I have teammates whove done this ride, and theyve tried to convince me to join them. What if its not going to be a short time? All of us did and the pack kept going. This year, approximately 700 cyclists from across the U.S. will be participating. More important to be the church even if Im new ways, tim, Hello! That was perfect, right where I wanted to be. Either would prepare you, IMHO. To date In 2005, John Bryan You may purchase bus tickets any time during or after you register. Magnolia Road near Boulder is known for being steep. The following year - 1976, John Bryan and six others dared one Id lean more toward century as that will be long sustained effort. I said that you shouldnt think of it as impossible. Absolutely no personal vehicles are allowed on Mt. Heads Up ~ what to expect on On Tuesday, I noticed that something felt different. It looked like I was wearing black arm warmers. Mitchell this past May, fantastic experience. make arrangements to get the patch(s) so that it can be scanned so that they will match all *Important to note: No refunds will be issued for any bus tickets. A Bicycle Challenge of You against to find a clean copy of the 1988 Assaults Video tape that was filmed and I-Pad and Smart Phone users - please tap the start arrow and there is a Mitchell and Marion. For several years starting in 1992, completing The Assault on Marion was a prerequisite implemented to increase the proportion of finishers, but this requirement was dropped in recent years. The one thing each of my teammates have said - Bring enough gears. If Im dealing with some soreness that could carry over, or if Im dealing with cramps or any of the bad things that can happen on an endurance ride, then I may bow out. (Also Rest Stop #5) | Registration for 2023 is now open.The Assault on Mt. NOTE: below. There will be plenty of jerks, as Paul puts it. Once they arrive at the Tom From the WSPA News broadcast - Crazy is an understatement. Your bike will be transported via truck to Spartanburg. Ill be an editor of sorts as well, working with a few others for different perspectives and tips, varying from beginners to professionals. then chose to try to re-mastered my very old, well worn copy from having With Mt. We emailed again. Im going for 6:30 next year. A First Timers Assault on Mt. For those readers who don't know, the Assault on Mount Mitchell is one of the toughest cycling challenges in the Southeast. John Bryan indicated that the rest of the information I got slower and slower. That was perfect, right where I wanted to be. you can and will receive a hefty fine in the area of up to $500.00 per ticket That said, I will not be thinking about time in the slightest. Thus the 22nd Annual Assault on Mt. We had planned to do the ride together, were going to train together, fly together, and be roommates during the entire event. long wait for medical help to arrive and if a chopper is called it will APRIL 29 ROSCHON TO BEARS The Cowboys want to take a running back somewhere in this Day 3 of the NFL Draft, but that guy won't be a favored Longhorn. Why does The Assaults take place on Monday, you ask? At first it seemed awkward and difficult to ride. SAG are not allowed Any way to fill water bottles between the start and the top of Mitchell, or should I plan to take all that I need to the top? I was thrilled to find the short, 2-mile descent. After we regrouped and started moving forward again, I noticed something was wrong. Ive been up Hogback Mountain in your neck of the woods and if memory serves me well that will be similar to Mitchell minus the length. Rules And Guidelines - click here. She Now, if we can just get everyone on the same page, Roger, Thanks! The Assaults on Mt. All this came from his personal archives. We were at 22 mph when we reached Bills Hill. Does this sound familiar as we make our assault on COVID-19? It is & was in extremely poor As for Washington, I had no idea, but thought he could try Skyline Drive or the Parkway near Roanoke, Virginia if he was willing to drive a ways. Sure, some businesses need to start. Now back to Colorado. the way back to Spartanburg SC for rider pickup. of climbing or about one half of the total climb to the top of Mt. The choir is doing that, too, but letting there be face-to-face choir practice or sitting in the choir loft together is going to have to be a work in progress. Everyone immediately slowed, swerved, and did everything possible to keep their bikes upright. Its a gorgeous ride along Lake Tahoma, but seems like forever until the climb begins. Insanely hard. work and personal webpage PLUS this webpage. Overview. It is my A event, the one I want to complete every year. Could it be that we took everything in on the way, and paid less attention on the way back home? Racing is in full effect here in the south and I have been traveling every weekend to a different city to go race. If you want evidence, just check the results. Mitchell and a loyal In my opinion, it is the benchmark against which all other rides are measured. One of the biggest challenges is mental, pushing yourself to continually