Hey all - I'm a noob, I mean a "newbie", here.
I reside in both Maiden,NC (weekdays) & Moravian Falls,NC (weekends).
I've just gotten back into biking a few months ago; been out of it for 12yrs. I used to commute to work on my bike, down in town in Charlotte,NC, back in the mid '90's.
I do all my riding in the foothills and mountains of western NC. I've recently started doing some long mountain rides and century rides: "RAW" ride; "Roan Moan"; "BRB-100", and I've just decided to try the "Tour De Gaps" ride, out of Mt. Airy,NC tomorrow. I've also signed on to try Bridge to Bridge (aka.."Mall 2 Meadow") in Sept.
My favorite training ride, for anyone familiar with the Wilkesboro - Brush Mtn area, is:
from Brushy Mtn VFD down the back side of the brushies to Linney's Mill
Left on Linneys Mill over to 115
make U-turn going back to Brushy Mtn
Brushy Mtn to Left on W. Country Club Dr
Left on some stupid little road (just before you get to Hwy 16) that has no signs at either end to tell you what they call it!
Merge into E. Brocktown
Left on Lithia Springs
Right on Brushy Mtn back to start (about a mile from my house)
...it's 40 mile loop, with LOTS of steep hill climbing!
I hope to run into you on one of my weekend training rides, or at one of the local Century rides.