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Old 05-28-06, 10:29 AM   #1
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N. Carolina here I come?

Ok, since it looks like so much fun, I am starting plans rolling on making my way out N.Carolina way next summer. Or spring, maybe join you crazy Spring Forum Ride fellas. Describe to me the trails, doesn;t have to be a turn for turn rock for log kind of description, but I'm not a big fan of climbing, like major, steep, make my lungs burn kind of climbs, I'm more of a fan of flat to downhill singletrack and such, so If I'm going somewhere to ride I want it to suit my wants. I'll probably make it out there next year anyway, but humor me.
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If you don't like to cilmb you might want to reconsider a trip here. We've got lots of climbing to get lots of great downhill. Some shortlike in the mile range and some longer like 5 or 6 miles. It's not as demanding as somewhere like the rockies but its pretty hard in places.
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well I don't mind climbing , I'm just really slow, as long as it has some killer downhill, where as here the singletrack varies it goes up and down and up and down and up and down, I would like to go downhill for longer than like 30 seconds at a time. I don't mind climbing it's just I'm not too hot at climbing, given me not being the best climber and my bikes geometry = slow up hill.

ok, scale of 1 - 10, how are most of the climbs

1 = easiest 10 = hardest
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I can climb anything...walking
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What would you rate this? I would say 8 or 9. Not long( 1 mile ) but steeeeeep!
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It's a darn shame that photographs don't show the incline the way it really is in real life. I first noticed this on a trip hunting in Montana. I got back and developed all my film to show these big ole mountainous hills,and wham, they just didnt come out near the way they should have. But that hill looks steep, but I'd say its steeper then what that photograph depicts.
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oh man same experience with cameras and inclines, but thats cool, I wouldn't mind walking that, as long as the downhill is killer, I really do plan on coming out, I can climb, just not very good, and I'm slow too, maybe I'll work on that some more, and ....

kind of tired, ughhh, gotta work in the morning. I'm goign to plan on going out there.
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I am starting plans rolling on making my way out N.Carolina way next summer. but I'm not a big fan of climbing, like major, steep, make my lungs burn kind of climbs, I'm more of a fan of flat to downhill singletrack and such, so If I'm going somewhere to ride I want it to suit my wants. I'll probably make it out there next year anyway, but humor me.
Tsali on Fontana lake is very nice. A few steep hills, but they are short. It's mostly fast rolling single-track. You could buy a cycling guide to NC and go to mtbreview (http://trails.mtbr.com/) for trail descriptions.

The "lungs burning" sensation probably means you are above your lactate threshold. You can prepare by doing some lactate threshold training before you leave.

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.... but I'm not a big fan of climbing, like major, steep, make my lungs burn kind of climbs... humor me.
When I stopped smoking cig's the burning in my lungs went away . Maybe one day I'll give up occasional the Scotch and Cubans , but it's not going to happen today .
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Tsalli is fast and fun, but I found Pisgaha Nat. Forest more challenging. If you go to Pisgah you may want to go with someone that knows the trails they were a little harder to find that the ones at Tsalli. (Of course it has been a few years since I was out there, so this may have changed a little, but that was my experiance.
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Also they used to have a race down near Fontana Lake and the Natahalla (sp?) outdoor center and I remember those trails being fun. (Lots of climbing)
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Also they used to have a race down near Fontana Lake and the Natahalla (sp?) outdoor center and I remember those trails being fun. (Lots of climbing)
You must mean NOC, the Nantahalla Outdoor Center and the trail that starts up the hill behind the store. Took a 5-day long white water canoe course from those folks in the early '90's. Generally eat there after Tsali.

There's another place to ride down the road that starts at the raft put-in. It's all forest road and paved road, but you get good views and about a 6-7 mile downhill that coses over the upper Nantahalla river several times. I use it as a training ride to get used to climbing when I first get up there as my wife likes the ride because it's zero technical. There's a 3.5 mile climb on a fire road. I ride it as fast as I can then go back down and find the wife and climb parts of it again. You'll easily hit 35 on the downhill portion.

On the Pisgas, I hear from several folks that they are really rough. I've been told by several groups I've met at Tsali that Dupont, which is further south was a lot easier. Been planning to go there and got the multi-color map. There are so many criss-crossing trails, it must be challenging to navigate. They apparently have some slickrock.

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Can anybody give a quick assessment of the trails at Sugar Mountain - specifically, whatever trail the NORBA race will use for the XC course?
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Tsali pretty much sucks. If you want good challenging riding Pisgah is the place arfound here.I heard a lady yesterday say Dupont was tech with a capital T. Dupont is fun and hard in a few places but not that tech.Most of the racing is done at Fontana Village in that area.
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Tsali is fun for beginners or racing XC. It's nothing epic.

I'll just echo the remarks above and say head to DuPont. The climbs aren't that much worse than Tsali, but the overall riding is much more fun.

Pisgah...you're looking at around 1000 vertical feet of climbing to ride most stuff that I've seen on three trips out there. It's totally 100% without a doubt worth it though. Beats the pants off anything in MO, or your money back
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yeah, ok, so i'm coming to Pisgah next year
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Screw next year, this fall! We must somehow bribe mtnbiker66 into leading another camp/ride.
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not gonna work for fall, going to michigan for a week in august
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