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Sunday, March 16, 2014

MTB Adult Camp

Camp at Mulberry Gap
May 16-18, 2014
with bonus day May 19
Register early for $50 Discount

We have been hosting junior MTB camps for 8 years, and by high demand are offering an adult camp.  We will teach the same skills and training methods, only with a little more detail.
The Pinhoti Trail

Take your riding and racing to the next level and learn with the pros. We teach new skills each day and take them to the trails to execute them.  The rides are great training on beautiful trails and also serve as practice for the new skills as the coach makes stops for real-world application as well as helping during the ride.

For the adults we put more emphasis on classroom learning with morning and evening lectures with Q&A.  Head coach this year is Johnny Gamble, who is no stranger to the pro peleton.  Johnny has worked with world-class athletes and of recent has formulated nutritional products for teams and the public.  Skills coach and camp manager Andy Johnston brings many years of racing and coaching to the camp, and has built some special trails for teaching.

Camp includes lodging, meals and instruction. Friday through Sunday.

Price $350 plus lodging - Early-Bird Registration discount April 18, $50 off the $350 price.
Price with food and lodging is $450 if registered before April 18, includes everything Fri-Sun.

See and select "May Camp" from the drop down registration link to register.

Optional Monday Ride available, add $20 to registration and arrange an extra nights stay with Mulberry Gap.

more info:

2014 camp will be structured around an adult perspective. Camp head coach Johnny Gamble has worked with world-class athletes since retiring from his pro career, and has also developed nutritional products for pro teams as well as his own Dedicated Athlete brand of supplements.  

Camp starts 1pm on May 16, which is a Friday, and ends 5pm May 18 Sunday.  An option to say Sunday night and do a big epic ride on Monday will be offered, details to come. 

Camp rides are typically 2-3 hours per day (many stops), but the actual ride-time will be around 1.5 hrs.  Participants should be highly motivated and ready to go each day. 

Skills are hands on at the house or on the trails, while instruction will be thorough from our elite coaches and athletes.

Nutrition topics will be covered, and we have lots of time to answer questions.

tent camping
This camp is not put on by Mulberry Gap Resort, but is held at Mulberry Gap.  MG will provide meals and meeting space.
The cost is for the camp only, campers will need to make early reservations to stay at MG themselves if not registered by April 18.  Several options exist, all include meals. See Pricing above.
Camp covers two nights (Friday and Saturday), lodging includes meals.
1. Tent camping, or RV camping for $46/ person/ night.
2. Cabin for $83/ person/ night that includes one bunk bed in a cabin that sleeps two.
3. Cabin for $93/ person/ night that includes a large bed, and a bunk bed - sleeps 3.
4. Bunk house space $93/person/night and houses 6 twin beds.
see for details and reservations, mention the camp

You can register for both lodging and the camp with us before April 18 for $450
email for details before April 18.
You will register for the camp with us, but register for lodging with Mulberry Gap, but you can NOT register for both with us or MG after the 18, it is two processes.  Unless lodging runs out camp attendees must be registered at Mulberry Gap resort to attend camp.

Directions at bottom of page

Rates go up as camp nears, so pre-register early: 
Meals, lodging and transportation during the camp are included in lodging.
Space is limited to 12 participants maximum!  Sign up early, camp will fill up.

Stay Sunday night and hit the big loop with Wes and Andy on Monday.  Add $20 for camp plus an extra night at the resort.

Contact Andy at or 404-

Qualifications: 2014 

11 - 15 year olds?  SEE  2014 Junior camp at
Parents or guardians are welcome to bring their mtb child if 16 years or older, but under-18 age must accompany an adult.  Registration fees and lodging apply.

Andy Johnston
Andy Johnston - manager & skills coach
Johnny Gamble - head coach
Wes Lamberson - Ride leader

Directions  and Location:
Directions - see for driving directions
The resort is located between Ellijay and Chatsworth, GA off of hwy 52.

What to bring to NC camp:
  • Medical Insurance card or a copy of it front and back
  • Working bike
  • spare derailleur hanger
  • 2 x spare tubes
  • multi-tool
  • trail side food for rides (2-3 bars or equivalent per ride)
  • odd spare parts that might be hard to find or unique to your bike
  • riding clothes including shorts, jersey, shoes, helmet and gloves
  • wind breaker or cycling rain jacket if weather forecast...
  • bathing suit (for hot tubs)
  • bring towels for campsites, but not for cabins.

