The Race

Race Day: April 29, 2017

The kayaking leg will consist of 4 miles of Green River whitewater starting at Big Hungry Creek, including the Class V "Narrows Section," and ending at the Wildness Cove bridge.  The bike leg will be a 26-mile loop starting with the 1000ft climb out of the Green River Gorge, circling through historic downtown Saluda, winding down Holbert Cove Rd, and then following the Green River back to the Wildeness Cove bridge.

The Festival

All racers and spectators are encouraged to enjoy the festival starting around 2:00 pm at Wilderness Cove Campground. There will be live music and plenty of food and beer for all. Race registration includes festival fee.  Spectators will be asked for a $20 donation to enjoy the event, food, and music.

2017 Jerry's Baddle T-shirt

T-shirts will be for sale at the festival while supplies last. Email us at if you're interested in designing the 2008 t-shirt!
Race InfoFeesMapElevationFestival InfoRegistration
Paddling and cycling safety must be top priority of all participants. Kayakers must be prepared to stop if river is congested, and bikers must watch for cars at all times. This is a self-support race. Don’t count on shuttle, safety, rescue, food, water, etc. on the course. All racers must wear helmets. All racers must check-in and sign waivers at Wilderness Cove between 9 and 10 am. There will be shuttles for most racers, but teams and spectators are encouraged to help with shuttle logistics. Try to avoid abandoning shuttle vehicles at Gallimore Rd during the race so that you can enjoy the festival instead of running shuttle. Kayakers Kayakers must have experience on the Green Narrows. Team-kayakers begin the race at 12:00 noon from Big Hungry Creek. Boaters will be released at one minute intervals. There will be volunteers above Gorilla and Sunshine warning if it is safe to proceed. If you do not STOP for safety personnel, your times will be marked DNF (Did Not Finish). If you plan to walk Sunshine, consider the portage on river right above Nutcracker. Respect someone’s attempt to pass you. Kayakers must paddle to the sand beach just after the bridge. Cyclists Watch for cars, rocks, potholes, etc. Please slow down for sharp downhill on Holbert Cove. Cyclists interested in participating as a kayak/bike team can email to find out if there are any kayakers looking for teammates. Otherwise, cyclists are welcome to register for the festival and come ride on their own schedule. All rides outside of the race loop will be self-support, and you should plan your distance and start time to be able to return to the festival between 3-5pm. There are several world class rides possible from Wilderness Cove Campground. Green River Cove Road is a beautiful, rolling route along the river with out and back rides up to 20 miles. If you are afraid of the full 25 miles after the initial climb on the race loop, you can cut off about 5 miles around Saluda or cut off the 20 miles out Holbert Cove and back Green River Cove Rds. If you want to ride more than the race loop, there are several +30 mile loops possible by dropping down Hwy176 towards Tryon or down Hwy 25 into the Greenville Watershed.


  • $55 per person (includes t-shirt).
  • $100 per team (includes 2 t-shirts).
  • Race registration closes at 5:00pm Thursday, April 27th.
  • There will be no race day registration.
  • The race will also close if we reach 120 kayakers.


  • $20 per person. On-line through 5pm Thursday, April 27th. Day-of tickets will be available.

Race Map

Road Bikers Team-Bikers start when Team Kayaker arrives at Wilderness Cove bridge.
  • START from Wilderness Cove bridge towards climb up Green River Cove Rd
  • RIGHT at stop sign (under I-26 towards Saluda )
  • RIGHT on Howard Gap Rd at Texaco.
  • LEFT on Esseola St (it's basically straight, curving left to stay on the pavement. Later becomes Henderson St )
  • UPDATE - skip downtown Saluda
  • LEFT on Ozone Dr back towards I-26 After I-26, stay straight on Holbert Cove Rd
  • LEFT on Silver Creek Rd
  • LEFT on Green River Cove Rd
  • END at Wilderness Cove bridge

Festival Info

Wilderness Cove Campground 3772 Green River Cove Rd Saluda, NC 28773 (828) 749-9100 Information on trail to hike into middle of gorge There are men and women's shower houses available for racers to clean up. Dogs are not allowed at the campground during Jerry's Baddle. Alcohol is allowed for anyone over 21. Local authorities will be aware of the event, and expect them to be patrolling the area.


Categories: Solo Racer, Team, & Festival-Only. Racers MUST pre-register before 5pm Thursday, April 27th. There will be NO registration on the day of the race. Race will close if 120 kayakers have registered. Please take a moment to read the race waiver. (Microsoft Word required) Register (t-shirt included)