Why we ride.
As an event, we are committed to creating a welcoming environment that fosters communities that see the diversity we experience in our daily lives.
The GOSH DARN was founded in 2015 by Dave Thienel and Greg O'Loughlin. Their love for the miles and miles of gravel roads, creek crossings, primitive camping, and adventure found everywhere in Hickman County inspired them to create a way to share the fun! In its sixth year, the Gosh Darn is Tennessee's longest-running gravel event.
Just like in years past, the main event, Gosh Darn 6, will be a fundraiser for the Oasis Bike Workshop. The Oasis Center's Bicycle Workshop has affected the lives of 3,000 youth in Middle Tennessee since its inception, and we're honored to make contributions that help introduce youth to the joys of riding dirt.
Every year we set out to be more effective, inclusive, and diverse than the year before. Gosh Darn 5 was able to host 265 riders, raise $3,400, and see the biggest group (by gross number and per capita) of women, transgender, and non-binary riders in the history of the event.
Last year in an effort to address the inequities in cycling, we offered discounts to Women, Transgender, and Non-binary participants. This year, to continue that approach and address the barriers we can control and take a more intersectional approach, we are introducing sliding scale registration for anyone who wishes to participate and free registration for WTNB and BIPOC individuals.