9th Annual - Trans North Georgia Adventure (TNGA)
August 18-25, 2018
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.
Riders need to arrive at Mulberry Gap no later than 1:00pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, August 17th, 2018. We will depart Mulberry Gap as a group at 2:00 pm sharp to head towards Clayton, GA. We need you here an hour early for proper check in, loading of your bike, and to cover important details with you.
If you're late, you'll have to find another way to the hotel. Arriving the night before is preferable to avoid last minute delays or accidents which might hinder you being on the shuttle as planned. Your vehicle can remain secure at Mulberry Gap for $3.00/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 Clayton, GA which is about 20 minutes from the start of the race. Time from Mulberry Gap to the hotel is approximately 2.5 hours. We will have dinner together as a group and you'll have a chance to purchase last minute groceries for your trip once we're in Clayton.
We have rented a block of hotel rooms to increase the comfort and sleep quality for participants. Each room will have double-occupancy with 2 queen or 2 double size beds. All rooms are smoking-free. Cell phone service, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning.
We will separate snorers from non-snorers. Space is limited and you must register ahead of time. The hotels come with a free continental breakfast. However, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance if you would prefer to go out to eat.
You are responsible for walking or riding to the restaurant of your choice. You and your bike must be loaded and ready to roll out of the hotel parking lot no later than 7:00 am. The shuttle drivers will spend the night at the hotel with you and get you to the start on Saturday morning. All of those vehicles will come back to Mulberry Gap on the same day. You may send back any excess gear or clothing that you do not wish to take with you on the ride.
Any bag(s) returning to Mulberry Gap should be clearly labeled with your first and last name. This will ease the process of staff locating your bag and bringing it on the shuttle to the finish line or drop out point for your use and comfort. If your bags are not labeled, we cannot guarantee that it will be with us upon your pick up.
I need help getting to the start.
You'll need to arrive at Mulberry Gap no later than 1:00pm on Friday, August 17th. We'll depart as one group and head towards Clayton, GA, about 2.5 hours away. We have reserved a block of rooms for everyone. You'll need to sign up for both services ahead of time. Shuttle cost is $55.00 per person. Hotel cost is $65.00 per person.
I need someone to pick me up at the finish or drop out point.
As of 2018, this service should be reserved in advance through our registration to avoid confusion on our end as to whether or not we are responsible for you. If you're unsure at the time of support sign up, we ask that you notify us 7 days out. Should your plan change while you're on the route, please give us as much notice as possible. Cost: $70.00
How does the shuttle pick up work?
FINISH: We will have a Mulberry Gap staff member at the finish line with a 10x10 tent for shelter, space for resting, and your personal bags for as long as it makes sense for us to be set up there. Every 6-8 hours, a shuttle vehicle will leave the finish line to bring participants back to Mulberry Gap. We will have food, drinks, and supplies available for purchase for your comfort and enjoyment.
DROP OUT POINT: Should you choose to drop out of the event, please give us a call and inform a staff member of your whereabouts so we can determine the best pick up location for you. Your wait time for the shuttle will depend on distance and accessibility from Mulberry Gap along with staff availability.
What are my options once I return to Mulberry Gap?
Once you've arrived back at Mulberry Gap - there is no need to rush home unless responsibilities are calling. Grab a cabin or campsite and get some rest. Hang out and chat about your experience with other participants and watch other riders come through in a daze. The experience and journey of this ride can be found everywhere. The community and friendship that comes along with this route are unlike most things you'll experience and we encourage you to enjoy it from start to finish.
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 an AC/Heater, linens, robes, towels for the shower & hot tub if you're slow jamming this thing.
- Private Cabin with all linens + shower - Cost: $45.00/person ($20 - $30 discount)
- Shared Cabin with all linens + shower - Cost: $30.00/person ($35 - $45 discount)
- Cot or Sofa in The Barn - Cost: $10.00/person
- Tent or Hammock site - Cost: $10.00/person
- 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: $10.00/load
- A place to shower – freshen up and ride better! Towel and hygiene products provided. Cost: $10.00/person
- A place to tune your bike. Cost: Varies
- 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, etc for your ride. 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
- A place to enthusiastically receive support & encouragement and share your journey thus far. Cost: Priceless!
How does it work if I come through during the night?
We will have staff available 24/7 for as long as it makes sense for us to do so; depending on need and our estimation of your time of arrival. We will have water available for resupply at all times. You are welcome to nap in The Barn, use WiFi, make phone calls, etc. We will have plenty of food options available for your enjoyment.
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 the race director, Jeff Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be addressing this issue in the official rules.
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?
Unfortunately, we can no longer offer this option. As the race has continued to grow, our staff and resources are stretched too thin and coordinating this service with our new shuttle schedule will be too difficult.
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. However, we do 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 and ask that they make a reservation to do so in advance (cabin or camping). Remember, the rules of self-support are in place – they are not allowed to assist you in any way! Know the rules in advance so there is no violation. Family and friends will be 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.
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