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Southern Cross Gravel Grinder

March 4


The 2023 Southern Cross is again based out of the beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA.  Expect mountainous terrain consisting of mostly gravel, with a grass section in the last half mile to the finish. The course is around 50 miles, with two significant, sustained climbs and two long, high-speed descents. The total elevation gain is approximately 6200′.

There are also additional categories and a shorter race for junior riders. The course will consist of the “Winding Stair Loop” and be approximately 30 miles. The 30-mile course passes by the aid station once at Mile 12.  The event operator is not offering any 30-mile categories for adults. However, a parent/coach may ride the 30-mile course with their junior as a non-participant chaperone for safety. Chaperones may not push, tow, or carry water or gear for their junior rider. Junior riders may NOT draft their chaperone. Adult Chaperones ARE allowed to help with mechanical assistance if needed.

The entire route will be brightly marked with pink signs and pink tape that are very hard to miss. Course marshals will be present at road intersections. If your junior rider cannot change a flat, it is recommended to ride with a chaperone.

Participants can choose to ride a gravel or a mountain bike.  The producer recommends that if you are looking to have an enjoyable experience but are not worried so much about your placing in your category, then ride a mountain bike. The easier gearing on a mountain bike will improve life on the Winding Stair climb, and you will enjoy the descents more. If you are a good bike handler and want to finish as quickly as possible,  a gravel/cyclocross bike is recommended. The event has been won by mountain and gravel bikes, so pick your poison!

This extremely popular event typically sells out by Jan 15, so mark your calendar.  Southern Cross is produced by Mountain Goat Adventures, founded in 2010 by a husband and wife team who strive to provide memorable, exciting events that promote an active lifestyle.  Mountain Goat produces premiere events throughout Georgia, spanning Gravel, MTB, and Trail Running events.



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