2016 Assaults Training Rides
The 2016 AOMM is Monday, May 16!
Click here for information on the next training ride.
Richard White will post each weeks ride plan by the Wednesday prior to each Saturday ride if possible.
The ride plan will include:
- Starting time – usually between 9-10 am depending on the weather forecast.
- Start location – most will be in the Landrum / Tryon / Inman / Gowensville area.
- A RidewithGPS route which includes a cue sheet for those who need one. Most rides will be 60-80 miles.
- SAG – We will post if we have a SAG and ask that everyone who rides contribute $2-3 for them. If you know of anyone who would like to SAG for us please let Richard know. SAG’s are not guaranteed for any of the rides so please come prepared to be self-sufficient if necessary. That would include equipment to fix
Weather – We won’t head to the mountains unless the forecast shows temperatures of at least 50 degrees and low rain possibilities in the area we will be riding. Obviously these are judgment calls and will be made and posted the day before or no later than two hours prior to the ride start time.
Routes will be determined weekly and based on where we are in our training, weather, etc…. and suggestions for our routes are always welcome. Richard will try to vary the routes as much as possible, however, there are limited mountains to train on in the area. We start with the easier climbs and progressively increase the difficulty of the harder climbs and climb multiple times. The mountains we will use are:
- Hogback (5 miles-1500’)
- Saluda Grade / Pearson Falls (5 miles – 1500’)
- Holbert Cove
- Green River Cove (2.5 miles – 950’)
- Greenville Watershed (6.5 miles – 1000’)
- Cabin Creek / Mt Olivet
- Skyuka / White Oak (4.25 miles – 1800’)
We will plan to do the Table Rock ride as we get closer to the AOMM. This ride is 100 miles and 9000’ of climbing. It is great for giving you an idea of your fitness for Mitchell. It includes the seven mile climb on Hwy 215 to the Blue Ridge Parkway (2500’ of vertical climb).
The rides will be what we consider A / B level rides. In general we will ride at a steady moderate pace between climbs with climbs at your own pace. We regroup at the top of climbs before proceeding. If you are unsure about your ability to do a particular ride, please contact Richard before the ride so he can give you advice. We try to help everyone, but if you are obviously having trouble maintaining contact with the group, we will recommend you turn back or proceed on your own. There are sections during a ride where the group tends to string out before regrouping. Please be patient during these sections as we will regroup at the usual spots. If you get behind just stay straight to the regroup point.
8) Try to remember that these are group rides and we often have to adjust to changing circumstances so everything may not happen exactly as planned, or as you would like. If you come looking for some training, and a fun social atmosphere with friends, then you should leave happy and tired at the end of the ride.
Helmets are required
Hopefully this information covers most of the ride structure. If not, please send any questions to Richard White (Richard.White@Milliken.com)