Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Climb or the Cruise
At 7:30 a.m., after the JSU Pep Band played The National Anthem, Dr. Meehan sounded the gun to start the ride. It's not a race, but certain groups treat it as such, striving to beat their previous time or beat their buddy to the finish. This ride departs along 204, to Hwy 21, to White's Gap and Hwy 9. Some routes turn around or continue to 78 and to the scenic byway. There, routes vary with how much climbing is desired. "Should I climb HorseBlock and Cheaha? Could I go on to Adam's Gap?"
For 2015, riders also had the option of adding climbs like Bain's Gap, Cottaquilla, and Chimney Peak.
Timing also allowed event organizers to reward a King and Queen of the Mountain for climbing the fastest.
New for 2015, community members also had the opportunity to participate in the first Ladiga Cruise, a 25 mile beginner ride to Piedmont and back. While there wasn't as much climbing, riders could go as fast or slow as they wanted. Kids to adults participated, and it was a lot of fun, with great rest stops and cheerleaders along the way.
Some JSU students and sororities joined in the fun to cheer the riders to the finish.
Around 5:00 P.M. riders were still peddling in from the distance challenges like the 124 mile ultra and 100 mile challenge.
Even through rain, fog, and sun with humidity, riders conquered this challenge and enjoyed a great post ride party with music from Little Known Letter, Classic on Noble food and Cheaha Brewing drinks.
Thanks to all the great volunteers for making it happen!