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    Snake Creek Gap TT Series

    Has anyone done the Snake Gap Time Trial series. Its about 4 hrs from Asheville, NC but I'd think about doing it for the $50 bucks SORBA member price for three 32 mile races.



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    Yes, I did this series last year.
    Granted, I'm a member of the NWGA SORBA chapter that hosts it, so I'm a tad biased.

    For unbiased localized opinions, check out:
    http://www.sorba.org/modules.php?name=Forums

    There will be a couple of organized prerides of the course coming up soon.
    http://www.nwgasorba.org/chewdafat/i...hp?topic=505.0
    Come check it out and see what you're getting into.

    Also, check out some of the pics from last year's series on the NWGA SORBA site (http://www.nwgasorba.org/). I was really amazed by all of the types riders that came out for this event...tandem mtn bike, 29er-Singlespeed, & everything in between.

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    I haven't done the TT series but I rode the second half of the course last winter and it was stellar.

    I plan to ride the first half tomorrow. Look for pics next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    I haven't done the TT series but I rode the second half of the course last winter and it was stellar.

    I plan to ride the first half tomorrow. Look for pics next week.
    If you want some company, I think James and a few others from the NWGA chapter are riding there tomorrow, too.
    http://www.nwgasorba.org/chewdafat/i...hp?topic=511.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by justridinalong
    If you want some company, I think James and a few others from the NWGA chapter are riding there tomorrow, too.
    http://www.nwgasorba.org/chewdafat/i...hp?topic=511.0
    Thanks for the info, but I can't make it up there that early. Got other things going on, so my plan is to hit the trail about 10:30 from Snake Creek Gap. I'll probably see them out there though.
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    You should do this ride. Good rough trail, the antithesis of buff. Nowhere near the verticality of Pisgah, but don't underestimate it either. Your bike and body will take a beating and at the end of the day you'll know you've been for a ride. Good stuff.

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    I did 3 of the 5 last year, and it's my favorite race, and my favorite trail. Very challenging while being fun. Rock gardens for miles. Literally.
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    Jeremy....

    Its been a while, but I'm planning on riding this next year, at least two of the three dates. Since you're a pretty nice guy, we could carpool and you could tell me how the race was several minutes ahead of me on the ride back to Asheville :-).
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    I've ridden it a few times. It is basically a 7 mile rock garden with some dirt sections thrown in for variety. Momentum and speed are hard to find and you had better bring the Full SUspension bike.

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    Anyone planning to do any pre-rides of the 17mile course soon (before Jan 2. 2010 race)?
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    We are all meeting at the Convention Center at 8 ~ am some doing 17 and some 37. Tomorrow morning!!! Should be some snow I hope
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    We are all meeting at the Convention Center at 8 ~ am some doing 17 and some 37. Tomorrow morning!!! Should be some snow I hope
    was hoping to get out for the snow ride tomorrow but my 2 year old just volcanoed his dinner back up all in the car, so it looks like it's virus weekend for me. enjoy the ride, and if/when I pre-ride, I'll post again to see if anyone's going.
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    Just got home from the ride and it was a blast!! The trails were not that bad and the views were breathtaking. It was awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    Just got home from the ride and it was a blast!! The trails were not that bad and the views were breathtaking. It was awesome
    nice, I hope to get out there soon. riding Raccoon Mtn today around 2 if anyone's looking to go.
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    Love this event, it's on my calendar every year. Looking forward to January!!!

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    Yeah, this is one of my favorite events. Somebody posted this video over on the SORBA board;



    The start of the last 8 miles of the 34 is really the half way point. It's so rocky that I often find myself going as hard as I can on a flat section & making a good 5 mph!
    The standing eight count & three knockdown rules are in effect on this trail.

    http://compvelo.com/content/

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    Quote Originally Posted by xray_ed
    Yeah, this is one of my favorite events. Somebody posted this video over on the SORBA board;



