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DIRTY 130 RIDE REPORTS

Click on the names below to read ride reports from past finishers and get a firsthand sense of what it's like to take on the Dirty 130!

Jason Vance 6/30/21

Charleston, SC to Tennessee is a long drive and I procrastinate. So, naturally I would tackle the Triple Crown on consecutive days right on the deadline...

Chris Joice 6/19/21

Tennesseegravel.com put up an ITT challenge for the Dirty130 route, and this would be my third time doing the course. the first two times were the official races in '17 and '18, and all who competed will tell you just how tough this route is...

Jer Walker 5/15/21

As an old and busted chubby flatlander, this was never going to be an easy day at the office. Much to my surprise, I apparently brought Michigan temps with me as it was only 41 when I started at 6:48 AM! Luckily, I was in for a super sunny day that would warm up quickly...

Carey Lowery 4/18/21

This route, designed by Kim Murrell, is one of three races hosted by Tennessee Gravel. This year it is happening as an ITT event, which I kind of like, because I got to choose my date, ensuring that at least I would not be out in the rain...

Lee Neal 2/01/21

Getting myself ready for a couple of things coming up, I've been looking for some bigger rides that are semi-local to avoid making myself dizzy riding the same loops over and over here at home. I'm a fanboy of Kim's routes but hadn't done one in a while, so I figured I would go give the D130 an off season spin...

Spencer Whittier 10/03/20

I heard about the Dirty 130 last year but hadn't seriously considered giving it a shot until earlier this year. In the last 5 years, I went from primarily racing cyclocross in the fall, to 50 and 100 mile mountain bike races...

Brad Cobb 10/03/20

With the crazy times of COVID and the cancellation of so many races, I have found myself looking for challenges that are both safe and provide a sense of accomplishment when they are completed. The Dirty 130 is one that checks both boxes very very well. I did the 130 on a gear bike in June...

Jeramie Hoff 10/03/20

The day started with an early arrival at the start location, where temps were in the low 40s with a light fog. Forecasted conditions were going to be prime for making an epic loop on the Dirty 130. The days game plan was to start at 6:45...

Zak Broussard 6/27/20

Lost the bottle strapped to my post on the first descent and had to replace it with Power-Ade, but luckily the cage hose-clamped to the seat tube held and that was the only real hiccup of the day. Maybe I'll get a bike that actually holds more than one bottle at some point...

John Wiygul 6/13/20

So I’m sort of new to off-road riding. When I was hit by a car while road biking in downtown Chattanooga at the end of 2015, I decided to reduce the odds of getting hit again by supplementing mountain biking into my training. That’s when I started biking with Brad Cobb and Spencer “Taco” Whittier...

Brad Cobb 6/13/20

Dirty 130 is one of the greatest gravel loops in the southeast. It has some of the best climbs with awesome views and remote riding that keeps you looking up the whole time. My day started right at six am when the sunlight was just breaking through the trees...

Carey Lowrey 6/29/17

After working for 3 days, getting up at 4 am on Thursday, and having an unfavorable HRV score, I was going to be in for a long full day of suffering. But to us crazy bike addicts, we need this fix, and I am no different. I love pushing my body and my mind. I love discovering that I can exceed my perceived limits...