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Old 03-04-05, 06:38 PM
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Atlanta?

How is Atlanta for riding/racing? I live in New England and will probably be moving to either SC, GA or FL. Have not decided yet but I need to be near a major airport... Trying to pick the best combination of cost of living and also availability of racing.
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Old 03-04-05, 07:20 PM
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You be much better off moving to N. Ga. and commuting to the airport. Great riding near Cumming, Gainesville, Dahlonega.
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Old 03-04-05, 07:28 PM
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How long a ride is it to the airport from those spots?
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It would be about an hour and a half from Dahlonega. I would disagree with smoore. I lived in Atlanta for seven years. There is some great riding near the city. If you live close to downtown, there is a ride every night of the week during the good weather months. For racing, you'll have to drive regardless of where you live. Living in Atlanta gives you more options for teams and group rides. He's right that the riding is better and more traffic free in N. Georgia. If you want to ride in the mountains, you'll go up there anyway. I lived in Vinings which is northwest of downtown. It's a 20 minute commute to the airport and there are some excellent rides that start close by. I was able to ride the Gaps (local mountain ride) as often as I liked and still do the intown rides. During the summer they have the Tuesday night crits. There are a number of teams you can ride with. I can't speak for SC or Florida, but Atlanta is a great place to ride a bike. You'll have lots of company and plenty of choices.

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I lived in NYC for 2 dozen years then moved around a bit and finally found my spot in NE Georgia at the Mall of GA. I love it here. It is a mecca of road riding and there is plenty of nice country roads that are truly still country roads. I ride by the Atlanta Falcons Headquarters any time I like and can do a 50 mile ride with ease.
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There's also some great riding on the east side and south side of town. FYI: the airport is on the south side.

Check out the ride calendars on the Southern Bicycle League's website. www.bikesbl.org
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The Silver Comet Trail west of Atlanta is nice for solo rides, but it gets a little crowed on nice weekends. Traffic close to Atlanta is too heavy for me to enjoy riding on the road.
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SC is good too, the Freewheelers of Spartanburg and some other awesome clubs out there.
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Rome GA is the place if you want good riding. We sometimes don't see a car for 15 or 20 minutes on some of our rides and were only 1 to 11/2 hours to the airport depending on where you live. Check out www.cvca.org
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