Brasstown Race Considered Best Single Day Bike Race in U.S.

Brasstown Race Considered Best Single Day Bike Race in U.S.

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 4th, 2005, 2:43 am #1

Various sources report the Brasstown Leg of the Tour De Georgia was named the best day race by VeloNews Magazine. Lance Armstrong competed in 2004 but will not compete in 2005. The race is April 19-24. The 115 mile Brasstown leg will be April 23. Bikers on this leg have been clocked at 65 mph at Hog Pin Gap. Official Tour De Georgia web site.

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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

February 4th, 2005, 6:11 pm #2

The road up Brasstown is exceedingly steep, 10%. On a bicycle thats a lung buster. Thats steeper than any of the climbs in the Tour de France. Most of the major climbs in the tour are 6-7% grades but are 10-15 miles long, whereas the road up Brasstown is a little short of 3 miles
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February 18th, 2005, 1:55 am #3

Various sources report the Brasstown Leg of the Tour De Georgia was named the best day race by VeloNews Magazine. Lance Armstrong competed in 2004 but will not compete in 2005. The race is April 19-24. The 115 mile Brasstown leg will be April 23. Bikers on this leg have been clocked at 65 mph at Hog Pin Gap. Official Tour De Georgia web site.

http://americasroof.com/archives/2005/0 ... race-in-us/
The Lance Armstrong team Web site for the six-time Tour de France winner announced Wednesday that he will compete in this year's Tour de France and Tour de Georgia.
The Georgia race is April 19-24, with the fifth of six stages starting April 23 in Gainesville. Armstrong won last year's Tour de Georgia, but Hall County got only a glimpse as racers zipped through en route from Athens to Brasstown Bald.
Armstrong's inclusion in the 2004 Tour de Georgia, then in only its second year, helped attract some 750,000 spectators and pile up a nearly $70 million statewide economic impact, according to tour officials.
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February 18th, 2005, 5:57 pm #4

The road up Brasstown is exceedingly steep, 10%. On a bicycle thats a lung buster. Thats steeper than any of the climbs in the Tour de France. Most of the major climbs in the tour are 6-7% grades but are 10-15 miles long, whereas the road up Brasstown is a little short of 3 miles
I wonder how this compares with Colorado's annual "Ride the Rockies" tour. Not a race, it goes over several passes in the Rocky Mts., presumably combining long steep grades with high altitude.
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April 25th, 2005, 1:37 am #5

The Lance Armstrong team Web site for the six-time Tour de France winner announced Wednesday that he will compete in this year's Tour de France and Tour de Georgia.
The Georgia race is April 19-24, with the fifth of six stages starting April 23 in Gainesville. Armstrong won last year's Tour de Georgia, but Hall County got only a glimpse as racers zipped through en route from Athens to Brasstown Bald.
Armstrong's inclusion in the 2004 Tour de Georgia, then in only its second year, helped attract some 750,000 spectators and pile up a nearly $70 million statewide economic impact, according to tour officials.
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/st ... 7142.shtml
The AP reports Lance Armstrong finished third on a snowy Brasstown Bald leg in the Tour de Georgia and he is believed to have told associates that he’s not strong enough now to repeat as Tour de Georgia or Tour de France cycling champion.

Teammate Tom Danielson (on the Discovery Channel team) won the leg and took overall lead. Placing second by 15 seconds was Levi Leipheimer.

The peak has earned the International Cycling Union’s toughest classification — Hors Catagorie, or beyond categorization. Saturday’s course also included another tough climb, up the 3,518-foot Hogpen Gap, which set up a final ascent before the demanding task of conquering Brasstown Bald.

The riders on Friday endured heavy rain, thunderstorms and, at times, hail during Stage 4 in a storm that caused President Bush to cancel his planned Earth Day visit to the Smokies. Brasstown Bald offered sleet, snow flurries and temperatures in the mid-30s.

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 14th, 2006, 1:57 am #6

Various sources report the Brasstown Leg of the Tour De Georgia was named the best day race by VeloNews Magazine. Lance Armstrong competed in 2004 but will not compete in 2005. The race is April 19-24. The 115 mile Brasstown leg will be April 23. Bikers on this leg have been clocked at 65 mph at Hog Pin Gap. Official Tour De Georgia web site.

http://americasroof.com/archives/2005/0 ... race-in-us/
There was a strong race up Brasstown Bald as part of the Tour de Georgia race.
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Landis Grabs Tour de Georgia Victory
Outside Online - San Francisco,CA,USA
<strong>... </strong> withstood attacks from Danielson, Yaroslav Popovych, and Jason McCartney to maintain the lead after the epic stage five climb up <strong>Brasstown </strong><strong>Bald </strong> Mountain, the <strong>... </strong>


PEZ Hangs With Greg LeMond
PezCycling News - USA
<strong>... </strong> in school, the select group of journos was good ‘n ready to bust out of class and get to ‘play time' – a ride from Helen up to <strong>Brasstown </strong><strong>Bald </strong>, via the <strong>... </strong></p>

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