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.
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, 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?
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.
Sounds like fun :) Anyone else in the 17-19mph range interested in going?
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.
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!
I'm interested in going but would need a ride. Pam? ;)
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
I am a strong maybe. Will need to add about 40 miles to the ride, most likely at the beginning.
Kris!! You're back :) Shoot me an email and we'll coordinate.
I can take 1 more person and bike
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.
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.
OK, I'm in. Doing a brick.
Was thinking about doing Skyline Drive this weekend but if this route is comparable then I might be interested.
Pam, I am likely in for this and could stick with you speed wise.
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.
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.
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.
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!