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Kennesaw Mountain in GA

Old 05-20-17, 01:55 AM
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Kennesaw Mountain in GA

How many of you guys have ever ridden up Kennesaw mountain?

Did it for the first time yesterday, and I must say it's one of the most difficult physical accomplishments I've ever had.

I've put 700 miles on my bike thus far, and I didn't think it was going to be as difficult a test as it was, seeing as how my normal rides are 3 to 6 hours long. I was wrong.

Man was it tough. That little mile and a half is no joke.

At this point in my weight loss journey I must say id never have thought I'd be able to that.

When I was at my heaviest, I could barely even walk up that mountain without halfway dying.

Now I can ride a bicycle up there out without taking a break.

Looking forward to the future.
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Old 05-21-17, 03:51 PM
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I ride the perimeter road around Stone Mountain on the East side of Atlanta and, believe me there's some big steep hills around here. Haven't tried Kennesaw yet. Sounds like fun.
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Old 05-21-17, 04:59 PM
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@nicetry, where are you located? We should ride!

The mountain is a category 3 climb. You should be proud of yourself.

KOM on strava is 5:42. I did it in around 11 minutes the last time I tried.

It is 8.6 miles from my driveway in Acworth to the summit.

There are lots of other great, local climbs, especially south of the Silver Comet Trail.

Paris Mountain Rd: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12787058

Everett Mountain Rd: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12794594





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Old 05-21-17, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
@nicetry, where are you located? We should ride!

The mountain is a category 3 climb. You should be proud of yourself.

KOM on strava is 5:42. I did it in around 11 minutes the last time I tried.

It is 8.6 miles from my driveway in Acworth to the summit.

There are lots of other great, local climbs, especially south of the Silver Comet Trail.

Paris Mountain Rd: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12787058

Everett Mountain Rd: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12794594





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I'll have to look up those categories, thanks man.

I'm about 3 miles from the big chicken.

What about you?
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Originally Posted by nicetry View Post
I'll have to look up those categories, thanks man.

I'm about 3 miles from the big chicken.

What about you?

I'm on the Powder Springs side of Acworth, about 11 miles from the Silver Comet Trail.
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Old 05-22-17, 01:23 PM
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Climbed Kennesaw a couple of times 35+ years ago when I lived in Hot 'Lanta. Lowest gear was probably 39-28. But I was 35+ years younger.
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is this a ride for a mtn or road bike?
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Used to be a paved road - I assume it still is.
Open to bikes during the week but not weekends. https://www.nps.gov/kemo/planyourvis...nformation.htm
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Old 05-24-17, 09:35 PM
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It is a paved road. 7% grade for 1.4 miles.
https://www.strava.com/segments/631534
The place is a National Battlefield Park, maintained by the US Park Service/Dept of the Interior. There are 20+ miles of gorgeous running trails but bikes are not allowed off pavement. Check your speed coming down. 15 MPH is the speed limit and federal park police will sometimes enforce it with radar. @JanMM is correct - pedestrians only on weekends and national holidays. There is a bus to the summit if you want.

They used to have informal Tuesday night hill repeats. Place would be packed. I know a guy who climbed it on a Cat Trike.

Holding the brakes for 1.4 miles tears up the pads and rims and the pressure from my palm on the hoods damaged the ulnar nerve in my right arm. A friend of mine bought a cheap disk brake gravel bike to use for hill repeats at "The Mountain" for this reaso.


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OK I guess I'm not going...
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Open to bikes during the week but not weekends.
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Originally Posted by xodondum View Post
OK I guess I'm not going...
You can always run up the trail to the summit.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
It is a paved road. 7% grade for 1.4 miles.
https://www.strava.com/segments/631534
The place is a National Battlefield Park, maintained by the US Park Service/Dept of the Interior. There are 20+ miles of gorgeous running trails but bikes are not allowed off pavement. Check your speed coming down. 15 MPH is the speed limit and federal park police will sometimes enforce it with radar. @JanMM is correct - pedestrians only on weekends and national holidays. There is a bus to the summit if you want.