Meals are included in your Mulberry Gap stay. Dinner Friday, breakfast, lunch and supper on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday are served.  Bring snacks.


House Phone (bring a calling card to call out)

Cell phone service might be available on high points during the ride

Internet Wi-Fi
hot tub
meeting/ dinning hall with deck
beautiful mountain setting with trails nearby

Cabins at Mulberry Gap
Photos care of


Q: I want to go camp in the woods or stay in town and just show up for the camp part.  Can I get a discount for not staying at the house? 

A: No, not unless the resort is booked.  The beauty of everyone staying at the same place is that the schedule is flexible.  The time it takes a group riding mtb's in the woods is not something that fits easily into a time-frame. Our meetings may run late into the night if we decided that day to ride more, or weather may alter our schedule as the day goes.

Q: I don't know anything about training or fueling, can I come?
A: Yes, perfect, you will learn a lot.

Q. I am so out of shape I can't ride to the end of the driveway and back, can I still come for the classroom and onsite skills?
A: Sure.  Part of the coaching includes riding with the group, but you may sit that part out at your discretion.  We will do a lot of classroom work, so you can still get benefit out of this.  If you know you cannot ride with the group then contact us first, we need to have the rides be reasonably intact with minimal regrouping.  Staff will only be able to split the group into two.  Camp rates are the same.

Q: I can't get there until late Friday, should I still come?

A: We can put the important stuff on the weekend so you will not miss as much critical info, but you may miss the initial ride and some info.  Camp rates are the same.

Q: What's this Monday ride?
A: There are some great trails and big loops that we will not be able to include as they could take a group all day to complete.  Stay Monday and we will have time to do a big ride without the need to get back for meals or classroom.  The big loop includes climbing to the top of the mountain overlooking the Cohuttas and descending the famous Windy Gap trail.

for camp only (not lodging)

Please note waivers and medical forms will need to be signed. 

Checks payable to [contact us],  or use Pay Pal at
Please print and mail to:
mail in registration available, email us for address
online registration - just use paypal and we will know.
This is part 1 of registration.  Please reserve lodging at MG for part 2.
MTB Camp
$300 before April 18, $350 after
$450 including lodging before April 18
Extra day add $20

Name ___________________________________

Parent name if age 16-17. _________________________________________





phone (____) __________-___________________

email __________________________________________________________

From site:


If you need the coordinates they are: 34.798536 N -84.609671

From ELLIJAY downtown square, take GA Hwy 52 W, toward Chatsworth. Go 9.3 miles, (watch for the green Lake Conesauga Recreation Area sign on L) turn R on Conesauga Road, which is also FS 18 and continue 3 miles (the pavement ends after 1.3 miles). Watch for our sign on the left, enter first driveway and follow signs.
From CHATSWORTH – From the intersection of US 411 and GA Hwy 52, a designated scenic byway, go east, following signs to Fort Mountain State Park (about 7 miles) and continue on another 5+ miles. Watch for the green Lake Conesauga Recreation Area sign on R but turn Left on Conesauga Road which is also FS 18 and continue 3 miles (the pavement ends after 1.3 miles). Watch for our sign on the left, enter first driveway and follow signs.
From ETON, (4.2 miles north of Chatsworth) At the stoplight (Shell Gasoline Station & Eton Hardware Store) go east and the road will become CCC Road at a fork in the road. Continue approximately 6 miles until the road turns to gravel. At that point the road is FS 18 or Holly Creek Road, which is a designated scenic by-way. Continue on another 5 miles. When you get to the crossroads, DO NOT make the turn toward Conesauga Lake, but continue straight another ½ mile (there is a Mulberry Gap sign there but is sometimes twisted).
From Chattanooga:
(Recommended, shortest route that includes back roads but has 4.5 miles of scenic dirt/gravel mountain roads prior to Mulberry Gap)
  • I-75 to Exit 336 (Dalton, Rocky Face)
  • After exiting, turn right on Hwy 76
  • Proceed 6 miles, turn L on Hwy 52
  • Proceed 6.2 miles on Hwy 52 (stay straight, DO NOT turn off on 52 Alt),
  • Turn L on Hwy 411 (Walgreen’s will be on your left at corner)
  • Proceed 4 miles to Eton, turn R on Old CCC Camp Road (Eton General Hardware)
  • Proceed 5.8 miles, bearing Left as you approach the fork in the road at Crossroads gas station
  • This will turn into the FS 18 as you enter the National Forest.  Go 4.5 miles to Mulberry Gap which will be on Right side of road.
  • Enter through gate that is past the sign. After entering through gate,
  • Go straight up hill toward private residence/office/registration.
  • Proceed 5.8 miles (bearing L at St Clair’s gas station) to FS 18
CAUTION – SLOW DOWN: At FS 18, the road turns to gravel/dirt. The dirt road is not visible from the pavement but makes a fairly sharp turn to the left so slow down prior to making that transition.
Follow FS 18 4.5 miles to Mulberry Gap which will be on R side of road. Enter through gate that is past the sign.  After entering through gate, go straight up hill toward private residence/registration.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Boreas Bolinas Day Pack

