Monday, March 7, 2011

Bikeman and the Fortress at Beech Mountain

After battling hard against the Scarlett Scurry, Bikeman ventures into the Appalachian Mountains to gain strength and power for the upcoming battle of Columbia.  Here he seeks refuge in the Fortress at Beech Mountain, the very place where Lance (the one-nut wonder) Armstrong began his comeback after his battle with cancer....

Today was Day 1 at our Beech Mountain hideaway.  UVM ventured for 10 hours after the completion of the Men's A Point Race at Rutgers.  After arriving at 4am, riders groggily awoke from their slumber with no more than 5 hours sleep.  After food shopping and stocking the house with supplies, we chamois'd up and took the roads of Beech Mountain, North Carolina.

We started our ride at 4445ft above sea level and descended 1168ft from the 5068 ft mountain road pinnacle.  This resulted in a grand total of 2069 feet of descending.  Through the mountain switchbacks, 7 riders tore down mountain road to the town of Banner Elk, where we then ventured through the town and into more rolling hills.  After a total of 9.5 miles of riding, we doubled back, ascending up the 1168ft  of switchbacks over 7 miles which we had only just descended.

A successful day of riding.  The legs feel good, but could certainly feel better.  Tomorrow is looking to be the warmest day of the week, a balmy 45 degrees.  Plenty warm for a much longer ride.

Arc hard, ride fast, go plaid!

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