The 2018 Singlespeed Smackdown

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One gear and lots of beer!

Are you ready to pile-drive the Pinhotis, body-slam Bear Creek, and mule-kick Mountaintown? Do you want to get headbutted for 35 miles and then drink a lot of beer?  Can you survive a flying elbow drop from the top rope as you climb 2000′ in the first 6 miles? How about a badass t-shirt and chances to win loads of free stuff…including a tattoo!  If this sounds like fun to you, you’re a lunatic.  Fortunately, we are too, so join us at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way on Saturday, September 29 for the first annual Singlespeed Smackdown!  OH YEAH!

Register Here! or call Mulberry Gap at 706-698-2865

We’ve got a great day on the bike planned with loads of extras.  This singlespeed-only ride will wind through 35 miles of some of our favorite trails in the North Georgia mountains and finish with great food, cold beer provided by Woodstock’s Reformation Brewery, and awesome raffle prizes presented by our sponsors:

Specifically, your registration includes:

  • Parking and the use of Mulberry Gap’s facilities for the day.
  • A custom t-shirt designed by professional artist, tattooist, and Militia rider Josh Bowden.
  • Lunch after the ride presented by the awesome staff at Mulberry Gap
  • Beer from Reformation Brewery and access to their mobile beer garden
  • At least one entry into our raffle to win some great prizes (including two Thomson stems and seatposts, Maxxis Tires, HandUp gloves, Endless Bikes, swag packs, and more!).  You do NOT need to be present to win.

But wait, that’s not all!  There may be awards.  There may be prizes for the fastest rider…or maybe the slowest.  There may be prizes for the person who runs the smallest cog…or the biggest!  There may be tattoos!  There certainly WILL be the chance to win tattoo time in Cobb County’s premier tattoo shop with Josh!

The Singlespeed Smackdown is limited to 75 riders so sign up now!

Note that the Singlespeed Smackdown is a self-supported, self-paced group ride, not a race.  Everyone is encouraged to ride with at least one other person and carry enough water, food, and tools to be self-sufficient.

Schedule of Events, Saturday, September 29, 2018:

Event Registration: 7:00-7:45
Pre-ride meeting: 7:45
Ride start: 8:00
Lunch and beer: 12:00 – 2:30
Raffles: 2:30

But you’re not here for beer, food and prizes.  You’re here to ride!  And we have an epic route for you.  Ok, you probably ARE here for beer, food, and prizes but the route is still gonna be epic!

We’ll start with a cheapshot; a real kick in the teeth.  Right out of the gate we’ll climb 2000′ up FS68 to Potato Patch.  We’ll pass by the beautiful Overlook on the way up so you can pull off and pretend to take a picture while trying to find your legs again…because you still have the hardest part of the climb ahead of you.  While this gets a lot of the climbing out of the way at the very beginning, there is more to come.

From Potato Patch we’ll head east up and down FS64 for about 6 miles to Mountaintown Creek for one of the best descents in GA.  This 8 mile drop on a primitive, overgrown, rocky, rooty, slippery, soggy, absolute riot of a trail will cross the creek at least 10 times before you spill out onto Gates Chapel Rd.  There will be water available here…maybe even a real sag stop.

From Gates Chapel road, we’ll take a right and head west a bit to Bear Creek Rd. and climb the dirt road to the parking lot.  Most people would head straight to P1 from here.  But we’re not most people.  At the lot, get ready for the SMACKDOWN as we’re heading up the right side of Bear Creek Loop.  Is it climbable on fresh legs and a geared bike?  Maybe.  Is it climbable on a singlespeed with 20 miles and 4000′ of climbing already on your legs?  We’ll see.

After you’ve survived the smackdown, we’ll head down Bear Creek to Pinhoti 1 and then onto Pinhoti 2, the latter being, arguably, the best descent in all of Georgia.  At the bottom of P2, it’s a right turn onto Conasauga Rd. and a quick couple miles back to Mulberry gap for food and beer and prizes and that tattoo you always wanted.

You can check out the full route and download the GPX file at MTB Project.

For more information or to register, check out Mulberry’s Gap’s registration page or call them directly at 706-698-2865.  To discuss the event, head to the Singlspeed Militia’s Facebook!


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  1. […] so join us at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way on Saturday, September 29 for the first annual Singlespeed Smackdown! We’ve got a great day on the bike planned with loads of extras. This singlespeed-only ride will […]


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