They used to have informal Tuesday night hill repeats. Place would be packed. I know a guy who climbed it on a Cat Trike.

Holding the brakes for 1.4 miles tears up the pads and rims and the pressure from my palm on the hoods damaged the ulnar nerve in my right arm. A friend of mine bought a cheap disk brake gravel bike to use for hill repeats at "The Mountain" for this reaso.



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Is there really a 31% grade kicker there at the end?
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That's just a bit more than the last 1.5miles up the hill to my house.
Most of my bike rides start with a car ride.
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Originally Posted by JReade View Post
Is there really a 31% grade kicker there at the end?
Huh??? No, that profile isn't right. There is no 31% grade.

This is way more accurate...
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21485025
Or you could do Brasstown Bald which is 10% to 12% for three miles with one section at 17%
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21485067
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That's just a bit more than the last 1.5miles up the hill to my house.
Most of my bike rides start with a car ride.
These aren't the biggest climbs in the world but they are in our backyard and definitely a challenge for those like the OP who are just starting to ride or just getting into shape. My hat is off to him.

There is a local fella who was 400+ lb. He started riding and years later is fit, trim and drills at the front of the group on many on many group rides. Everyone asks him when he had gastric bypass surgery and are shocked to hear that it was nothing but bike.


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Originally Posted by nicetry View Post

Man was it tough. That little mile and a half is no joke.

At this point in my weight loss journey I must say id never have thought I'd be able to that. When I was at my heaviest, I could barely even walk up that mountain without halfway dying.

Looking forward to the future.


Keep at it!
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
It is a paved road. 7% grade for 1.4 miles.
https://www.strava.com/segments/631534
The place is a National Battlefield Park, maintained by the US Park Service/Dept of the Interior. There are 20+ miles of gorgeous running trails but bikes are not allowed off pavement. Check your speed coming down. 15 MPH is the speed limit and federal park police will sometimes enforce it with radar. @JanMM is correct - pedestrians only on weekends and national holidays. There is a bus to the summit if you want.

They used to have informal Tuesday night hill repeats. Place would be packed. I know a guy who climbed it on a Cat Trike.

Holding the brakes for 1.4 miles tears up the pads and rims and the pressure from my palm on the hoods damaged the ulnar nerve in my right arm. A friend of mine bought a cheap disk brake gravel bike to use for hill repeats at "The Mountain" for this reaso.


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Yea holding the brakes all the way down was not fun. I had just tightened them up prior to that ride too. So I was right on the end of the brakes the entire time. Wish I hadn't done that and I would have had more leverage on the levers and not as much strain on my wrists.

My pads weren't that bad afterwards though, I figured they would be effing melted.

Never knew they actually took the time to try and give out tickets to cyclists. That is some serious hall monitor stuff right there.

Doesn't surprise me though. The normal robocop I see there at the foot of the mountain tries exceedingly hard to act like he's a U.S. Marshal. Back in my younger days he actually tried to ask me for my drivers license in a hilariously weak attempt at intimidation because I wouldn't accept his rude responses when I politely asked why the park had closed 3 hours early that day, as if he had the authority to request such material. I told him yea, I have a license, watch me use it rent-a-cop. Drove away laughing. He probably cried himself to sleep that night.

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Thanks man I will, I'm loving it

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We have to keep in mind that this is a national historic battlefield site where thousands of men died. The purpose of the park is to preserve history. It really isn't a playground and there is a certain decorum and respect we need to have. Many battlefield sites such as nearby Picketts Mill don't even allow trail running.

It is also an in an urban center and there are lots of pedestrians walking up and down the road. It is within the rights of the park service to close the road to cycling completely so I try to be respectful.

I'm not trying to lecture but it seems to me that if one wanted to descend fast they have literally hundreds of choices within an hour drive. I hit 50 MPH on Vinson Mountain Rd in Paulding County last weekend.


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