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    Weezer's & Whiner's Mountain Rides, Western North Carolina, May 19-20, 2007

    Join fellow Bike Forums riders for a great weekend of cycling in the Appalachian Mountains. We'll have two rides: a strength-testing half century on Saturday and a more leisurely 33 mile ride on Sunday.

    Saturday evening there will be a dinner/get-together at a local restaurant. Details TBA.

    Saturday ride:

    Where: Start at the Pisgah Inn (Google map)

    When: 10 a.m., May 19

    Ride description: The challenging "Pigeon Loop" route near Waynesville, NC. The mountainous loop begins heading downhill to Bethel, then climbs up to 5,600 ft on the Blue Ridge Parkway before descending back to the starting point. 50 miles, 4400 ft of climbing. Much of the climbing is in the 4-6% range.

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    Sunday ride:

    Where: Start at Buncombe County environmental building in Woodfin (directions, more directions) (Google map)

    When: 10 a.m., May 19

    Ride description: A mostly "flat" ride along the French Broad River into historic Marshall and back. 33-35 miles.

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    Nearby accommodations:

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    Pisgah Inn, Blue Ridge Parkway

    Inn at Biltmore Estate, Asheville

    Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville

    Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville

    For more information:

    Contact msheron (email: msheron[at]charter[dot]net) or BikeWNC.

    Expected participants: Roll call list
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    I've consolidated weekend details into one post. Please advise me of any needed corrections.

    msheron, you have the list of people planning to participate?

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    Hey, VV! Thanks for organizing that into one nice post! Now I finally understand exactly what the plans are.



































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    both rides are beginning at the pisgah inn??? i've gotta change my reservations if that's the case!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VegaVixen
    I am so gonna die!
    Au contraire: "I climbed like I was flyin', descended like a speed demon. Felt I could have ridden forever."

    No more sandbagging from you!

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    It was my impression that the Sunday ride would meet somewhere in Asheville. Since dinner Sat. night is in Asheville, it probably would be best to stay down there. Since I am not doing the Sunday ride, someone familiar with the area and the ride should coordinate the meeting point and time.

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    I'm foggy on the specifics of the Sunday ride; that may need revised.

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    k - i emailed msheron asking for details. will post about sunday's ride when he gets back to me.
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    OK, kids....I may be able to make the Sunday ride. I'll see how I feel after my california trip. I get home saturday evening. I'f I have enough energy to get up early and head up the mountain, you just may see me there. Has the start for Sunday been decided?
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    ok guys & gals, here's the info for the starting point for sunday's ride:

    The ride will begin at 10 am at the meeting point. If everyone wants to get there at 9:30-9:45 that would be nice.

    The ride will begin at the old Buncombe County environmental building in Woodfin. If you travel I-26 West/ Hwy. 19/23 North toward Weaverville, NC from downtown Asheville you go to the Elk Mountain Rd. exit which is just a few minutes north of downtown Asheville. At the top of the exit you go left and follow it until it t-intersects at River Road. There will be the big MDS plant in front of you there. Go right and the old county building will be just past PACE Analytical on the right that is fenced in. The building is at the top of the hill on the right and is a rock building. I will place a wooden stake in the ground with a orange painted tip to alert everyone. Thanks for doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleMagic
    OK, kids....I may be able to make the Sunday ride. I'll see how I feel after my california trip. I get home saturday evening. I'f I have enough energy to get up early and head up the mountain, you just may see me there. Has the start for Sunday been decided?
    That's great news, CM! Sure hope you get a good night's rest. VV said the ride starts at 11am in the original post. Really hope you can make it!

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    msheron is taking a Bike Forums sabbatical. He's a member at another forum and has posted regarding the ride on this thread. You can chat with him there.

    Apparently, he's planning a 10 a.m start time on Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpack
    ok guys & gals, here's the info for the starting point for sunday's ride:

    The ride will begin at 10 am at the meeting point. If everyone wants to get there at 9:30-9:45 that would be nice.

    The ride will begin at the old Buncombe County environmental building in Woodfin. If you travel I-26 West/ Hwy. 19/23 North toward Weaverville, NC from downtown Asheville you go to the Elk Mountain Rd. exit which is just a few minutes north of downtown Asheville. At the top of the exit you go left and follow it until it t-intersects at River Road. There will be the big MDS plant in front of you there. Go right and the old county building will be just past PACE Analytical on the right that is fenced in. The building is at the top of the hill on the right and is a rock building. I will place a wooden stake in the ground with a orange painted tip to alert everyone. Thanks for doing this.

    karen.
    HEY VELO VOL: just for tidiness sake, would you mind editing your OP with this latest information? thanks!

