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Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
CREATED: 03/26/12 by bcfrank REPLIES: 41
bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 898
Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/26/12 12:48 PM

Since I don't have any Easter weekend plans and I'm giving NTP a break from seeing my ugly mug for the weekend, I thought I would head on out to Marshall, VA to do the Mt. Weather ride on Saturday April 7th. I was going to be at the Park & Ride on Frost Street in Marshall around 9:45AM with the idea of clipping in at 10:00AM.

It is a 56 mile ride with some very challenging uphill sections when we hit the Mt. Weather road. Please bring your own cue sheet available here. There will not be anyone sweeping the course, but that doesn't mean I'm going to leave anyone in the dust to flounder in the wilderness. It is a gorgeous but definitely challenging ride.

I was also going to add a quick 20ish minute run afterward. You know: just for fun.

You can reply here if you want to join me so that I know to look out for you. Or just feel free to show up. But if you arrive after 10, then I might have rolled out already.

Bryan

astolz1's ravatar astolz1    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 365
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/26/12 1:28 PM

Sounds like fun Bryan and tentatively count me in.
I would just add that I HIGHLY suggest doing the loop in reverse, i.e. clockwise. This way, you’ll get to refuel AFTER climbing Mt weather and Naked Mtn.
I can post my garmin connect course if anyone wants it too.
- Adam

novasupra's ravatar novasupra    JOINED: 12/3/09    POSTS: 70
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 2:14 AM

Adam, can you post the garmin chart, I'd like to see the elevation profile. How steep are the climbs and how long is the drive?

astolz1's ravatar astolz1    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 365
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 9:44 AM

Can do...
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/104832106
Naked Mtn has a nice steep one but it's not super long.
Drive is from your start to Marshall, VA; roughtly an hour.
Oh and when we were there, we had to take a detour around a bridge that was out. Detour involved unpaved roads and was a tad knarly.
I just wrote two vdot official to see if it's still out. I'll post once I hear back but just take the posted detour here: http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/northern_virginia/2011/vdot_closes_bridge_on53437.asp
after stopping at the Blumont general store to refuel.
- Adam

PamS's ravatar PamS    JOINED: 1/26/10    POSTS: 345
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 9:49 AM

Sounds like fun :) Anyone else in the 17-19mph range interested in going?

Pam

abbyjs's ravatar abbyjs    JOINED: 4/7/09    POSTS: 699
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 10:02 AM

Ack! I really want to do this. I have a friend in town that weekend. I would be up for the following weekend if there is anyone who can't make it on the 7th.

Pam: I would stick with you.

saubbie23's ravatar saubbie23    JOINED: 1/11/11    POSTS: 93
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 10:36 AM

I am interested, going to have to see closer to the date though. It is definitely a fun ride, and I would recommend the unpaved detour, just for kicks!

kristoferkitto's ravatar kristoferkitto    JOINED: 1/24/10    POSTS: 59
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 10:39 AM

I'm interested in going but would need a ride. Pam? ;)

Kris

sward's ravatar sward    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 5
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 10:58 AM

I rode the Mt. Weather loop a few weeks ago and the bridge repair was finished so no need for the detour. I should be in for this ride, but I may start in the Plains and meet you in Marshall b/c I can't pass up a chance to get a post ride sub at Forlano's Market in the Plains. Sean

ballstoncyclist's ravatar ballstoncyclist    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 490
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 11:00 AM

I am a strong maybe. Will need to add about 40 miles to the ride, most likely at the beginning.

PamS's ravatar PamS    JOINED: 1/26/10    POSTS: 345
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 11:30 AM

Kris!! You're back :) Shoot me an email and we'll coordinate.

I can take 1 more person and bike

jmunchak's ravatar jmunchak    JOINED: 3/24/12    POSTS: 15
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/27/12 12:48 PM

New to the club here - I've done that loop years ago (never backwards though) when I lived in VA, but not since moving back to the area now that I'm in MD. Anyway, I'm interested but need to be in Baltimore at 4, so I made not be able to hang around for the brick.

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 898
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 3/31/12 5:29 PM

I'm fine riding the course in reverse. Might make it seem like a completely different ride.

Developed a Garmin track file for the reverse loop: Reverse Mt. Weather with cue sheet if we opt for the clockwise loop. Can also upload that to your Garmin so that it'll tell you when to turn.

Bryan

ballstoncyclist's ravatar ballstoncyclist    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 490
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 4/01/12 8:52 PM

OK, I'm in. Doing a brick.

JayC101's ravatar JayC101    JOINED: 2/27/11    POSTS: 103
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 4/02/12 6:01 AM

Was thinking about doing Skyline Drive this weekend but if this route is comparable then I might be interested.

seewhatucando's ravatar seewhatucando    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 114
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 4/02/12 6:46 AM

Pam, I am likely in for this and could stick with you speed wise.

novasupra's ravatar novasupra    JOINED: 12/3/09    POSTS: 70
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 4/02/12 7:48 AM

We've also got a small group going out next weekend, 4/14 to do this ride. If anyone is interested, just let me know and we can meet up.

DoggyBrown's ravatar DoggyBrown    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 137
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 4/02/12 2:50 PM

Adam et al:

I was out there yesterday. The bridges are fine. The road out of Marshall had a rough winter (I don't know how) and has lots of potholes, so watch yourself on the way out of town, assuming you're doing the counterclockwise route. Other than that, you're good to go. The mountain is still steep and the airplane strip is still there.

I may be out there, but I'm gonna start in Haymarket and do an extra 20 miles or so.

phil

DoggyBrown's ravatar DoggyBrown    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 137
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 4/02/12 2:52 PM

ps: riding it clockwise is much better, imo. ~7-10 miles warm up, then Naked Mtn for an appetizer, then a longer version of the climb to the top of the main course, Mt. Weather, then a descent to the store and a refuel at the perfect time. Then rollers back in.

rah2774's ravatar rah2774    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 240
RE: Mt. Weather ride - Saturday April 7, 2012
POSTED: 4/03/12 3:26 PM

can't make it out there this weekend but if folks go back I'd be game... or a trip out to Skyline in the next few weeks. Need all the mountain training I can get before Nove Colli!

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