Southern Cross presented by Maxxis Tires - Coming March 6, 2021!

2020 Southern Cross Results

2020 Southern Cross Race Photos - Dashing Images

In cooperation with the USDA Forest Service,

The 2020 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 possibly singletrack sections (weather permitting) sprinkled in. The course is around 50 miles with two major, sustained climbs and two long, high speed descents.

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Southern Cross is a make up race/optional race for the Terrapin Southeastern Gravel Series!



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 6

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 Wednesday March 4 at 8 pm. If you have questions, changes, or need to speak with the Race Director, please email directly before March 4. 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 7

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.

10:00 am - Race start with neutral-ish rollout

1 pm to 5 pm - Post-race meal at the finish line (Moes Fajita Bar)

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.

2020 Accident Waiver - BRING TO RACE

2020 Racer Update - READ BEFORE RACE


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 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. We will utitlize the same camping setup that was used in 2019.

The closest campground with amenities and 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 22nd shirt size deadline to guarantee your size, especially if you would like a ladies shirt. We will also be ordering coffee mug finisher awards for everyone who completes the course!

2020 Shirt Design - Grey Heather Primease Tri-Blend Shirt


2020 Finisher Awards - Coffee Mugs!



  • Male Open (this is the "money" class)
  • Masters Male 30-39
  • Masters Male 40-49
  • Grand Masters Male 50-59
  • Vintage Male 60+
  • Female Open (this is the "money" class)
  • Female Masters 40+
  • Clydesdale Open (over 200 lbs)
  • Single Speed Open
  • Tandem

Payout and Podium Awards

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

$100 for the first place finisher in each of the "Non-Money" categories (excluding Tandem)

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.

Aid Stations

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

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 Feb 24, 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 with the name and email of the person you wish to transfer your entry to no later than Feb 24th.

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.