lake oconee, GA: may 13-16

Extend your GTR experience to six days with our pre-tour. We will ride for three days from our host hotel on the shores of beautiful Lake Oconee. Since we are staying in the same place for the entire pre-tour, you will be able to explore this part of Georgia while part of an intimate cycling group. We will have a short and long option each day for your riding choices. After the pre-tour, you are about a 45-mile drive from Covington and GTR 2019.

Monday, May 13
Meet at the host hotel for registration. Our hotel offers free breakfast, a nice hot tub, pool, and access to Lake Oconee. Boat rentals are available nearby and boat delivery to the hotel is an option as well.

Tuesday, May 14
Ride options of 28 or 42 miles take us to Eatonton, the home of writer Joel Chandler Harris of Uncle Remus fame. Visit the Georgia Writer’s Museum in “downtown” Eatonton before riding back to the hotel.

Wednesday, May 15
Today’s ride is a remote start from Greensboro, a historic town founded in 1803. Options of 28 or 40 miles visit the booming burgs of White Plains and Siloam. Did your captain misbehave? After your ride, lock him up in the Gaol, an old jail from the 1800’s. The Greensboro courthouse dates to 1856. Stop into the Yesterday Cafe for an order of their famous buttermilk pie.

Thursday, May 16
We have time for a 30-mile (or a 15-mile) cruise through the countryside before we head over to Covington for GTR 2019.

GTT Rides and Terrain
The terrain for GTT is rolling hiss, just what we will encounter in Covington. Here are the Ride With GPS climbing estimates for each day of the pre-tour:
28 miles: 1300 feet
42 miles: 2000 feet

28 miles: 1300 feet
40 miles: 1800 feet

30 miles: 1300 feet