The roughest gravel in Tennessee, and the best people too!
The Gosh Darn Gravel Gathering has 19, 42, 63, and 100-mile rides, camping, bonfires, and shenanigans jam-packed into one fun-filled weekend.
Included in the price of registrationr: free tent camping, a "survival kit" (it's kinda like a swag bag, except you'll actually like what's in it), free beer and NA beverages, a post-ride meal, and an event t-shirt. (Must pre-register by 2/28/24).
Bunking and cabin rentals are available at the Five Star Retreat. Cabin rentals sleep between 5 and 10 people and cost $700 for 3 nights. Bunks are available for $20 for 3 nights. All lodging has climate control and full bathrooms. Contact us to reserve your spot.
With whatever route you choose, you can expect to encounter a strong variety of gravel and terrain – from well-groomed gravel to rutted-out jeep trails, blazing-fast descents, creek crossings, and punchy climbs. We highly recommend running the fattest and knobbiest tires your bike can accommodate. Hickman County's gravel is loose and large. The routes will have you saying "gosh" and "darn" more than once.
Riders on the 42 and 63-mile routes should expect 2 resupply stops. Riders on the 100-mile route can expect 2 resupply stops and 1 water stop. 100-mile riders must check in at the resupply stop at mile 53. Riders that do not make this checkpoint by 1 PM will be pulled from the ride and rerouted to start, resulting in an 81-mile ride. This year, riders will have the option to send a 1-gallon ziplock bag to each resupply stop. Drop bags can be picked up from Cumberland Transit after the race.
Resupply stops will have water, electrolyte mix, and a limited supply of light snacks. We recommend that you send a drop bag with your favorite snacks and supplies to each checkpoint. Resupply points may not have spare tubes or tools.
This ride is self-navigated, and the route is unmarked. All riders are asked to bring whatever tools necessary to navigate the course. This includes multiple spare tubes. We had many riders that experienced between 4 and 7 flats on their bike. These roads are rugged and can quickly leave an unprepared rider stranded. We host an event with minimal support to provide an environment that empowers individuals to teach themselves the necessary navigation skills that are needed to ride self-supported. This gives the participants the opportunity to build orienteering skills without the risk of getting lost or stranded.
Over the past few years, cellphone signal has become increasingly better in Hickman County. If you are not using a GPS head unit, we strongly recommend that you download the Ride with GPS app, create an account, save, and download the routes (tap the dots to the right of the route name).
Wednesday: Packet Pick-up at Cumberland Transit
Friday: Camping/Lodging Open, Packet Pickup, Bicycle Games, and Pre-party
Saturday: Packet Pick-Up, Ride, Meal, Party, Bonfire, Camp
Sunday: Camping & Lodging Closes
Ready to take on one of the wildest bike rides in Tennessee?