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Old 04-06-09, 03:44 PM   #1
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2009 3-State 3-Mountain Challenge (2 May 2009)

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Who's in?

I'm registered but unprepared. Less than four weeks to go.
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Old 04-06-09, 03:57 PM   #2
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Not this year once again. I'll be out of town.
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i wish. but doing Tour de Cashiers this year. maybe next year...it's a long drive for me to get out there....
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... I'm registered but unprepared. Less than four weeks to go.
You got plenty of time then. Just do what one of my buddies says he is going to do to prep for Mt. Mitchell. He says he will make several trips to Sauartown/Sauertown and do the climb repeatedly until he pukes.

You don't even have to drive 2 1/2 hours to get to a "climb 'till you puke" mtn.


wolfie, Bwnc - my bud has done Mitchell too many times for me to count -- so I know he will be okay.

wolfie - PaulN may be on the Apr-18 ride -- if he is not climbing Sauartown that day 'till he pukes.
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okie dokie.
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I'd rather go the puke-free route, though I do need to get a couple good climbing rides in.

Am I the only person riding this year? If so, they'll have no excuse to run out of pizza this time.
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come ride with me & BWNC on saturday. marion to mt mitchell. 30mi of really good climbing.
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Bump.

I'm surprised no other participants have responded to this thread. In past years we've had several BikeForumers riding.
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Old 04-17-09, 12:03 PM   #9
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Hey Velo Vol,

Count me in for the 100 mi puke-free route. Can we also add thunderstorm-, hail-, wind/rain-, locus-free route?
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I hear you. I'm still shivering from the wet start to last year's ride.

Do you know how many people are registered? I haven't seen updates on the website this year.
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I'm in....12 days and counting...I just hope my hip is recovered enough (first time testing it out on such a long hard ride in 4 months)
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I'll be there again. Trying not to walk Burkhalters. Again.
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I'll be there again. Trying not to walk Burkhalters. Again.
I found out that walking could be faster than riding last time I rode it
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Count me in!!!

Chattanooga was my hometown until I moved to the Durham, NC area. Not many mountains, but plenty of hills to work with. I feel strong enough to tackle the route and my bike should be well equipped for the ride (low profile wheels with a 13/26 cassette), but that certainly not to say that it won't be a challenge. I am wondering how many people will skip the first SAG stop because of the 44 mile time limit? I know I will be one of them.
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I am skipping 3 State but plan to do Cheaha on Sunday. Anyone going for a double dose? I know some people are doing the Anniston Crit on Saturday and Cheaha Sunday, which was my plan till I found out I have a family reunion Saturday...
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Signed up at the last minute and just hope for better weather than last year.......
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I rode up Burkhalter Gap on Sat. It has not changed much since the last time I climbed it.I forgot what a heart rate of 192 bpm felt like.

Wish they would pave "The Wall". It is still rough at the very top which does not help.
The descent off Lookout Mt (Och's highway) is awesome. It has fresh asphalt all the way down. Just be careful of the shoulder and centerline as they have cut "grooves of death" into the road surface. I rode Suck Creek and Signal Mt the following day. The climb up Suck Creek has not changed much from last year, but the descent now has fresh asphalt. I don't know about Sand Mt or the chip seal "shake and bake" portion. The last time I rode that section was the 2008 3-State.

See you on Sat!
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I don't know about Sand Mt or the chip seal "shake and bake" portion
That will probably be the last section that gets repaved. Alabama.
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it's in Alabama...we are lucky they even have pavement there.
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Once again the weather is a wild card. It could be decent, or it could stink.
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Well-sitting in the hotel room after driving 300+ miles and it's raining, lightning, weather warnings on the tube...........just looked at tomorrow's forecast and it went from 40% to 90% chance of Tstorms tomorrow. Could be worse than last year???
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it's in Alabama...we are lucky they even have pavement there.
Yeah probably so?! What a grand observation coming from Tennessee...

Hope those who are out there doing 3 State right now get a break with the weather, most of you anyway...
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Did anyone ride? I woke up early, looked at the weather radar, and decided to not even drive down there. It looked like it was going to be worse than last year.
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I did. Had an absolutely miserable descent off Suck Creek (is that the name of the first one) going practically hypothermic by the time I hit the bottom. Whoever the angelic couple who helped my shivering hands get some coffee in me before I shivered the coffee all over the floor and fashioned a jacket for me from a garbage bag, thank you. My riding partners and I were all soaked and shivering that we almost bailed entirely, but after waiting around, we stopped shivering and decided we would be warmer if we were moving, so we decided to do the metric instead of the 100 - it was a great ride after that. Well, all three of us got flats. The support and reststops were wonderful - as cold and wet as they all must have been, they were wonderful.
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Couldn't believe the weather could be worse than last year but sure nuff.........probably some of the hardest rain I've ridden in. Lightning danced all around us for about an hour. It was darn cold rain as well. The rain tailed off about the 80 mile mark though but pretty foggy on Burkalter.

I had no brakes coming down the first descent (Suck Creek??). I even spinning the pedals backwards trying to will the bike to slow down.....Normally you wouldn't even need brakes on that descent but I was trying to be cautious with all the water in the road-didn't know what might have been washed out into the turns or even if someone had gone down or maybe even lightning knocking a tree across the road???

And then nothing but cold water in the showers at the stadium after the ride.......geez.
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