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Ashville, NC and Columbia, SC rides(10 posts)

Ashville, NC and Columbia, SC ridesSUV
Feb 13, 2003 7:20 AM
HI, I am headed down to ashville and columbia from the 15th to the 22nd of February to spend some time with grandma, and some time training. I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of some really good rides (climbs prefered). I am currently riding in sub 20 degree weather and the 50 degrees of the carolinas should feel quite balmy. any advice on rides or bike shops to check out in those areas or people to ride with let me know please....

re: Ashville, NC and Columbia, SC ridesMadmax
Feb 13, 2003 7:50 AM
In Columbia, try the ride schedule for the Carolina Cyclers at and for a good bike shop try Hope this helps.
re: Ashville, NC and Columbia, SC ridesSadlebred
Feb 13, 2003 8:10 AM has a few races in Asheville and Greenville listed.
re: Ashville, NC and Columbia, SC ridesmerckx56
Feb 13, 2003 9:21 AM
In Columbia, the regular Sunday ride leaves Outspokin' Bicycles at 10:00am. It's about 3 to 3.5 hours and really varies in pace. Feel free to email me at ! I work out of my house so I can ride pretty much whenever.
Feb 13, 2003 9:23 AM
Avoid any Carolina Cyclers ride unless you want to go 12 mph and take the entire day to do 50 miles. Nothing against them, but it's brutally slow!
Feb 13, 2003 9:29 AM
If ou want to come to Asheville just email me and I will show you all around. We have a Sunday, Tues, Wed group ride. I race every spring race in South East so I can tell you what most of the courses are like if you are interested. Otherwise have a great time!
Blue Ridge Parkway - Carbon110txcross
Feb 13, 2003 11:03 AM
Blue Ridge Parkway, you will definitely have plenty of climbing there (especially if you can make it to the Little Switzerland area). Be very careful of cars though, lots of blind turns. The scenery cannot be beat though...

To Carbon110, I rode up around Peaks of Otter (in Virginia) on BRP some years ago and the drivers were very courtious. How are they in Ashville?
Blue Ridge Parkway - Carbon110Dream plus
Feb 13, 2003 11:49 AM
If the gates are still across the Parkway north of Asheville, then trafiic will be very light. The gates can easily be circumvented on a bike if the Parkway is rideable. The drivers seem pretty much the same in Va and NC on the Parkway. They are usually not in a hurry unless commuting at rush hour.
The climb from the James River to Peaks of Otter in Va is a great ride. The way back on the Parkway have grades that are so smooth you don't have to touch your brakes for the 10 miles! Wow!
Blue Ridge Parkway - Carbon110txcross
Feb 13, 2003 11:58 AM
I was there back in November and the gates were closed right at Mt. Mitchel. I wasn't riding, I was driving. Man I miss that area :( TX is to damn flat______________________. One day I'll get back for good.
GO HERE! asheville kicks @ss!Tacos Jalisco
Feb 13, 2003 11:50 PM
Hey man go to Liberty Bicycles on 1378 Hendersonville Road, Parkway center next to Harris Teeters grocery store--first of all and getcha a copy of "Road Bike Asheville North Carolina; Favorite Rides of the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club" Talk to Mike--he's a cool brutha. The book is cheap and gives very detailed routes and lotsa options for different riders. -- then check out the fun Ox Creek Plunge. Try the reverse Ox Creek too--it's way funner in my estimation. If yer a madman--don't hesitate to take on the Bat-Cave-Edneyville or the Old-Fort-Hickory-Nut Gorge routes--you'll love em if ya like climbin! I ride every saturday from my place down to the Greenville watershed and back--106.5 miles with some slow climbs on the way back. The Blue Ridge Parkway provides some of the sickest climbs in the country for roadies. Closed to commercial traffic. I'm at if ya got any more queries.