Fool's Gold Mtb Races and Festival


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Fool’s Gold MTB Races & Festival
The Races…
The Festival…
Food, Lodging, Beverages, and Bands
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Mountain Bike Get-Away


Mulberry Gap is a mountain bike haven tuked away in the North Georgia Mountains. Cozy lodging and great home cooked food all right in the middle of some of the best trails in the country.


Nice Racks!


Raxter Racks will be on site for product demos. Be sure to try one out at the Fool’s Gold. They have also throw two of these amazing racks in the prize pot. Someone’s going go home very happy!


Pack Amnesia


Wingnut Gear’s Low RIder System will have you forgettng you even have a pack back there on those epic rides. Also check out the great accessories too!


Support the Shops!
The following shops will be supporting you at the Fool’s Gold with mechanical services:

Addictive Cycles

Northstar Bicycles



Traction to Spare

Ergon Logo CST Perforamnce Tires is providing a whole slew of rubber for you to win at the Fool’s Gold.


Support Those that Support You

Thomson The There is no better support than a Thomson. Get yours at the Fool’s Gold.

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Quick Links…

Fool’s Gold 100 & 50

FG / SORBA Festival

Food & Lodging


Race Route

Bunk Assignments

Current Rider List


Online Registration Ends Today!

Online registration closes today, so please hurry and do not miss the Fool’s Gold Mtb Races & Festival. We will have a limited number of entries available onsite, so please register online to ensure your place at this year’s event. Chronic procrastinators, there will be a $20.00 fee for onsite registration. No checks please.

The Fool’s Gold Mtb Races & Festival aims to bring together a passion for riding mountain bikes, trail advocacy, and racing at it’s highest level. This year we have partnered with both the NUE Series to bring world class racing to Georgia and IMBA-SORBA to host a festival which celebrates our passion for riding in the dirt. We hope that what ever your riding interests are, that you will join us for an entertaining weekend in the mountains of North Georgia.

Race & Festival Check-In Details

All Racers Must Submit Waivers and Check in On Friday between 3 & 9 PM. If you cannot do this in person, please make arrangements for someone to submit your signed waiver and collect your race packet. It will be your responsiblity to collect the packet from your representitive and read the rules prior to the race on Saturday. Once again, there is no race check in on Saturday.

Festival participants will also be able to check in between 3 & 9 PM. Dinner wll be served between 6 & 9 PM. Do not forget your sleeping bags, pillows and camp chairs!

All racers and festival participants please review the schedule for more details.

The Race….

The FG100 is the 6th Race of the NUE Series!

The Fool’s Gold is Georgia’s first and only 100 & 50 mile mountain bike races. The route traverses the Bull & Jake Mtn Trail systems with the Chattahoochee National Forest.

The FG is offering $2100 in cash to the top three 100 miler podium finishers. We also have some amazing prizes from great sponsors that support the Fool’s Gold for both the 50 & 100 mile races.

We have added a Single Speed category to the 50 mile race. Please make sure you are entered into the proper category before the race. There will be no category changes once the race begins.

Win a KOM jersey from SORBA! The first rider to top the brutal ascent of Cooper Gap will be crowned the SORBA King of the Mountains. This contest will be awarded to both the ladies and the men in the 50 & 100 mile races!

Back by popular demand is the Sweetwater 4:20 Award and the Terrapin Award. The rider who crosses the line the closest to 4:20 PM will receive a case of Sweetwater 420 beer. The last rider to finish the 50 & 100 mile race will receive a case brews from Terrapin Beer Company. It’s not just the front end of the race that makes out at the Fool’s Gold!

The Festival…

Good Times and Trail Advocacy

SORBA LogoThe 2008 Fool’s Gold Mountain Bike Festival is teaming with the Southern Off-road Bicycle Association (SORBA) to create a one-of-a-kind festival in the Southeastern US. Both 55nine Performance and IMBA-SORBA are working together to support improvements of the existing trail system in the Bull Mountain area of Dahlonega, Georgia, as well as to support development of new trails to an already epic area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. 55nine Performance will be making a cash donation to SORBA’s Land Access Fund to support the Bull & Jake Mountain trail systems which was the site of IMBA’s first Epic ride.


The Fool’s Gold Festival will feature organized rides, great food, onsite lodging, bands, games, give aways and product demos from local shops & national brands such as Vassago Cycles, Ergon, Pivot Cycles, TwinSix, Bike29, & Open Window Soap Works. IMBA-SORBA will be organizing their world famous Mystery Ride (aka Poker Ride) on Sunday.

Food, Lodging, Beverages, and Bands!

You don’t want to miss this!

WahsegaThe Fool’s Gold MTB Races & Festival offers food, lodging and entertainment on site throughout the weekend for just $100. This means you can save on gas money by staying right on site!

Camp Wahsega, a 4-H camp located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, hosts our event and provides amazing meals. When you sign up for the Fool’s Gold Festival you will receive 5 great meals throughout the weekend.

The bunk houses (image above) offer comfortable lodging. You will have a choice of who you bunk with, so be sure to add that information when you register. Ladies traveling alone may request the “Ladies Only” bunk house.

We’ll have an ample supply of the Southeast’s finest micro-brews available beginning Friday evening. Details will be announced soon.

Ocha La Rocha and The Hiss will be rocking the Fool’s Gold Festival this year. Check out the FG website for links to both bands.

Please forward this message to your riding friends!The Fool’s Gold Mtb Races & Festival is produced by 55nine Performance who is dedicated to bringing high quality events to the Southeast & supporting local advocacy groups. For more information about these events please visit:

source: Edward O’Dea

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