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Any VA/NC/WVA C&V'ers going to Thunder Ridge?

Old 03-05-15, 05:38 PM
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Any VA/NC/WVA C&V'ers going to Thunder Ridge?

Just checking. If we get enough for a banquet room, perhaps.

We may have to fill in with people who ride those other bikes.
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The 6th Annual Storming of Thunder Ridge - May 17, 2015 - Storming of Thunder Ridge Storming of Thunder Ridge - www.stormingofthunderridge.org Is this the event ?
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^^ Absolutely ^^

Hard to beat the lodging choices:
Showers after the ride
Free outdoor camping (with showers)
$10 indoor camping.
Local hotels are fairly reasonable.
A 30-minute drive can cut the hotel rates in half.
Good support
Cowbells
...and Bike Mama Paula to organize things.

rccardr is committed, and will be signing autographs.
seypat is committed, and will be providing enthusiasm.
RobbieTunes is committed, so the retrogrouch slot is filled.

keep the cards and letters comin' folks.
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I think there will be 2-5 others coming with me. I probably will be the only one riding an oldie though. I will have the tri buddy spread the word.
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What is the course profile ? I'm a flat-lander and my lowest gear on a vintage bike is 40/28.
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What is the course profile ? I'm a flat-lander and my lowest gear on a vintage bike is 40/28.
You'd like it downhill. The gravity bike guys from one of the Lynchburg bike shops start just below the TR summit on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a 12-mile downhill coast to route 501 at the James River. I assume you'd be doing that climb at the end of whichever route offering you choose.
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Great area to ride. If you've got an extra day, hike the Peaks of Otter, the view is well worth the climb.



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Thanks for posting this Robbie, I may just do this! I could drive there in 3 hours, and that'd be an awesome first event since I got back from Europe. Chalk me up as a definite "maybe."

Biggest question will be which bike? Definitely vintage steel. Absolutely clips and straps. Wool togs, natch. Yeah....this will be cool

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I hit 46mph last year on the descent to The Peaks Of Otter! The Ironman was money! In 2013 it was a monsoon! Heavy fog on the climb up with about 20 yards of visibility! I could hear the people in front/behind me but could not see them. Riders would appear out of the fog then disappear. Very surreal! I was on a 72 Lejeune with Mafac Racers. On the second long series of descents after the Peaks, I was riding the brakes hard all the way and they were doing their job. (Barely) I was coming up on cars and honking to pass! Awwwesome! I think the ride from the start to the entry to the Blue Ridge Parkway is as good as it gets. Lots of variety. Then it gets tough for a heavy flat lander like me. Sweet ride!
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Yeah, we had a really good time last year. Nice pasta carb load the night before at the italian place, and then like Pat said the first 25-30 miles to the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is some of the nicest riding anywhere.

Then...the hills. Which, having done a lot of training on Skyline Drive, were not so bad. Just find your groove and grind them out. The long descent (yes, everyone who exceeded 45mph in a 25mph zone should raise their hand) was a hoot, even with the flat at the bottom.

Save something for The Hills Of Otter, however. They'll gitcha.

All in all, well worth both the trip and the price of admission.
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I'll be there, last year was my first SOTR and I will be back.
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I live in Lynchburg, but unfortunately working that weekend with poor prospects of being able to switch out. I can be available for parts, tools, beers if needed and would love to ride the next day if anyone is looking for more Blue Ridge scenery.

FYI the Thunder Ridge climb itself is 12 miles average about 5%, pretty steady the whole way. No real flat spots, but no leg breakers either. The rest of the ride is hilly, with a few very short 10% stuff here and there.
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Also, here is a pic I took of my own little Strada Bianca ride back when we had sunshine here.

If you zoom in at about 2 o'clock, the peak with the little golf ball on top is the summit of Thinder Ridge
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We've got at least four coming from the DC area.

Sounds like a party!
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I'd really like to take part, but a few bridges are all I have to train on.
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I'll be there, last year was my first SOTR and I will be back.
Hope to see you there.
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OK, folks, starting to think about a meal Friday night?
We had excellent Italian last year, and it's a good option.

Would be great to have enough for a banquet room.
There are at least 5 coming from my area, so it should not be hard to get a bucket of folks.
Mine all signed up before the contest, so I won't be eligible for the free jersey.

2 of my area's group are going to ride the BRP the next week, and are renting a cabin, so if anyone is interested, they'd like company for any nights you want to stay....

Blatant Promotion:
1-This is about as reasonable a ride as you can get.
2-The hills are not ginormous, they're just there, and they're beautiful.
3-You can't beat the camping accommodations: free outside, with locker rooms.
4-You can't beat the indoor camping accommodations: $10 with locker rooms.
5-Good route, good support. I've never been able to figure why this event doesn't have thousands.

