Spring Cycle Camp
in Helen, Georgia
We welcome you and cycling friends to join us.
Since 2005 we have been returning to the Bavarian-themed town of Helen, located in the North Georgia mountains, for 4-6 days of early-season road cycling. Typically, the group is 16–22 friendly cyclists (men & women) with various capabilities. 2023 dates are April 22–28. Most will depart Saturday, April 22; ride April 23–26; and drive home Thursday, April 27. Some may head south as early as April 21, and some won't return until Saturday, April 29.
Why Georgia? The cars are few and the tarmac is smooth. Weather in the 60s (sometimes warmer). Fantastic hill country with 1,500'–2,500' climbs over ridges ("gaps"). Expect to ride 30–70 miles daily with multiple stops (usually lunch). Usually there are 2–3 groups by capability (speed & distance). We do not have a sag vehicle but, if necessary, we can coordinate a pickup. Scroll down for typical routes.
Lodging is at the Hampton Inn, where we reserve a block at a discounted rate. Breakfast included. Estimated daily costs: $45 meals, $55 room (shared room). Round-trip gas from Park Ridge to Helen: $100 (shared). Most rideshare the 12-hour drive (700 miles) with bikes.
Log 500 miles prior to departure
Be comfortable riding in groups
Bike in good repair with good brakes (shameless plug here for our LBS, Wheel & Sprocket)
Minimum gearing 34x29 (You will be using all your gears.)
Tools, tires, tubes, floor pump & cleaning supplies (no local bike shops)
Nutrition bars & gels
Gear for sun, rain & cold
Well-stocked market nearby hotel for sandwiches, snacks, beverages
New to riding hills or multi-day bike trips? The Georgia climbs are tough, but we're riding, not racing. With adequate winter prep, you may be surprised how much more you can ride when free of life's daily responsibilities.
Lake Burton–Hiawassee–Owl Creek–Unicoi
Summit of Hogpen Gap–Secret Handshake—