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The Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo explores the northeast corner of Georgia, a beautiful mountainous region home to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. They didn’t build a 2,168-mile long trail starting from here for no reason. If you’ve never visited this area, you need to! Nestled in Rabun County, the ride starts in downtown Clayton, Georgia under the shadow of Black Rock Mountain State Park.
After passing near or over both Tiger and Glassy Mountains in the early miles, the route rolls over the next 23 miles through small mountains, picturesque farmland and past mountain lakes. Next up is Unicoi State Park with the Unicoi Gap climb, made famous by the 2003-2008 Tour de Georgia. In 2008, Unicoi Gap was the second to last climb on the approach to the race-deciding ascent up Brasstown Bald where Kanstantsin Siutsou got the jump on Trent Lowe and Levi Leipheimer to win the overall. Enjoy vistas of the Chattahoochee National Forest on the way down and to the next big climbs up Jack's Gap and Hogpen Gap, the highest point on the course at 3,469ft.
Continue onward through Helen, a town that local business owners designated the "Bavaria in the Appalachians" in 1969. Just outside of Helen - along the route - is the Nacoochee Indian Mound, the center of the ancient Cherokee town of Gauxule, visited by Desoto in his search for gold. Cruise the final miles to the finish back in Clayton through rolling farmland and past Lake Seed and Lake Rabun. Be sure to plan to stick around for beers, food and music served up at the finish line by the Universal Joint.
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