Bolinas Pack
Boreas Bolinas pack, 30L

This 30 liter pack touts its versatility that it is a bike pack that can convert to a long-haul day pack.  The goal of this pack is pure function.  Where other pack offer big padded shoulder and hip straps, the Boreas crew knows this can be over-kill.  The secret is in the suspension system.

30 Liters of storage, water resistant, expansion segments, 3 external zipper pockets, hydration bladder compatible, daisy loops tucked into access pockets, and most important the trampoline suspension system that adjust to fit the contours of your back for hiking or cycling.

The key to the packs versatile function is the internal wire frame that also serves as a spring.  The ends are aluminum for light weight, wile the center is spring steel.

By tightening the tension straps you can have the pack flat on your back for hiking, or more rounded for cycling.  Finely tuning the curve ensures a perfect fit.

The frame sits behind a trampoline mesh which provides ample air flow on the users back.

The frame is not meant to be removable, but is possible as we found out for purposes of showing you how it works.
The pack opens by unrolling the top, which holds its shape thanks to a semi-rigid plastic strip in the seam.
Rolled inside out to show the water bladder pocked with velcro strap, and a side pocket.

I first took this pack out on an overnight bike packing trip.  One complaint is the corners of the mesh trampoline did rub my hips the wrong way and eventually became uncomfortable.  A more upright position might prevent this. Also, accessing anything in the bag during a quick stop was not easy. It is one big compartment, and everything disappears when you want to find it.  Some side pockets would make storage more organized, but at the same time would also add weight.

The pack was comfortable riding all day, and the minimalist design kept the work space clutter-free.  Strap adjustments are easy to make.

The big downside is the lack of external zipper compartments.  The pack is intended to haul your stuff into camp and then be unloaded.  If you want to have quick access to little items all during your trek this pack might not be right for you.

Overall, this is a great pack for day trip hiking or cycling, and even for light-weight camping trips.

From Boreas site:

  • COLORS:Farallon Black, Golden Gate Red, Marina Blue
  • FABRICS:210D nylon ripstop with UTS impregnated silicone coating
  • SUSPENSION: Our variable suspension, aka SUPER-TRAMP (patent pending), lets users adjust their pack with the tug of a strap. Tighten the strap and it’s a trampoline suspension, perfect for biking and hot weather travel. Loosen the strap and the pack reverts to a standard suspension, moving the weight closer to your back for more stability while hiking or climbing. And because the tension setting is infinitely variable, you can pick a spot somewhere in the middle for the best of both worlds
  • BODY: Rolltop lid, waterproof  side pocket, stretch panels allow the pack body to expand and curve depending on load and suspension setting, hydration or laptop sleeve with two hydration ports, hidden daisy chains, removable hipbelt and adjustable sternum strap

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THOMSON Carbon Road Bar

THOMSON Carbon Road Bar
I have had the chance to put some serious miles on the Thomson carbon road bar.  It is a carbon bar, what makes it better?  Well, any carbon bar will have the desired ride characteristics of damping road vibration while maintaining strength and light weight.

What sets Thomson apart is their fine quality and exact specifications.  A nice touch is that the bar is exactly 31.8mm diameter under the clear coat.  The clear coat compresses when clamped, so mated to a Thomson stem that is exactly 31.8mm you get a perfect fit, and a reduction of stress to the bar as well as a tighter fit.

The bar comes with a tiny tube of carbon application lube, that is a gritty gel to increase friction between the stem and the bar. This reduces the clamping force necessary to hold the bar.  A torque wrench should be used to 4Nm when tightening the stem bolts to avoid over-clamping and crushing the carbon.

