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Dahlonega Doozy

Kim Nelson

Dahlonega Doozy Feb 2021
One of the FEW positive things that have come out of Covid-19 is that the Road Team has been managing to get together to do some monthly training rides. On Saturday, January 30th, 7 hardy souls from the team met at Diane Schleicher’s driveway in Dahlonega for a chilly (average temp 35.4F) jaunt through our beautiful Georgia Mountains. Julie Gazmararian, instrumental in helping Diane put together a most divine route, joined us following her freezing descent of Woody’s Gap. It was hard to feel sorry for ourselves, knowing what she had endured to meet up with us. Besides, “no whining” is the general rule, and I am happy to report that Saskia Hoppe behaved - or at least when she was in earshot of me. New 2021 team member, Karen Richardson, was our powerhouse early on and we pretty much took turns just to keep up with that motor of hers! A much needed pee break offered a chance for us all to regroup.

Dahlonega Doozy Feb 2021
The route was delightful, with between 5500-6000 ft of climbing (depending on whose computer you want to use) and none of the official gaps. What’s not to like about that? My concern about traffic while riding up there on a weekend, starting at 10am no less, was unfounded, as the roads were much less traveled than expected. The route provided some really fun rollers at the beginning, tiny little out of the way roads throughout, black swan sightings, and gorgeous views of the mountains. We had a really strong bunch, including Melanie King, Jennifer Klein, and Jean D’ Alessandro. Averaging 15.9 mph for 59.66 miles, at those temps, with substantial climbing, requires strength, but this group really impressed me with monitoring their nutrition, and knowing when to “sit in” and when to take the lead. Sometimes it means persevering, but sometimes it is restraining oneself, especially important in a long ride. Everyone present did just that, which made for a most delightful ride.

Dahlonega Doozy Feb 2021
And finally, Diane outdid herself by having a socially-distanced fire pit experience, complete with coffee, tea and snacks, also brought by others, yummy carrot cake and scones. It was a lovely way to end a GREAT ride! Thanks ladies! I am happy and proud to be part of this phenomenal group of women.