Monday, April 07, 2008


After Danielle's and my misadventure in the Cohutta wilderness, I swore I wouldn't take my singlespeed up there again anytime soon.

Well, we finally had good weather yesterday and Eddie wanted to check out the Cohutta 65 course. So, I joined him. I wanted to ride all the singletrack and a little gravel road, but that can't really be done with the course layout. Instead we rode about 20 miles of trail and 30 miles of road. Luckily there are really no tough climbs on the gravel portion of the 65 route, the worst ones come around Potatopatch which you only hit in the 100 miler. Still, I was TIRED when the day was over, probably due to being low on calories and fluid for the ride. We didn't have a watch or phone so I was clueless as to how long we had been out.

The Cohutta 35 is going to be a learning experience for me as I have never raced anything under 6 hours!


Blogger 417BikerGirl said...

I've been reading your blog for awhile and, though I'm nowhere near the racer you are (that makes me sad), I've just put in an order for a Bandersnatch. I need a geared bike, so I was thinking that was my best option, but I'm really considering the rigid fork. I just finished the Ouachita tour and people were singing praises of the 29ers left and right...I even spotted a couple of Vassagos. Any words of wisdom from the female point of view would be greatly appreciated!

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Blogger Namrita O'Dea said...

hi! what kind of racing do you do? i absolutely love the rigid fork. it climbs awesome, and handles tech stuff great. it's surprisingly "plush" for having no suspension. that being said, i'm still using suspension for my 24 hour race bike. i'll have the rigid on my backup bike, though. i do know i can descend faster with there are pros and cons. yes a 29er would be a great bike for ouachita! well, let me know if you have any other questions! i'm sure you will love the bike.

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