Thomson found that the sticky goo other bars have at the clamp area only cause the bar to slip easier, especially in the drop test.

The bar comes in different widths, and there is also a CX version for the winter racer.

The Thomson website reports:

Our road bar features a mild wing shape on top, clamping area wide enough for aero bars, mid-compact reach and drop. This is the modern bar for the modern road bike. Our Road bar wing section is small enough not to restrict hand movement when riding on the top and allows bar angle adjustment with out “locking out” your wrists. Shaping on the bottom side of the wing allows housing to be taped out of the way without the use of narrow housing channels or internal routing, both of which shorten bar life. Certified to EN, tested to DIN+.

For Cyclocross we present the KFC-One, Katie Compton Signature ‘cross bar. Katie brings her multiple National Championships and European racing experience to give you a bar built her way for cross. The natural transition from your Thomson road bar for the ‘cross season. Twin flats on the bottom of the bar allow taping your housing to create a completely round bar when wrapped. Top profile is round and as wide as possible. This allows auxiliary brake levers to be safely used and still leaves lots of room for your hands. Certified to EN, tested to DIN+.

Layup uses 3 different fiber types with different tensile strengths and tensile modulus, including High Strength carbon fiber. This helps allocate stiffness and flex where needed.

All carbon fiber is produced by Toray and uses tailor made Nano Epoxy Resin for very high impact resistance. Toray is the main supplier of carbon fiber for Boeing and Airbus.

Both the Road and Cross bar are made in one piece, not three pieces co-molded and glued together.

Bars are molded over an EPS mandrel to avoid wrinkles inside the layup during molding. Most other bars are molded over inflatable nylon bladders.

Reach for the Road and Cross bars is the same at 78.5mm. Drop is proportional. Road drops are: 40CM 137mm, 42CM 140mm, 44CM 140mm, 46CM 143mm. Cross drops are: 40CM 131mm, 42CM 133mm, 44CM 135mm.

1.5K woven impact ends help prevent damage to uni-directional fibers from impact

Model NumberHandlebar DescriptionWeightRetail Price
HB-E10440cm center to center-Road x 31.8188 g$249.95
HB-E10542cm center to center-Road x 31.8190 g$249.95
HB-E10644cm center to center-Road x 31.8192 g$249.95
HB-E10746cm center to center-Road x 31.8194 g$249.95
HB-E11040cm center to center-KfC-One-Cross x 31.8202 g$249.95
HB-E11142cm center to center-KfC-One-Cross x 31.8204 g$249.95
HB-E11244cm center to center-KfC-One-Cross x 31.8

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Two-Fish Bottle Cage Mount

Here is a little product that should be in every one's arsenal for that special occasion.  No, not your sisters wedding anniversary party, but for that time when you will need extra water, but do not have extra space for it.

Simply, this is a water bottle mount that can be put almost anywhere.  It has a rubber half-circle backing and a big velcro strap.  The back side of the seat post is the most common placement, but for my one-cage bike, I sometimes use it under the top tube while racing long events.

I have ridden a few hundred miles with no issues, but finally lost it in the woods with it strapped to the post.  I found the bottle a month later, but someone decided to keep the Two-Fish.

It straps on in seconds and is usually pretty secure.  With it under the top tube I have never had any issues.  Access to the bottle is fairly easy and did not interfere with my other bottle on my size large frame.  Smaller frames might require only using the smaller bottles.

Here is my old race bike set up for a summer camping trip.
 This model came with an alloy cage, but can easily be changed out to your cage choice.

The rubber backing molds to any shape or size application and is tacky enough to stay in place.
The velcro is wide and strong.  I only experienced a little wobble with it mounted, but was not an issue - not until I lost it.

Two-Fish has many other products for bottle placements.

Since the review I have continued to use the mount.  Mostly it is used on the back of the seat post, but it fell out on a not-so-bumpy trail.  I found the bottle a month later, but someone kepis the Two Fish. I now use a modified bottle cage and hold it in place with an automotive hose clamp.  If you are worried I suggest using a hose clamp in place of the velcro.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Products on deck

Coppi Merino Cycling Cap
Wool cap

Cool little hat with a brim to be worn under the helmet, or alone in any outdoor activity.

Volagi Liscio
Disc Brake Equip Road Bike

Rolf Prima RALOS 6 MTB wheels
  No-tubes style rims

Other long-range products:
Truckerco brake pads
Truckerco tire sealant
Electric scooter
Fuji cross bike