    The start of the last 8 miles of the 34 is really the half way point. It's so rocky that I often find myself going as hard as I can on a flat section & making a good 5 mph!
    registered last week, and I know 2 others I ride with are doing it. looking to preride next Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday. Anybody else riding those days?
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    I am going to race it. Should I go for the 34, I did Black Bear Rampage so i think I can handle 34. The last few miles are really the hardest part, do I want to go into it with 17 extra miles on my legs. How is the first 17 of the 34?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    I am going to race it. Should I go for the 34, I did Black Bear Rampage so i think I can handle 34. The last few miles are really the hardest part, do I want to go into it with 17 extra miles on my legs. How is the first 17 of the 34?
    when in doubt, go 34. never ridden it, so know nothing about the 17 or 34. when you rode last week, which did you ride? and is the 17 ending at the convention center, right? start point is Snake Creek Gap parking area right? looks like it according to the map

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    yeah, I started at Snake Creek Gap parking lot and rode the last 17.
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    I just registered for the 34 mile, what the hell. Plus one of my buddies is doing it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    I am going to race it. Should I go for the 34, I did Black Bear Rampage so i think I can handle 34. The last few miles are really the hardest part, do I want to go into it with 17 extra miles on my legs. How is the first 17 of the 34?
    The 17 miler is the second half of the 34. Most of the decent sport class riders can go around 4 - 4.5 hours for the 34 while the good experts are around 3.5 hours. This is of course, if it's not very muddy!
    The standing eight count & three knockdown rules are in effect on this trail.

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    what tires are you guys riding for this one...any and all input is welcomed. I'm needing to replace my summer tires and yet to make a decision on what to use for the TT.
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    I love my wtb wolverines 2.2 in the rear and 2.3 wtb prowler SS up front.
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    Getting close, this is Saturday. Can't say enough good things about what NWGA Sorba does with this race! Always a top notch event.

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    I am sure glad I got some booties for xmas!!
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    it's gonna be nice 20/30 deg at start time for this awesome torture fest no matter 17 or 34 mile race...I' doing the 17

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    Quote Originally Posted by cale399
    it's gonna be nice 20/30 deg at start time for this awesome torture fest no matter 17 or 34 mile race...I' doing the 17
    haven't shaved all week...every little bit of facial hair will help ward off the frostbite
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    me too, I am so ready for the wet and the cold, bring it on
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    I got everything ready to roll p/u my buddy tomorrow and head up see y'all there
    I'm psyc'd

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    that was cold as you-know-what!!! man the coldest I have ever started and finished our car said 20 at the start of the 17 and it was snowing and the WIND holly cow! But I survived and still had an awesome time...what got me was the perceived stiffness in my upper body I was not loose evn after the first hill etc so I felt a little weird in the rock gardens, but I really cant complain I did not fall or anything....

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    It was crazy out there, I really crashed at the last 4 miles and walked a few climbs. I did finish which is all I wanted to do on the 34 miler in 20 degree weather. Yeah the wind chill was bad, I had to put my camlebak under my jacket to keep it from freezing. That was one of the hardest courses I have raced.
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    Where is the water crossing pictured in 20 degree weather ? I guess all the rains have the creeks really full up there. I have not done it in a couple of years (34 of course...for the money) sure did not cross anything like that back then. I remember one fair crossing near the start....? Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xray_ed
    Most of the decent sport class riders can go around 4 - 4.5 hours for the 34 while the good experts are around 3.5 hours.


    and mtb racing freaks do it in 2 hrs 54 min....awesome job.

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    That is the stream about 3 miles into the 34 miler, the one your thinking of. They said it was really high this year because of the extra rain we've had.
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    Looking to do this for the first time. Is the race $100 on site? Looking to do 34 mile distance.

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    Not sure check out nwgasorba.org for detail
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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughtime
    Looking to do this for the first time. Is the race $100 on site? Looking to do 34 mile distance.

    Yeah, it should be $100. The best deal is to pre-register before Jan 1 for something like $85, and you get all 3 races. I came in on # 2 and it was $100.

    I registered for it here.

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    Yeah it's 100 bucks, See you there.
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    forecast 53/30 for the final...could be warmer, but the trail should be in great shape with three days of sun leading up tp\o it

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