Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
There was some building going on when I was up there late last summer (looked like the initial townhouse/condo units). About 1/2 the lots are sold in Phase I according to the website but I know in past research I had found it FAR, FAR outside my price range ($500,000 and up to $1,500,000) for the lots which are only 1.5 to 1.9 acres. The higher priced lots are the ones closer to the top of the mountain. There will be a training center there, but I doubt it will be affordable for any pro cyclist with the exception to a multiple Grand Tour winner. It appears this development is meant to cater to the CEO, CFO types who want to hobknow with elite athletes, etc. The nearest towns/cities to that area are hendersonville (small little mountain town - 15 miles away) and Greenville, SC (where George lives - about 30 miles away). The riding around that area is excellent for climbing, lots of 2000 foot elevation changes, some steep (avg 8-12% over their distance with pitches in the high teens), some not so much (avg 3-6% over their distance).
If you are looking for great training in similar types of terrain, I would consider Asheville, NC. Great cycling scene with great suportive shops and good riders, lots of great routes including the Blue Ridge Parkway. I've done a training camp in Weaverville and found it perfect. Close to great climbing routes and there are lots of cabin rentals and B&Bs there. Far enough outside of Asheville to avoid traffic, but close enough for meal options, etc. There is also a CTS center in Asheville if you were looking for some testing, etc (but I bet it won't be cheap).
Last edited by flyingheel; 04-07-09 at 05:27 PM.