Bikepacking Trip: Rocks, Roads and Reggae

December 2-3, 2017 | Gainseville, FL

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Registration for this event is now closed. Stay tuned for future cycling adventures.

Atomik Carbon was born during mountain biking trips in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, and now we’re bringing the island vibe to our backyard in Florida with our first weekend bikepacking adventure.

Rocks, Roads and Reggae bikepacking “poker run” will take place December 2 and 3, 2017. Months were spent working with Jayson of Gravel Cyclist to develop the remote backcountry routes exploring the most scenic locations North Florida has to offer to build this 100-mile, two-day route, and we’re inviting you to join us for a weekend of two wheels and one love.

This is a fun, social ride—not a competition.



Price: $75
Availability: 110 spots

Distance: 100 miles (50 per day)
Support: Two sag stops, one per day


Price: $20
Sign up available day of event, just show up!

Distance: 100 miles (out and back on Saturday)
Support: One sag stop provided – return leg is unsupported

Click icon at left below to view outgoing and returning routes.


We will leave Critter Creek Farm in Gainesville, FL, on Saturday, December 2, and set out to cover 50 miles on incredibly beautiful country roads and historic routes, including the first Federal Road in Florida that connected the capitol of Tallahassee with Jacksonville.

We will set up camp overnight at Oleno State Park. A local chef will prepare authentic Jamaican cuisine on site including jerk chicken, while live reggae will set the vibe. Breakfast will be provided in the morning before setting out on another 50-mile day of adventure concluding back in Gainesville at Blackadder Brewing Company for an award ceremony and closing party.

Each day will be approximately 50 miles with two sag stops, one each day.

A “poker run” will also be incorporated, with the winning prize being a pair of Atomik Carbon wheels. Proceeds will benefit SPCA Horse Rescue in Homestead, FL and Florida Rescue Farm in Duette, FL.


We will be covering 100 miles on gravel roads, so anything you are comfortable on! Gravel/adventure bikes are probably best with minimum 32-millimeter tires, but cross-country mountain bikes are also suitable. “Run what you brung,” — it’s an adventure!


Your bike and camping gear (including toiletries, towel, etc.). If your bike isn’t set up for bikepacking, don’t worry, we can transport your gear to the campground for you. Anyone using a hammock must have tree straps. We will provide the food, brews and tunes.


Critter Creek Farm
12626 NW CR231
Gainesville, FL 32609


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Places To Stay Before and And After the Event.

Baymont Inn & Suites Gainesville
6901 NW 4th Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 332-8292

Best Western Gateway Grand
4200 NW 97th Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 331-3336

Comfort Inn University
3440 Southwest 40 Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 264-1771

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
4015 SW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 375-1550

Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville
3700 SW 42nd St
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 335-9100

Doubletree by Hilton Gainesville
3726 Southwest 40 Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 375-2400

Hampton Inn Gainesville
4225 Southwest 40 Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 371-4171

Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville
4075 SW 33 Pl
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 338-1466

Holiday Inn Express Gainesville
3905 SW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 376-0004

Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville
3333 SW 42nd St
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 335-3133

La Quinta Inn Gainesville
920 NW 69th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 332-6466

Motel 6 Gainesville Fl
7413 W Newberry Rd
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 373-1604

Quality Inn Newberry Rd.
7516 W Newberry Rd
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 332-3033

Red Roof Plus+ Gainesville
3500 SW 42nd St
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 336-3311

Residence Inn by Marriott Gainesville I-75
3275 Southwest 40 Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 264-0000

Sleep Inn & Suites University/Shands
4110 Southwest 40 Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 376-4145
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Gainesville
4155 Southwest 40 Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 376-8873
Super 8 Gainesville
4202 Southwest 40 Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 378-3888