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Last Call for the Dodge Tour de Georgia

Old 04-14-05, 10:41 AM
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Last Call for the Dodge Tour de Georgia

I'm flying to Georgia tomorrow (stopping at a race in Anniston AL on Saturday), so this is my last opp to kick y'all in the arse and tell you this:

If you consider yourself a cycling fan and you live within a 10-hour drive of north Georgia, then you have no excuse not to make a pilgrammage to see at least ONE stage of the TdG. No excuses.

"I have a race that weekend" - great, hope you win $15.
"My family won't let me." - bring 'em!
"I have to work." - bring them too.
"It's too far to drive. There's no place to stay. I hate crowds." - man, I hate what cable TV has done to this country.

I know people who are driving down from Madison WI leaving at 5:01pm on Friday, and sleeping in their cars just to be a part of it.
Take your kids, load up the car, and make an adventure of it. I doubt you'll see this caliber of peleton in the USA any time soon...with the possible exception of Philly in June.

Or will you wait until YOUR state attempts a similar race and just hope that they come right past your driveway?
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Old 04-14-05, 12:11 PM
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I'll be there for sure. I'll be heading down Thursday afternoon from just north of Detroit. Should be a great weekend...Sleeping in a tent on the side of the race route.I can't wait. This is gonna be AWESOME!
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Old 04-14-05, 12:24 PM
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god damn, i wish i could go. i've got legitimate reasons, but i'll definitely have to plan on going one of these years.
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Old 04-14-05, 02:01 PM
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Yeah, I'd really like to go as well. My parents live in NJ (for now) and I live in Northern Colorado. Both are pretty far from Georgia. I'll never be in NJ to be able to go from there. I can't miss classes for this. I'm thinking maybe this year or next to go to Philly from NJ when I'm home visiting. Eventually I'll get down to Georgia, but it might not be soon.

As for not seeing quality riders around here... Lance Armstrong just bought a hosue outside of my town, Bobby Julich used to live and race around here - and in the off-season he's been spotted by a teammate of mine. There is a 1mi steep hill here that goes up around a corner. At the top you can go straight and over a dam and a bunch of hogbacks, or you can turn left and go up an even steeper, longer hill. My teammate was going up the first part - headed for the dam and a guy in full CSC kit (as in, helmet, gloves, shoes, all matching) and a CSC colored Cervelo go FLYING by him (he's not THAT slow) and turn left and continue to speed up the steeper hill at an insane speed. The bastid didn't see the chainrings, but we're convinced it was Bobby J.
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Old 04-14-05, 08:41 PM
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Well, while you are nearby, come to Walterboro, SC on 4/27 for the Carolina Heritage Critium at 6:30pm downtown.
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Old 04-15-05, 11:42 AM
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Anyone else going to camp near brasstown bald saturday night?
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Old 04-15-05, 01:39 PM
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Definitely going.

Anyone know what the roads are like, shoulder areas etc., for spectators on the climb on Brasstown. Could you actually camp out on the roadside? I have a vehicle I can camp in if need be.

I'll be at the Rome TT also.
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Originally Posted by smoothleg

Anyone know what the roads are like, shoulder areas etc., for spectators on the climb on Brasstown. Could you actually camp out on the roadside? I have a vehicle I can camp in if need be.

As I remember it, the road up Brasstown Bald is a dead-end, narrow, and steep. I wouldn't count on being able to park on that road. Don't hold me to it, but I believe that since the road goes through a National Forest, you can camp by the side -- in the woods. Check with the National Forest Service.

I'm thinking of watching that stage from the top of Hogpen Gap (route 348 -- see the excellent maps and route profiles on tourdegeorgia.com) -- less chance of getting stuck in monumental traffic right after the event. Also, I'm planning to park at the bottom and ride my touring/ commuter bike up -- just so I'll have fresh in mind what a killer climb that thing is.

By the way, on Friday (stage 4), I think the best place to watch will be on top of Neel's Gap (route 11 -- see tourdegeorgia.com again for their map), although there is a spot where the race will pass twice (route 60 -- Woody Gap, I think) -- but that climb is the smallest on the "Six Gap" course -- not really challenging for world-class riders
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Old 04-15-05, 02:25 PM
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On a related note, thank god we haven't yet seen the Microsoft Tour of Flanders, Volvo Paris Roubaix or the Perrier Tour de France.
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Old 04-15-05, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Laggard
On a related note, thank god we haven't yet seen the Microsoft Tour of Flanders, Volvo Paris Roubaix or the Perrier Tour de France.
I believe those races have corparte sponsers too, but since the soponsers don't market to the USA, they aren't mentioned. In fact, some of the greater American races of the past had corparte sponsers: Coors Classic, Tour duPont, and Sram Sea Otter Classic. Now there is the T-Mobile Classic and the Wacovia USPRO Championships.
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Old 04-15-05, 07:13 PM
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Well, the official Paris Roubaix site says nothing about the 2005 Evian Paris Roubaix. The Gent Wevelgem site says VDK-Spaarbank presents Gent Wevelgem but the race in no way called the VDK Spaarband Gent Wevelgem.

There's a difference between having a corporate sponsor and naming the race after said sponsor.
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Old 04-16-05, 04:55 PM
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I'll be there! At least for brasstown bald, and the start of the next day.
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Old 04-16-05, 08:29 PM
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I'll be there, I live in Augusta afterall... Should have TONS of pics to post Tuesday evening.


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Well EventServices, when you're right, you're right.... (and I haven't seen anything to the contrary so far). After reading your thread, I sent out an e-mail to a dozen or so friends to see who wants to leave Philly on Friday night and drive down to see the race Saturday afternoon. I still regret not having seen the Thrift Drug race that used to be held in Pittsburgh many years ago. I heard about the Brasstown Bald stage last year and how epic it was, and I won't make that same mistake again. See you down there!
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Gonna be lots of folks, this is going to be sweet.

Any way we can get this thread into a part of the Forums where more people can see it??
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Old 04-17-05, 06:02 PM
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I'll be driving the "Dent Wizard" VIP vehicle. So give a wave!

Hey Laggard, I understand your pain, but if it weren't called the Dodge Tour de Georgia, it wouldn't be happening. Until you're willing to write a check, those are your options.
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team presentations today.... awesome!

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i finally guilted someone into going with me. I'll be somewhere along the route saturday with my new 1gig mem card for the camera.

I hope I can use a grill somewhere along that area.....
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Old 04-19-05, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by timhines
i finally guilted someone into going with me. I'll be somewhere along the route saturday with my new 1gig mem card for the camera.

I hope I can use a grill somewhere along that area.....
If you see a guy walking by that seems to want to watch the race, but is drawn to the smell of your grill............that will be me!!!
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Old 04-19-05, 07:21 PM
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which legs are you going to watch/?
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I'll probably be going to the start on saturday as it turns out, since we'll be at the finish on Sunday (I'll be riding up there from near where I live). I didn't get to a start last year, and from what I hear its supposed to be pretty cool to be able to get some autographs, talk to people, see the bikes and cars and all that. Hopefully it will be as enjoyable as I've heard!!!
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