Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tour de Georgia 2008

Joel, James & Meg. Mist and light rain in the morning delayed our 10AM start to 12:30 - leaving Crystal and Mary with no choice but to return to Starkvegas before today's ride. Camp Wahsega-Black Mtn.-Stonepile Gap Rd. At Stonepile Gap Meg fell over on the steep switchback, yelling "ZMPFR" all the while. James and turned back just as Joel arrived. Meg was fine, but the skies opened up and we found little shelter in the wet woods as violent rain shower passed through the mountains. We returned and then rode Wash Rider OAB, and then Wahsega to its paved end at the Ranger training camp.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

2008 Tour de Georgia

James, Meg, Mary, and Crystal arrived last night and I cooked an Italian sausage and penne for plenty of carbo-loading and afterward we watched Brasstown stages I had compiled from the previous three years. Breakfast was granola and yogurt with strawberries - my usual. We had a relaxing depart this morning - caravaning three cars about 10:30 AM to the intersection of 180x129 - but had to park on the other side of the bridge because there were so many people already parked nearby. Meg started out too fast and blew at the first 10% climb to Jacks Gap. Crystal was dizzy but recovered with a gel, and later Meg was fine too. Climbed Brasstown to the wall, then turned aroun and watched the race below the 3km-to-go sign with Crystal and Meg, while everyone else made their way to the parking lot. Cary stopped to chat for a while, and we spent an hour or so with a course marshall, and good weather as the race came by in the afternoon. Fast return and then found out Meg had hitched a ride to the car while we waited.

Friday, April 25, 2008

2008 Tour de Georgia - Ride Report

Tour de Georgia Stage 5. Left the cabin at 11:AM riding south on Camp Wahsega Rd. Saw a few riders after turning onto Black Mountain Rd., who left us with directions to Stonepile Gap Rd. Climbed the backside of Woody Gap (a first for me and Joel) - a lot of fun. On top, before the race came through it rained and we sheltered with some new friends - Robert of Cummings, and Auden from Atlanta, both racers, and an older guy who offered us cookies, but had none to share:) The return was just as nice with the very long descent down Woodys to Stonepile Gap, and then on to the cabin for roasted salmon and basil pesto and pasta.