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    HILL/MTN training?

    Im trying to find the most bang for the buck with some climb training for a bike packing race I'm doing next year. I am trying to find the largest and longest climbs around and which places would have them. Problem is that i live in beaufort sc and to pisgah and dupont its about 4hrs drive for me. I was hoping somewhere within 2-3hrs would have something i could do to build up and then once a month head to ashville. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Paris mountain?
    Or goat hill repeats at the wwc in Charlotte ?

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    Those are both still 3.5+ hours away from me.
    Just looking for a big climb if nothing else.

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    Big climbs = the mountains

    Since we can't bring them to you, you have to to come to them.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    You can also try to climb what you got, well your at the beach but something closer, in a harder gear.

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    I think the SORBA CSRA trail system is your closest, best bit. If you did, say, the Dark Star loop one day, the Thurmond Epic the next, and then all of FATS on the third day, that'd be much better training for something like the CTR. The hills might be hard, but it's the mileage and elevation that will crush you...the mileage you can train for, the elevation...that you can only acclimatize to.


    A CT thru-biker's (not racer) perspective...

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    Don't forget bridges. I know it would be horribly boring, but bridges like the one over the Cooper river in Charleston can really add up the elevation if you do short loops that hit them a bunch.

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    Living in a coastal area myself (Pensacola, FL) with very little elevation, about the best we can do is riding into a hard gulf-front cross or head wind. It's always a little demoralizing to do a 35 mi road ride with 0 ft of elevation (according to Strava; we probably actually get a whopping 100' of gain over that distance) into a 10-20 mph wind and it takes 2 hrs. It's pretty miserable and boring though; I'd actually rather be grinding up 8% grade for an hour than those beach rides because at least you'd be looking forward to the DH. We did a lot of these type of rides this past spring and I felt great on our week long April trip to Pisgah.

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    +1 to bikensand's post. Give me grade over headwind any day of the week.

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    can you honestly not figure out how to use the elevation/topo feature on google maps? you must be trolling. can't believe supercusty honestly tried to help...bwahahaha.

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    Climb training is what I'm all about these days. I refuse to even ride 1 mile of dh

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    that's because you ain't got no mountain legs bro. you should train with mitch brendan. dude will have you fit in no tyme.

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    Try Strava Segment Explorer.

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    HILL/MTN training?

    U could do a hybrid series, bike, running and squats.

    Biking up hills - self explanatory, but mix up road and mountain.

    Running up hills, helps develop power.

    Squats, more as an add-on, help further develop power.

    You'll also want to do long road rides to develop stamina as well, 3-4 road miles for every mountain mile. This is particularly important if the hills/mountains your race will be on are larger than anything you have to train on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstuhlman View Post
    can you honestly not figure out how to use the elevation/topo feature on google maps? you must be trolling. can't believe supercusty honestly tried to help...bwahahaha.
    Trolling? the only hill big enough i could find is your mother. if you don't want to help then keep your opinions to yourself. I asked if anyone knows of anything that i am basically forgetting or missing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by plumbfire01 View Post
    Trolling? the only hill big enough i could find is your mother. if you don't want to help then keep your opinions to yourself. I asked if anyone knows of anything that i am basically forgetting or missing....
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    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    my mom? really? bwahahahaha. if that's the best you can come up with then you really do need help with hill training on the coast. train on, trainer!

    love the jesus popcorn gif. perfect for the holidays!

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