So, if you're hesitant, don't be. seypat talked me into this last year, and I met rccardr there.
It was great fun, a great ride, and killer scenery. Totally unlike some rides with carbon commando's acting like pro's.
Last year, the felowship amongst riders was great. Some really nice young guys were interested in the old steel, etc.
I think it's because there's a wee bit of apprehension knowing you are going to climb for 13 miles.
That's all it is, though, a wee bit, and I didn't see anyone bonk.
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I'd really like to take part, but a few bridges are all I have to train on.
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Don't let that hold you back!!

I practiced by mashing the big ring at every opportunity, out here on the windy flats;
then, when I geared up on the actual ride, I relaxed and spun to the top.

It's definitely not a race.

Because the pitch doesn't change much, you find your comfortable gear and ride it to the top.
By relaxing, you have the opportunity and the ability to sight-see, and the views are gorgeous.

Almost everyone on the climb is riding in pairs or more, (ignoring the BRP rules) and having a conversation.
That's the key. If you are able to converse while you climb, you're doing it right.
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Dude, you can be security.

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Thanks for posting this Robbie, I may just do this! I could drive there in 3 hours, and that'd be an awesome first event since I got back from Europe. Chalk me up as a definite "maybe."

Biggest question will be which bike? Definitely vintage steel. Absolutely clips and straps. Wool togs, natch. Yeah....this will be cool
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What is the course profile ? I'm a flat-lander and my lowest gear on a vintage bike is 40/28.
Well, you can ride modern if you need to. I rode 39/32 last year, and did almost all of my climbing on 39/30.
I'd say it can be done on 40/28, but if you can find a smaller front ring, that may be a good solution.
Like others said, you find your groove and just go. Relax, it's not all day. Not a leg-breaker, but it will find you humble.

What size do you ride?
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Robbie's right, just find your groove and grind it out whilst conversing with your neighbor. If you can't chat, you're working at it too hard. Patience. The hill is long but it's not going anywhere, and you'll crest it eventually.

This is the only ride I've ever been on where there's a rest stop halfway up the major climb. Yes, it really is that long.

Ideal gearing for me was 34/28, YMMV
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The other rider with me described the main climb as "going up a car garage ramp for 13 miles. Not particularly steep, but no flat spots either. You just keep going up." His bike would not shift to the small ring until the SAG guy got it there at the first rest stop! The SAG person got it on the small ring and he left it there for the rest of the ride. Something about defective SRAM equipment. The Richmond area doesn't really have that much terrain for mountain training so here is what I do. I go to the gym, get on a spin bike and set it on mountain/strength program. I will do that for an hour then an hour with an interval program. If I have any energy left, I will put it on an endurance program and go some more. My gym is open 24 hours a day. I usually do this at night when the gym is empty.

As far as training goes, I think the most important thing you can do is losing some weight if you need to. Going up the mountain 10 or 15lbs lighter if you can will benefit you more than slaving away with all of those hill repeats. As for gearing, I think I'm going old school this year with a 14/28 5 speed on the back. The front will be the usual triple with a 52/30 and something in the middle. I never use any cog smaller than a 14 or 15 on this ride anyway so why add weight?

If anyone is apprehensive about doing this ride, you can do it. I say this with all sincerity and no modesty. I am a terrible climber! I have never met anyone (that was not obese) that I can beat up a hill, any hill! If I can do it anyone can. If you are the typical 5'10"ish, 170ish rider this will be right up your alley. Give it a try. I did pass some riders last year. I think it was because when they saw the Pink and Mustard Ironman approaching they were mentally crushed and folded like accordions!
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SOTR is right around the corner! I'm trying to cut weight and getting this year's bike ready. I will be rolling this year on a 1972 Crescent Pepita. I acquired a set of black first generation Cyclone (GT RD) derailleurs. The Campy NR is coming off. I have 2 triple cranks I can put on. A Shimano 600 FC-6206 or a Takagi Tourney AID. The Takagi looks like the Campy NR more so it will probably be that one. New black cable and bar tape. Gold Pelissier Pro high flange hubs and a 14-28 5 speed. I was looking at Ultra 6 freewheels on the bay but those are like gold. Plus, the 2 lowest cogs are the same unless I went with a 30. I would just get a little closer spacing with 6. I'm starting to get excited!
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I rode this a couple years ago, nice ride! Ran my Trek 728 with the Sugino AT triple up front, but really did not have to go out of the middle sprocket (42) much at all. Unfortunately this year I will be up in Ohio birdwatching so will have to pass on it, maybe next year!
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