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    Got in 57 miles today, but I didn't put on enough sunscreen and got burnt bad
    That was the longest ride of the year so far too!

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    Yes I did....Me and Leinad did the 3 gap in Georgia today as well as a half assed attempt at Brasstown afterwards. 3 hours 29 minutes, 53.11 miles 3,750 feet climbing. Beautiful day. 80 degrees with lots of sunshine.
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    Gary, keep an eye peeled for Greg from Spin down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    Gary, keep an eye peeled for Greg from Spin down there.
    We will see him tomorrow night in Blairsville I assume. There is a big street party going on called the night before the climb.

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    Still trying to get into some sort of cycling condition to CONSIDER the "A" group. So 26 miles today. And to really prepare for all possibilities in New Glarus, I managed to stay out just long enough to get rained on. Soaked in less than 5 minutes, actually.
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    Got in 38 miles today -- The wind was pure pain. Was going to make the loop around the subdivision to make it an even 40 but it started to rain just as we entered the subdivision so we went straight home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
    We will see him tomorrow night in Blairsville I assume. There is a big street party going on called the night before the climb.
    Cool. When you get back we'll be able to compare PT data.

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    Me and garysol rode in Georgia this past week. WOW!! What fun the moutains are, don't remember all the mileage was like 15/50/40 of various climbs and such. It was beautiful and I truely miss it. Got to admit it is hard and my legs are shot right now!

    BTW everything you have heard about Brasstown Bald is untrue!! It is way harder than anyone can possibly describe, you have to do it to understand.

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    Didn't want to post this with the above, so here is todays ride.

    Me and the wife meet the Lorain Wheelmen club for the sunday ride (this one was out to Valley City) so for today we got in 56 miles. 50's and sunny with light winds, other than the tired legs, it was a nice ride.

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    Rode around town a little today
    21.11 miles
    1.08 ride time
    19.0 avg speed
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    I did a quick recorvery ride today;

    Distance: 12.08 miles
    Duration: 0:35:29
    Work: 430kJ
    Average Speed: 20.45 mph
    Average Cadence: 82 rpm (down A LOT from last year)
    Average Power: 202 watts
    Max Power: 1022 watts


    I also raced yesterday, the report and data is in my blog
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    I did a quick recorvery ride today;

    Average Speed: 20.45 mph

    Max Power: 1022 watts
    Incorrect

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    A nice 32 miles today, avoiding areas flooded by the Mississippi. Would have been even better if I'd remembered to warm up rather than hitting it at the beginning.
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    4-27 rode 18 mile down the bike trail on the road bike today.
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    4/26 - 17.5 miles
    Rode to Plainfield and back. Damn west wind in my face slowed me down big time. (I'm terrible going into the wind.)

    4/27 - 17.2 miles
    Rode thru Shorewood, went by Channahon Community Park, then rode on Rock Run Greenway Trail on way back. There was a tree down on the I&MCT 0.4 mi. west of Houbolt (Empress) Rd. near Joliet and i saw as many as 8 deer by Joliet Jr. College in two separate locations.

    Was a bit chilly here (only in 50's) but dry this weekend. Tomorrow is supposed to be cold and showery at times with highs only in the 40's. Think i'll take tomorrow off. Rode over 130 miles in past 8 days so I could probably use a rest day.

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    Tried to to the Old Plank Trail in Sheboygan yesterday. Got a late start, then the trail was closed at the east trailhead, rode through muck for a quarter mile, rode around into Kohler, trail still closed, back to the car, then back on the trail and into a 30 mph headwind. I spent 45 minutes going out but only 15 minutes going back to make for about a 15 mile ride, then had the most wonderful cramps in my feet afterward. All in all a kinda sucky ride, but hey, any ride is better than no ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
    Incorrect
    Correct. I had a tailwind, and I did a quick sprint like I do when I warm up for a race.

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    22 miles on Sunday along a mostly-paved rail-trail on my "comfort bike". Had the familiar situation of a stiff tailwind on the way out and once again underestimated what the return trip would be like. Seriously burning quads for that last half mile uphill into the wind to my house!

    You'd think I'd learn from this eventually...

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
    Yes I did....Me and Leinad did the 3 gap in Georgia today as well as a half assed attempt at Brasstown afterwards. 3 hours 29 minutes, 53.11 miles 3,750 feet climbing. Beautiful day. 80 degrees with lots of sunshine.
    We need more details than this, Gary!

    Where'd you start? Which Gaps? What's with the half-baked Brasstown attempt? Etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyLowe97 View Post
    We need more details than this, Gary!

