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The Snake

...the race for mountain bikers, hosted by mountain bikers!

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Welcome to the Snake

Race Information

This will be a time trial event along the Pinhoti Trail through National Forest Lands. To participate, you can register via GetEvent.com or on-site. There is a Money Class for both men and women riding the 34Mile route and 14 other categories to compete for prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Once you pay the entry fee, you can choose to ride any or all the three of the event dates. All riders who register by Dec. 1st will be guaranteed an event t-shirt.  NWGA SORBA provides shuttles, sag support and official time.

  • GetEvent.com - Non Money Class $110 before Dec. 31, 2014; Afterwards, Non Money registration will be $130
  • GetEvent.com - Money Class Men > 18 years old, 34Miler $150
  • GetEvent.com - Money Class Women > 18 years old, 34Miler $150

Note: Non-money class categories, you can post times in both the 17Mile and 34Mile events without additional fees.  No registration transfers or refunds once your order is placed.

 

 

 

Event Dates

  • January 3, 2015
  • February 7, 2015
  • March 7, 2015

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Registration . 
You can register on-line using GetEvent.com or register on-site before the time trial. Check-in and on-site registration will be in Dalton at Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center gravel parking lot. Maps will be provided and riders will be shuttled to the starting point of their event.

On-site registration will be from 7:00am to 9:00 am.  The shuttles will begin leaving as busses and trailers fill up starting as early as 8:30AM.  Make sure your bike is loaded on trailer going to the right location.  Trailers are numbered to assist you in finding your bikes at the start.  Snake Creek Gap is the start for 17Miler and Dry Creek is the start of 34Miler.

 

A Schedule of events for this Saturday is as follows:

6:30AM     Volunteers Meet and Setup The Snake Pit (the registration, souvenir, parking, etc. area)

7:00AM     Registration Table Opens & Souvenir Table Opens;  Start Loading Bikes on Shuttle Trailers

8:30AM - 9:00AM    34 Mile Shuttles start departing and Registration for 34 Milers closes

8:30AM - 9:00AM    17 Mile Shuttles start departing and Registration for 17 Miler closes

11:00AM    Expect to start seeing riders arrive

12:30PM    Food ready to serve

5:30PM     Start Breaking Down The Snake Pit. Hopefully everyone is in by this point!

 

Course
The rider can select either the 17 mile event, or if you are tough enough you can choose to do the 34 mile Event . These events are truly epics, the 34-mile distance is quite an epic to complete. Over 90% of it is on single-track trails. These will not be your normal 17 or 34-mile epic rides. They both will require extreme physical condition, so please use good judgment if you decide to ride!

 

Payout and Prizes
Money Class awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd place fastest time for the entire series. 1st will receive $750, 2nd will receive $500, 3rd Place will receive $250.  We also recognize 4th Place and 5th Place with a special swag prize.  The Money Class is for the 34mile distance only.

For the non-Money Class, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will receive prizes based on their placement. We will award competitors with the lowest cumulative time to complete all three Snake races for a given distance ( Snake Trifecta ).

Snake Trifecta awarded for the following:
Non-Money Class Men, 34Mile
Non-Money Class Women, 34Mile
Non-Money Class Men, 17Mile
Non-Money Class Women, 17 Mile

 

Directions
I-75 to exit 333 Walnut Avenue go west up the mountain approx 1/4 mile turn left into the Trade Center, the gravel parking lot is on your right at the Trade Center.

 

 

About the Snake

Snake Creek runs out of a mountain gap in North Georgia.  The gap is famous for being the pass that Sherman snuck his army through on his way to the final battles of the American Civil War.  This gap is now becoming known for battles of a different kind.  The first Saturday of the months of January, February and March the Northwest Georgia Chapter of IMBA/SORBA holds a time trial series in this gap.  This event started off in 2005 with about 50 riders.  It has grown every year to this year’s total of 380 riders.

Why would people come in these numbers to Dalton Georgia in the middle of the winter from 15 states and Canada to ride mountain bikes?  This race is put on by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. We know what we like and try to give the best we can to our riders. The series is held on the IMBA Epic Georgia Pinhoti Trail with two distance options: 17 or 34 miles.  Both are point to point.  The 17 milers start at the halfway point of the 34 mile distance which is right in the middle of Snake Creek Gap.  There are 2 mountains in the first 17 mile segment and 4 in the second.

The course gets progressively more technical over the last 8 miles on Hurricane Mt. and Rocky Face Ridge.  The trail runs right on the razor back edge of these mountains with views off both sides.  It is beautiful but you better not take time to enjoy the view.  The riders are racing to the finish line at the North Georgia Trade and Convention Center a stones threw of I-75 at Exit 333 in Dalton.  This is where they registered and left their cars.

The riders and their bikes are shuttled to their starting lines.  It is an awesome sight to see 300 bikes loaded on trailers and trucks.  The riders are taken in buses, vans and cars.  It looks like a big mountain bike parade when they rollout of the parking lot.  They are started and timed individually in true time trial format.  The times are kept for the 3 events and your best time counts.  The entry fee is for the series. It is your choice how many times you ride it.  We run it in some pretty harsh conditions.  In six years we have never called it due to weather.  The weather down here can be anywhere from 20 to 65 degrees.  I think we had it all this year.

The awards are given out at the big party after the March run.  A good time is had by all.  Usually by March Spring is breaking out and it is a great way to get a jump on the riding season.  Money raised from the event goes to support mountain biking in Northwest Georgia.  The local Boys’ and Girls’ Club helps us with the shuttle buses and we help them with their mountain bike program.  They have 50 mountain bikes and a trailer to haul them.  We are helping them build a pump track on their property and donated $2,500 to the cause this year.

You can see the results of this year’s event on nwgasorba.org.  Watch the pictures scroll across the top of the home page and see what we are about.

By Rick Moon