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    I've linked to a Google map where I believe the building is. I don't see a "River Road" on it. I wounder if that's the same as Riverside Drive?

    We should create a roll call list. Post what your plans are, and I'll update it.

    I'm tentatively planning to drive over in the morning and do the Saturday ride.

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    my current plans:

    drive up from raleigh friday afternoon, pisgah inn for the night, do saturday's "kill my legs" mountainous ride

    after that ride, move on over to asheville for the evening. dinner with the group at a yet to be determined location.

    do sunday's ride and then head home.

    Roll Call List for Saturday: (to be updated as people respond)
    wolfpack = karen
    velovol = ?
    bikeWNC = andy


    Roll Call List for Sunday: (to be updated as people respond)
    wolfpack = karen
    cooperwx = jason
    cyclemagic = liz (maybe)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol
    I've linked to a Google map where I believe the building is. I don't see a "River Road" on it. I wounder if that's the same as Riverside Drive?
    That is correct, Riverside Drive is the name of the road. The route will follow Riverside (NC 251) all the way to Marshall until the "Hill St." climb, then loop back and return along Riverside Dr.


    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol
    We should create a roll call list. Post what your plans are, and I'll update it.
    I will be at the Sunday ride, and probably the Saturday dinner.

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    For those still looking for accommodations: The Inn on Biltmore Estate starts at $329/nt, which includes admission to to the Biltmore Estate and grounds passes. I don't think many will be interested in all of that unless you're making a week of it.

    The Crowne Plaza is normally probably about half that rate, but appears to be sold out. UNC-Asheville graduation weekend is the previous weekend, and Memorial Day is the following weekend, so I don't know anything specific going on, just a beautiful late-spring weekend, I guess!

    The Biltmore Square area is probably the most convenient area to stay for these rides. This is at the intersection of I-26 and Hwy 191 (Brevard Rd). The Parkway is a mile south on 191, and the exit for the Sunday ride is just 9 miles north on I-26. The Comfort Suites are mentioned in the OP. There is also a Super 8, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Hampton Inn. (Hotel Map/Phone #s)

    The hotels around the entrance to Biltmore Estate (I-40, Exit 50B; there's a DoubleTree, Residence Inn and a couple of others) are very nice, but more expensive than the Biltmore Square area.
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    roll call: put me down for a maybe for sunday.
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    I will ride Sat. of course. Don't think I can do dinner attm. Sunday, I am doing the Fletcher Flyer Century in the Asheville area so I will not be on the Whiner's part of the ride.

    Andy

    Forgot to add... I live locally so I will be coming from home. I plan on leaving a box of supplies at 215 and the BRP in the morning on the way to the Pisgah Inn. Probably just water, gatorade powder, fig newtons and bananas.
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    I was wondering about SAG stops. Will you be taking requests?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol
    I was wondering about SAG stops. Will you be taking requests?

    If you want it you had better carry it! There will be a store stop in Bethel to top up on whatever. Also, there is water available on 215 at the campground and from a spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC
    If you want it you had better carry it!
    I thought this was a fully supported ride.

    What a glorious East Tennessee ride I had this evening. After being MIA for most of the month, spring finally returned. 68F, partly cloudy, a light breeze--awesome. A few times I felt like bursting out in song.

    I I did a 32-mile route featuring three ridges and gently rolling terrain. Not enough climbing to simulate mountain climbing, but enough to work the legs.

    I hope to ramp up the mileage in the next few weeks.

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    i'll be back in michigan standing in my cousin's wedding... sigh. maybe i should get him to reschedule. i'm sure his fiance would understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol
    I hope to ramp up the mileage in the next few weeks.
    Yeah, Brian, I'm looking for longer commuting routes to up my mileage. I also hope to get in at least one 30 mile ride in before our Sunday ride. I'm hoping that when I shed my fenders, rack and rack trunk, it'll allow me to extend my distance.

    Still, you guys watch for me dropping out of the pack around mile 20. I'm gonna need some encouragement.

    What a group we're going to have...mountain roadies, flatlanders, racers, at least one commuter. We need to get some mtb's out there to complete the group!
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    Only three people are riding Saturday?

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