The guy in the 50+ jersey
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Davidson, NC
Bikes: Specialized S-Works Roubaix, Litespeed Tuscany Road, Specialized Allez Epic lugged carbon frame Road,Giant Anthem 29'r, Klein Hardtail
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3 Mountain Madness just might be this year!
Went to Pilot Mountain today as part of a training ride. The State is working on the park road to the top in numerous places. The ascending road has sections of pavement uneven, kind of "washboard effect" climbing to the top. There are also numerous 1-2 foot wide cuts across the pavement where they have laid utilities or drainage across the entire roadway and subsequently patched. This makes the road uneven. They are doing work along the narrow shoulder on the descending side with a gravel in numerous places, as well as clay powder on the pavement, in additiopn to the afore mentioned road patches.
Needless to say, a difficult descent in the best of circumstances became VERY sketchy. It was a real challenge to navigate the descent at ANY speed. Those of you who have ridden down from Banner Elk to Valle Cruis on NC 194 can relate to the road conditions.
I intend to send a note to the ride organizers for 3 Mountain, and hope to hear that the State will have the road surface in GOOD condition for the ride next month, but have to say if not meaningfully better, I WILL be a pass. I can find plenty of self-inflicted ways to end my life.