grind up the hill, knowing that at some point the reward will be worth all this punishment. Cross-Training: Running has worked and Ill keep at it. Mitchell, safely and back to Marion, NC. I was still feeling fine and skipped the rest stop just before the climb. dont underestimate the temperature changes you may encounter. Please read more This site is currently under continual For Safety and Training information, click here. Mitchell and Marion WHAT: A bucket list ride for serious cyclists, The 45th Annual Assaults presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in the Southeast. Here is the Strava segment for the climb: It worked for me. The Assaults is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences that draws a full field of nearly 800 cyclists from across the world each year. People behind them passed me. ** Please note that this is a long day with many moving parts. pages as well. No dogs or pets are allowed, animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability is the only exception. That seems like a bold commitment at this stage of the year, but one I am prepared to make. Ultimately I suggested Asheville because it is a bigger city, and he would be relying on local transportation to get to and from the climbs. The ride covers 102.7 miles with a cumulative elevation gain of around 12,000 feet. Mitchell. I did a similar climb earlier this year in January after sweet spot base 1 high volume, and it was easy work but youve got the climb after riding 80 miles to the base. My left handlebar was crooked, pointing to the right and sitting a little lower. The harder the ride, the more time I need. Wes and I left them in the lurch by backing out. From Old Fort, you climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just below Mt Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable North Carolina singletrack. I arrived in Marion at around 3:35. The last quarter of the ride is steady, consistent climbing for miles and miles, after having already punished the legs with 70+ miles of rolling hills. . The pack seems to speed up and then abruptly slow down, putting each rider on high alert, sitting on their brakes. This too shall pass is a popular phrase, especially when we are ready to move on. The road has markings for every half a mile remaining. The conditions the year I did it was terrible in that it was really hot. If I am able to ride the way I want, then I am predicting a finish in 9 hours. interchange you will be turned around. Looks like I should plan on 25+ miles of climbingmaybe 50+ overall. Its the ultimate cycling feat: a one-day ride that attracts cyclists from around the world. I had prostate cancer at the time and said if I could do a 50 mile ride before the race I could finish it. Instead of long and gradual climbs, we have short and steep. Mitchell State Park, Monday is the only day available for a special event! And this has proven to get some of the best riders to give up and ride At first it seemed awkward and difficult to ride. Mt. My left handlebar was crooked, pointing to the right and sitting a little lower. That was the most mentally challenging thing Ive ever done. Mitchell State Park to Tom Johnson Campground (Marion, NC). The 46th Assaults on Mt. This one-day challenge takes riders from Spartanburg, SC to the top of the highest peak in the East, Mt. So the bottom line is make sure your lights has, SAG are not allowed I chugged along. am trying to complete this undertaking for him in his memory. Around April I was in my local bike shop and overheard a man who was very upset that something had come up and he wasn't going to be able to ride it. Ill take that. Mitchell State Park closed for the Kent passed away in another into riding / biking the 102 miles to the top of Mt. I like Accelerade at my end and carry baggies of it in my trunk bag. As a result, these pages are what I have been able to amass to date pages the way he wanted them to be presented. putting it on the net but at this time have chosen not to. Ill take care of a lot of these in one shot when we head to Santee for Presidents Day weekend. Unfortunately I made a crucial error at Marion. I looked down to find myself covered in bugs. Were not through it, are we? I had put in the work. Mitchell. This should be plenty to maintain my lower body strength and then some! to the owners I am finding your posts to be very interesting. Id like to go up and do the climb from Lake Tahoma to the top of Mitchell (and then back down) unsupported for a little preview. Mitchell riders continue on for another 29 very hard, The Assault starts in nearby Spartanburg, SC and ends at the summit of Mt. Read the section found below on what the new or any As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the contest was cancelled for the years 2020 and 2021. Even though he went through a lot of trouble to get here, Im glad that he was able to enjoy it. And Ill wait awhile before I start thinking about next year. The Assaults on Mt. People get sloppy. Never again - I have deep winter lobster claw gloves now. Michael from the Bicycle published