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The Dirty 130 is a beast of a route covering 130 miles of forest roads, singletrack and trashy asphalt through the beautiful Southern Blue Ridge Mountains (roughly 80% unpaved and 20% paved). With over 14,000 feet of climbing, the Dirty 130 is one of the hardest one-day races in the country!

DETAILS

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PURPOSE

To be clear, all of the routes we offer at Tennessee Gravel are free, just as there is no charge to ride in the national forest. With our time trials, we are simply taking a few of our hardest routes and turning them into an organized challenge that we hope adds a little more fun and inspiration (and perspiration!) to the experience of riding in the woods. While the time trials are geared towards individual accomplishment, the Fall Invitational bike race and party offers the opportunity to come together with other cyclists who have taken on these challenges and ride together in a one-day race followed by good food, tasty beer and endless stories of epic adventures in the beautiful Southern Blue Ridge Mountains! Click here for more info about the Three Rivers Time Trial Series.

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WHAT

The Dirty 130 is an individual time trial (a timed solo ride) on a beast of a route covering 130 miles of forest roads, singletrack and trashy asphalt through the beautiful mountains of Southeast Tennessee and Southwest North Carolina (80% unpaved/20% paved). With over 14,000 feet of climbing, the Dirty 130 is one of the hardest one-day races in the country! (And be warned - you will get dirty!)

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WHEN

As an individual time trial, you're free to ride whenever you want. Just make sure you submit the Verification form (below) after your ride so that we can track you on our ITT Leaderboard and reward you for your effort!

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HOW MUCH

Riding the route is free anytime, but you need to submit your ride to us using our Verification form in order to get on the leaderboard. Once we verify your ride, we'll mail you a patch commemorating the accomplishment. We'll also hook you up with a t-shirt at the Fall Invitational race & party the first Saturday in November. There is a modest registration fee for the Fall Invitational, which helps cover our costs for putting on the time trial series.

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PARKING

The route starts and finishes at the intersection of Hwy 30 & Kimsey Mountain Hwy. Parking is available just around the corner from the start at Mona's Antiques. Please park away from the front door off to the left. Click here for a location map.

  • Please note:
  • 1. Use caution when riding on Hwy 30 as traffic may be moving fast.
  • 2. Mona's Antiques is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles or content.
  • 3. Mona's Antiques is owned by the same people who run Hall's Store which is right at the start of the route, so please thank them for their generosity in allowing us to park there by purchasing some snacks and drinks.
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COURSE VERIFICATION

After you complete your ride, submit the Verification form to us along with the required pictures (including a selfie at Buck Bald) and the link to your ride on a tracking service like Strava. We'll then verify that you completed the course in its entirety and put your time on the leaderboard.

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SUPPORT & WAYFINDING

The Dirty 130 is a self-supported individual time trial. It is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the route prior to attempting the ride and that you prepare a nutrition & hydration plan. Please note that the majority of roads on the route (especially in the national forest) do not have signs.

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BIKE CHOICE

The Dirty 130 can be ridden with either a gravel bike or a hardtail mountain bike. The mountain bike clearly helps on the rougher sections, but the gravel bike has the advantage on the smoother surfaces and paved road sections. Past riders seem to be split pretty evenly between gravel bikes and hardtails. Check out our D130 Bike Gallery to see bikes that have been used for the challenge by past riders.

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FALL INVITATIONAL

Everyone who completes the time trial prior to midnight June 30, 2022, will be invited to the Fall Invitational bike race & party the first Saturday in November!

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CHAMPIONS BELT BUCKLE

The rider with the fastest time at the end of each season (July 1st thru June 30th) will be rewarded with a custom Dirty 130 Champions Belt Buckle!

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The ITT Series

The Three Rivers ITT Series is comprised of the Dirty 130, Death March Revival, and Tellico Highlands individual time trials. In addition to rewards for completing each ITT, we also have prizes for riding all three! Click here for all the details!

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SOCIAL

Stay up to date on who's attempting the ITT, course conditions, and other Dirty 130 news by following our Instagram page!

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BIKEPACKING

If you're not interested in racing the course, the Dirty 130 also makes for a beautiful bikepackiing adventure! Click here for more info on bikepacking the Dirty 130!

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RIDE REPORTS

To a get a sense of what it's like to take on the Dirty 130, check out all the firsthand accounts on our Ride Reports page!

THE ROUTE

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Click on the map above to see the downloadable Ride With GPS file.

