What is it?
A 350 mile race across the North Georgia Mountains.
When is it?
How long will it take you?
I’m hoping sub four days (90 miles a day)
The Trans North Georgia Adventure Race (TNGA) is my first multi-day adventure race. I’ve trained a fair amount for it and while I’m excited to go be a feral mountain man for a while, I’m pretty nervous. Why? Oh…there’s 56,000 feet of climbing for starters. There’s also bears.
The race is composed of fire roads, single track trail and some paved roads. From what I’ve been told you’re either climbing or descending and not much else… glutton for punishment? That’s me.
I’ve done a fair amount of training runs getting ready for it doing 8-10 hour rides across the Talledega National Forest, working on water and nutrition intake, dealing with bike problems (flats, breaks, etc), route finding and overcoming mental obstacles. I’m aiming to make as many mistakes as possible on this trip so I can learn from them and deal with it during the Divide.
My bike, save one or two components is ready to go and I have all my gear. I’m going for a super deluxe tune up at Cahaba Cycles to make sure all is in working order.
Cool things on the TNGA
In the past, the TNGA Riders get a chance to call into a number that is routed to MTBcast.com. MTBcast turns around and makes the soundbytes available for people to listen in and see how the progress is going. I’m not sure what mental state I’ll be in when I call – but I’ll definitely be checking in.
The other cool thing is that you can track me as I’m going across the mountains. I’ll get more into that later this week but here’s a set of riders doing it right now.
For the next few weeks my intensity of training will ramp up which means the consistency of this blog will go down (a bit, I still plan to post reviews, interviews and other stuff that ends with eewws). I’ll have a full write up of all my gear as soon as I can get it weighed and inventoried.