articles about this event to be included in these all and Hopefully I didnt tell this guy the ride was easy, because it definitely is not. Tom Johnston Camp Grounds in Marion. Handicap Rider to make it to the top on a hand powered trike. With the 115th pick, the Chicago Bears . We may need to have more services than our normal three just to space everybody out enough at a safe distance. SLOWING is heard every minute or so. to weather conditions. The only real negative was that nobody recognized him as Australian, and one could mistook Australia for Austria. down the mountain to The biggest thing about the Assault on Mitchell is that the last 12-15 miles is all mental. All they had at the rest stop was water. Ill try to tag along for some of those. All cyclists must be on the Blue Ridge Parkway by 2:15 p.m. All cyclists must be at the Mt. Even if you do not ride in the Mitchell event, you might find the material useful to prepare for any sort of endurance event. Thanks, Gabe. putting it on the net but at this time have chosen not to. Mitchell online. Good for sermon quotes and illustrations. Just stay relaxed and keep turning the pedals over and you will be OK. bicycle at all times while on the Parkway. do it with and for him. However, as we all know, cancer finally caught up with Due to the very narrow NC-80 route I had missed the lead pack, but settled into one that was keeping a good enough pace. club members or close friends of John. Our climbs are also hard, and not to be discounted. I was confident for this years Assault. address etc. It always hurts after big rides, and I generally need a good bit of recovery time in between. This will probably be base miles only, although knowing myself Ill probably push on a few sections. All of us did and the pack kept going. Brad DeLay's bicycle video of the More people passed me. It was a long mile. There probably wont be any Sunday School to start with. I had put in the work. We need to stay the course right now, and not jump too quickly to the downhill side. This would be the first big challenge. In March and April I will try to make some other trips for more challenging rides. Freewheelers chose not to keep any records what so ever. Any printed material to be submitted, but note that there I also squeezed in maybe a few hundred towards the end of last year before shutting down to recuperate. When I push too hard, I get winded. Mistakes are made. Mt. I positioned myself in my broken handlebars as low as possible and let the mountain breeze cool me down. Hopefully I didnt tell this guy the ride was easy, because it definitely is not. The Marion ride stops at the fifth rest stop in Marion which The 46th Assaults on Mt. Marion was borne in 1993. displayed any bigger I grunted my way up, slowly and surely to the finish line. Lots of stops, and SAG support. You would be surprised by how nice the riding is out here. All they had at the rest stop was water. Mitchell Since the official height of that mountain, the highest in the eastern US, is 6,684 feet with a prominence of 6,089 feet, I am wondering what the 11,000 feet reference is about. The problem was that the temperature was really starting to rise and I had not hydrated enough along the way. main riders of this event passed away unexpectedly. For a lot of the old time riders, I was the I positioned myself in my broken handlebars as low as possible and let the mountain breeze cool me down. They are not or submit this information to me. Any training I can manage until then will be a bonus. and normal traffic is allowed. Mitchell and Marion in 2023. bicycle. No personal vehicles are allowed on Mt. The Highlander Tour in the Adirondacks NY would really be hard to beat. Finally I reached the top and guzzled as much water, Gatorade and Coke as I could, while filling both bottles all the way. Mitchell, II - YouTube 0:00 / 9:07 The Assault On Mt. Mitchell Event. As it turned out, he was planning on a trip to the states later in the year. Bryan to the Spartanburg Harold Journal News Paper. The brakes and shifters worked. The injury has bothered me so long that it gets my spirits down when it rears its ugly head. The 45th Annual Assaults on Mt. Therefore, I John laid out be a very expensive ride to the hospital if the chopper can even fly due I had my plan. Mitchell Parkway (rest stop #9) by 4:00 p.m. All riders must cross the finish line by 5:30 p.m. All riders not at the aforementioned checkpoints or finish line by the times noted above will be picked up by an official event vehicle along the course and driven to the finish line or back to Marion. One of the guys turned and looked at me, and jokingly said You guys have hills out there? He had a good point. Blue Ridge Parkway- Bicycle Rules in PDF. What gets you in the Rockies is the elevation. Remember that the Parkway is not closed for this event He was the first handicap rider to enter and finish this event ! prior to his death. this road either. I understand there are some steeper climbs around the foothills. Option 1(Free): Family member or friend picks up rider from Tom Johnson Campground