While preparing for the 350 miler called the Trans North Georgia Adventure (the TNGA) I’ve run across some tips and course breakdowns that are useful. I’m blogging about this for the sole purpose of future riders to get some information about the race and help them prepare.
Mulberry Gap is a central destination for the TNGA ride. I cannot say enough good about Diane, Ginny and the rest of the crew there. Not only do they make great food for you and have an awesome place to stay, but they are like your second mom(s) when you are away from home (which…god, I hope you’re not that guy who lives with his mom in the basement).
I found a post about a simple breakdown of the TNGA.
Forum Poster Groundshine said this about the TNGA:
The TNGA is a great route and the race is a really fun time. (although I only did half because of Tropical Depression Lee) Dave and the Mulberry Gap folks are wonderful. It is for sure a mountain bike route. A perfect mix of roads, trails, and single track. Southern Appalachians are very similar to where I ride in Vermont – yet I was surprised by a few things:
- The mountains are higher! Many of the passes are > 3,000 ft.
- In the first 11o miles the trail crosses the Appalachian Trail 5 times! There are several other gap climbs as well and each time you are dropping > 1,000 ft back down to the valley floor… a lot of climbing!
- Poison Ivy – it grows really well here and is hard to avoid riding and camping.
- Heat – this was a major suffer factor for me. I’d like to complete this route someday – preferably not in the summer but apparently Georgia’s long deer/ hunting season is a limiting factor… which I didn’t really believe until I saw
- The number of people out enjoying nature. When people say all Americans do is sit around and watch tv – they weren’t talking about Georgians! I have never seen so many people fishing along one section of a brook. – 2011 TNGA was run on Labor Day weekend so that added traffic – especially up the paved Hog Pen Gap (3400 ft) from Helen (1400FT).
I rode my rigid Tour Divide bike with a 2×9 gars instead of the 8spd Alfine. Next time I would probably add a front suspension.
I am also looking forward to a family trip to Mulberry Gap just to kick back and ride and eat. If you are considering racing TNGA one day I highly recommend a visit to Mulberry Gap as a shake down ride.
there’s this at the TNGA…
Yeah there’s another one called “Hogs Pen” …there’s a joke there for me and the TNGA… Thigpen on Hogs Pen