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Old 05-19-08, 08:44 PM
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What are your Memorial Day Weekend plans?

Well, dudes/ladies, let's hear 'em.

Normally, I would be racing the 4 races that make up the Memorial Day Weekend Bike Races along the Mississippi in Iowa and Illinois. However, as they've cancelled the long RR this year due to construction, and I was late in signing up for the Snake, where your starting position is incredibly important. So, no racing for me.

I've decided I'm taking a road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, staying at a friend's place along the way, and camping out for two nights. The money I'd pay for gas, food, hotels and entry fees will easily get me to TN/NC in terms of gas, food, and a new sleeping bag. With any luck, I'll get in 4-5hrs a day of epic rides. This will quite literally be my first time setting foot above 1500ft-MSL.

Discuss.

Edit: I will be going for a big, huge, massive PR in my 20min wattage whilst climbing. Simply because I want to see what I'm truly capable of, and how far I have to go.

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Old 05-19-08, 08:49 PM
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I'm going water skiing. I sure hope that I can bring my bike. I am headed up to northern Michigan.
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Ride. A lot. But not the local stage race.
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Annual club ride around the county. Back-to-back centuries. On the first day we try to stay together but that last 40 miles to the motel tend to turn into a free-for all. Last October we did it and there were 20+mph headwinds for that 40 mile stretch and half the (mostly strong) riders ended up getting SAGged in. The second day is a big climb, regroup at the top, then 12 mile -5000 foot descent. The highlight of the trip.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
This will quite literally be my first time setting foot above 1500ft-MSL.
What is MSL?
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Old 05-19-08, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
What is MSL?
Mean Sea Level. 1500ft-MSL would be...1500ft above sea level. Haha.

I've driven a car through the mountains of the eastern US, but I've never actually set foot/bicycle wheel at any sort of elevation. I've also never done more than a 6min climb.

Thus I am eager to see what kind of w/kg I'm running at, on a climb.
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Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park is a cool place --- great scenery and camping. If I recall correctly, there is just one road right through the park which connects NC to TN on opposite ends. On that road, you will either be going up or going down - not much flat terrain. That's "if I recall correctly," as I lived in the Carolinas almost two decade ago.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
I've driven a car through the mountains of the eastern US, but I've never actually set foot/bicycle wheel at any sort of elevation. I've also never done more than a 6min climb.
Its hard for me to comprehend such a concept.
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I'd like to do one long road ride and hit the dirt to start my training for mtb endurance racing in August.
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I'm going to be doing the Duluth classic stage race, should be fun!
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I'm on call for yet another holiday. Yay me.
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Memorial day crit, 2 races.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Its hard for me to comprehend such a concept.
At school, I could go for a 100mi ride with less than 200ft of elevation gain, according to Routeslip and MapMyRide.
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I'll be riding with the man responsible for designing and running the Tour of the Battenkill. Justin Lindine and I are giving him input for his latest monstrosity. We'll be riding a tentative race course for the p/1/2 field in the Tour of the Catskills. 100+ miles. Insane amounts of climbing. Dirt roads. Should be fun.
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Originally Posted by tnor View Post
I'm going to be doing the Duluth classic stage race, should be fun!
Whoooo! Hey, I know you!
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
At school, I could go for a 100mi ride with less than 200ft of elevation gain, according to Routeslip and MapMyRide.
The flattest ride of any length I could think of would be from here to Malibu along the coast, which would probably come to about 1000 feet.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Annual club ride around the county. Back-to-back centuries. On the first day we try to stay together but that last 40 miles to the motel tend to turn into a free-for all. Last October we did it and there were 20+mph headwinds for that 40 mile stretch and half the (mostly strong) riders ended up getting SAGged in. The second day is a big climb, regroup at the top, then 12 mile -5000 foot descent. The highlight of the trip.
I finally got the weekend free, and signed up for the ride tonight. I can't wait, the county ride is incredible.
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Originally Posted by tnor View Post
I'm going to be doing the Duluth classic stage race, should be fun!
I'll be there. I was there last year and it was great fun. It looks like it is set up even better this year.
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Recommended: Mt. Mitchell and Clingman's Dome. You could go up Clingman's from the TN side, descend down the NC side, and return for a pretty kick ass ride. I went up Mitchell from the west, but if I did it again I'd do it from the east.

Beech was fun just for the (mild) history, but way too short.

Skip Grandfather.

Didn't do Roan.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post

Discuss.

Edit: I will be going for a big, huge, massive PR in my 20min wattage whilst climbing. Simply because I want to see what I'm truly capable of, and how far I have to go.
There is an Omnium in Knoxville, why not just race that?
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Saturday if all goes as planned:
Start at friend's house.
Get dropped on the way to the ride.
Dropped on the ride.
Dropped or lost on the way back to friend's house.
Total miles: 120-130
Total Time: All Fing Day
Pain: Totally
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Originally Posted by king-tony View Post
There is an Omnium in Knoxville, why not just race that?
I'd rather ride the mountains, personally.
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I need to get a little further on cutting down the three oaks in our back yard that got Oak Wilt. There's an 18" trunk calling my name (only one bough left on that tree).

One of my brother-in-laws is doing his first triathlon, so I'll go cheer him through the transitions.

I'll try to get in some 1m intervals on Monday, but I hope to be completely thrashed going into the weekend, and in need of recovery. Today will be a 67-mile day with a training race in the middle.
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when is memorial day?
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
Mean Sea Level. 1500ft-MSL would be...1500ft above sea level. Haha.

I've driven a car through the mountains of the eastern US, but I've never actually set foot/bicycle wheel at any sort of elevation. I've also never done more than a 6min climb.

Thus I am eager to see what kind of w/kg I'm running at, on a climb.


I always knew MSL as Meters above Sea Level.
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