Smoky Mtn Century


I was inspired so I did the 100 mile, 10,000' of climbing Great Smoky Mountain National Park traverse. Started at 1400' at 8am at 40 degrees, rode to 5000' where the temps on the way rose to 57 and then plunged back to the low 40's. Took the 20 mile descent to Cherokee, NC where it was 65. Climbed back put to Newfound Gap and on to Clingmans Dome at 6600. Then back to Sugarlands (1500'), to Elkmont (2000) and then home. Knocked tow of the top 100 climbs in the country according to the book on great climbs in the US. I've done this ride maybe 10 times. I actually felt really good but its just a long day on the bike. The views are amazing. There were only a few times that I was really feeling tired, mainly the sustained 8-10% hour from Cherokee to Newfound. Will hike tomorrow The bike needs a day off. Avg power at 195, normalized at 219.

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