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Offline EllsRider

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Tour de Georgia
« on: April 23, 2007, 08:13:47 PM »
I had the fortunate experience of witnessing the tour roll into Ellijay this past weekend. We were about 1/4 mile  from the traffic circle as they were entering the downtown area. The whole thing is pretty cool. The police, all the different motorcycle escorts  and photographers, the team support vehicles and the bikes. As the riders came in, there was a break away group of 10- 12 riders that held a 3 -4 minute advantage over the peloton. These guys came through and it is awesome how they ride through in perfect unison and form and its like they glide as they go past at approx. 30 mph. The sound of nothing is what I remember. There is hardly any noise as they roll past. The sound of the tires rolling on the asphalt is all that I heard. They came in and were gone in seconds. The Peloton was more impressive. A short line of 4-6 riders out front in single and double formation, and right on their tires was the mass. 3- 6 riders wide, tire on tire. Again, very little noise. They were riding so tight to one another. I was standing right next to the road, 2-3 feet from the inside riders. As the Peloton approached, before it reached me, I felt this mass of energy roll over me. As the Peloton reached me it swept behind me and I was inside of it. This was  the large draft effect the bikes create. It seemed like the mass was so large it was being pushed out in front of the group as well as around the sides and behind the Peloton. It was incredible. It felt sort of like like wind but not really like wind. It really felt like you were inside a mass of energy. As they swept by me and as the rear of the Peloton left it felt like it wanted to pull you along, the tail end of it was like a very strong, steady gust of wind. Almost like that wind was trying to keep you inside the bubble, the mass. Incredible.  Those guys riding in that thing must literally be getting sucked along the course within the Peloton. Great experience.
It was all so fast and was over in moments. It was like a silent, colorful train rolling by. Really cool. Great motivation to want to go out and ride, and thats what we did, foo's !!! Hit some sweet single track! The Pinhoti Trail, off the Bear Creek trail system.  We did about 26 - 27 miles, parking at the bottom of the road and climbing our way up the service road and then into the the Pinhoti Trail. Great climbs, very hard, long climbs but equal in the great downhills.   ;D  Sweet !!!
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Re: Tour de Georgia
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2007, 07:53:08 AM »
Okay okay... I see now why ARt and Thumper want to schedule the SWAMP trip to Ellijay to conside with the Tour De G next year.  From your description, it makes me want to go and experience it to. I'll now have to go to cycling.tv to see if they have any coverage there.

As for the Penhoti.  It sounds like you started from the same place we did.  We did less miles but those that came back up the trail one and two times to get our injured did end up with the same amoutn of miles.  Those long climbs when the Penhoti started were nothing but pain.  Enjoyable pain that is.  When we got to the top it was sweet single track downhill with tight trees and narrow ledges.  There were some major bumps to do jumps but no big banks like there are in Ahsville.  No major switchbacks like we had seen at other trails prior to us doing the Penhoti.  I would have enjoyed that trail more if I had not had to stop so much for my tired legs on the climbs.  When we got to the downhills I had to stop several times for people falling and fixing chains.  THen we had one person fall and got a nasty cut so he ended up walking most of the way down.  Since we didn't want to leave him behind, we walked with him.  Oh well... Penhoti was fun but I enjoyed Ochoee better. 

Glad you had a great time.  Any pictures?  You have see the SWAMP pictures already now show us yours.  I am sure you didn't wear you ski mask on the trail.  Oh wait, you did... lol...

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Re: Tour de Georgia
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2007, 04:41:29 PM »
No pics at all.  Forgot to grab the camera before I left home. I will try to post the GPS elevation  map for our rides. Graham is supposed to email them to me. He says that the Pinhoti elevations are awesome. I am not skilled at reading those GPS maps yet so I am interested in seeing it myself.  I was thinking that the Swamp trip should co-incide with the Tour  also. 
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