The Death March has been, and will continue to be, the Ultimate Gravel Grinder in the Southeast! It has been the testing ground for up and coming racers and seasoned pros alike. Riders would train on the gravel route that was affectionately dubbed "The Death March” by riders. Over the years, the Death March seemed to fade into the history books.
The time has come for the 2nd year of the REVIVAL!
The Death March Revival is a self supported, 88 mile, Ultra Endurance mountain bike race that has been revised to boast over 12,000 feet of climbing.
Starting at Mulberry Gap, the route starts off innocently enough in the lower hills as a good warm up. After a few miles, the route abruptly starts climbing the longest climb of the route known as Potato Patch Mountain. Once reaching the top of the ridge, the route turns left and undulates up and down for a few miles until reaching a rewarding downhill to the Conasauga River valley below. After a few relatively flat miles along the Conasauga River, the route will enter Tennessee. At this time, the route heads toward Big Frog road/F.R.62 which is a new addition to the traditional Death March. This segment climbs up the western flank of Big Frog Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in the Cohuttas, providing rugged climbs and beautiful views. Once exiting Big Frog road, the route continues up and down, crossing Big Creek, and then traversing along the north side of Big Frog Mountain to the checkpoint at the intersection F.R 45 and F.R.221. After leaving the checkpoint, the route heads back into Georgia along the Tumbling Creek gorge. Once exiting Tumbling Creek, the route heads back up onto the ridges of the Cohuttas where beautiful views abound. Finally, the route makes its way back to the top of Potato Patch Mountain. The only thing left is a truly epic downhill all the way back to Mulberry Gap and the finish!
After you finish this grueling race, you will be greeted with a post race meal, live music, a bonfire, and other post race festivities hosted by Chilhowee Outdoors and Mulberry Gap.
There will be an award ceremony for the top 3 open class-men, top 3 open class-women, and top 3 singlespeed. If you manage to finish this beast before sunset at 5:30pm, you will receive a sunset patch to commemorate the revival of the Death March. DMR veterans will receive a unique 2nd year sunset patch. If you finish after sunset, don’t despair because a lunar patch will be awaiting your arrival!
Riders, please be aware that THIS RACE COURSE WILL NOT BE MARKED AND IS SELF SUPPORTED. The Death March Revival is meant for experienced riders who are self sufficient and proficient at GPS and map reading skills.
There will only be one check point/aid station. It is a mandatory check in. It will be stocked with water. It is the riders responsibility to carry everything they need to complete the race and not depend solely on the aid station. Lights are mandatory and water filters are highly suggested. The rules and GPX file can be found at the top of this page. The GPX file is a tool for you to work from. Do not rely on people or perceived markings along the course to navigate.
Cabins, camping, shuttles, and additional meals will not be included with your race registration. Please make those additional reservations directly with Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way prior to the event. Overnight accommodations will sell out quickly. You definitely don't want to miss out on the Gap's amazing hospitality and incredible food!
Please call Mulberry Gap directly at 706-698-2865 or book online at
http://www.mulberrygap.com/cabin-camping-reservations-mulberry-gap to make your reservations for the Death March Revival weekend.
See you all in December!