I know two people riding it.
One from Sandy Springs is a strong rider and will likely ride it straight through and fast.
Another, Benny (BluesDawg) Watson, is a cancer survivor and the original organizer of the Red Clay Ramble. Well into his 60's, or perhaps older, he will be basketpacking for the first time. This is Benny's bike.
Southern Cross was permitted for 350. They are definitely reducing the size of large groups permitted to use forest land. Given the current administration, my guess is reduced budget for the US Forest Service.
This is my current setup. I'm going to put an 11-42 mountain bike cassette on it and Absolute Black 46-30 chainrings. That will give me sub 20 gear inches. I'm hoping to get to the San Juan mountains in Colorado this fall. Bags are from Apidura. New wheels should be here in a week or two.
How is your bike coming Mr. Big Stuff?