The Snake Time Trial Series
What you need to know!

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.

Starting locations:

  • 34 & 50 Milers
    Dry Creek Trailhead / Forest Service Road 226
    3086 E Armuchee Rd
    Summerville, GA 30728
    (Then follow signs)
  • 17 Milers
    Snake Creek Gap
    17870 Hwy 136
    LaFayette, GA 30728

Finish Location:
Dalton Convention Center
2211 Dug Gap Battle Rd
Dalton, GA 30720
NOTE: 1st come parking in Finish Line parking lot ONLY. No RV’s this year. 

Race Start Times:
34 & 50 Milers – 8:00am
17 Milers – 9:00am

Register now on BikeReg!

For more information go to NWGA SORBA website – FAQ


History of the Snake
Snake Creek runs out of a mountain gap in North Georgia. The gap is famous for being the pass that Sherman snuck his army through on his way to the final battles of the American Civil War. This gap is now becoming known for battles of a different kind. Each year, now in February and March, the Northwest Georgia Chapter of IMBA/SORBA holds a time trial series through this gap.
This race is put on by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. We know what we like and try to give the best we can to our riders. The series is held on the IMBA Epic Georgia Pinhoti Trail with three distance options: 17 , 34 or 50 miles. All are point to point. The 17 milers start at the halfway point of the 34 mile distance which is right in the middle of Snake Creek Gap. There are 2 mountains in the first 17 mile segment and 4 in the second.

The course gets progressively more technical over the last 8 miles on Hurricane Mt. and Rocky Face Ridge. The trail runs right on the razor back edge of these mountains with views off both sides. The riders are racing to the finish line at the North Georgia Trade and Convention Center. They are started and timed individually in true time trial format. The times are kept for the 2 events and your best time counts. The entry fee is for the series. It is your choice how many times you ride it. We run it in some pretty harsh conditions. In 19 years we have postponed only 1 race due to weather. The weather down here can be anywhere from 20 to 65 degrees.

Money raised from the event goes to support mountain biking in Northwest Georgia.