8th Annual Trans North Georgia Ride (TNGA)
August 19-26, 2016
The TNGA is a 350 mile mountain bike route through the mountains of North GA on trails, forest roads and paved roads featuring challenging terrain, beautiful scenery and over 56,000 feet of climbing. Mulberry Gap is the main support system used by riders participating in the event.
We guarantee that all costs are normal charges and in some cases discounted for TNGA riders. We do not increase our prices in any way because of this event.
Below is a brief description of what we typically provide (years 2010 – 2016). If there are other needs, please let us know and we’ll see if we can arrange or provide.
Riders need to arrive at Mulberry Gap no later than Friday at 1:00pm, August 18th. We will depart Mulberry Gap at 2:00pm sharp. If you're late, you'll have to find another way to the yurts. Arriving the night before is preferable to avoid last minute delays or accidents which might hinder your being on the shuttle as planned. Your vehicle can remain secure at Mulberry Gap for $3/day. We will keep your keys in the office for safe keeping.
We will have prearranged transportation to shuttle you, your bike and gear to Wildwater Chattooga Group Yurts, which is about 30 minutes from the start of the race. Time from Mulberry Gap to yurt lodging is approximately 2.5 hours away. We will stop along the way to grab dinner and last minute supplies.
The yurt rentals are units that sleep 4-12 people. They have beds placed around the perimeter and you provide your own sleeping bag or bedding and towels. You will be sharing space with other TNGA riders or support members. We will separate snorers from non-snorers. Space is limited and you must register ahead of time. There is a common bathhouse and communal kitchen for use. It is a clean and well maintained facility that we know you will enjoy.
The morning of the event, breakfast is prepared by Kate & Andrew for those lodging at the yurts. Coffee begins at 5:00am. Breakfast is served from 5:30am - 6:15am. We must be loaded and on the way to the start no later than 7:00am. We offer a variety of breakfast options and can handle dietary restrictions if need be. The shuttle drivers spend the night and get you to the start on time. The drivers can bring back any excess gear, clothing and bedding that you do not wish to take with you on the ride.
If I have my own ride to the start, can I stay at the yurt and participate in breakfast?
Yes, but we must know in advance – deadline for breakfast is August 17th so we can have enough supplies on hand. Cost: $45.00 (covers the yurt and breakfast) and reserved through Mulberry Gap on a first come basis. Need a lift to the start as well? Cost: and additional $45.00.
Need someone to monitor your whereabouts and safety?
If you need someone to monitor you on Trackleader we will provide that service 24 hours/day until you finish. Cost: $5.00/day. We will also be available for emergency pick-up. Our phone number is 706-698-2865. Put it in your phone NOW.
I have someone monitoring me but they are not available for an pick up (emergency or non-emergency) or DNF.
Should you need that service, we are available if called and told of the need and your location. Ourselves and Derek (race director) must be aware that we are your emergency contact and have a credit card on file in advance of the ride. Cost: $70.00
If I need to come by Mulberry Gap in route, what can I expect and what will charges be?
Mulberry Gap is located less than 1/2 mile off the course at Mulberry Gap Road/Conasauga/FS 18 – We are near mile 215 at coordinate (34.798139,-84.6118793). We are the only full service facility along the route, therefore, you can take advantage of any of the services we normally provide which are listed below.
- A place to sleep during the ride – you may camp or rent a sleeping cabin with and AC/Heater.
- Private Cabin with all linens + shower - Cost: $45.00/person
- Shared Cabin with all linens + shower - Cost: $30.00/person
- Cot or Sofa in The Barn / Tent or Hammock site + shower & towel - Cost: $15.00/person
- A place to enthusiastically receive support & encouragement and share your journey thus far. Cost: Priceless!
- A place to wash your bike. Cost: $0
- A place to recharge – phone, camera, batteries Cost: $0
- A place to phone home and check emails and messages on our Wi-Fi. Cost: $0
- A place to wash your clothes – Yes, we can do that while you rest/sleep/eat/relax. A clean kit can do wonders for the waning spirit. Cost: $7.00
- A place to shower – freshen up and ride better! Towel and hygiene products provided. Cost: $7.00
- A place to tune your bike – we have several bike stands and tools available for needed adjustments. Parts needed will be charged accordingly but labor will be a no cost. Cost: $0 - ?
- A place to restock – we carry nutrition products, fresh fruit, nutritional shakes, chamois butter, first aid materials, bike tubes, brake pads, lube, batteries, hygiene products, batteries, etc. Cost: Varies
- A place to order food to go – we can prepare wraps, fruit, sweet goodies to go. Cost: Varies
- A place to eat a hot and nutritious meal – we will have a number of options available which are homemade and fresh. Cost: Varies
How does it work if I come through during the night?
We will have staff available 24/7 for the first 3-4 days depending on need and our estimation on your time of arrival. We will have water available for your resupply needs at all times. You are welcome to nap in The Barn, use wifi, make phone calls, etc. We will have food options available.
If my car is parked there during the ride, am I allowed to retrieve supplies, sleep in it, change clothes, etc?
NO! Mulberry Gap will not be policing activities but please follow all rules of the ride so as not to risk disqualification. If clarification is needed, contact Derek Kozlowski firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be addressing this issue in the official rules.
At the end of the ride:
For those who need pick up, we appreciate a call 3-4 hours in advance if it is your plan to ride to the finish (we don’t want to get there only to realize you decided to sleep and finish the ride in the morning). Once we know your intent, we will monitor your progress and pick up as soon as possible. If there is another rider due in within a two hour window, we will attempt to pick up both at the same time to save costs of travel and time.
If I leave my car parked at Mulberry Gap, is it possible to meet me at the finish with my vehicle so I can head home from there?
Yes, it is possible but cost of pick up will require additional fees.
Parking your vehicle at Mulberry is at a cost of $3/day to cover additional insurance. For your safety, be sure to consider how tired you will be at the end and make arrangements to rest somewhere before driving any distance.
Do I need to make a reservation if I want to stay at Mulberry Gap to rest before driving home?
Yes, we would like to know of your intention to do so. We do however realize that circumstances surrounding this ride are unpredictable and we are flexible about changes that may be necessary.
Can my family stay at Mulberry Gap during the ride?
Yes! We welcome anyone who wants to stay to make a reservation to do so in advance (cabin or camping). Again, we are flexible as to changes that occur due to an unexpected turn of events during the ride. Remember, the rules of self-support are in place – they are not assist you in your ride! Know the rules in advance so there is no violation! Family and friends will charged our normal rates. Discounted rates only apply to racers.
Can my family/friends hang out at Mulberry Gap to see me come through?
Yes! We welcome and enjoy the enthusiasm of others watching and waiting. We will provide the same services, such as meals and showers at an additional cost. Remember the rules of self-support apply – do not assist your rider! Know the rules in advance so there is no violation!
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