    Where'd you start? Which Gaps? What's with the half-baked Brasstown attempt? Etc?
    Details.........
    We parked my mighty gas guzzling rig at Vogels State park which is just south of the intersection of 129 and Wolf Gap road. We unloaded in the park and made the left onto 129 which brings you down hill about half a mile to Wolf Gap rd. Hang a left on Wolf Gap and the fun begins. The climb is maybe 3 or so miles long. I shifted down into my lowest gear (39/25) pretty quickly and got into a pretty decent rhythm. The road climbs and has about 4 or 5 switch backs turns that allow you to see where you have been. The road is within a state forest I think and the tree growth is quite dense. I stopped at the look out after the climb and waited for the others. The decent is good fun. Good quality road with just a few turns. There is 8 miles of rolling until the next intersection in Suches Georgia and Rt 60. We had the funniest thing happen before we reached Rt-60. A pick up going the other way passed us going maybe 30 MPH with a Pitbull chasing him. The dog was about 3 lengths behind him and I swear he was catching. His tongue was hanging half the length of his body. He looked at us and winked as we screamed past us.
    At the intersection of 60 and Wolf Gap Road we hung a left. It was a slight uphill till the base of Woody Gap. Woody is another Low gear climb but not terribly long or steep. Leinad was on my wheel for most of the climb till I decided to be a ass and put a few hard kicks in . The decent of Woody gap is one for the books. Simply incredible. Awesome road conditions mixed with steep descents and sharply banked turns equal great fun. After the descent was over we had another few miles of rolling till we had to tuen left again back onto 129. That was were the pain began. Neely Gap......That F**cker never ends. It averages I am guessing 7 or 8% for over 6 miles. There is one downhill after 2 miles that either lets you prepare for the real climb or breaks your spirit when you realize that the climb was not really over. We climbed and we climbed......and we climbed. Many switchbacks and a bit of traffic to deal with as well. The road up Nely is also the local speedway apparently as cars and motorcycles love to dive through the turns. After 45 minutes of climbing Neels the decent is not real steep but pretty long. Vogels state park is just ahead of us so we turn into the park to refill the bottles and get some food.
    After we rest a few minutes we again turn left on 129 out of the park and head to Rt 180 which is where Jacks Gap is and also the entrance to Brasstown. We hang a right onto 180 and I notice Leinad is starting to lag a bit. After a few miles we start climbing Jacks which is very steep. Leinad throws in the towel and I silently thanked him We turn around and head for the car. I suggested we drive to Brasstown just so Leinad could take a look at it. He agreed and we drove up to the top. He mentioned that it did not appear as steep as he thought it would be. So again I suggested lets just drive back down and park the car and go for a climb. So we did......We got to the beginning of the wall and I said MERCY first. My legs were just aching and the fun quotient had stopped a long time earlier. Leinad's triple that I tease him about was doing him well. He continued up a little farther until he came to a halt as well. The decent of Brasstown is amazing. Simply release your brakes and your instantly up to 45 mph. Add in the crappy road and it is instant excitement!

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    Me's thinks gary is being gracious here, and I thank him for it, but here is my side of the story.

    Following gary up a hill, any hill, is a painful experience. The guy is just flat out powerful, I know what it feels like to be Jon Ullrich and see Lance give you that "are you coming look" ! This from a guy most people feel is a good climber as well (like I always say "there's always someone out there waiting to kick your a**). The climbs on the 3 gap where great, but for some reason I didn't read the route discription all the way through and didn't know that NEELS gap was coming. It caught me completely off guard and hurt me bad! As Gary said we tried to ride to Brasstown but I knew if I didn't turn around, Gary would be nursemaiding me back to the car at 5MPH so I gave it up.

    Now the Brasstown ride was this, Gary talked me into trying it even though I highly doubted my chances. So I locked on the white line and told Gary not to tell me where we were ( I didn't want to know). As gary said he stopped first and I thank him siliently (as he did me). I tell you what though that climb isn't what people say it is, It is WAY HARDER!!

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    I'll join in, after that it was Garysol I met in Blairsville Friday night...no ride today, but the previous 2 in GA:

    Saturday - Circle the Bald ride from Hiawasee - 35 miles. Rode through Jack's Gap, past the base of Brasstown Bald spur - using part of the Stage 6 route, then around back to Hiawasee. Some nice climbs - the climbs leading to the spur are plenty of punishment before the pros have to kick it up the Bald spur. Jack's gap hits 20% grade before a brief respite in the middle of the total climb. The ride sheet showed "about 3000' elevation gain", my Garmin reports about 4000', as does my DeLorme Topomaps. Heavy canopy caused the Garmin 205 to have some problems - numbers could be off in it. Averaged 18 mph, which was well over expectations

    Sunday - Went for a short recovery ride - well it was supposed to be. It was only 12 miles, but thanks to sore legs from Saturday's workout on the bike, plus 7 miles of walking up and down the Bald, the "small" 300' climb that also hit 15-20% felt tougher than the 35 the day before. Consequently no ride today (too dang tired from that plus 8.5 hour drive).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSIndyRider View Post
    I'll join in, after that it was Garysol I met in Blairsville Friday night...no ride today, but the previous 2 in GA: .
    It was a super pleasure meting you guys Friday night. Glad your Saturday ride worked out well!!

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    4-26... 25 miles miles in the awful wind. I bonked. Went out and went back in, I absolutely hate riding in 25mph winds. I find no joy in it, and it's scares me to death wondering if the next gust I will end up in front of car

    4-27... 72 miles, sweet. 40 with the bike club, then the boyfriend and I did an additional 32 on our own. Great day. A little chilly... but the winds were low and I felt good and needed a good ride... so I rode

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    4-29 did 2 loops at raceway woods on the mtb. im just getting over a cold so i felt like crap.
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