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Old 11-30-18, 12:05 PM
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10th Annual Storming of Thunder Ridge

The 10th Annual Storming of Thunder Ridge - May 19, 2019 - Storming of Thunder Ridge Storming of Thunder Ridge - www.stormingofthunderridge.org

A challenge, but most make it. Beautiful scenery, well-organized and supported.

Free camping on site, $10 indoor camping, use of the Y for the 24-hour stint.

One long climb early on lets you know what you're in for, then you. Rolling hills until you climb the Blue Ridge for 13 miles at about 7-8%, nothing to kill you, and plenty of overlooks to take a break, with a rest stop 1/2 way up.

Then you roll out again and not bad until after the 63-mile mark, then some short, sharp climbs (short like in measured in feet, not yards). and then another quick rest stop at 68 miles.

The most enjoyable length is 75, but 100 is not bad, just takes longer, that's all.

Clothing can be delivered to and dropped off at various points, as the temp and humidity tend to change in the spring in the mountains.

My 6th time, will be there. Be glad to meet up and eat the night before.

seedsbelize gets his IRONMAN at this event.
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I hope Hadley is on it for the registration. I personally vote for the 45 mile length, but I'm a flatlander. Picking up bits and pieces for that IM.
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I hope Hadley is on it for the registration. I personally vote for the 45 mile length, but I'm a flatlander. Picking up bits and pieces for that IM.
maybe you let us build it for you....
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post

maybe you let us build it for you....
I need to have it as small as possible, so it will fit in the same box with the complete Trek I'm also bringing this time. Most of the stuff I need to build it, I already have. Thanks for the offer though. Just not an option.
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Great job Robbie getting the thread up early. If a prospective first timer is reading this thread, we can give you good info. Robbie can tell you about it. Seeds was a first timer last year. He can sell you on it. Rccardr rides all over the country. He can tell you about it. Spaghetti Legs was a local. He can tell you all you need to know. What I can tell you is this:

It doesn't matter how bad of a climber you think you are, you can do it. When it comes to climbing I am the worst. Robbie, rccardr and Spaghetti Legs have seen my mountain skills(lack of) in person. They can vouch for me. Between all of us you will find someone with a similar pace/ability. It's a great ride. Give it a try.

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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
I need to have it as small as possible, so it will fit in the same box with the complete Trek I'm also bringing this time. Most of the stuff I need to build it, I already have. Thanks for the offer though. Just not an option.
If you need something shipped back in a separate package, we can work something out.
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If you need something shipped back in a separate package, we can work something out.
No worries. The point of this final bike was to use up the extraneous componentry I have laying around. I've picked up aero levers and downtube shifters, and only yet need a seatpost. Actually that was the point of the last two bikes. More-or-less.
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Registration open.
I'm in.
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I'm in and registered. Now we need to start a 5-month-long weather forecast thread.
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I'm in. I already have the bike for it as well. The frame has an aero mount shifter boss. I'm going to have some issues putting barcons on it. My son goes to an engineering specialty high school. A teacher/mentor told me this morning that they could do a CAD/3D/CNC product of whatever I needed. He said it would be a good project for my son. We'll see how that works out. Sweet! Bike is pink.
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I'll be there.
Again.
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I will be there as an out of towner for the first time.
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Working on getting my permission slip signed - Robbie and Doc pretty much sold me on it. Fortunately my son's college graduation is the week before, so I just have to ward off any and all attempts to hijack my schedule.
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Working on getting my permission slip signed - Robbie and Doc pretty much sold me on it. Fortunately my son's college graduation is the week before, so I just have to ward off any and all attempts to hijack my schedule.
Outstanding. If you need items for staying at the Y, let me know. Indoors or out, the less you have to pack, etc. And I'll buy you dinner on Sat night.

I think the drive for you would be about 13 hours. It's all about time, and living once.
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I think we should kidnap Chrome Molly for this. And hodgykins. And crank_addict. And bikemig, And Salubrious, and the Chicago gang, etc etc. The usual suspects. seedsbelize will get his Ironman. The only thing missing would be human sacrifice or the bearded lady doing a double back flip.
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If we have any distant travelers that need to borrow a bike, I can accommodate. I have a 50, 52, a couple of 54s and 4 or 5 56s. Lots of gearing on them all. I also have a extended Chevy van I could transport them in. It could be a mobile shop if needed.
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Probably a 9-10 hr drive from here. But, I've penciled it in on my work calendar. I really have to get back in shape - first step, actually ride some.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I think we should kidnap Chrome Molly for this. And hodgykins. And crank_addict. And bikemig, And Salubrious, and the Chicago gang, etc etc. The usual suspects. seedsbelize will get his Ironman. The only thing missing would be human sacrifice or the bearded lady doing a double back flip.
Chrome Molly would be finished before I reach the first rest stop.
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I have camping gear also. 3 tents/tent pads, 4 sleeping pads, various sleeping bags, bag liners and other stuff. The indoor camping is a real bargain.
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Chrome Molly would be finished before I reach the first rest stop.
Same here. Bring on the bearded ladies.
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Probably a 9-10 hr drive from here. But, I've penciled it in on my work calendar. I really have to get back in shape - first step, actually ride some.
Forget the danger. Think of the fun. Fly that Motta..
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I have camping gear also. 3 tents/tent pads, 4 sleeping pads, various sleeping bags, bag liners and other stuff. The indoor camping is a real bargain.
And last year we found some wrestling mats back in a quiet corner.
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Here are some pics of the Parkway from my new new neck of the woods about 50 miles north. Ice storm came through a couple of weeks ago. Wouldn’t be surprised if Thunder Ridge looked the same, especially as it’s a couple thousand feet higher. Hopefully, even with budget cuts, 5 months is enough time for cleanup. Disclaimer - pics aren’t mine. Another local rider who rides about 200+ miles per week, all of it in the mountains.
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And last year we found some wrestling mats back in a quiet corner.
That back room was like sleeping outside on a cloudy/starless night. Dark, quiet and peaceful. Just the gentle hum of the HVAC system.
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