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Old 07-17-11, 01:53 PM
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Atlanta

anybody ride up there? I'm planning on going up just to ride some of these routes I've seen on mapmy as well as some of the listed group rides that have maps. Wondering if anybody rides em'
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Yep. 'Tis where I go to school.

There's some good places to ride. The Freedom/Stone Mountain Trail begins near Georgia Tech and goes to Stone Mountain. Fairly flat trail, and only crowded through Freedom Park. It's about a 43 mile round trip if you go around Stone Mountain when you get there.

There's also the Silver Comet Trail, which heads west toward and into Alabama. It used to be a railroad line. A very flat course, but lots of beautiful scenery.

Then you've got the Arabia Mountain trail. I haven't actually ridden this one, but I'm dying to try it when I get back to Atlanta this fall. It goes through a nature preserve, and is supposedly somewhat hillier than other trails.

Finally, you can just ride around Atlanta if you want to, but there's a lot of traffic. Not necessarily fast traffic -- but you need to be paying attention. I usually ride by Piedmont Park and then take Highlands. It loops all the way back to GA Tech and turns into Baker Street near Centennial Olympic park.
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do you go to Tech or Ga state? I've heard of the silver comet trail before. Do you attend any group rides up there? ( i say up because im 2 hours south)
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Yeah I got to Tech. I have not gone to any of the group rides though.
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Ride 6 gaps..104 miles and 11000 feet of climbing!
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH...
Ride 6 gaps..104 miles and 11000 feet of climbing!
that sounds like a fun saturday. where is this...do you have a map link?
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From GA-400 North, turn LEFT onto Hwy-60 and proceed 5 miles to Dahlonega's public square. From the Square, follow the signs for Highways 60 North, 19 North, and Bus 19 North, taking a LEFT onto Bus 19 (Grove Street) at the traffic light, about two blocks from the Square. You will pass Lumpkin County Middle School (overflow parking for the Ride). Lumpkin County High School will be less than three miles from the Square - follow signs for parking through the back entrance of the school.

The Six Gap Century’s ultra challenging route takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. Test your stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104 mile course. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 1,400 feet to 3,460 feet. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, will test even the strongest riders, averaging a 7% grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15%.

The Three Gap Fifty’s alternative route offers half the gaps and half the distance, but is nevertheless a demanding and challenging course at 58 miles. Elevations range from 1,400 feet to 3,364 feet.



100 miles. 11,200 vertical feet
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sounds perfect. I've been wanting something with some decent climbs. Been thinking of going through pine mountain area as well
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Buckhead, a place called Taco Mac's. Best wings in north america. Then walk around the corner to "Ther Dessert Place" and get chocolate cheesecake. All of this should be performed while impaired. Taco Mac's has an encyclopedia of beer. Literally. Lots -0- beer.....

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I have been to the Taco Mac....drunk
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surprised they werent all about tacos...
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seriously drunk is the ONLY way to go there!! that place is da BOMB!! We went down for a Braves series with the Cubs. Sorry, yes, Cubs fans here. Anyway, the Three Mile Island wings were awesome!! The after a while, we meet 3 girls that take us to a place downtown called "Weekends"... turns out it's a tranny disco, with a live lingerie modeling show....... WTF? Ahhh, the memories of a Cubs game.......
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred
surprised they werent all about tacos...

I don't even know if they sell taco's. Never had one there. Just beer and wings.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid
seriously drunk is the ONLY way to go there!! that place is da BOMB!! We went down for a Braves series with the Cubs. Sorry, yes, Cubs fans here. Anyway, the Three Mile Island wings were awesome!! The after a while, we meet 3 girls that take us to a place downtown called "Weekends"... turns out it's a tranny disco, with a live lingerie modeling show....... WTF? Ahhh, the memories of a Cubs game.......


I actually think I've topped pcad on this one. Who would go to that length for a Mets game?
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred
that sounds like a fun saturday. where is this...do you have a map link?
https://www.cyclenorthgeorgia.com/ima...oute%20map.pdf Very hard!
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid
I don't even know if they sell taco's. Never had one there. Just beer and wings.
I remember going vaguely and getting upset because I thought I was about to have some amazing tacos...I ended up with wings instead. But youre right...good stuff...
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