The FALL INVITATIONAL, scheduled for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2021, is our annual gravel race/party celebrating the brave cyclists who participated in the Three Rivers Individual Time Trial Series. Held the first Saturday in November, the event brings together the top 50 finishers in each of the three ITTs for a special race on a course that won't be announced until the morning of the race! In addition to handing out podium prizes for the race itself, the event is an opportunity to present custom belt buckles to the fastest finisher of each ITT, to recognize everyone who completed the Triple Crown and rode all three ITTs, and to crown the KOM/QOM with the lowest combined time for all three ITTs. Most importantly, it's a chance for the gravel community to share the love of riding in the woods and swap stories over good food and tasty beer!
The Fall Invitational is a gravel bike race covering 95 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing in the beautiful Southern Blue Ridge Mountains!
DATE: The event will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021
START: The race will start promptly at 7:00 a.m. Bring your lights!
Entry to the race is free to everyone who is invited (the ITT fees go towards this event), but we would greatly appreciate a donation to help cover the food & beer!
In order to qualify for the Fall Invitational, you must complete at least one of the ITTs by June 30th. Click here for more details about the Three Rivers ITT Series.
We'll send out a registration link to the top 50 finishers in each ITT sometime in July after we close out the season on June 30th.
We'll have plenty of good food and beer at Fireside Outpost for you to enjoy after the ride! Bring your camp chairs!
At the invitational we'll award prizes in the following categories:
RACE PODIUM: The top 3 fastest men & women finishers of the Fall Invitational race.
ITT CHAMPIONS: The fastest finisher in each ITT.
KOM/QOM: The riders with the overall lowest combined time for all three challenges.
TRIPLE CROWN: Everyone who has completed all three ITTs.
The route will remain undisclosed until the morning of the race. All we can tell you is that it is beautiful, fun and challenging, and that it covers 95 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing!
SUPPORT & WAYFINDING
Like the ITTs that got you here, the Fall Invitational is a self-guided and self-supported race, which means there will not be any support on the course. We'll provide the route, but the course won't be marked. You will need to pay close attention to the cue sheet and know when turns are coming up. Navigating and eating & drinking properly is just as important as going fast! Prepare a nutrition & hydration plan that will sustain you on an all-day adventure.
If you're looking for overnight accommodations, the best place to stay is at Fireside Outpost where the ride will be held. Space is limited though and it will sell out fast. Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park is the next closest place to stay (literally next door). If you can't get a spot at either place, click here for a map showing some other options.
Not interested in 10,000 feet of climbing but still looking to be a part of the action? Join the volunteer team! We have plenty of fun volunteer opportunities (with benefits) and would be happy to plug you in. Contact us if you're interested!
- You must wear a helmet and have bike lights to participate in this ride.
- Avoid using earbuds while riding, as awareness of your surroundings at all times is crucial to your safety as well as the safety of those around you.
- Keep an eye out for vehicles while riding and be considerate to vehicles trying to pass. All roads will be open to traffic. Although it may seem like you're in the middle of nowhere, vehicles do use the forest roads, so don't cheat on the blind corners!
- Obey all traffic laws, which means stopping at all stop signs.
- Ride no more than two abreast.
- Many of these backroads are also used for horseback riding. If you encounter a horse, please stop and dismount until the horse has passed. Horses can be extremely skittish around bikes.
- Cell service is limited or nonexistent in this neck of the woods. Please come prepared with an emergency plan that does not depend on a cell phone!