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mzagorski wrote:Anyone here know of any climbs close to Jacksonville, NC? Camp Lejeune area... Anything within 30-40 mile radius?
Not a lot of riders out there. There are a couple teams around the New Bern area. The better riders in that area race with teams in central NC.
You can try these guys... http://racerpig.tripod.com/
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mzagorski wrote:Thanks, I'll check out that link. A couple that I coach moved out to NC so I'm trying to get an idea of what they have in terms of training terrain
Flat. The races I do out there are very flat. Almost Florida like. There are some rollers, but nothing to get excited about. You be hard pressed to find a hill of 5 mins. The rollers start picking around Raleigh. And become mountains by Winston-Salem.
Some of the best riding in the eastern U.S. if not the country. Bring your climbing gears. Contact Magic Cycles in Boone for routes. Tour Dupont went thru there so many of the climbs are rated. Epic Mtn biking as well. This is were Lance decided to return to racing after his cancer on a ride with Bob Roll
Another technique that will help is riding on windy days. I would ride with the wind in the beginning, and then ride against the wind on the way back- do it faster for more slope simulation. I know you have some steady wind available at the coast Also, your speed isnt relative to climbing. Resistance and gear ratio being moderated with wind resistance helps your simulation.
Yet another technique is similar to being a grunt and sneaking rocks and packing into your ruck for road marches (even though you are supposed to have a standard pack out- only for the insane after 25 miles lol.) Go and buy, or find used, one of those kiddie trailers that hook to the bike. If you can scrounge rocks (another not-so-common commodity there, I know), throw them in the back, or find a biking buddy with kids that want to ride with you, and pack the kids in the back. Now, with even less wind resistance, and more weight to haul, you should be simulating grade even more!
I agree that western NC is the best east coast riding, do it whenever possible. I know that a fun day once a month isnt as beneficial as making due with what you have to deal with on a daily basis. If you do these techniques, you wont be as handicapped as I was going to visit my brother in Asheville and getting SMOKED by mountain riders. After I came up with these coastal ideas, I was on par with them climbing real hills later on. Oh yeah, if anyone wants real butt-kicker, leave Tunnel rd. (hwy 70) in Asheville, NC going up the blue ridge parkway. Ride north about 37? miles and go up Mount Mitchell. Unreal.
Let me know if any of this is useful!
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