I'm pulling the details together for the 2011 Trans North Georgia Mountain Bike Adventure together. This year I have to submit the route and rules to the Forest Service and get a permit.
So... here are the rules I'm proposing for the event. I'd appreciate any input you guys have. I'd like to submit early next week.
* The 2011 Trans North Georgia Mountain Bike Adventure (TNGA) begins when the event director announces the start at the South Carolina border on Highway 28 at or near 8AM on September ??, 2011 and ends for a participant when they reach the Alabama border on Highway 20 at the end of the designated route.
* There will be a pre-ride meeting, the start will be announced and results will be posted on the web. No other support will be provided by event coordinators.
* Participants may receive neutral support from the owners or operators of establishments along or off of the route, on-premesis. No specific support may be arranged prior to the start.
* In the interest of minimizing impact, sharing campsites and camp fires is permitted and encouraged. Similarly, sharing of hotel rooms and dining together is permitted.
* In an emergency, rendering aid to another participant is permitted, however the receiver of the aid must withdraw from the event.
* Aside from the exceptions listed above, participants must support themselves.
* Participants may leave the course at any time, provided that they return within 100 feet of the point they left. For example, returning on the other side of the road is acceptable.
* Participants must travel under their own power or the power of gravity unless riding an escalator or elevator.
* In-person spectating is discouraged. Remote spectating is encouraged, including, but not limited to following along on trackleaders.com or the SPOT website, following blogs, podcasts, forum postings, or other reports by participants or non-participants.
* There is one manditory hike section, the Darnell Creek Horse Trail from FS155 to the intersection with the Ramey Field Trail. Participants must dismount, walk and push or carry their bikes through this section. This section may be monitored.
* Riders are strongly encouraged to portage (carry your bike over, rather than ride through) any stream crossing that is not crossing a road, even if the road is closed. The USFS, Georgia ForestWatch, and I are concerned about the impact of up to 40 riders riding through a stream that hasn't been armored for vehicle traffic, in a short period of time. To mitigate this impact, riders are again, strongly encouraged to portage applicable stream crossings.
* Many of the roads and trails along the route are open to vehicular, equestrian and foot traffic. While riding, participants must yield to equestrians and hikers and follow all rules of the road.
* Participants are required to finish with the same gear that they had 2 nights prior, like-kind replacements or more gear, excluding consumed materials and wrappers. For example, participants are prohibited from ditching gear on the last day to finish more quickly.
* All participants must carry a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. No participant will be allowed to start without one. Progress of participants will be tracked on trackleaders.com and on the SPOT web site. Participants must provide their own SPOT Satellite GPS Messengers. SPOT Satellite GPS Messengers will not be provided by event organizers. Any participant who wants to use an alternative device may contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and request that their device be approved. Devices will not be approved which do not use satellites to transmit location data and messages.
* This is not a race, but an adventure, technically a training event. Participants will be recognized for finishing ahead of or behind each other as in other training events, but there will be no prizes. Placement will be determined by monitoring the trackers. Participants who finish within the same minute will be given the same place. There could be a tie for any place, including first.
* Participants may withdraw at any time. All withdrawn participants will be given DNF (Did Not Finish) status.
* Participants will be disqualified, at the discretion of officials, for:
o violating one of the rules listed above
o unsportsmanlike conduct
o riding the manditory hike section
o riding on any trail or road designated as closed to bikes
o failure to yield to equestrians or hikers
o failure to follow the rules of the road
* Participants will be considered withdrawn for:
o leaving the course for more than 48 hours
o failing to complete on or before 11:59:59 PM, two Sundays after the start