The mountain is a little over 500 feet in elevation. Riding to the top of Kanuga was not too tough the first day. There are two routes; the singletrack and the double track. The singletrack, “High Rocks Climb”, is a winding trail that gradually takes you to the top of the 500-foot hill. Coming in at just over one mile long, climbers pass some of the downhill sections and often get to watch other riders drop in and speed past.
The alternative climb is the access connector “Copperhead Road”. This is a wider, smoother climb but is a bit shorter (about one mile). It climbs the same amount as High Rocks, making it steep enough in certain spots to necessitate pushing the bike up. I was able to clear the climb each time on the first day. By day two, I joined the best of them and pushed my bike to the top just so I could save my legs. They were feeling a bit fatigued from the day before. We noticed many riders were out there on e-bikes. It seemed like it was the preferred choice of machinery for pre-riding. To put it in perspective: Friday, I had 8 miles with 2100ft of climbing. Saturday, I had 9 miles with 2200ft of climbing. Sunday, 14 miles with 2400ft of climbing.
My race consisted of 4 stages. In an Enduro race, the downhills are timed, and the uphills are not. Riders are timed in stages that are primarily downhill, with neutral “transfer” stages in between. GNCC was the first stage. It is listed as intermediate. It has a natural, raw feel with small mandatory drops and flat cornering. It was a nice warm up that made me feel right at home!