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riding in appalachia?(4 posts)

riding in appalachia?doog
Sep 25, 2002 9:16 PM
I live in kentucky. if i really wanted to improve my climbing ability could or should i spend some time in the appalachian mountains? are there roads that are high enough and suitable for riding? would it be that much better than riding hills? i know the appalachians can reach 14,000 feet in certain places. will such a height make a difference? where can i find places to ride there? i'm not really sure what to think of this idea. who has experience with the appalachians around KY?
re: riding in appalachia?varmit
Sep 26, 2002 4:19 AM
Well, the Appalacian mountains are not quite that tall.
The highest point "east of the Rockies" is Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina at 6200 feet. The highest point in Kentucky is about 3000 feet above sea level ( not 3000 feet above the surrounding terain)

As for training, there are plenty of multi-mile climbs in the hills of Kentucky. Some are really long 5 to 6 percent grades. There are plenty of short, very steep hills in the 15 to 25 percnt grade range. The combination of the two types of climbing will help your riding. You just naturally have to do intervals due to the terrain. In the area, of Kentucky where I live, it is actually a problem to find enough flat land to do a long hard (fast TT type) effort. If you happen to live in one of the few flat areas of the state, You could always train by pushing a taller gear to increase pedalling load or ride into the wind when it is really blowing. During bad weather a stationary trainer with adjustable resistance can be used to help develope power. After a person gets to a certain level of fitness, climbing is largely a mindset and energy efficientcy sort of effort. Have fun and good luck.
Yeah, the problem here in KY isn't finding hills to climb,scottfree
Sep 26, 2002 6:09 AM
you can't avoid them. The longest flat TT I can find is 3 miles, and that's with the beginning of a rise in the last hundred yards -- just when you need it most!

That said, most of the climbs here (I live in what's called the Knobs region) are fairly short -- a half mile to a mile, 6 to 8 percent average grade with sections steeper. They're everywhere. My regular 35-mile loop has six of them, intersperesed with rollers.

I always marvel at posters from out west who talk about 10 and 20 mile climbs.
app mnts not that tallchare
Oct 3, 2002 9:24 AM
but just ask lance, the boone NC area got him stoked on riding again, and the tour dupont frequented that area too back in the day, that's where i would suggest going to ride.
plenty of rides w/ a starting point of boone. Mt Mitchel (6684 ft) near asheville is the tallest mountain that you can ride almost up the the summit.