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Old 07-23-07, 05:40 AM
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We're not at sealevel anymore, Toto...

My fitness isn't what it was prior to breaking the collarbone, but at least I'm back out on the bike enjoying the local climbs here in Utah. Here's the elevation profile from my Sunday ride:



By the time I start to feel like I'm adjusting to the altitude, it will be time to come back home to Raleigh. Oh well.

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Old 07-23-07, 06:41 AM
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Nice climb there. What climb was it? (I lived in SLC for 3 years)

I did a Colorado climb after two days (on Thursday) and couldn't get any pressure on my legs It's a really shallow climb (42/21), and you got a lot more vert than me.

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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
Nice climb there. What climb was it? (I lived in SLC for 3 years)
The Alpine Loop (up American Fork canyon, back down Provo canyon).

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where are you getting these elevation graphs?
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Originally Posted by zimbo View Post
The Alpine Loop (up American Fork canyon, back down Provo canyon).

--Steve
I never did that one. Cool though -- looks nice.

Originally Posted by brianappleby View Post
where are you getting these elevation graphs?
Toporoute:
http://www.toporoute.com/cgi-bin/get...XJJMAYEQBLHAHB
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Originally Posted by zimbo View Post
The Alpine Loop (up American Fork canyon, back down Provo canyon).

--Steve
That's a great loop. My brother just moved out to AF - you need a riding buddy for a few days?
If you can get up to SLC you should try Emigration canyon...then drop by TOSH to see Max Testa
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Old 07-23-07, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz View Post
That's a great loop. My brother just moved out to AF - you need a riding buddy for a few days?
If you can get up to SLC you should try Emigration canyon...then drop by TOSH to see Max Testa
Yeah, continuing up the next canyon after Emigration is great too, from SLC (go down, turn left and keep going). I also liked doing City Creek, Emigration, then the first Cottonwood (can't remember big/little) all in the same ride.
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Originally Posted by zimbo View Post

By the time I start to feel like I'm adjusting to the altitude, it will be time to come back home to Raleigh. Oh well.

--Steve
But you'll be packing a nice HCT to pull out in the group ride.
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Old 07-23-07, 09:36 AM
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I pretty jealous, know of any 8mile+ & 7%+ climbs in NC that are biker friendly?
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post

It's a really shallow climb (42/21), and you got a lot more vert than me.

But did you notice the mileage, his was 50+, your's was 11.
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Originally Posted by bvfrompc View Post
But did you notice the mileage, his was 50+, your's was 11.
True. The "serious" climbing portion of my ride was only about 11 miles (at a very meager 10 mph). The descent was pretty fun, though, and I covered the last 25 miles of the ride in just under an hour.

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Originally Posted by recneps View Post
I pretty jealous, know of any 8mile+ & 7%+ climbs in NC that are biker friendly?
The Blue Ride Parkway and on up to the Mount Mitchell summit is pretty darn good.

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Old 07-23-07, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by zimbo View Post
The Blue Ride Parkway and on up to the Mount Mitchell summit is pretty darn good.

--Steve
I didnt think you could ride mount mitchell. And isnt the blue ridge like a highway?
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Originally Posted by bvfrompc View Post
But did you notice the mileage, his was 50+, your's was 11.
Yeah, I thought that part was obvious
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Old 07-23-07, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by recneps View Post
I didnt think you could ride mount mitchell. And isnt the blue ridge like a highway?
The blue ridge parkway is a park. It is a two-lane road from Asheville, NC to Waynesborough, VA. The speed limit is 45MPH, though that is exceed at times. As it is not intended as a means of getting from point A, to point B, most folks are pretty relaxed on it. When I lived in VA, I put what must have been thousands of miles on the parkway on my bike with only one run in, and that was verbal. I've not ridden my human powered bike in the NC portion, but have ridden many miles on a MC. Seemed about the same as the VA portion, but with better climbs. Here's a page all about it: http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/ .
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Here is a better link -- the NPS site: http://www.nps.gov/blri/the-parkway-...h-carolina.htm. The other link notes cyclists should use caution. The biggest problem on the parkway is that it is narrow. For me, the best time to ride it was always during the week. I pretty much never did on the weekends. YMMV.
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skyline drive/blue ridge parkway is great and if you go on weekdays you can have the entire road yourself. Last year I did 100miles 10000+ft climbing solo on a weekday and saw maybe a dozen cars the entire time. This was up on the virginia side where the entrance to the park is 8% for the first 5 miles.
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Originally Posted by recneps View Post
I didnt think you could ride mount mitchell. And isnt the blue ridge like a highway?
The BRP is arguably one of the best cycling roads in all of North America.

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In the fall and spring, the BRP is often closed to car traffic, as there's still ice in the tunnels. But the rest of the parkway is clear, so as long as you're willing to walk the tunnels, you have the whole thing to yourself. Absolutely gorgeous.

On the original topic, congrats, Steve, on the good riding.
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Originally Posted by riskus View Post
skyline drive/blue ridge parkway is great and if you go on weekdays you can have the entire road yourself. Last year I did 100miles 10000+ft climbing solo on a weekday and saw maybe a dozen cars the entire time. This was up on the virginia side where the entrance to the park is 8% for the first 5 miles.
From Waynesborough? Seriously? I always thought that climb was pretty tough, but didn't realize it was 8%. The first ride I ever did upon moving to VA was that stretch of road. Left the little parking lot there on 250 I think, and started going up. I'd only been riding seriously for about 2 months. I thought I was going to die after 8 miles. Later, I used to finish hill intervals on that climb after climbing Afton Mt. Oh, the memories.
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im talking about front royal
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recneps- to elaborate on what everybody else mentioned, the BRP is an amazing ride. Weekdays are best since there's much less traffic. I went up on Mother's Day a couple of months ago and did 80 or so miles with 10,000+ feet of climbing. You can climb up to the Parkway (we basically did what the Mitchell route does to get up to the Parkway), drop back down to the valley and climb back up as many times as your legs will handle, all the while without encountering much traffic.
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Originally Posted by riskus View Post
im talking about front royal
Oh, the Skyline entrance. See, now we have to get technical. That isn't really the BRP, that is Skyline Drive with all its entrance fees and whatnot.
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Portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway are very highway and used by locals for commuting. Asheville cyclists tell me they completely avoid portions of the BRP during certain hours, and when they do go on those portions they select their time carefully.
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