Located in Coperhill, TN, The Cohutta 100, the Big Frog 65, and the Old Copper 30 are some of the best mountain bike events in the Southeast, as rated by Strambecco and part of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE). These classics by Mountain Goat Adventures are back again after taking a year hiatus, so sign up before it's sold out. You won't want to miss the awesome perks either! All participants will receive a race tee and custom Handup Gloves ($28 value) as well as a commemorative finisher mug, finisher award for all finishers (the tradition of the mugs continues), fully stocked aid stations with volunteers, hearty post-race meal, music, and camaraderie, transport of drop bag(s) to the aid stations, clearly marked course with course marshals and “wrong way” indicators at critical intersections, and even mechanical support at aid stations.
Event & Course Info
The Cohutta 100 has been a staple on the endurance mountain bike scene for over a decade. Hundreds of determined racers from around the world gather yearly in the Cherokee National Forest to test their physical ability and mental will. Racers are challenged by over 12,000 ft of elevation gain through extreme single track and demanding fire roads.
For the mortals of the cycling world, do not worry as there are some more friendly lengthed options for the course at 65 and 35 miles, respectively. The Big Frog 65 is no simple challenge but remains a formidable course for an endurance mountain bike racer. The Big Frog covers 65 miles, and there is a whopping 7,890 feet of climbing, according to Veloviewer and Strava. The much more manageable Old Copper 30 is not the biggest distance in the world, but I would still call it a challenge with 35 miles in the distance and over 3,753 feet of climbing. Any of the three races you decide to do will be a significant accomplishment!
The racecourse includes 6 Aid stations. Bags can be dropped at aid stations 1, 3, 5 & 6. See the maps on the Courses page for aid station locations. The aid stations for the race course are well stocked with fresh water and snacks, and you should be sure to carry with you the hydration and nutrition you require according to your training and health needs. Each racer is allowed three (3) one-gallon drop bags.
Area Accommodations & Things to Do
For adventurers seeking a simple yet comfortable stay near the Ocoee Whitewater Center, the Ducktown Copper Inn stands as the ideal choice. Conveniently located within 5 miles of the Ocoee Whitewater Center, this inn, under new ownership by Jerry and Marsha Hauck since April 2018, offers a solid deal for those eager to rest after a day of outdoor exploration. Also try The Ducktown Copper Inn. It goes beyond a typical stay, offering a communal pavilion area with a charcoal grill and fire pit. It's the perfect spot to unwind, share stories of your adventures, and connect with fellow travelers. For those who prefer camping, the Thunder Rock Campground, located 1.8 miles northwest of the Ocoee Whitewater Center, offers a serene riverside setting with regular and group campsites. Reservations are highly recommended, as sites fill up quickly. Nearby, the Parksville Lake Campground provides full hookups for RVs with online reservations available.
While the dining scene may not be as extensive as in larger cities, there are still several eateries that offer delicious food and unique experiences. Situated in a historic building overlooking the Ocoee River, Burra Burra on the River offers a delightful dining experience. Known for its Southern-inspired cuisine, the restaurant serves up classics like shrimp and grits, catfish, and mouthwatering burgers. The scenic views and rustic ambiance add to the overall charm. Or try The Waterfront Bar established in only 2021 and is quickly ranking as one of the top eateries in the area. With its' beautiful and savory dishes, friendly staff, cozy dining area, and dedication to the community, The Waterfront Bar has opened the doors on a new way of experiencing Copperhill, TN.
Nestled in the picturesque region where Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina converge, Copperhill offers a charming blend of outdoor activities surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. Adrenaline seekers can experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River, renowned for its challenging rapids and scenic beauty. The Toccoa River, meandering through the region, beckons fishing enthusiasts. Cast a line into its clear waters, known for trout fishing, and enjoy a peaceful day by the riverbanks. Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the Copper Basin Golf Club, an 18-hole course surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains.
The Cohutta 100 and the Big Frog 65 are part of the National Ultra Endurance Series. The National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE) is a race series that has some of the best endurance mountain bike races in the United States. NUE comprises of an Epic Series, 100-mile events, and a Marathon series, which includes 50-mile and 75k length events. Check out True Grit 100/50 and test your skills with one of the best mountain biking events in the Southwest. If you're wanting to check out the trails and the world renowned San Juan Mountains, then the Telluride 100/50 is a must for any mountain bike enthusiast. With its' steep elevation and beyond epic views, this race will have you wanting to sign up every year. If you want to go even further West, then try the Grizzly 100 & Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo. Located at Big Bear Lake, CA, you'll be riding with some of the most elite mountain bikers around the globe. So don't wait, sign up!