I'm glad to join your group and share my thoughts/concerns about cycling.
I live in North Georgia (Gainesville) and I enjoy riding in the mountains. I used to live in Blairsville and I still drive up to the mountains to ride the "Gaps" and the NC mountains which are unbeleivably beautiful. I love the rides around Franklin,NC (Walnut Creek,Ellijay Rd,etc.) and Murphy where my "nchillbilly" friend is living. My base used to be triathlons but I have bad knees and I have been in and out of the sport for years. I mostly ride now,sometimes in groups but mostly alone. We organize rides with friends all the time and I am very eager to share my thoughts and experience about different routes. I do several centuries a year but I have never raced on the road nor do I have the desire now as I like safety in general. I am neither slow nor super fast and I love to see the improvement of my climbing power (whenever I train regularly and my knees are acceptable). I used to do beginner mtn. bike races a couple of years ago and I placed 1. and 3. but never chased my abilities to a new level in that sport.Last year I made a trip to Italy and I was lucky to ride the Stelvio and Mortirolo passes and it was an unforgettable experience. We plan a trip to the Dolomites this year too and will do Monte Zoncolan and a couple of passes around the Marmolada (Passo Fedaia,P. Pordoi,maybe P. San Pellegrino and P. Gaiu). Any of you guys had an experince in doing these climbs ? I am married with two kids who also stay physically "very" active.
All the best,would love hearing from you, Lajos