Southeast - Anyone doing Bridge to Bridge Century or has done it before?
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09-06-11, 08:00 PM
I am doing the Bridge to Bridge Century in Lenoir, NC Sunday, September 18. Curious if anyone out there has done it and thoughts they have on perhaps how it compares to Mt. Mitchell? I have done Mitchell but not in14 years and not before a battle with cancer so this maybe a stretch.
Also, any advice on warm up rides in the Lenoir area of about 20-25 miles or so?
09-07-11, 09:32 PM
No advice on the rides but wish you the best on your recovery. I'm sure you can do the ride, just do your own pace and don't worry about the time. I am also recovering from cancer and just started riding again in March. Did the Sunrise Century in Clarksville, TN last Saturday. Going to do a local 65 mile ride on 09/17.
I just received an email there is going to be a fundraiser afterward for a local cyclist that was hit by a car (uninsured) and has some huge medical bills.
09-08-11, 11:59 PM
thanks for the words of encouragement. I m jealous of your ability to ride in varied terrain---pretty flat down here in FLA.
09-12-11, 09:16 AM
Did it a few years back. There are two portions of the ride. The first 50 are quick and not terribly hilly, then you clumb up a highway for 12 or so miles. It's not very steep but just grinds along. After that you're on the BRP and have some nice hills that can get steep but are not bad. It can be windy since you cross over the viaduct but the views are great. After coming down from the BRP you trek along to Grandfather mountain. The G-father climb is a bunch of switchbaks and is steep. Go your pace and don't try to set any records. The coolest part is the last switchback. You turn the corner and there is crowd at the top cheering you along and it's the steepest switch back. The andrenaline will kick in but don't go into an all out sprint, you won't make it. Pace your way up it and you'll be fine, but it's steep (I did a 2 inch wheelie because of the grad). It's a really cool finish. Stick around and cheer others on.
Also all the support is food and water (gatorade??) only, there was no mechanical help when I did it. If you break down they only help you back to the start if I remember correctly.
09-27-11, 07:44 PM
Thanks for the encouragement CPArider. It was a successful ride. Slow but sccuessful. Interesting weather---cool and cloudy until the last 20 miles or so where dense fog required a re-route off the Blue Ridge Parkway for those that weren't in the 5 or 6 hour crowd. They re-routed us onto US221 which was open to traffic----I guess the organizers lost the discussion with the Park Service.
Anyways, support was limited as you had surmised just water and food at 12 stops.
A few days later we rode the route of Hurt, Pain and Agony which starts and finishes in Traphill, NC. A real legbreaker of 67 miles with no more than 5 miles of flat---rest was up and down---but if you haven't done this ride and get a chance to do it on the organized day I would----truely stunning scenery and less than 50 cars in 5 hours of riding if you can believe that.
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