WHERE is the Red River Gorge?
The Red River Gorge–also known as “The Gorge” or simply “The Red”–is located about forty five minutes southeast from Lexington, Kentucky. From Lexington you take I-64 east to the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway and follow the parkway to Slade at Exit 33.
Our start / finish will be located at 4 Guys RV Park two miles west of Slade on KY 11 (10137 Campton Road, Stanton, KY for your GPS) and the course will encircle the Gorge region over one hundred miles of paved backroads, gravel, dirt, technical gravel and dirt, and some brand new singletrack.
WHEN is the RRG MTB 100?
The inaugural Red River Gorge MTB 100 will be held on September 30, 2017. It’s looking like we’ll have a 7:30 a.m. start and a hard twelve hour cutoff to make sure all our racers make it back before sunset. There will be time cutoffs at each aid station based on the minimum pace a racer needs to maintain to finish on time. More details to follow as the course is finalized and aid station locations become fixed.
Registration is open NOW!
When / Where will packet pickup be?
Packet pickup will begin at 3:00pm on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4 Guys RV Park (10137 Campton Rd, Stanton, KY) and end at 8:00pm that evening. There will also be an early morning packet pickup between 5:30am and 6:30am before the race on the 30th.
WAIVERS MUST BE SIGNED AT PACKET PICKUP
What will the course look like?
The core of our course will be the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway with deviations. The final iteration will be shared as soon as we finalize the course.
The route will be a mix of dirt and gravel roads, paved back roads, and a smidge of singletrack. Many of the dirt roads are somewhat technical and difficult.
HOW MUCH Singletrack?
Currently there is roughly three miles of dedicated singletrack. How much we can get built over the next few months will determine the exact amount you’ll end up riding. For more information follow Red River Gorge Mountain Bike Trails group on Facebook and consider joining the Cave Run – Red River Gorge Mountain Bike Alliance (CRRRGMBA)
We don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the course though. Sections of double track ride like singletrack and will provide hours of mountain biking entertainment for even the most discerning of fat tire enthusiasts.
Will I be able to use drop bags?
Yes. Drop bags will be located at approximately the 30 and 80 mile points. Please bring two (2) one gallon sized Ziploc-type bags with your name written in black permanent marker as well as a “1” for the 30 mile drop and “2” for the 80 mile drop. If you have questions please use the contact link below.
Bags should be checked in by 6:30am on Saturday morning with race HQ.
What type of bike should I bring?
This is an endurance mountain bike race. Obviously mountain bikes will be the mode of choice for most, but some may choose to ride cyclocross or gravel bikes. If you’re comfortable on those machines on loose, rocky terrain, steep descents, and sandy ground they will serve you well.
The OPTIMAL bike will be a hardtail mountain bike with roughly 2.2″ tires and smaller knobs. Of course this issue will become a point of debate for years to come, but this is our suggestion 🙂
You can also sign up in the singlespeed or fat bike categories if you would enjoy that type of distinction in the race results. There is also a Clydesdale / Athena category for athletes who exceed normal airline baggage constraints.
Please feel free to submit your questions to the Contact page.