“Official” TB route for this one will be the “80” miler with the Lee Station climb which makes the ride 86 miles and 5500 feet. IF YOU ARE ON THE CLIMB AND SEE OTHERS HEADING DOWN, YOU SHOULD TURN AND DESCEND IF YOU WANT TO STAY WITH THE GROUP. There will be a 2-3 minute regrouping period at the bottom after the climb and the group will then roll whether everyone is there or not. Count on hitting several sags.
For those using this as training for the ride of which we will not speak, we’ll do the “50” miler with 3 climbs in the following order: Lee Station, Pitts, Henson. (That’s out of order from the website route but since we do Henson often we’ll save it until last as a throw away if the legs are gone.) With all 3 climbs it’s 74 miles and 6500 feet. Similar format to the official TB route (above) on the climbs: 2-3 minute regrouping at bottom after the climbs to cram down a cliff bar and then roll (in other words, if you see folks coming down you should turn and head down if you want to stay with the group). Count on quickly topping bottles at the sags on top and one longer sag stop (maybe).
SPECIAL NOTE: SINCE BOTH ROUTES BYPASS HENSON ON THE WAY OUT AND BOTH CLIMB LEE STATION THE PLAN IS FOR BOTH TO ROLL AT 7:30 CENTRAL, 8:30 EASTERN.
SHANNONDOAH ASKS US TO TAKE IT EASY ON THE DESCENTS PARTICULARLY LEE STATION SINCE THERE IS NO CENTER LINE AND FOLKS MAY BE CLIMBING WHILE WE ARE COMING DOWN.