The course was super fun, lots of ups and downs with medium length intermediate climbs, short steep climbs and short steep, winding drops. You had to pedal virtually the entire lap because there was little in the way of any extended downhill sections.
The course was very non-technical, except in the sense there were some “horseshoe” sections where you needed to be nimble on the pedals…steep short drops that rolled right up into a short steep climb.
Our day got cut short due to some issues with the gearing getting fouled on the big ring. It forced us into gearing with a much higher RPM and we blew out 2/3rds through the first lap and DNFd. Still, we beat 5 or 6 riders on the first lap while basically nursing the bike along at recovery speed. Not bad. We also ran the course blind having never truly seen the course before.
And since we were running a little slower at the end we were able to rescue a box turtle from the singletrack. No telling who a rider-turtle collision would have hurt worse, but were betting it wouldn’t be good for the turtle, so we got him to the other side of the track.
Can’t wait to get back. This course should rip in dry conditions. Fast, flowy and non-technical…there are some climbs that will bust your lungs in a race just due to the intensity, but not on a fun run.
Eating on the Road to Singletrack.
The first place we stopped was the Highlander at 931 Monroe Circle NE just east of Midtown Atlanta on the way up.
The service was awful at first…completely ignored for the first 10 minutes. Stoned B*tch, our waitress, could only seem to focus on one customer at a time. So other folks were getting served quickly while we waited without drinks and other tables waited to pay their bills.
That being said, once Stoned B*tch noticed us the service was fast and friendly. And the food was really, really good. I had the chili burger, super crisp on the outside and yummy on the inside. The fries were pretty pedestrian but they hit the spot. It was right around $12 for the burger, fries and soft drink.
Even though we hated Stoned B*tch we’ll be coming back. This place just has the mountain bike vibe, plus on a hot summer night it was good place to people watch. And the food was soooo much better than one of the last places we stopped, Pawley’s Front Porch in Columbia, South Carolina (and Pawley’s service was worse, if that is possible).
Our second stop was on the rainy Saturday before the race. With no way to ride we wandered over to Kennesaw National Battlefield Park and stopped at Marrieta Pizza Company at 3 Whitlock on the Square in downtown Marietta, Georgia.
The slices were HUGE, the taste above average, and the service was super fast. What more could you ask for on the afternoon before a race? Something like $10 for two slices and a soft drink, but two slices were about the size of a Domino’s medium pizza.