Road Cycling the Blue Ridge High Country [NOOK Book]

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Screaming white-knuckle descents. Peaceful creek-side rambles. Rides across high mountain balds, through orchards, along old railroad grades, and past Christmas-tree farms. And, of course, grueling ascents, like the category-one climb up Beech Mountain, which gains nearly 1,500 vertical feet in three miles.

“You can’t play baseball at Yankee Stadium,” says author Tim Murphy,...
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Road Cycling the Blue Ridge High Country

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Overview

Screaming white-knuckle descents. Peaceful creek-side rambles. Rides across high mountain balds, through orchards, along old railroad grades, and past Christmas-tree farms. And, of course, grueling ascents, like the category-one climb up Beech Mountain, which gains nearly 1,500 vertical feet in three miles.

“You can’t play baseball at Yankee Stadium,” says author Tim Murphy, “but you can experience the climb that drew some of the world’s top endurance athletes, and changed one of them forever.”

“It’s a classic,” Lance Armstrong said of the Beech Mountain climb after his stage win there in the 1995 Tour DuPont. Armstrong’s inspiring comeback from cancer began during a training camp in these same mountains three years later.

The Blue Ridge Mountains provide some of the finest road cycling in the country, and the 26 rides in this volume constitute the best the High Country has to offer. Six mountain and foothills counties in northwestern North Carolina are covered, as are portions of southwestern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee. Each ride description includes precise directions, information about road characteristics, detailed maps and elevation profiles, and lists of food, services, and outdoor options along the route.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016236124
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 266
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Tim Murphy has pedaled the peaks of the Blue Ridge since 1981. He has organized charity rides, supported greenway development, and served as promotions coordinator for the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club. He has also worked as a reporter and photographer for several small North Carolina newspapers. Murphy is presently a retired high-school counselor who makes his home in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
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