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Assault On Marion/Mt. Mitchell(4 posts)

Assault On Marion/Mt. MitchellBill Graham
May 16, 2001 8:57 PM
Hello All,

I'm riding, for the first time, the Assault On Marion on May 19th. This is the 72 mile ride that is in conjunction with the 102 mile Assault on Mt. Mitchell in SC and NC. I've trained on the Blue Ridge Parkway up to Mitchell several times, I'm familiar with the challenges of that portion of the race, but I have not ridden any of the course from Spartanburg to Marion. What is the course like to that point?

Also, I understand there are about 2000+ riders in the race this year, only some of which are allowed beyond Marion. What is it like weeding your way through that many riders?

I feel well prepared and should perform well enough to make myself happy. I'm really excited about the race. Any advice, feedback, warnings, from you folks who may have done either of these rides before would be greatly appreciated. The only thing that doesn't sound too cool is starting at 6:30 in the morning.

Thanks, and reply via e-mail if possible.

Bill Graham
flat and boringCarlos
May 18, 2001 7:47 AM
the ride to marion is a joke. very easy. its a group ride, so yes there are a ton of people. easy to move through the pack. however finishing in the top group along with a 1.50$ can buy you a cup of coffee. Going to the top, now that's fun. Marion is a waste of time IMHO. However i tend to forget that 80% of the people that ride bikes are freds with gear too expensive for them to ever utilize properly.

have fun.
flat and boringLarry Meade
May 23, 2001 11:06 AM
"However i tend to forget that 80% of the people that ride bikes are freds with gear too expensive for them to ever utilize properly."

...and the other 20% are egotistical dweebs on crap bikes that resent people who can afford to ride whatever they want to. By the way, IMHO means "In My HUMBLE Opinion". You might think about that third word.
flat and boringTrekRider
May 26, 2001 7:10 AM
"...gear too expensive for them to ever utilize properly."

Darn, I guess that expensive stuff operates differently than the cheap stuff, eh? Some special instruction needed to properly use Campy Record or Shimano DuraAce componentry?

I'm always amazed that some people feel the need to slam someone for owning the best of something even if that person is a "fred." Some of us "freds", who don't do crits or TTs, who only get in 200-300 miles a week and are into the sport for its health benefits and fun, do enjoy the silkiness and jewellike quality of the finest componentry. It really makes the ride much more enjoyable.

I'm truly sorry you cannot afford that stuff.....I do love my DuraAce and Vector Pros, although the Ksyriums and Sestrieres do look sweet, too.