riding in chattanooga TN

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  1. wnowak06

    wnowak06 New Member

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    i'm going to chattanooga TN for spring break for bike riding. i know its good riding, but does anyone have any specific rides/ roads/ landmarks/ any comments that they would like to share. ANY info would be very much appreciated...
     
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    Suggest you contact the Chattanooga Bicycle Club for routes and get ready to climb.
    www.chattbike.com should be able to provide lots of help.

    If you like tough climbs, try Lookout Mtn via Burkhalter Gap. 2500 riders will be doing that one as part of the 3 State 3 Mtn Century, where it hits about the 80 mile point complete with devil and cheerleaders at the steepest section near the top.
     
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    I am considering doing this ride, but I am a little intimidated.
    If I contemplate long enough the list of 2500 entries will be filled and help my decision.:)
     
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    Yeah, this thing is getting to max size. Last year, with 2000 riders, the key club organizer said she thought it was too big. I lined up about the middle of the pack, and it took about 5 minutes to get across the start line. It's a fun event though. 2500 entries at $40 a pop ($35 for teams) isn't a bad gate either.

    You can always do the metric option, which avoids the Lookout Mtn climb. I'd bet about half the entries do that one. It's still a scenic ride, and you get to the beer and pizza at the finish before the century riders :)

    The key on these big rides for me is to avoid being caught up in the excitement. I get passed a lot on the first 15 miles out of town, and on the first of the three long climbs up Suck Creek Mtn (yep, that's the real name) when everybody's trying to be a hero. I like to stay aerobic as long as possible and save something for Burkhalter Gap and that last 10 miles of rollers before the hairy descent back into downtown.
     
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    I live in Chattanooga. try Booker T park in Harrison off of Hwy 58.. it's pretty good
     
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    That is what one of my riding buddies suggested this past weekend. He has already sent in his application.
    I guess I better decide quickly and start working for that goal if I go.
    I've been doing short high intensity training with one longer ride per week. I don't feel as if I am ready. Two weekends ago I damaged my lungs climbing a hill too fast and the very cold air seemed to burn my lungs as I was breathing heavily. It is still bothering me as I apply effort I start to want to cough and my breathing seems a little limited.

    You ever have that happen? I guess it clears up over a period time.
     
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    The 3 state 3 mountain ride is alot of fun, I spoke to alot of people who particapated last year and they loved it. I do the Cheaha Challenge every year which is a part of that tour. I will say that the Cheaha Challenge is one of the most organized rides that I've even been apart of they have wonderful rest stops, several SAG vehicles, wonderful volunteers that will stand on the side of the road and hand you water so you don't have to stop, and the amazing pizza/pasta lunch at the end of the ride is to die for!

    You'll definately see me there!
     
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    Okay, you two and my riding buddy are about to talk me into it. :)
    He told me this morning he may do the metric century as well.
     
  9. dhk2

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    Never had a lung problem like that, but suggest you take it easy until it clears up. If it lingers or gets worse, a doctor visit could be in order.

    If you just relax and keep the pace down for the first half of the ride, bet you'll do fine on the metric. If you've never been in a huge group ride, it's a rush just to line up and ride out of town on closed streets with a police escort. Chattanooga is a fun place Saturday evening too; lots of bars and restaurants and the pedestrian bridge over the Tennessee River for an evening stroll.

    If you don't make the 3 State, consider our SCCC "All You Can Eat" century near Huntsville in September. It's a friendly event, not a killer mountain slam, with about 450 riders. Options for 50, 63, 85 and 102 miles on a mostly rolling course.
     
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