Southern locations for late winter training week?

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  1. joule

    joule New Member

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    Thinking of taking a week off and heading down south (South Carolina, Georgia, northern Florida) late February or early March. Location recommendations for a good training week? Not looking for any other activities, so just a quiet room and miles of good pavement are on my schedule. I know some of the pros go out to Arizona, but I'd rather not pack up the bike and fly. Figured one day travel down and back and some hard miles between.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. strummer_fan

    strummer_fan New Member

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    I was looking to do a similar trip. Charleston, SC seems like a nice place. There are some local riding clubs and shops, and the weather would be nice in early spring. There a few Residence Inns in the area which would mean you could stock your own groceries and cook food to fit your training regimen.

    I can't vouch for the local roads or traffic, you'd need to contact someone at one of the links below:

    http://www.coastalcyclists.org/
    http://www.carolinacyclers.org/


    Good luck, and if you do go, please post a review here.
     
  3. 67walkon

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    Try the Gainesville, Florida area. It is a university town and there are lots of riders. The area west of Gainesville has miles and miles of relatively flat country roads. There are some hills to the north. There should be plenty of cheap rooms at that time of year.
     
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    This is a good site, just pick the state then the area of that state then the terrain you want, good descriptions. you will have to contact the local bike shop if you want more detailed maps.
    http://www.pedaling.com/searchRides/searchRides.asp



    If you go to Charleston,sc, city is great for sightseeing, riding is ok, biking community is ok, you will have totally flat terrain, traffic will be medium until you get out of the city limits.

    Greenville, SC
    http://www.greenvillespinners.org/
    nice city, has a real good bike community, George Hincapie lives there, lot of guys to ride with, march starts the racing season, tuesday nights have a training ride that has about 50-70 guys show up, from pro 1,2 to cat 5
    terrain varies from flat to rolling to some climbs (Caesars head, Paris mtn) you are on the foot of the foot hills

    Asheville, NC
    awesome city, good bike community, you are in the mtn's, lots of hills/climbing, very little flats, if you ride solo you can climb the blue ridge pkwy, real nice ride
    http://www.ashevillecycling.com/
    http://www.ashevillecycling.com/rideindex.htm
    http://ashevillebike.proboards3.com/
    http://www.blueridgebicycleclub.org/


    Georgia
    Ellijay, north of Atlanta, all mountains
    Athens, real good bike community, home of the jittery joes pro team, lots of rolling hard hills, 45min from Atlanta, college town
    http://www.sunshinecycles.com/
    http://www.winterbikeleague.com/jml/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

    Atlanta, GA
    huge city, busy, lots of riding, search for cycling clubs to find out more



    I am from SC and ridden in all of these cities, keep me posted if you choose to ride in SC
     
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  6. joule

    joule New Member

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    Appreciate all the great information here. Feel free to add as you see fit. I'm starting to research based on what you all are recommending. Mainly just want warm weather and good roads to train on (decent surfaces, lower traffic). Optionally hills are good, but the previous criteria are more important. Temps are a priority as I really don't perform well in cold climates. And it's pretty tough to get hard miles in with high traffic, frequent stops, etc.

    Will keep you posted.
     
  7. jeff828

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    If your looking for warmer weather to ride head to Florida,
    Ga & SC that time of year the temps are about in the 50s for the high, lowes will be around 30

    Asheville, highs in the 40s, lowes in the teens-20s
     
  8. schmuzzy

    schmuzzy New Member

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    actually- if you want to head a little further south, the area between Orlando and Ocala has some really GREAT riding areas.

    anywhere around Sugarloaf (Clermont, Howey-In-The-Hills) its beautiful, warm, and some decent hills. SC, GA, and even N FL can be pretty cold this time of year.

    where i'm describing is where Floridians go in Florida for good riding. hope it helps
     
  9. joule

    joule New Member

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    Ideally will be happy with the mid to upper 50's in early March. Reside in Maryland and that would give me a 10 degree boost that time of year. Below is where I am and what I am favoring so far due to weather and perceived favorable riding conditions. From weatherbase.com

    Baltimore suburbs - Avg hi: 54, Avg low: 32
    Greenville, SC - Avg hi: 64, Avg low: 40
    Athens, GA - Avg hi: 64, Avg low: 42
    Gainesville, FL - Avg hi: 74, Avg low: 50

    Northern Florida will be about a 12 hour drive. About my threashold for driving in a single day. Looking to get a kick start to my first season in Master's 50+.

     
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