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!
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Current Standings 2021-2022
- Jeramie Hoff 9/03/21: 11h-59m
- John Wiygul 6/13/20: 9h-05m (fastest known geared time)
- Spencer Whittier 10/03/20: 9h-25m
- Martin Musil 10/31/20: 9h-38m
- James Dunaway 5/22/21: 9h-39m
- Brad Cobb 6/13/20: 9h-44m
- Brad Cobb 10/03/20: 9h-47m (fastest known singlespeed time)
- John Wiygul 10/03/20: 9h-48m *opposite direction
- Jon Livengood 9/25/18: 9h-59m
- Jon Livengood 9/23/17: 10h-29m
- Jon Livengood 8/07/17: 11h-08m
- Scott Rusinko 9/25/18: 11h-22m
- Carey Lowery 9/25/18: 11h-30m (fastest known women’s time)
- Tim Crago 10/03/20: 11h-34m
- Zak Broussard 6/27/20: 11h-42m
- Chad Hungerford 9/23/17: 11h-44m
- Steve Curran 10/03/20: 11h-58m
- Chris Joice 6/19/21: 12h-00m (singlespeed)
- Chris Joice 9/23/17: 12h-06m (singlespeed)
- John Shwab 9/25/18: 12-10m
- Chris Joice 9/25/18: 12h-20m (singlespeed)
- Nick Hamilton 9/25/18: 12h-27m
- Scott Smith 9/25/18: 12h-29m
- Collin Wood 9/25/18: 12h-29m
- Jeramie Hoff 10/03/20: 12h-34m
- Nicholas Breaux 6/19/21: 12h-42m
- PJ Terry 6/19/21: 12h-42m
- Kenny Kocarek 7/25/20: 12h-52m
- Victoria Kelley 6/27/20: 12h-53m
- Carey Lowery 6/29/17: 12h-54m
- Benny Birau 6/19/21: 12h-55m
- Zak Broussard 7/31/17: 13h-02m (singlespeed)
- Rusty Dosh 9/23/17: 13h-02m
- Jeremy Zetans 9/23/17: 13h-04m
- Jer Walker 5/15/21: 13h-07m
- Carey Lowery 4/18/21: 13h-21m
- David Jolin 4/18/21: 13h-21m
- Lee Neal 9/23/17: 13h-29m (singlespeed)
- Daniel Jesse 7/18/20: 13h-35m
- Scott Rusinko 9/23/17: 13h-44m
- Zack Gaston 9/23/17: 13h-53m
- Jason Vance 6/30/21: 14h-09m
- Mark Baldwin 10/14/17: 14h-14m
- Eric Henderson 10/17/19: 14h-20m
- Ray Brown 5/08/19: 14h-37m
- Brad Beadles 9/25/18: 14h-51m
- Kevin Greten 10/14/17: 14h-56m
- Lee Neal 9/25/18: 15h-10m
- Jason Vance 9/25/18: 15h-18m
- Graham Skardon 9/25/18: 15h-18m
- Jason Vance 12/23/19: 15h-26m (singlespeed)
- Sean Mankiw 9/23/17: 15h-29m
- Jason Shearer 6/20/20: 15h-31m
- Daryl Myers 8/07/18: 16h-08m (singlespeed)
- Amy White 9/14/19: 16h-11m
- Todd Nix 9/23/17: 16h-19m
- Keith Lucas 9/23/17: 16h-19m
- Chris Davis 4/28/18: 16h-21m
- Shawn Ledford 9/25/18: 16h-53m
- Joseph Kruger 3/07/20: 17h-10m
- Justin Shealey 9/25/18: 17h-21m
- Glen Slater 9/25/18: 17h-21m
- Jason Vance 1/20/20: 17h-22m (singlespeed) *opposite direction
- Lee Neal 2/01/21: 17h-46m
- Walt Brittain 2/01/21: 17h-46m
- Jason Vance 10/19/19: 18h-10m (singlespeed)
- Graham Skardon 10/19/19: 18h-10m (singlespeed)
- Audrey Tangye 6/20/20: 18h-35m
- Joshua Waldrop 6/20/20: 18h-35m
- Amie Jones 7/25/20: 18h-37m
- Corianne Kocarek 7/25/20: 18h-37m
- Chase Blanton 7/11/20: 19h-23m
- Ed McCalley 9/23/17: 20h-01m
- Michael Rasch 10/19/19: 20h-20m
- Chad Ponvelle 10/19/19: 20h-20m
- Christopher Manis 10/19/19: 20h-20m
- Larry Bennett 7/07/18: 21h-15m
- Joe Smith 7/11/20: 21h-18m
- Linda Sledge 9/23/17: 23h-03m
- Kevin Tumlin 9/23/17: 23h-03m
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!