Fool's Gold 60 Mile MTB Race - September 16, 2017

In cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Permit Pending

The 2017 Fool's Gold 60 will be based out of the beautiful Anderson Creek Retreat in Ellijay, GA. This venue was used in 2016 and provided a spectacular backdrop for the race.

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Schedule of Events

Anderson Creek Retreat
89 Spring Camp Road
Ellijay, GA 30536

Click HERE for a Google Maps location of the new venue entrance.

The race begins and ends at Anderson Creek Retreat. Please follow arrow signs to race venue area once you turn into the Anderson Creek property.

Friday September 15

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Race number and t-shirt pickup (at Anderson Creek Sunrise Ridge Area - Use address above to main entrance, then follow signs to parking and registration once on property.

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Rider Meeting - highly suggested for all 60 miler participants. Last minute changes to any previously posted information will be communicated at that time. These could impact the course, start arrangements, your safety, etc. You are responsible for all information communicated at this meeting even if a representative collects your race packet or you check in Saturday morning.

Please Note: There is no race-day registration or distance changes. All registrations, distance changes and transfers must be completed by September 11th 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 16

6:00 am - Parking lot opens

6:30 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. This was added as a courtesy to our local riders who would prefer to drive up in the morning)

7:00 am - DROP BAG CUTOFF - Drop bags will leave the venue promptly at 7:00 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.

8:00 am - 60 mile race start with neutral rollout

12:30 pm to 6 pm - Post-race meal available at the finish line.

All racers must complete the entire 60 mile course and be in by 6:30pm to have an official finish time. There will be time cutoffs at the aid stations to ensure you can make it back by 6:30 pm. This gives you 10.5 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 1:30 pm for the 60 mile race.

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2016 Participant Guide - Read Before Race



If you plan to camp, you MUST RESERVE YOUR SPOT by emailing no later than Sept. 1st. 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 - ESSENTIALLY A NICE FIELD WITH A VIEW BUT THERE IS NO WATER, ELECTRICITY, or OTHER HOOKUPS. THERE WILL BE PORTA-POTTIES ON SITE.

The closest hotel to the start/finish is actually Amicalola Falls Lodge, which is located within Amicalola State Park.

If you desire a bed, AC and home cooked meals, I highly recommend Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway. 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.

Hotels offering racer discount:
Best Western Mountain View Inn, 43 Coosawattee Dr, East Ellijay, GA 30540, (706) 515-1500. Offering corporate rate discount: 2 queens $93.49 (for 2 people, up to 4 can stay in this size room but will cost extra) - normal cost is $110 with 10 rooms available as of 8/4. King suite $118. King suite with jacuzzi $126 - 4 suites left on 8/4. You will need to call by phone, not online, or won’t receive discount. Tell the front desk that you are racing Fool’s Gold bike race and were told you would get a corporate rate discount.

There are also a variety of hotels in the East Ellijay area that are approximately 20 minutes from the race venue. We will keep you posted for any other special deals on local lodging as we receive news. For all Ellijay lodging options including B&Bs, hotels, and cabins see Gilmer County Accomodations

There is also free primitive camping within the Chattahoochee National Forest.

There are also plenty of lodging and camping options in Dahlonega and those can be found

The start/finish is situated between Ellijay and Dahlonega this year, however is slightly closer to Ellijay.

Yes, you may ship it to Cartecay Bike Shop in Ellijay, GA - about 20 minutes from the race venue. Their address, phone and hours are below and they charge $35 to re-build and race prep the bike. Please contact and let him know it is on its way once you ship it so he can keep an eye out for it.

Bike Shipping/Reassembly

If you would like to ship your bike and have a local shop reassemble and race prep it for you, the closest shop to the race is Cartecay Bikes in Downtown Ellijay. The cost is $35 for reassembly. If you plan to take advantage of this, please email 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

Mon.-Tues. – 10:AM-5:PM
Wed. – 10:AM-5:PM
Thurs.-Fri. – 10:AM-5:PM
Sat. – 9:AM-5:PM
Sun. – Closed

T-shirts, Swag, and Finisher Awards

All racers will receive a super comfy cotton blend tee. 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 September 1st 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.

2016 Shirt Design (above) and 2016 finisher awards (below):

Fool's Gold Training Plans from LW Coaching

Rock your Fool's Gold race with the expert guidance of LW Coaching training plans. Coach Lynda Wallenfels has tailored these training plans toward your experience, race distance, goals and age. Masters rider over 40 or single-speeder? She's got you covered. Look through her Fool’s Gold training plan stacks to find your perfect plan. Questions? Connect with Coach Lynda on her LW Coaching Athlete Support Forum for your personal recommendation. Start training now to peak at Fool’s Gold!

LW Coaching Fool's Gold Training Plans


Payout and Podium Awards

Top 5 Open Men in the 60 is: $250/200/150/100/100
Top 3 Open Women in the 60 is: $250/200/150
All first place finishers in the remaining classes (excluding Tandem) receive $100 cash.

All other top finishers will receive prizes from the race sponsors. 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

60 mile race - You can send TWO gallon-sized drop bags out to the aid stations. 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. CUTOFF FOR DROP BAGS IS 7:00 AM ON SATURDAY MORNING - NO EXCEPTIONS!

60 Miler Aid Stations:

AID STATION #1 - Top of Nimblewill Gap - first major climb. Approximately 7.5 miles from the start. Water, mechanical, and first aid support only at this aid station on first pass through. NO SUPPORT CREWS OR SPECTATORS ALLOWED AT NIMBLEWILL GAP OR EITHER SIDE OF NIMBLEWILL GAP RD.

AID STATION #2 - Intersection of FS 28B, 28G, & Black Branch Trail. Approximately 21 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Sixes Pit Bike Shop, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: None

AID STATION #3 - Intersection of FS 83, 28H, 872, & Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail. Approximately 30 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time for all racers: 2:30 PM to START the Bull Mountain loop

AID STATION #4 - Intersection of FS 83, 28H, 872, & Bull Mountain Trail, aka Base of Bull Mountain Trail, i.e. same as #3. Approximately 42 miles from the start. Cut-off time for all racers: 4:30 pm aid station closes.

AID STATION #5 - Top of Nimblewill Gap - Final major climb. Approximately 52 miles from the start. Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support from Cartecay Bikes, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes. Cut-off time: 6:00 pm aid station closes. NO SUPPORT CREWS OR SPECTATORS ALLOWED AT NIMBLEWILL GAP OR EITHER SIDE OF NIMBLEWILL GAP RD.

If you ignore volunteer instructions and choose to continue up Bull Mountain after 2:30 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.

Cancellations and Transfers

No Transfers after 9/11 - NO EXCEPTIONS. No category changes after 9/13.

Once your registration is processed, there are no refunds. Entries do not transfer from year to year and they do not transfer to other Mountain Goat Adventures events. If you get hurt or need to bail at the last minute, that is a major bummer, but we still need to pay the expenses associated with you racing regardless of whether or not you are able to attend. To help you out with this, you may sell your entry to someone in the same event without penalty (meaning no transfer fee) until September 11th. You are responsible for finding someone to buy your entry as well as arranging payment with that person. Once you have all that squared away, please email with the contact info for the person buying your entry, and I will send them a link to register. The person buying your entry will receive whichever shirt size you originally ordered.

If a natural disaster requires cancellation or postponement of the event, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on how many race expenses have been paid up to that point, and given the opportunity to pick up any race swag that has been ordered. The Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify segments of the event as deemed necessary for participant safety. Once the race has started, no refunds will be given due to delayed start or early conclusion of the race.