2021 Thomasville Clay Road Classic: Thomasville, Georgia – Killer Scenery, Wind, Water, Mud & More!

2021 thomasville clay road classic
SoGA & NorFLA are far from flat

“Immerse yourself in a true gravel experience. The ride is a self-supported endurance gravel road event that takes you through some of the most beautiful clay roads in the country – maybe even the world! Thomasville is home to over 300 miles of clay roads in the interconnecting Red Hills Region that covers over 300,000 acres.” – Hubs and Hops, Event Hosts / Promoter

2021 thomasville clay road classic
Todd of the GC Crew

Hubs and Hops: “We are a full-service Bike Shop and Tap Room. The Bike Shop covers all aspects of repairs, retail, and rentals while the Tap Room serves craft beer and wine and occasionally has live music.” – https://hubsandhops.com

2021 thomasville clay road classic
Conditions got a bit damp…

This route passes departs and returns to Thomasville, by way of Boston and Barwick, Georgia. 100 Mile Route by Hubs and Hops – ridewithgps.com/routes/29516442

Ride Experience Video

In this video, JOM & Todd of the Gravel Cyclist crew rode almost the full 100-mile course of the 2021 Thomasville Clay Road Classic. Why almost? This edition of the ride was a little water-soaked, the area received much rain two days before the event. Consequently, there was an impassible area of course marked by a road closure, unless you’re the type of cyclist who enjoys wading through waist-deep water! The rest of the story inside the video 🙂

2021 thomasville clay road classic
Muddy Rut + Dodgy Line = Dirty Todd

Thomasville, Georgia: “Thomasville is the county seat of Thomas County, Georgia, United States. The population was 18,413 at the 2010 United States Census, making it the second-largest city in southwest Georgia after Albany. The city deems itself the “City of Roses” and holds an annual Rose Festival. The city features plantations open to the public, a historic downtown, a large farmer’s market, and an oak tree from about 1680 at the corner of Monroe and Crawford streets.” – Wikipedia.org

2021 thomasville clay road classic

Boston, Georgia: “Boston was incorporated by the Georgia General Assembly in 1870. An early variant name was “Blue Springs”; the present name is after Thomas M. Boston, who found a medicinal spring near the townsite. Boston, Georgia is home to one of the original Carnegie Libraries, and one of a handful in Georgia that is still being used as a library.”

2021 thomasville clay road classic
JOM & Boyd of Boyd Cycling post-ride

Barwick, Georgia: “Barwick had its start in the early 1890s when the railroad was extended to that point. A post office has been in operation at Barwick since 1894. The community was named after R. H. Barwick, a Primitive Baptist leader. Barwick was incorporated by the Georgia General Assembly as a town in 1903.”

2021 thomasville clay road classic
JOM puts his review bikes through the wringer

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