Cohutta 100 is a famous mountain bike race. Its length is 100 miles. It takes place at the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee USA annually at the end of April.
The race passes through the ring through the wild forest and mountains of the national park. It starts at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Copperhill and ends there. 40% passes along the road, and 60% along forest roads at an altitude of up to 12,000 feet. The track is full of small and very steep climbs and descents.
The race has been one of the stops in the National Ultra Endurance Series since 2006.
Jeff Schalke holds the best finish record at 6:23 a.m. in 2009.
Carla Williams set a women’s record 7:29 in 2016.
USDA Forest Service
Note! 2020 Cohutta 100 – moved to another time!
NEW DATE OCTOBER 3
Cohutta 100 – Big Frog 65 – Old Copper 30
This is a classic race. This is one of the most important mountain bike endurance races. A huge number of riders come every year to the Cherokee National Park to participate in this race and test their endurance, strength and nerves. They are faced with the problem of large elevations of more than 12,000 feet. They ride on solitary tracks and dangerous mountain roads.
This year, all single-track sections of Brush Creek and Tanasi will be used. Then 65 miles of hard gravel road. There is a limit of 13 hours for all 100 miles, so after sunset there are no more volunteers on the track. At 42 miles, there is a check point that must be crossed before 13.30. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to move on and drive the rest of the way. If the driver ignores this ban, he runs the risk of encountering big problems and being alone on the track. There’s nowhere to wait for help.
Habitation and Camping
Attention! There is no night parking at Ocoee Whitewater Center!
Ducktown Copper is approximately 5 miles from Ocoee Whitewater Center. No wonder the owners have changed here. Now there is a new repair of rooms, improved beds, mattresses and linen. They built a new recreation area with a grill and a bonfire. You can enjoy every minute of your vacation. The rooms have all amenities, microwave, refrigerator, air conditioning and internet. Price $ 69.
The nearest Thunder Rock campsite is about 2 miles northwest of the Ocoee Whitewater Center. It stretches along the river and has 37 single places and one group camping. It has all the amenities, bath and shower. We recommend that you reserve a campsite on the site in advance.
If you need a best camping tent you can choose it here for Cohutta 100.
CUTOFF DROP BAG – on Friday, October 2 at 20.00. Baggage claim at Whitewater Center. If you miss this deadline, you will be forced to carry everything or rely on the help of the station. You can pack everything yourself or we will provide you with bags with a lock. The bag size is 1 gallon. Make sure your liquids do not spill. We supply everything to our stations in the mountains. If you are on the road and you have limitations, you should not carry a lot of food and liquids with you.
In total, you will have 6 help stations along the way. You can reset the bag at the station 1,3,5,6. The help points have enough water and snacks. Be sure to bring along a supply of water and food for your needs. Each rider has the opportunity to take 3 bags of 1 gallon.
Aid 1 – 20 miles
Aid 2 – 42 miles (Cutoff to reach this point is 1:30 pm)
Aid 3 – 59 miles
Aid 4 – 73 miles
Aid 5 – 83 miles
Aid 6 (same as Aid 1) – 93 miles
Big Frog 65
There will be only 5 stops on the route. There are 2 stations with multiple pass. Racers have the opportunity to access their drop bags at 2 stations. Once at the exit and a second time on the way back. There is enough food and snacks at the aid stations, but be sure to bring some stock with you. Each rider is allowed to have 2 bags of 1 gallon.
Aid 1 – 20 miles
Aid 2 (same as Aid 1) – 27 miles
Aid 3 – 37 miles
Aid 4 – 51 miles
Aid 5 (same as Aid 1) – 61 miles
Old Copper 30
There is enough food and snacks at our help stations, but be sure to bring along a supply of water for your needs. Each rider is allowed to have 1 bag per 1 gallon.
Aid 1 – 20 miles
Aid 2 (same as Aid 1) – 27 miles
Typical Aid Station Fuel: Water, HEED, drop bags, mechanical support, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes.
Race Fee Information
All riders receive a comfortable cotton T-shirt and custom Handup Gloves ($ 28 value). Each rider will definitely receive a commemorative mug for the finisher, well-equipped help points with volunteers. Hearty post music and good mood. Your bags will be delivered to help points. The course will be clearly marked, as the course marshals will stand on the track. You will not be able to go astray because of the “wrong way” indicators at difficult intersections and difficult sites. Technical mechanical support at the stations.
Handmade Awards for all Podium Finishers
Top 5 Open Men in the Cohutta 100 is: $500/400/300/200/100
Top 5 Open Women in the Cohutta 100 is: $500/400/300/200/100
Top 3 Masters 50+ in the Cohutta 100 is: $250/175/125
Top 3 Open Singlespeed in the Cohutta 100 is: $250/175/125
Top 5 Open Men in the Big Frog 65 is: $400/300/200/100/100
Top 5 Open Women in the Big Frog 65 is: $400/300/200/100/100
Top 3 Masters 50+ in the Big Frog 65 is: $200/150/100
Top 3 Open Singlespeed in the Big Frog 65 is: $200/150/100
Top 3 in Open Men, Open Women, Masters 50+, and Open Singlespeed in the Old Copper 30 will receive prizes from sponsors.
The Cohutta 100 Ducktown is part of the National Ultra Endurance series. She has a great story, both in the series and for me personally. The results in this race reflect my progress as a racer. This is an endurance race that requires a lot of determination. I did not always succeed in racing, especially at the beginning of my career. My early years are known for poor results. It was difficult to deal with, but I learned a valuable lesson that turned me into a real racer.
I first participated in the Cohutta-100 at 16. That year I fought for leadership in the race at the same speed. Such races were very exciting for me at that time. But it all ended in a fall for me when I lost traction. I had a concussion and cuts on my face. These scars are still visible on My face. They remind me of how far I went.
But this experience did not stop me, but only helped. With each race I gained experience and everything began to change for the better. At 20, I was in the lead of the race, but decided to take a break of 30 miles. I was caught up, but I was still in 3rd place. This was my first National Ultra Endurance podium. The following year I already had my first victory. in 2-18, I went to my 3rd victory in the Cohutta-100 in a row. After the first 20 miles, the front group hit the gravel, where we stayed most of the race. But in the last section I snatched victory.
I am always looking forward to the Cohutta 100. There is always friendly atmosphere and support that we expect from mountbike competitions.
Words by: Dylan Johnson