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ITT LEADERBOARD

Current Standings 2021-2022

  1. Jeramie Hoff 9/03/21: 11h-59m

Past Results

  1. John Wiygul 6/13/20: 9h-05m (fastest known geared time)
  2. Spencer Whittier 10/03/20: 9h-25m
  3. Martin Musil 10/31/20: 9h-38m
  4. James Dunaway 5/22/21: 9h-39m
  5. Brad Cobb 6/13/20: 9h-44m
  6. Brad Cobb 10/03/20: 9h-47m (fastest known singlespeed time)
  7. John Wiygul 10/03/20: 9h-48m *opposite direction
  8. Jon Livengood 9/25/18: 9h-59m
  9. Jon Livengood 9/23/17: 10h-29m
  10. Jon Livengood 8/07/17: 11h-08m
  11. Scott Rusinko 9/25/18: 11h-22m
  12. Carey Lowery 9/25/18: 11h-30m (fastest known women’s time)
  13. Tim Crago 10/03/20: 11h-34m
  14. Zak Broussard 6/27/20: 11h-42m
  15. Chad Hungerford 9/23/17: 11h-44m
  16. Steve Curran 10/03/20: 11h-58m
  17. Chris Joice 6/19/21: 12h-00m (singlespeed)
  18. Chris Joice 9/23/17: 12h-06m (singlespeed)
  19. John Shwab 9/25/18: 12-10m
  20. Chris Joice 9/25/18: 12h-20m (singlespeed)
  21. Nick Hamilton 9/25/18: 12h-27m
  22. Scott Smith 9/25/18: 12h-29m
  23. Collin Wood 9/25/18: 12h-29m
  24. Jeramie Hoff 10/03/20: 12h-34m
  25. Nicholas Breaux 6/19/21: 12h-42m
  26. PJ Terry 6/19/21: 12h-42m
  27. Kenny Kocarek 7/25/20: 12h-52m
  28. Victoria Kelley 6/27/20: 12h-53m
  29. Carey Lowery 6/29/17: 12h-54m
  30. Benny Birau 6/19/21: 12h-55m
  31. Zak Broussard 7/31/17: 13h-02m (singlespeed)
  32. Rusty Dosh 9/23/17: 13h-02m
  33. Jeremy Zetans 9/23/17: 13h-04m
  34. Jer Walker 5/15/21: 13h-07m
  35. Carey Lowery 4/18/21: 13h-21m
  36. David Jolin 4/18/21: 13h-21m
  37. Lee Neal 9/23/17: 13h-29m (singlespeed)
  38. Daniel Jesse 7/18/20: 13h-35m
  39. Scott Rusinko 9/23/17: 13h-44m
  40. Zack Gaston 9/23/17: 13h-53m
  41. Jason Vance 6/30/21: 14h-09m
  42. Mark Baldwin 10/14/17: 14h-14m
  43. Eric Henderson 10/17/19: 14h-20m
  44. Ray Brown 5/08/19: 14h-37m
  45. Brad Beadles 9/25/18: 14h-51m
  46. Kevin Greten 10/14/17: 14h-56m
  47. Lee Neal 9/25/18: 15h-10m
  48. Jason Vance 9/25/18: 15h-18m
  49. Graham Skardon 9/25/18: 15h-18m
  50. Jason Vance 12/23/19: 15h-26m (singlespeed)
  51. Sean Mankiw 9/23/17: 15h-29m
  52. Jason Shearer 6/20/20: 15h-31m
  53. Daryl Myers 8/07/18: 16h-08m (singlespeed)
  54. Amy White 9/14/19: 16h-11m
  55. Todd Nix 9/23/17: 16h-19m
  56. Keith Lucas 9/23/17: 16h-19m
  57. Chris Davis 4/28/18: 16h-21m
  58. Shawn Ledford 9/25/18: 16h-53m
  59. Joseph Kruger 3/07/20: 17h-10m
  60. Justin Shealey 9/25/18: 17h-21m
  61. Glen Slater 9/25/18: 17h-21m
  62. Jason Vance 1/20/20: 17h-22m (singlespeed) *opposite direction
  63. Lee Neal 2/01/21: 17h-46m
  64. Walt Brittain 2/01/21: 17h-46m
  65. Jason Vance 10/19/19: 18h-10m (singlespeed)
  66. Graham Skardon 10/19/19: 18h-10m (singlespeed)
  67. Audrey Tangye 6/20/20: 18h-35m
  68. Joshua Waldrop 6/20/20: 18h-35m
  69. Amie Jones 7/25/20: 18h-37m
  70. Corianne Kocarek 7/25/20: 18h-37m
  71. Chase Blanton 7/11/20: 19h-23m
  72. Ed McCalley 9/23/17: 20h-01m
  73. Michael Rasch 10/19/19: 20h-20m
  74. Chad Ponvelle 10/19/19: 20h-20m
  75. Christopher Manis 10/19/19: 20h-20m
  76. Larry Bennett 7/07/18: 21h-15m
  77. Joe Smith 7/11/20: 21h-18m
  78. Linda Sledge 9/23/17: 23h-03m
  79. Kevin Tumlin 9/23/17: 23h-03m

RULES

Individual Time Trials are all about self-sufficiency and a level playing field. To be eligible for a recorded time and placement on the Leaderboard, you must abide by the following rules:

1. You must take a picture of your bike computer right before you start and right after you finish. The pictures need to show the time of day and the mileage.

2. You must take a selfie from Buck Bald to verify that you made the climb.

3. Do not use the railroad bridge to cross the creek! Crossing on the railroad bridge will result in automatic disqualification. If you are concerned that it may not be safe to cross the creek, contact us for a bypass option.

4. The route must be ridden in one unbroken stage.

5. No drafting at any time.

6. No stashed caches along the route.

7. No sharing supplies between riders.

8. No outside assistance with navigation.

9. No motorized transport or hitch-hiking. You must complete the route under your own power.

10. You are allowed to leave the official route at any time as long as you return to the route within 100 feet of the point that you left the route.

11. No support crews. You can only receive support from local businesses on-site during their normal business hours.

12. You must have a contingency plan in place before you start the ride in case of emergency or if you need to quit. You are responsible for your own safety and well-being out there.

TRAIL MAGIC: Trail Magic is an unexpected occurrence that lifts a rider's spirits and inspires awe and gratitude. During an ITT, obtaining an item from another person can only be unsolicited and accidental, otherwise, the receipt of assistance or supplies by individuals when it's not available to all riders reflects a lack of self sufficiency which renders an effort not self-supported. In short, you can't ask for Trail Magic. You can only pray for it!

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VERIFICATION

CURRENT SEASON

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2020-2021 SEASON

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CHRIS JOICE
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MARTIN MUSIL
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JERAMIE HOFF
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CORIANNE KOCAREK
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AMIE JONES
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KENNY KOCAREK
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DANIEL JESSEE
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