Mulberry Gap | Mountain Bike Get-a-way

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Are you looking for an incredible singletrack vacation?

How about getting out of the parched, dusty Southwest drought-landia and riding on some of the best, most lush trails in the Southern Appalachians? We created this camp to showcase the epic trails that surround Mulberry Gap in Ellijay, Georgia.  In addition to our traditional skills instruction, each day will give you a great taste of what riding in the Blue Ridge area is all about … beautiful scenery, climbs that challenge you and huge, tree-lined descents that flow for miles. There is really nothing else like this trail system and it should be on everyone’s mountain bike bucket list.

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But just don’t take our word for it!

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Mountain Bike Action Magazine has this to say about the trails in Ellijay: “Spectacular! The place is loaded with fun and flow single track with mostly reasonable climbs and fast descents. Trails are beginner friendly but far from boring for expert riders. Extensive tree coverage provides shade and deflection of the rain. These are the greenest, lushest forests we have ever had the pleasure to ride in (beating out Oregon’s King-Castle Trail for the honor). In the cooler months of fall, the trees shed their leaves to let the sun warm the trails.”

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pinkbike_logoAnd Pinkbike says, “This place is stunning….From the front steps of your cabin, you have immediate access to upwards of 80 miles of grassy, leaf covered singletrack, 25 miles of which is the famed Punhoti Trail.”

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The trails aren’t the only drool worthy thing in Ellijay.

The cabins at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way are also out of this world.  This unique, family-owned and operated mountain bike base camp is set on a beautiful terraced plot of land in the Appalachian forest, surrounded by old-growth trees. According to Dirt Rag Magazine, the proprietors “get” mountain bikers and “cater to bikers’ needs with features such as never-ending plates of home cooked meals, hot showers, hot tubs, bike wash, rec room, laundry room, wi-fi and a camp store with bike goods and a nice craft beer selection.”   It’s all about pre-ride breakfast, through-ride refuel, and the post-ride experience.

General Camp Schedule and Details:

(Day 1) Friday:

—8:30am- Home Cooked Hot and Cold Breakfast +Coffee (Provided)

—9:45am- Meet at Trail Head

—10:00am-12:00pm — Camp Overview, Brief Bike Safety Check / Bike Set-up Review (tire pressure, cockpit set-up, suspension set-up), Morning Skills Session (mind skills, ready position, effective braking, and fluid shifting)

—12:00-1:00pm— Home Cooked Lunch (Provided)

—1:00pm-3:30pm—Afternoon Skills Session (high speed cornering, climbing, wheel lifts, and how to get out of trouble)

—3:30-5:00pm—Free time (Official on-bike camp training is done for the day. Use your free time however you’d like: ride, shower, eat, explore.)

—5:30pm-7:00pm—Mini Seminar #1: In-Depth Bike Set-up/ Bike Fit Discussion. Bring your bike

—7:00pm- Home Cooked Dinner (Provided)

(Day 2) Saturday

—8:30am- Home Cooked Hot and Cold Breakfast +Coffee (Provided)

– 9:45am – Arrival at Trail Head

– 9:00am – 12:00pm – Morning Skills Session: (brief review of Day 1 skills followed by new skills like switchbacks, drops, bunny hops, rock dodge, technical climbs and descents)

—12:00-1:00pm— Home Cooked Lunch (Provided)

– 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Afternoon Riding Session (practice what you’ve learned out on the trails)

— 4:00-5:30pm—Free time (Official on-bike camp training is done for the day. Use your free time however you’d like: ride, shower, eat, explore.)

—5:30pm-7:00pm—Mini Seminar #2: Fueling and Nutrition

—7:00pm- Home Cooked Dinner (Provided)

(Day 3) Sunday

—8:30am- Home Cooked Hot and Cold Breakfast +Coffee (Provided)

– 9:45am – Arrival at Trail Head

– 9:00am – 12:00pm—Morning skills session (brief review of Day 2 followed by new skills like, track stand/balance, tail whip, dynamic weight shift, intro to jumping, and pumping)

—12:00-1:00pm— Home Cooked Lunch (Provided)

– 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Afternoon Riding session (Putting it all together with emphasis on efficiency and flow / how to go faster)

—3:00pm-3:30pm—Graduation Ceremony (Review of weekend skills, Q&A session, group photo)

– After 3:30pm official on-bike camp training is done. At this time, you are free to hang around and get in some extra credit riding or pack up and head back home to the real world.

What’s included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Bike Assembly and Packing (if required)

Skills Instuction

Mini Seminars

Not Included:

Accommodations*

Airfare

Transportation to and from Airport

Bike Transportation

If you prefer to rent a bike, we can help you with arrangements.

*We highly recommend you book your stay with Mulberry Gap as this will serve as our home-base for the camp.   There are other hotels in the area, check out Ellijay and Chatsworth (both are about 3o mins away).

 

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