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Old 07-07-16, 06:52 PM   #1
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Who's riding the GA400 Century on 7/10/16?

We're signed up. My son asked to join me so we are doing the 9-mile "I did it" ride. Anybody done this ride before?

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Me me me!!!

Planning to do 62. I've done this ride about 4 times before (including the very first year they held it) and it is fantastic. It's a bit on the hilly side, especially the 45, 62, and 101 routes. The turnout is always good and the roads are mostly traffic free at that time of day (at least until 11 am).

Get there early if you don't want to park across the street.

The start of the ride is the biggest trouble spot. We are staged on Market Blvd. Once they get 400 and Holcomb Bridge shut down they start us rolling. But at the turn on to Holcomb Bridge everyone has to bunch up, and there are usually a few people that get squeezed out or lose their balance. Once we get rolling on Holcomb Bridge it's smooth sailing all the way on to GA 400.

The 9 mile ride should be fun. About 3 miles of it are on GA 400, then you come back around to the river and ride along Riverside. In years past they have had one lane closed and dedicated for the riders on Hwy 9 across the river. There is one big climb at the end from the river up Old Alabama.

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When I lived in Decatur I considered this ride but just never got around to it. I guess I thought doing laps around Stone Mtn was more fun than riding on 400. Driving on it was bad enough.
I still haven't figured out how you do a century when the road is only closed between Holcolm Bridge and Northridge, south bound lane only. Do the riders just do several north/south laps between the two roads?
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Only the first three miles are on GA400. After that it is surface streets. The century route goes as far north as Free Home in Forsyth County, near Hwy 20. The century, 62, and 45 miles routes go through Mountain Park (up three hills known locally as "the three sisters") then through downtown Roswell, back along the river and up to the starting point.
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Finished this ride today. It was awesome and my 12 year old was completely comfortable riding it. I highly recommend it. He zipped up 3 sisters faster than I did, but overall we kept pace with the crowd pretty well. The race organizers did an excellent job with traffic control for the 9 mile route and the 400 exit ramp, Roberts Road, Hwy 9, and Riverside had a intersections and lanes cleared for riders. It was a great way to introduce my son to riding.

Now we're looking at the Savannah Century 25 miler in September. Does anybody know if that one is similar in size and if the police escort the riders the way they did in this one?
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