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Old 04-18-07, 07:52 AM   #1
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Riding to Brasstown Bald for TdG stage finish

I'm riding from Suches to Brasstown Bald Friday morning to watch the big boys climb that monster. Should be a fun 23 miles riding Wolfpen Gap, Jack's Gap and Brasstown Bald. I'm not going to rush it, so I'll probably leave around 10:00 or 10:30 from the store in Suches. I modded my bike for the climbing by installing a MTB rear derailleur and a Megarange freewheel with a 34 tooth cog to go with my 30 tooth granny ring. Hoping there will be a lot of others on the road.
There's nothing like being on Brasstown for the Tour de Georgia! - allez, y'all
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I'm riding from Suches to Brasstown Bald Friday morning to watch the big boys climb that monster. Should be a fun 23 miles riding Wolfpen Gap, Jack's Gap and Brasstown Bald. I'm not going to rush it, so I'll probably leave around 10:00 or 10:30 from the store in Suches. I modded my bike for the climbing by installing a MTB rear derailleur and a Megarange freewheel with a 34 tooth cog to go with my 30 tooth granny ring. Hoping there will be a lot of others on the road.
There's nothing like being on Brasstown for the Tour de Georgia! - allez, y'all

I'll be there too, though without my bike. I will have my 6yo daughter along for the day.

Be careful out on the road, I expect some traffic.
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I'll be there on the mtn too.
Have you checked out the slopes? Brasstown has a slope ranging from 9% to 21%+ in places. I don't think there's a low enough gear for me to haul my fat butt up that kind of slope. Good luck!
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I'll be there on the mtn too.
Have you checked out the slopes? Brasstown has a slope ranging from 9% to 21%+ in places. I don't think there's a low enough gear for me to haul my fat butt up that kind of slope. Good luck!
Oh yes, I know what I'm getting myself into. I've been there for every TdG stage that finished on BB. I was working as a traveling course marshal in 2004 and 2005. Last year I rode my bike there from Blairsville. I walked almost as much as I rode last year. I'm a little lighter, in a little better shape and have a little lower gearing this year, so I'm hoping to do more riding and less walking.
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