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abici, tarwheel, all NC riders.....(7 posts)

abici, tarwheel, all NC riders.....eyebob
Jun 4, 2003 10:06 AM
I may (stress on the word "may") have an opportunity at a job in Durham NC. Anyone who lives and rides there, please give me some insight. I know that you ride year round, but:

What's the racing scene like?
In general, how are the motorists?
In the Durham area, what kind of terrain is there?

BT
durhamandy02
Jun 4, 2003 10:28 AM
I use to live in that area and would do almost anything to be able to go back. I have a few suggestions. Don't live in Durham (try Apex, Cary, outer Raleigh) really I would love to live off of 751 which goes right into durham (some of the best rides around, wide shoulder and newly paved). In the winter we use to go to Harison Ave in Cary by the SAMs a ride up down weston parkway at night in the winter to get a few miles in when the days are short. It has a lot of hills and great lighting with little to no traffic after 7pm. The motorist are for the most point fine but be careful of some of the group rides they don't obey the traffic laws and can cause trouble. I didn't race road when I was in NC so I can't help you in that department but I am sure you will find some great races. Make sure sure you do the 140 miles(because you can't take 40) to the beach at least once.
durhamCARBON110
Jun 4, 2003 10:33 AM
Eyebob, if your still looking for a job post your resume on www.abrc.net Explain you are an active cyclist etc etc. You may have some luck.....if you come to Asheville I'll show ya everything I know about the area :D
NC infotarwheel
Jun 4, 2003 11:03 AM
I live in Raleigh but ride some throughout the Triangle. There are a lot of cyclists here of all levels. Cycling year-round is no problem with minimal cold-weather gear. Generally rain is not much of a problem, but this year has been an exception. The terrain is rolling hills, with a few longer climbs (1 to 1-1/2 miles) around Falls Lake north of Raleigh and east of Durham. For bigger climbs, it's not far to the mountains of Western NC.

Motorists are generally pretty polite toward cyclists with the usual exceptions, like the guy who attacked a cyclist with a baseball bat outside Chapel Hill a couple years ago. The DOT has "Share the Road" signs liberally posted on backroads across NC, and I think it makes a difference. Most of the cyclists learn the best backroads to ride and don't have much trouble with traffic. A lot depends on your riding style. Some of the group rides piss off drivers pretty bad when they ride 2 and 3 abreast on heavily traveled roads. I try to avoid these groups.

North Carolina has more miles of paved roads than any state except Texas, so I've heard. There are tons of nicely paved backroads to explore. The DOT also has a series of mapped and marked (with signs) bike that criss-cross the state. Here's a link to more info on that:

http://www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle/

I can't speak to the racing scene, but check out these bike clubs for more info:

www.ncbikeclub.org
www.tarwheels.org

Hope this helps.
NC infoandy02
Jun 4, 2003 11:09 AM
I tried those signs in Raleigh on time. It took me out on six forks by north hill mall not ever a low traffic area! Maybe they have gotten better now.
wasn't a baseball bat but an axe handle_rt_
Jun 5, 2003 10:01 AM
and he rode for the team i was on. scary stuff.

i was living in durham until about a year ago and grew up in chapel hill. there's a pretty good riding/racing scene in the triangle and a number of shop teams/clubs to choose from.

racing is mostly crits but there are some good road races as well. like others have said you're close enough to western NC to head up to the mtns and ride some real hills or head down to the beach and ride the flats into a headwind.

couple of teams in the area:
tricyclists (in chapel hill/carrboro)
franklin st. cycles (in chapel hill)
spin cycle (in cary)
cycling spoken here (in cary)
cycles de oro (in greensboro)

rt
I'm about 3.5 hours west of durham my area.........abicirider
Jun 4, 2003 11:12 AM
I live in mooresville lake norman area, its getting crowded I usally drive to the start of my ride motorist are pretty cool you always have the ocassional jerk but that happens everywhere, the roads are pretty narrow 99% of my riding is done on one lane each direction with very little shoulder no such thing as bike lanes here. On the good side I can go on a 2+ hour ride and only see a handful of cars and only have 2 stop signs no stop lights. you will find rolling and flat in the piedmont of NC as far as terrain but you have boone and all the climbing you want not far away at all.
It gets hot and humid here in the summer I mean 96-99 degrees no wind and 75% humidity. Winter it gets cold this year was out of the norm I still trained year round riding at least 5 days a week most 6 days a week in winter just layer up.
Group rides where I live are common Tues- Thurs night 6-8pm wed night no drop policy ride and sat night racing majority is crits have a couple of good series.
One thing when I ride alone I very very seldom see other riders not that many ride.
Overall its a okay place I was born and raised in Southern Ca lived there for 30 years have been in NC little over 10 years kindda getting burned out of NC would like to head back to CA or AZ but I'm by myself divorced 40 years old no kids so I have the mobility.
Hope this helps you can email me at USCF3@mindspring.com anytime and I will be more than happy to try to answer any and all questions or be of any help to you I possibly could be.
Good luck to you I hope it works out they way you want it to.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC