3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 3

[Continued from part 1, and part 2] Lookout Mountain Lookout Mountain is an icon of the South.  As a kid, en route to see my grandparents in Alabama, we’d circle the hump-backed juggernaut as we passed through Chattanooga.  It’s lore was spread via one of the most innovative advertising campaigns in history — painted barns throughout… Continue reading 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 3

3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 2

[Continued from part 1] Sand Mountain The showers drenched, but didn’t dally. By the time I made the turn onto the rough rural roads of northern Alabama, the rain had ceased and a steamy vapor began to rise from the pavement.  Aside from the bad roads, there was little clue save for a sparse state… Continue reading 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 2

3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 1

Given the recent Lance Armstrong and pro cycling doping scandals, I thought it might be worthy to show what the cycling world looks like more often than not — that is, undoped, unpaid, underprepared, and wickedly fun.  What follows is a report (in three parts) from an ride I undertook earlier this year. One hundred… Continue reading 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 1