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Assault on Mt Mitchell & Marion(4 posts)

Assault on Mt Mitchell & Marionbianchi boy
May 2, 2001 9:00 PM
I'm considering riding the Assault on Marion, which rides with the Assault on Mt Mitchell for the first 72 miles, on May 19. I'd appreciate any feedback from other cyclists who've done either ride. I've been doing a lot of training -- 2,100 miles since Jan. 1, including a century and several metrics -- but I'm not exactly Marco Pantani on the hills. My Bianchi has a 39/53 chainring and 12-25 cassette, and I'm wondering if I ought to switch the cassette to a 12-27, but I'd rather not spend the money if it's not necessary. I'm primarily a spinner, in-saddle climber but will occasionally climb out of the saddle. Where I live and normally ride, Raleigh, NC, there are plenty of hills and the 12-25 works fine for me.
re: Assault on Mt Mitchell & MarionSpinster
May 5, 2001 1:01 AM
The only "bad" hill on the way to Marion, is "Bill's Hill". If you can make up that one, you're O.K. It's pretty steep.
May 7, 2001 11:23 AM
I live in Raleigh also and I use a 11-21 gear for everything. If you need a 25 in Raleigh, you are going to have a hell of a time on any real climbs. However the ride to Marion is basically flat. You dont start to really climb until after Marion. That's why its selective to go to the top, b/c its only after Marion that the fun begins. Assault on Marion is a waste of time and money IMHO. You'd get a better ride doing the Mission Valley rides.
re: Assault on Mt Mitchell & MarionSpinTime
May 14, 2001 10:51 PM
When you get to "Bill's Hill", you may wish you had a 27 or maybe a 34. That's the only real hill enroute to Marion. Great ride and about 2000 people, it's wild!