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Dirty Sheets :: Gravel Grinder




The Basics:
Event Type:Mountain Biking
Event Location: Cochran Mill Park   Mountain Biking: Dirty Sheets :: Gravel Grinder   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 18 2019  9:01 am >> Sat, May 18 2019 12:01 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, May 6 2019 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 17 2019 3:13 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:42 Miles
Pace:Fast
Trip Leader(s):
George
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.

Itinerary:

 

This might be listed as a Mountain Biking event this is "technically" NOT a mountain biking event...while close, it will be best if you attack these Dirty Sheets with a Gravel or CX bike.
When the local trail status says closed, it is time to ride gravel. In fact it is always time to ride gravel!  RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, cancelled only under the threat of severe storms. While I used to train on the Silk Sheet routes all around this route, I've never "gravel'ed" this route, so it is under the "exploratory" heading...but I have never met a trail I didn't like...The Dirty Sheets is a 20.7 mile loop (yes, we're doing it TWICE..maybe in alternating directions), this premiere gravel route is in South Fulton County in the City of Chattahoochee Hills.  Surrounded by the famous Silk Sheets road cycling route, The Dirty Sheets is a rural and scenic gravel ride that will leave you in disbelief that you are so close to downtown and the airport. It can be ridden by a mountain or cyclocross bike...maybe even a bada$$ hybrid.
The ride starts at Cochran Mill Park and is best ridden clockwise. The Dirty Sheets begins with Upper Wooten Road, an old county dirt road that is closed to vehicular traffic for almost 5 miles and continues on rural gravel roads and a small amount of pavement with minimal auto traffic until you circle back to the Park.
Check out the ride and GPX file at MTB project here: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7012793/dirty-sheets-gravel-loop.

 

If you want to ride fast in the dirt, gravel (and yes, some roads) this is for you
If you love drilling a dirty big ring, this IS for you

If you don't mind trading flesh with trees, rocks, gravel and/or dirt this is for you
If you like getting off the full "exploratory" effect, this is for you
If you have more energy than sense, this is probably for you too
If you're scared to ride on a mix of streets, FS roads or trails, this is NOT for you

If you want to look at scenery, this is not for you
If you have to ask what a CX or gravel bike is, this is not for you

 

 


Required Items to Bring:

Gravel or CX bike
....errrrr MTB - hope you got some big gears!
Helmet is a MUST
Tail & bar light is a safety PLUS
water & food for 3 hours of pedal time
tubes, pump/air & repair tools
$5 non-locals parking fee at Kiosk

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

cycling shoes
sunglasses
sunscreen
gloves


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

 

UpperWootenRdLot6875 Cochran Mill Rd
Palmetto, GA 30268

#GTS from yer nek-o-da-woods

Lot is just a few meters in from Cochran Mill road...Upper Wooten Road



 


Notes:

While there's not a formal carpool listed, if you live near Roswell, GA hit me up for carpool options
Be sure to bring some green :: $5 cash per vehicle
#KeepTheRubberSideDown


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