GOSH DARN 6
April 7-9, 2023
The 6th iteration of the best gravel event in Tennessee.
GOSH DARN 6 will feature a 19, 42, 63, and 100-mile race, camping, bonfires, partying, and more.
We're back! We ready for another year of the roughest gravel Tennessee has to offer with camping and lodging available on Friday and Saturday nights, a few bonfires in the woods, more than enough gravel, silly games, food, beer, beverages, prizes, and more!
Included in the price of registration this year: 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.
Bunking and cabin rentals are available through the Five Star Retreat. Cabin rentals sleep between 5 and 10 people and cost $400 for 3 nights. Bunks are available for $20 for 3 nights. All lodging has climate control and full bathrooms.
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 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 1 gallon ziplock back to each resupply stop.
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 ultimately needed to ride self-supported. This gives the participants the opportunity to build orienteering skills without the risk of getting so lost that they can't make it home.
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).
Thursday: Camping/Lodging Opens
Friday: Packet Pickup, Bonfire
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? Register for the event below.
This year's event will be limited to 400 participants and is projected to sell out. Register now because we'll be real sad if you can't come.
This year's event is possible thanks to contributions from Cumberland Transit, Amigo Frameworks, and the Five Star Retreat.
You can register by hitting the button below or going to bikereg.com/goshdarn6
As an event, we are committed to creating a welcoming environment that fosters communities that see the diversity we experience in our daily lives. This includes removing whatever barriers we can control for our underrepresented community members. One of those barriers is the cost of attending an event like Gosh Darn. For this reason, we are offering a "sliding scale" registration cost for anyone who wishes to attend and free entry for any Women, Transgender, Non-binary, or BI-POC persons.
Sliding Scale registration is $70, and only allows us to make a $4 donation to the Oasis Center. Please only use this if truly cannot afford the cost of attendance.
Use code "SLIDINGSCALE" at checkout.
For any Women, Transgender, Non-Binary, or BI-POC persons that wish the attend the event, the following code will reduce your registration by $100. We encourage you to add a donation to your registration if you would like to donate directly to the Oasis Center's Bike Workshop.
Use code "WTNBDSCNT" or "BIPOCDSCNT" at checkout.