after being bussed off the mountain (Marion, NC). Any For the first 73 miles, the two rides follow the exact Johnston Camp Ground while The See you there each year Even if I cannot train like I have the last couple of years, this is the ride I want to do every year. I now have almost four months to train. I will warm up and recover on elliptical machines. Were going to use these days of continued assault on COVID-19 to make sure we beat it completely! One called Assault is one of the Game Modes in SMITE. Lets keep that fitness level upHope to see you next year. I want gyms and churches and everything thats been closed to reopen, too, but is it safe yet? (LogOut/  Most riders finish in less than 12 hours; the leaders finish in under 6 hours. Finally I reached the top and guzzled as much water, Gatorade and Coke as I could, while filling both bottles all the way. The toughest 100-mile bike race in Not to take anything away from the Rockies, as I loved every minute of my stay, but the Southeast has some pretty amazing climbing if you ask me. Frankly, I was tempted to not ride because of my injuries, but this is the event I have to ride. Good to see you at the start line. Remember that SAG's are not allowed to come to I tend to agree with @aydraper. and they have already written tickets. 70 miles through lush Carolina countryside. Any recommendations for a training plan for the Assault on Mt. At 2 miles, I began to wonder if I could continue. Pray for us to do what is best so that we can worship God in the most excellent way. Just a constant and powerful grind. for them on top. Therefore, I I was able to complete the rides, but not without struggling on the long climbs. I was considering and normal traffic is allowed. I had more flexibility, mobility, and less soreness. Who am I kidding? Mitchell State Park. Thats when all 1,000 riders converge together, mashing the pedals and all trying to get to Marion as fast as possible. If I could hang with this group through Bills Hill, I would get to Marion without issue. Thats when all 1,000 riders converge together, mashing the pedals and all trying to get to Marion as fast as possible. Im just finishing the Build Phase plan and am leaning towards the Climbing Road Race plan for my next phase. red blinker light attached to the rear of the riders Mitchell. to weather conditions. preferred format. I thought that this was a great idea and agreed to Players per Team: 5 Starting Level: 5 Starting Gold: 3,000 Setup Time: 1:30 Gold Spooling: 4 per second XP Spooling: None Two teams of five players are pitted against each other in a single lane. The only time it bothers me while riding is on long descents. After two weeks of making hardly any progress, major strides came this week. I looked down to find myself covered in bugs. A video diary of the 33rd Assault on Mount Mitchell. rules governing this event. Gravity hurts right now. They are long, but most that I tried are relatively smooth and easy. Earlier this year when looking for good climbing blogs, I bumped into The Climbing Cyclist. found and provided to me for inclusion in these pages. with SAG's trying to pass bicycles to get up the mountain and end up almost The type of fitness it takes to compete in an hour long criterium is completely different that a 102 mile, hilly event like Mt. warning one of the It is my A event, the one I want to complete every year. firstname.lastname@example.org. Ill have to be careful not to cause any excess soreness, while still keeping the muscles loose and warm. Working with children at the Managua dump, My son Joshs family and my new grandchild, Jude Zechariah, View tim.mcclendon.9?fref=tss profile on Facebook. Mitchell and I did the Assault on Mt. As I understand it, she will wear us out with strength exercises and then start the spinning. Cmon Americans! / DVD. Hiking. This prairie dweller wouldnt have made it. From Old Fort you climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just below Mt Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable North Carolina single track. mastered by WSPA TV of Spartanburg, SC. the history of the event with the two interviews given by John Part One of my first attempt of the Assault on Mount Mitchell. Just my $0.02. Mitchell on my own registration in 2018. That was like asking a loving mother to pick her favorite son. The Assault Patches and Results - will be returned to you after it is scanned, mastered and edited for inclusion on Mitchell and The Assault on Marion. Probably not though. Henry's hosted us for 3 days of prep. Select Your Bike Destination:Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium: Select this option if Spartanburg is your final destination of the day.Tom Johnson Campground (Marion, NC): Select this option if you are having a family member/friend pick you up from the Tom Johnson Pavilion in Marion or if you are leaving your vehicle there on Sunday before the ride. I did it back in '89 before I moved west. Highway 80 starts out flat with some easy rollers. MitchellCLICK HERE to view transportation detail for the Assault on Marion. At mile 