Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the Snake registration cost?

The Snake Creek Gap Time Trial Series is a 2 race Mtn Bike time trial held each winter on the challenging Pinhoti Trail south of Dalton, GA. NWGA SORBA began “The Snake” in 2005 and 2024 will be the 20th consecutive year. Details of the event are as follows:

Dates for 2024: February 3th and March 9th

Race distances: 50 mile34 mile or 17 mile 2024 will be the final year for the 50 mile race.

Fee schedule: (One fee covers both races)
Non-Money Class – $115 – November 27, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Non-Money Class – $125 – January 1, 2024 – January 27, 2024
Non-Money Class – $135 – January 28, 2024 – February 2, 2024
Money Class – $185
17 Milers – $85
Juniors – $85
Note: This is a point-to-point race. Shuttles are provided from the Trade Center to the start line for $10 each race.

Register now on BikeReg!

Is there race day registration?

No race day registration is available for either race.  However, you can register on-site Friday evening February 2  and March 8, before the race from 5:00PM to 8PM.  This registration is only available at the Snake Pit at the Dalton Convention Center.

Dalton Convention Center
2211 Dug Gap Battle Rd
Dalton, GA 30720


What is my race age?

This is how old you will be on December 31, 2024.

Where does the race start for the 17 Miler?

The 17 Miler starts at the Pinhoti Trailhead at Snake Creek Gap off GA Route 136.

Race check-in is also here starting at 8:30 AM on race day for the 17 mile race.

Snake Creek Gap
17870 Hwy 136
LaFayette, GA 30728

Where does the race start for the 34 Miler and 50 Miler?

The 34 Miler and 50 Miler starts at the Dry Creek Parking Lot, which is off of Forest Service Road 226.  Turn on FS 226 and follow the signs to the the Dry Creek Trailhead, which is a large horse trailer parking lot.  PLEASE follow the flow of the signs shown below. These roads are very narrow and there are several blind spots making the roads not suitable for oncoming or two way traffic.  One way in and a different way out.

Race check-in is also here starting at 7AM on race day for the 34 and 50 mile race.

Dry Creek Trailhead / Forest Service Road 226
3086 E Armuchee Rd
Summerville, GA 30728


What are the cut off times for the race?

The cutoff time for all 34 and 50 miler racers is to reach Snake Creek Gap parking lot by 1:00 PM (leaving 17 Miles remaining to Finish Line).

The cutoff time for all 34 and 50 miler racers is to then reach Middle Mountain by 3:00  PM (leaving 10.5 Miles remaining to Finish Line).

If you reach these locations AFTER the cutoff time and wish to continue, you will need to sign a letter of acknowledgement.

Where is race check-in?

Racers will check-in at the Snake Pit which is the lower gravel parking lot at the NWGA Trade and Convention Center (Snake Finish, Friday Night Registration / check-in from 5:00PM to 8PM)
Race day check-in, 7:00 AM 34 Miler and 50 Miler Riders check-in at Dry Creek and 8:30 AM 17 Miler Riders check-in at Snake Creek Gap


How do I qualify for a Snake Belt Buckle?

Completing the 50 Miler on both dates will earn you the 2X50 belt buckle.   Completing the 34 Miler on both dates will earn you the 2X34 belt buckle.    You must ride the same route on both race event dates.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

What is the payout for Money Class?

The Money Class is offered only for the 50 mile distance.  Money Class payout is 3 deep.  Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fastest time for the entire series.  1st will receive $500, 2nd will receive $350, 3rd Place will receive $200.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

If you have not raced any races in the series, you can transfer your registration.  You cannot race one event and then transfer to another person, should you not be able to make the second event.

Are you providing shuttles to the start locations?

The First Student buses are allowing two riders per seat on the bus. If you would like to use the shuttle, we need you to pay $10 per race to ride the bus. YOU WILL NEED TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT ON THE BUS BY JAN. 26, 2024. RESERVE BY DONATING $10 on BikeReg when you register for the race.  Wristbands will be given at Friday night check-in to those who paid their fee. If you can not check-in Friday night to get your wristband, please contact us for alternate arrangements.

There will be 80 spaces available for the early morning shuttles for bikes and riders from the SNAKE PIT (NW GA Trade & Convention Center) to the start of each race.  We will not be officially shuttling riders back to the starting point after finishing the race.  Please make your own arrangements for picking up your vehicle if self shuttling.  Bus riders will need to pay the bus fee mentioned.

For the 34 & 50 Miler:  Loading of trailers and buses at the SNAKE PIT will begin at 6:00am.  The last shuttle will leave for Dry Creek no later than 6:45am.  Timing at Dry Creek will start promptly at 8:00am to 8:30am.

For the 17 Miler: Loading of trailers and buses at the SNAKE PIT will begin at 7:30am. The last shuttle will leave for the SNAKE CREEK GAP parking lot at 8:00am.  Timing for the 17 mile race will begin at 9:00am to 9:30am.

Can I send a proxy for check-in and pick up of my swag gift?

No, we need the actual participant to sign the waiver.

Where are the aid stations for the 50 mile option and can you use drop bags?

We will have one (SAG #1) with just water at about mile 18 of the 50 which will be the beginning of the climb up Johns Mountain. Then there will be the large one (SAG #2) at Snake Creek Gap which will be the half way point for the 34’s and 2/3 point for the 50’s and then we will have one more (SAG #3) at the end of the the forest service road climb up Middle Mountain right where you turn left into the final single track section of the course. This last sag is also the last manned bail out point is about 8 miles from the Finish. Drop bags will be delivered to SAG #2 at the Snake Creek Gap.

  • SAG #1, water only at mile 18.
  • SAG #2, full SAG, fluids, fig newtons and bananas, at 33 miles.
  • SAG #3, full SAG again at 42 miles.
  • Leave drop bag at Dry Creek, we will transport to SAG #2 Snake Creek Gap Parking Lot.

Where can I find information on the race routes? has some useful information on the race route.

Last 17 Mile ( Snake Creek Gap to Dug Gap )

17 Mile ( East Armuchee to Snake Creek Gap )

Dry Creek Segment of the 50 Miler

What’s the link to the Snake Facebook group?

What are the addresses of Trade Center and Start Locations?

Dalton Convention Center
2211 Dug Gap Battle Rd
Dalton, GA 30720

Snake Creek Gap
17870 Hwy 136
LaFayette, GA 30728

Dry Creek entrance
3086 E Armuchee Rd
Summerville, GA 30728