Wrap up the 2020 cycling season with the ultimate backwoods challenge on Saturday, NOVEMBER 7th at MULBERRY GAP! The route - an 88-mile gravel grinder with over 12,000 feet of climbing on the scenic forest roads of the Cohutta Wilderness in north Georgia - has long been the testing ground for up & coming racers and seasoned pros alike. Affectionately dubbed the "Death March" by those brave enough to take it on, the loop has received less attention in recent years. We believe the time has come to restore the Death March to its rightful place as the ultimate gravel grinder of the Southeast! The time has come for the DEATH MARCH REVIVAL!
The Death March Revival is a self-supported 88-mile Ultra-Endurance Gravel Grinder Bike Race on gravel forest roads with over 12,000 feet of climbing. The event takes place in an extremely remote area and is NOT for entry-level cyclists. The Death March can be ridden on a gravel bike or mountain bike. (If you're familiar with this race, rest assured this is still Kim Murrell's baby, which explains why it's so tough! We're stoked to be partnering with her to bring this event back!)
All riders will start at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2020. We're starting at sunrise this time around to give you a better chance of making it back before sunset and earning one of Kim's coveted sunset patches!
(We recommend staying at Mulberry Gap the night before the ride to make that early start time a little easier to handle!)
These prices are what you pay. No surprise processing fees!
- EARLY: $60 thru May 25th (Memorial Day)
- REGULAR: $70 thru October 19th
- LATE: $80 thru November 1st (no t-shirt)
- Last day for Registration is November 1st. There is NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION.
- The price includes entry to the race, timed results, t-shirts & patches for all finishers, prizes for the podium & raffle, beer and burritos after the ride!
- The race is limited to 100 riders. Don't get left out waiting until the last minute to register!
All riders who manage to finish this beast before sunset at 5:40 p.m. will receive a sunset patch to commemorate the revival of the Death March! Those finishing after sunset will receive a lunar patch!
The top 3 finishers in the Men's Open Division, Women's Open Division, and Singlespeed Division will receive prizes at an awards ceremony after the race!
Parking at Mulberry Gap is reserved for those smart enough to book accommodations there for the weekend. Additional parking will be available nearby. (More on that as we get closer to November.)
The race is self-supported and the route will not be marked. You will need to download the route to a bike computer or use the cue sheet provided at packet pick-up. Please familiarize yourself with the course prior to the ride.
The route is an extremely remote area without opportunities to resupply. Therefore, you will need to carry all of your own supplies. Participants are solely responsible for their well-being and should prepare a back-up plan in case of a breakdown or emergency. If you do not have someone to call in the event that you cannot complete the race, please arrange support/shuttle services through Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way PRIOR TO the event.
We will have one checkpoint at mile 48 with water, sports drink and emergency snacks.
Have non-cycling friends or family interested in being a part of the action without riding a bike? We have plenty of fun volunteer opportunities (with benefits!) and would be happy to plug them in. Click here for more info and to sign up!
PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE ROUTE PRIOR TO THE RIDE! Click on the map above to see the full Ride With GPS page, which has a downloadable GPX file. You can also DOWNLOAD THE CUESHEET by clicking here.
Here's a brief overview of what you have to look forward to: From Mulberry Gap, the route starts off innocently enough in the lower hills as a good warm up. After a few miles, the route abruptly starts climbing the longest climb of the route known as Potato Patch Mountain.
Once reaching the top of the ridge, the route turns left and undulates up and down for a few miles until reaching a rewarding downhill to the Conasauga River valley below. After a few relatively flat miles along the Conasauga River, the route will enter Tennessee.
At this time, the route heads toward Big Frog road/F.R.62 which is a new addition to the traditional Death March. This segment climbs up the western flank of Big Frog Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in the Cohuttas, providing rugged climbs and beautiful views. Once exiting Big Frog road, the route continues up and down, crossing Big Creek, and then traversing along the north side of Big Frog Mountain to the checkpoint at the intersection F.R 45 and F.R.221.
After leaving the checkpoint, the route heads back into Georgia along the Tumbling Creek gorge. Once exiting Tumbling Creek, the route heads back up onto the ridges of the Cohuttas where beautiful views abound.
Finally, the route makes its way back to the top of Potato Patch Mountain. The only thing left is a truly epic downhill all the way back to Mulberry Gap and the finish!
*pending Forest Service approval
1. As noted in the event waiver, the event organizers are not responsible for participants becoming lost, stranded or injured.
2. Participants are responsible for learning the route, as it will not be marked on the course. The event is meant for experienced riders who are self-sufficient and proficient at GPS and map reading skills.
3. Participants must check in at the checkpoint at mile 48.
4. Participants may not advance along the route by any means other then bicycle or foot. No sneaky stuff. We will be watching! :)
5. The primary route must be followed at all times. No short cuts or alternate routes are permitted. (Again, we will be watching!) The course may be altered by the promoters in the event of inclement weather or other unforeseeable circumstances. Should that occur, participants will be notified.
6. If a rider exits the course for food, water, supplies, or any other reason, they must re-enter the course at the same spot at which they left.
7. Participants must have lights.
8. Participants must wear a properly approved helmet while operating their bicycle.
9. Participants must obey all the city, county, and state laws, and "rules of the road." All roads are open to public traffic.
10. Participants may help other participants with mechanical support and navigational assistance. Support of any kind from anyone other than race participants is not allowed. The only outside involvement that is allowed during the event is if a rider completely abandons the race. If a support vehicle is spotted on the course in a non-emergency situation, the rider will be disqualified. (It is very dangerous to other riders when vehicles are speeding along the course!)
11. Challenges to event results must come from the registered participant and must be made in-person the day of the event.
EQUIPMENT THAT YOU MUST CARRY
- 1. A GPS device
- 2. Lights
- 3. All the food and water necessary to complete the route.
- 4. At least two spare inner tubes (so your support doesn't have to come get you if you double flat!)
- 5. Air pump or inflation system
- 6. A good multi-tool, puncture repair kit, and tire lever
- 7. Cell phone
- 8. Helmet
- 9. First aid kit
- 10. Written cues in case of device failure
EQUIPMENT THAT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- 1. A GPS system/spot tracker to communicate your exact location to support/rescue personnel in the event of an emergency
- 2. Waterproof/windproof jacket
- 3. Extra thermal top or warm layers
- 4. An emergency/survival blanket
- 5. Water filter
- 6. Chain lube
- 7. Lighter
You'll be hard-pressed to find a cooler place to put on a gravel grinder than Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way. Not only does the place provide immediate access to some of the most scenic and truly epic forest roads and single-track east of the Mississippi, but owners Kate & Andrew have worked tirelessly to turn this place into mountain bike mecca! Mulberry Gap literally exists for people like us, and it shows in the quality of the lodging, the food, the beer, and every other detail. So do yourself a favor and book your campsite/cabin for race weekend before they fill up! Click here for more info & to make your reservations!
This event would not be possible without the generous support of Kate & Andrew and the team at Mulberry Gap. Thanks for creating such an incredible place and thanks for having us!
Our friends from Copperhill Brewery in Copperhill, TN (and soon to be in Ducktown) have generously volunteered to rehydrate you after the ride!
Make sure your bike is ready for the Death March by taking it to Scott's Bikes for a pre-ride tune. And while you're there be sure to thank them for providing the aid station at mile 48. Trust us, you'll be glad to see them out there!
If you plan to spend any length of time biking in the woods, you should get to know Rockgeist and their high quality gear & accessories. Check out their products in our prize stash!