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Need riding destinations from my U.S. Friends.....long(9 posts)

Need riding destinations from my U.S. Friends.....longG-T-
Dec 16, 2003 10:42 AM
last year we ventured out from Toronto, Ontario in April and with advice from this board hit VA and rode ( well not really as it was not too much fun with the temp, ice and fog ) the skyline drive in Shennondoah.

So we loaded up and drove to Asheville and rode the parkway. From town and out then on subsequent days we would drive to the turn around point from the previous day and do another out back. This was amazing. Even the climb up to Mt. Mitchell.

Then we ventured into the North Ga mountains rode Hogpen, Unicia, Brasstown Bald and some local rides while watching the tour de georgia.

Well this year we would like ot hit some different spots ( same time frame early April ) within a 18 hour drive of New York and I am hoping to once again get some great suggestions for some epic road rides.

Thanks In advance Phil
re: Brevets?cyclopathic
Dec 16, 2003 10:51 AM
check RUSA calendar, there're many brevets in area (NJ,NYC,DC,NC,GA, etc) most series start in April. They're not expensive and most of them quite scenic if riding 200/300km fits your idea of epic.
not sure what brevet or RUSA is do you have a link ? n,m,G-T-
Dec 16, 2003 11:09 AM
RUSA linkScot_Gore
Dec 16, 2003 2:53 PM

Did you really mean within 18 hours Drive of of New York or did you mean EIGHT hours ? 18 hours would be just about the entire eastern half of the country. Good luck, have fun

re: Need riding destinations from my U.S. Friends.....longdjg21
Dec 16, 2003 7:45 PM
How about Lake Placid. It will still be brisk -- bring your arm/leg warmers! But, you'll be able to get some x/c skiing in at Mt. Van Hovencamp, and some days on snow at Whiteface too!
re: Need riding destinations from my U.S. Friends.....longgf99
Dec 17, 2003 5:37 AM
Try Skyline Drive again. Despite the freakish weather you had last year, early April should be a beautiful time to do it.

Maybe check out some different parts of NC such as the Boone/Blowing Rock area. Or the far west part of the state around Andrews & Murphy (and add some whitewater to your fun).

I've never gone wrong just picking any old spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway and riding until I'm tired.

" Boone began to feel like the Holy Land to me, a place I had come to on a pilgrimage. If I ever have any serious problems again, I know that I will go back to Boone and find an answer. I got my life back on those rides."
- Lance Armstrong
thanks for the informationG-T-
Dec 17, 2003 7:40 AM
I will try VA again but maybe on the way home. Having ridden some of the hills mentioned on the bluridge ride link you locals are nuts. Assault on Mt. Mitchell sounds brutal. The winds alone almost blew me off the bike on the decent back to the parkway from the top.

Cheers and keep the rubber side down.
if you'd be in area try Wintergreencyclopathic
Dec 17, 2003 1:11 PM
you'll find out Mt Mitchell isn't that bad after all
Sorry to tell you this, G-T:Alexx
Dec 17, 2003 11:14 PM
But, in early april, pretty much anyplace north of the Mason-Dixon line (and most mountainous parts south of said line, too) are still in the throes of winter. Judging by the recent weather we've had here in the northeast, it's gonna be a long one, too.