Experience the wild beauty and diversity of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains with the Three Rivers Individual Time Trial Series! Comprised of three incredibly scenic and challenging routes, the series allows you to push your limits on your own clock while earning rewards for the effort and a chance to participate in the annual Fall Invitational race!
THREE RIVERS ITT SERIES
With the Three Rivers ITT Series we've taken three of the most challenging and scenic routes in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains and organized them into individual time trials with competitive leaderboards for each route and rewards for everyone who takes on the challenge.
We've also lined up prizes for those who finish all three time trials (the "Triple Crown"), along with a special honor for the King/Queen of the Mountains who have the overall lowest time after combining their finishing times for all three challenges.
The time trials also serve as the ticket to a special invitational race (and party!) on the first Saturday of November when we invite everyone who finished an ITT to take on a course that won't be disclosed until the morning of the race! The Fall Invitational is also where we'll present the awards to our ITT winners and Triple Crown finishers.
The series runs from July 1st thru June 30th, which means you have until June 30th each year to stake your claim on the leaderboard and qualify for the Fall Invitational race, which is held on the first Saturday in November each year. After June 30th, the leaderboards are reset for the next 12-month period.
The "Death March" is a classic deep woods loop that has long been the testing ground for up & coming racers and seasoned pros alike. With the Death March Revival, we've added more challenge to the classic loop and stretched the route out to 93 miles (entirely unpaved) with over 12,000 feet of climbing!
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!
Combining some of the best high altitude cycling on the east coast with gorgeous deep woods gravel grinding, Tellico Highlands offers the complete Southern Blue Ridge Mountains experience in 85 miles and 10,500 feet of climbing!
A LITTLE MORE DETAIL
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!
As an individual time trial, you're free to ride the routes whenever you want. The leaderboards for each time trial reset annually on July 1st, which means that you need to register and complete at least one of the challenges no later than June 30th to qualify for the Fall Invitational race that November.
Riding the routes is free anytime, but you need to have your ride verified in order to get on the leaderboard. If you complete the challenge, 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 series.
SUPPORT & WAYFINDING
All of the time trials are self-supported. It is imperative that you familiarize yourself with each route prior to attempting the rides and that you prepare a nutrition & hydration plan. Please note that there is almost no signage on the routes.
Be sure to check out the Ride Reports link on each of the time trial pages to read firsthand accounts of what it's like to experience the challenge and beauty of each route.
Also check out the bike gallery for each route showing bikes our past finishers have ridden. Help us prepare the next round of riders by sending us pics and details about your bike choice!
TRIPLE CROWN FINISHERS
2020-2021 Combined Times
- Jeramie Hoff: 29h-18m KOM
- Nicholas Breaux: 29h-36m
- PJ Terry: 29h-39m
- Benny Birau:29h-59m
- Carey Lowery: 32h-02m QOM
- Jason Vance: 36h-06m