RACE & RIDE INFO
RACE DESCRIPTION – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
The Middle Georgia Epic is the longest multi-surface road race in Georgia, offering both a 200k and 100k distances for racers to choose from. The race starts and finishes at the charming Blue Goose, Georgia’s only bike hostel, in Irwinton. Each route consists of gently rolling country roads, with approximately half the route paved, the other half a mix of gravel, sand, dirt, and clay. The variety of surfaces along the route make bike/tire choice an interesting challenge. Skinnier tires are faster on the pavement, but will struggle on loose/soft surfaces. The race will be held rain or shine, so keep that in mind when choosing equipment!
NEW FOR 2019 – 35K FUN RIDE
Y’all asked, we listened – we’re adding a shorter distance fun ride to the event this year. The perfect ride for folks who are newer to the sport or those that simply don’t want to ride their bike all day long. The 35k route (~22 miles) will be a shorter version of the 200k & 100k routes – about half paved, no course markings, and one aid station. The fun ride is indeed a ride, not a race, so we won’t be timing you, no awards, etc, and the entry fee will be a bit lower. You’ll still get a SWAG item and a post ride meal!
There will be no course markings or signage. Riders can download the GPX/TCX file and load it into a GPS, or they can prepare their own cue sheets. Cue sheets are allowed, but you have to make them yourself. This is not a closed course – riders will encounter traffic and are expected to respect all rules of the road. Ride smart, ride safe.
Both races and ride will have minimal official support, meaning riders need to be well prepared and self sufficient. Each route will have only one official aid stop near the half way point where water and some snacks will be provided. Riders will be provided with a 1-gallon ziplock drop bag they can use to send items ahead to the aid station. In order to keep the race fair, and keep traffic off the route, no personal outside support is allowed. Racers are allowed to use any stores or publicly available services along the route however, so feel free to stop at a gas station to buy water, but racers cannot have family/friends/team members meet them anywhere on the course – including the aid stations. Racers are allowed (and encouraged) to help one another if needed.
Helmets are required for all racers. Lights are encouraged as well.
Click HERE to register. Registration is limited to 200 racers. SWAG, including a sweet t-shirt, and a post ride meal are included with your registration. If you register, we will prepare for you whether you show up or not, so registration fees are not refundable. If you register but are unable to attend, you can transfer your spot to another racer up until Feb 12th. There is a $5 fee to transfer registration. Contact us for information on how to transfer your spot.
Dec 1 – Entry fees increase by $10
Jan 1 – Entry fees increase an additional $10
Feb 14 – Online registration closes, no more entry transfers
Feb 15 – Optional early check-in somewhere in downtown Macon, GA (exact location TBA)
Feb 16 – Race day at the Blue Goose in Irwinton, GA
FRIDAY FEB 15TH – Optional Early Check In in downtown Macon, GA
Exact location will be announced as we get closer to the race date.
Noon – 9:00pm – Register to race and/or pick up registration packets
SATURDAY FEB 16 – Race Day at Blue Goose in Irwinton, GA
128 E Main St
Irwinton, GA 31042
6:00am – 6:45am – Racer Check In – NO RACE DAY REGISTRATIONS
7:00am – Racer Meeting
7:15am – 200k Race Start
7:30am – 100k Race & 35K Fun Ride Start
12:00pm-ish – Lunch is available
12:30pm-ish – 100k Awards starts (each class awarded as podium spots are filled)
2:30pm-ish – 200k Awards starts (each class awarded as podium spots are filled)