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KY appalachian mountainsdoog
Sep 25, 2002 9:18 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?
I live in KY tooPaulCL
Sep 26, 2002 5:38 AM
But I don't live in the mountains. To answer a few of your questions:

Improve climbing: yup, ride hills. then more of 'em
Are the roads high enough: Oh yeah!

Its one thing to crank up a 1 -2 mile hill versus straining up 8 or 10 miles at a time. I just came back from a trip to Virgina's Allegheny mountains last weekend. I rode with a couple of local guys who guided me up two different mountains. I'm used to having 5 or 6 of my local 1-2 mile climbs, but the mountains were brutal. My first climb was 6 miles, then down, then about 9 miles of climbing. It didn't stop there. Mountains vs hills make a BIG difference.

As for KY mountains. Head east my friend. I've ridden in eastern Ky a couple of times. Lots of mountains or really big hills near the West VA border. I live just outside of Cincinnati, so its' a two hour drive. There are a couple of state parks in the area to stay - camping, lodges or chalets. I'm trying to convince a couple of cycling friends to make a long weekend trip next spring. If you want to go, let me know. Paul