My buddy and I are looking for some late spring/early summer rides in Georgia. I've found one called the MAC ride in May. Anyone know of other well-supported, hilly rides?
rolling hills for 80 miles, then you hit some longer/steeper climbs.
finishing with a checkin at the base of Brasstown Bald, and get clocked up to the top for a challenging finish.
good mexican food after, too.
I know the 3 state 3 mountain goes through GA. But I think it starts in Tenn(Chattanooga I think). So depending on what part of Georgia you are looking at, it might be a good one for you.
With this group I guess you should define Hilly a bit. Their is a ride called LAP in lula that occurs mothers day weekend. Pretty good course with one decent out of the saddle climb.
Then their is the brasstown ride which is a bit sadistic. There is also 6 gap I believe that occurs in the mountains around Helen.
All are good rides. 6 gap is the most difficult.
If you are in to getting in a little late may early June riding you could join us up at the Mt. Mitchell ride put on by the Spartanburg Freewheelers, it has a decent climb at the end as well.
We are training for IM Canada and we live in Florida. We have rolling hills, but no climbs that take more than a few minutes. We are looking for at least 4000 feet of climbing over 100 miles (or so) with a few good climbs.
Are you in the Spartanburg Freewheelers cutiger95? That one looks like a possibility. Six Gap is in September, so that will be too late for us.
And hbeck: that ride has 14,000 feet of elevation gain. Good Gosh! The only thing I'm sure we would be able to finish is a good Mexican dinner :)
Do you know of an MS150 ride up there?
If your in Georgia in late April you definitely need to check out the Athens Twilight Criterium. Its one of the top races in the country. You can do the Gambler ride, which has a 50 or 100K option. Its not hilly compared to brasstown or 6 gap, but it is through some nice rolling countryside. Or if your into road racing you can always sign up for the criterium ride, depending on your skill level. Another option they offer is a Twiathlon(5K run in the morning, followed up with one of the Gambler options). All Gambler options tend to be out of the Terrapin brewing company, making the post race even better. Then you can follow it all up with wathing the pro race in the evening in downtown Athens.
In my option(biased being that I went to UGA) this is one of those great weekend races in a great college town worth checking out.
I am in the Freewheelers. Not really active just in to get my pass to get into the Mt. Mitchell ride. Overall it is a blast, but again it has a bunch of hills. I think my garmin showed it at 11,500 total foot. My bro-in-law uses it to prep for the tri season and Placid.
Not sure of any MS150's in the area. You can always come up to the upstate of SC to simply ride. My training courses are in the foothills of SC heading up into NC and the climbs are awesome. See a lot of Florida flatlanders up here trying to catch a glimpse of Old George Hincapie who makes the upstate home. If you are up in the Jan.-April timeframe you definitely stand a chance to ride a little with him.
Also here is the LAP century in Lula that I mentioned, at least my ride file from 2009. It is a bit slow but is 100 miles with about 4900 ft. of total ascent.
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