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    3 States 3 Mountains

    Any of you BF'ers doing the 3 States 3 Mountains this weekend? Just want to know how long of an ambulance ride I can expect to a hospital when my body explodes on these climbs.
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    i'm doing it for the 3rd time.. Hopefully it doesn't rain again. last year was absolutely miserable in the rain. The climbs really aren't that bad except for the last climb up burkhalter. First climb is 6 miles or so at 6%, second climb is 3-4 miles at 7-9%, an the last climb up burkhalter is a little less than 3 miles average about 12% but the last 500 yards get up to 18-20%. Good luck! Pray for no rain because if it rains the descents are what you need to be worried about!

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    You say they aren't that bad, but I should show you the elevation chart for Long Island, where I live!! Should be fine, but I anticipate slow going up the slopes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by island rider View Post
    You say they aren't that bad, but I should show you the elevation chart for Long Island, where I live!! Should be fine, but I anticipate slow going up the slopes.
    I grew up not far from you and rode all over the North Shore when I was younger. I've done 3 State 3 mountain a couple of times and it isn't a bad ride at all. For one the elevation gain is overstated. There are 3 distinct climbs as mentioned. The first, Suck Ck is around 4.5 miles at 5% average grade which isn't bad at all other than most people are overenthusiastic to start. The descent has caused some bad wrecks so be careful coming down the backside.

    Paceline it from there to the next climb at Sand Mtn. Sand is shorter than Suck Ck but steeper at around 7% average though it has a few steeper pitches. The plateau on Sand Mtn. rolls along until the sharp descent to the base of Lookout Mtn. There are a few short steep climbs before the base of Burkhalter Gap Rd. Turn left onto Burkhalter and climb the steady 8-9% for 2 miles in the sun. Just before the top the road eases then turns to the right and pitches up the last quartermile at 12-14%. The surprise comes after some descending after the Burkhalter climb as a 500' climb comes at around the 93 mile mark. After that though it is mostly down to the finish. I've measured 6700' of climbing on the route. I hope you have a good ride with great weather.

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    Here is my garmin plot from 3 state a few years back. It shows elevation gain and grades


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    Plus there is now a bailout around Burkhalter for those so inclined!!

    I did the last 2 years and the weather was miserable. I suspect there are some nice views atop Sand Mtn but visibility has only been a few feet the last 2 years I was there. I'm not driving 300 miles to ride in that kind of weather again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    Plus there is now a bailout around Burkhalter for those so inclined!!

    I did the last 2 years and the weather was miserable. I suspect there are some nice views atop Sand Mtn but visibility has only been a few feet the last 2 years I was there. I'm not driving 300 miles to ride in that kind of weather again.
    There is always the Tour de Cashiers the same day. I'm hoping the weather holds off until later in the day.

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    Thanks. If nothing else it should be an interesting ride. Looking for good weather, but expecting bad.

    One thing I'm trying to figure out is how to work my new 705. I want to put in the route and have the gps prompt me (don't want to get lost, and I'm not fluent in South ), but I am still new to it, and can't seem to get a good handle on the best way to work it. There seems to be as many methods and opinions on the best way to do it as there are units sold.

    If anyone is out there and sees a northerner wandering lost on the top of a mountain, that's me!
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    With over 2000 riders in the event you will never be alone on the road. Most all intersections will have someone directing traffic. I believe I never came to a stop at any intersection along the route. You won't get lost. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    I did the last 2 years and the weather was miserable. I suspect there are some nice views atop Sand Mtn but visibility has only been a few feet the last 2 years I was there. I'm not driving 300 miles to ride in that kind of weather again.
    Yeah, last year was so bad that I didn't even bother driving down there. I didn't feel like gambling this year so I didn't register (or train) to do it.

    It is a nice view on Sand Mountain (and many other spots) when the weather is good.

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    right now they are calling for mostly cloudy with highs in the 80s and chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Of course this will change 100 times before then but let's hope it clears off and stays like it is in Nashville today....high 60s and sunny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    There is always the Tour de Cashiers the same day. I'm hoping the weather holds off until later in the day.
    I'm hoping you're right and the weather for Cashiers is better than last year. I'm driving up Friday aft. Loved the route, hated the weather!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAlt View Post
    I'm hoping you're right and the weather for Cashiers is better than last year. I'm driving up Friday aft. Loved the route, hated the weather!
    Are you doing the full century or the metric? Neal and I are doing the metric.

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    i'll be there..rain or shine..only a 40% chance of rain..so that means a 60% chance of sunshine

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    I look at it from the perspective that nothing could be worse than last year's weather! There would have to be a tornado to have worse weather! Bring it on!

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    Did they cancel it or did you guys get it in? Its rained between 3 to 8 inches in the Nashville area.

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    it was an awesome day..no rain (few sprinkles at best) temps in the 80's..even saw a little sunshine a time or two. One of the best centurys i've had the pleasure of riding..and yes i rode all the way up Burkhalter Gap Rd...awesome..attendence was down they said to about 1600

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    It was a perfect day. The clouds kept the sun from beating down on us up Burkhalter. Only a few drops of rain! I almost ***** slapped a guy coming down lookout though. I was flying on the decent with 2 cars in front of me and no where to go....up comes a fellow trying to ride next to me on the double yellow where the rumble strips were...twice he did this and almost wrecked. I told him really quickly that I was going to kill him before he killed us.

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