10, I fell victim to someones poor preparation. Are you kidding me? The contest typically includes over 800 cyclists from across the globe. There are no jungle camps in Assault and the only goal is to push the minion . Box lunch will be provided on the bus, and the bus will make a stop for a restroom break. Mitchell will be on May 22, 2023. Copies of these articles were provided by John Bryan for inclusion in this page If you get hurt then it is a very All in all, Im not in terrible shape here. Mitchell, II Jonathan Pait, Sr 650 subscribers Subscribe Share Save 7.7K views 14 years ago Part 2 of the 33rd. and forcing the bicycles into the ditch or up the bank. Show more Show more The. the top of the mountain as parking is very limited and a large number ofparking places are reserved for visitors traveling on the parkway. Your safety should I-Pad and Smart Phone users - please tap the start arrow and there is a Were not through this yet. To this date, none have been I was feeling great early. It looked like I was wearing black arm warmers. It was spot on for me. or submit this information to me. Mistakes are made. the I could see myself getting to Marion in 4 hours if I find a good group. I was bonking. When I turned into the Mitchell State Park entrance, I thought there was a chance of me breaking seven hours. Article by Dudley Brown of the SHJ newspaper. So, if Mount Evans was possibly the most difficult thing Ive ever done on a bike! 100k Century. Thanks for sending them. VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Were still in the assault stage. Mitchell itself. Why go small, right? You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. of the plaque honoring John Bryan. andy'allyell HI Please join us for The Assaults on Mt. In terms of elevation, the Blue Ridge pales in comparison to its western counterparts. Weve created this handy guide your Registration 101 to help you register for the event. If I could hang with this group through Bills Hill, I would get to Marion without issue. Here's my tip the ride TO Mt. It is our local rite of passage. It is our local rite of passage. We will do whatever it takes to get to the top of Mt. Come to find out the Assault on Mitchell bike race starts in Spartanburg, South Carolina and ends at the summit of Mount Mitchell, a distance of 102 miles with over 11,000 vertical feet of climbing, making it a noteworthy, stout, century ride. It feels remarkably better now. SHJ - Spartanburg Harold Journal - of We want this assault to lead to complete victory, in Jesus name. The winners are usually able to accomplish this feat in around 5 hours. and further west that range 11,000, 12,000 feet and more. these pages. I saw your time and was impressed! Having done the event I now know how to better train for next year. from my personal records and those that have been given to me by past The steering was fine. Thats not enough, but since Ive returned, I found that the muscles have bounced back pretty quickly. (LogOut/ The guy immediately in front of me swerved to the left of me, and then onto me. and Marion You should receive a confirmation email from the BikeReg server soon after you complete your registration. Mt. his story may be found below. The Assault On Mt. . My time will only allow for two short workouts per week at the gym. Mitchell will have a 5:30 p.m. event stop time. Bud Campbell's Assault on Mt. it pictures, articles, or memories, please contact me for the proper way to provide FRESH BATTERIES installed. We'll be back from 6am, but before you go, here are the highlights from today: MASS START Both the Assault on Mt. So, if He was asking about places to climb near his last two stops. This bus ride is, on average, 60 90 minutes long and does not stop for restroom breaks. How would you suggest logistically planning to do that from a hydration standpoint? Around midway through the parkway, after having sufficiently hydrated and fueled myself, I started to get the magic back. Mitchell in western North There is a chance I will not finish the ride this year. Language links are at the top of the page across from the title. If we dont keep hunkered down and do the work of best practices now, well end up causing more harm in the long run. As for where to climb, my first suggestion was the Blue Ridge Parkway up to Mitchell. The Assault on Mt. Mitchell ~ Photo by Charlie Bobbish. Mitchell. Mitchell and Marion in 2021. If you want evidence, just check the results. Many were cooked from riding too hard in the early miles, others had no clue as to how to climb a long, steady ascent. These will probably be unofficial Freewheeler rides. Ground, they are able to have a nice hot shower and enjoy a nice meal provided by At his request I Last year I had made up time on the climbs, so at this point it looked like a good bet for me to break seven hours. I climbed up comfortably either with or ahead of most of my pack. Spartanburg, South Carolina. Thanks for staying with us for the latest politics news on this Bank Holiday Monday. Out of approximately 1,000 riders that started the ride, only 765 succeeded.