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Climbing Brasstown Bald on bike(8 posts)

Climbing Brasstown Bald on bikeniteschaos
Jul 27, 2003 3:33 PM
A friend and I were doing the 6-Gap Century course and came across the Brasstown Bald road that goes to the peak. We were feeling good and only 30 miles into the ride so we thought we'd try to go up it. I was out of the saddle for 20 minutes in my lowest gear at max power and only made it 1.5 miles up the 3 mile climb before I realized that I may not make it back to the truck if I try to continue this climb. Has anyone known of anyone to make it up that steep road with a regularly gear bike? I'm talking 39/23 like I had, not with a 30/34 XT derailer road bike with triple.
39x23 !!!12x23
Jul 27, 2003 5:03 PM
Did you ride all of 6-Gap with the 23, including Hogpen? Ouch !!!! Oh, I don't know anything about the Brasstown Bald climb.
re: Climbing Brasstown Bald on bikebianchi boy
Jul 27, 2003 7:02 PM
JS Haiku, MikeP and myself rode from Robertstown to the top of Brasstown and back last November. Mike is a strong climber and made it to the top with a double and I think a 12-27 cassette. I had 39/29 low gear and had to get off my bike -- actually fell off -- and walk a couple times. I think J was using a triple and walked some stretches as well, but his bike outweighed both of ours by a good bit. Brasstown is without a doubt the toughest climb I have ever done. Coming down was just as bad.
6 Gap on a 23? !!!Mike P
Jul 28, 2003 3:40 AM
The Six Gap route is a tough ride; there is no way I could ride it with a 23. If you really like hills, you should be able to make Brasstown on a double and a 27; I would not try it with anything less. It is a tough climb and at one point it was so steep I just had to stop. I didn't walk though. . . and it was tough to get going again.

Another thing, when we rode Brasstown, the main visitor center was not open so we were able to ride from the parking area up to the observation building. I do not know if they will allow you to ride up that last section.

someone does it on a 25Sadlebred
Jul 28, 2003 4:21 AM
A couple of the guys on my road team from Atlanta regularly climb Brasstown in 39/25.

Six Gap can be done on a 39/23, but I imagine it would be painful for any non-Cat. 1/2 rider. I've done it on a 42/27.
I'm just a lowly Cat 4 that likes sprintingniteschaos
Jul 28, 2003 7:43 AM
so I brought along a guy from the Ga Tech cycling team that specializes in climbing, but he didn't make it any farther than I did.

As far as the general route though, using a 23 on the back isn't hard for the most part. There are some sections where I was out of the seat, but for the most part 23 was plenty adequate.
How can I get the route map?Damn
Jul 28, 2003 10:44 AM
I'd like to go out there and try that ride, the 6 gap and brasstown, separately though. Where would I have top go to get the routes and know where to park? I'll be coming from Atlanta. Thanks.
here's a linktarwheel
Jul 28, 2003 11:10 AM
The website for the 6 gap ride has a map at this page. Brasstown road is a spur off GA Hwy 180.