladies cuts on the shirts. The ladies shirts are narrower/fitted, and slightly longer. Unisex/Men's shirts fit true to size, order up if you want a relaxed fit. Please register by the February 20 shirt size deadline to guarantee your size, especially if you would like a ladies shirt. We will also be ordering a finisher award for everyone who completes the course!

2021 Shirt Design and Color:

2021 Finisher Awards:

Payout and Podium Awards

Guaranteed Payout for Top 5 Overall Open Men and Open Women will be $250/$200/$150/$100/$100

All other Top 3 podium finishers will receive awards and prizes from the race sponsors.

Aid Station Details

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 FS 77/FS 42/FS 58 intersection. Aid Station will have water, Hammer Heed, bananas and a variety of pre-packaged snacks. Basic first aid supplies and mechanical support are also available at the Aid Station.

You can send up to TWO gallon-sized drop bags out to the aid station. Bring your own or we will have ziplocs that you can label and use. We recommend one bag for the first pass through the aid station, and another for your second pass, which will be nearby, but in a slightly different location than the first pass. Drop bags are self-service for 2021 and you must place your drop bag in the "DONE" bin as you exit the aid station each time. Drop bags will not be moved by volunteers during the race, so be sure to send two bags if you want supplies on both passes through the aid station.

Cancellations and Transfers

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 (i.e. new COVID regulations) 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 March 1, 2021. You are responsible for finding a 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 with the name and email of the person you wish to transfer your entry to no later than March 1st. If the event sells out and you plan to buy an entry from someone, ALWAYS CONFIRM with me first that the person actually has a legit entry. Scammers have unfortunately been hitting events claiming they have entries or "tickets" when they actually do not.

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.