Filed by Mallory Carra
In preparation for the Tour de Georgia in three weeks, Assistant Sports Editor Jim Tanner and I drove through the 18.9-mile Stage 4 time trial Monday, from downtown Chickamauga to Rock City at Lookout Mountain.
Aside from getting a little lost in the downtown area where the race begins, we saw that the course for the April 19 stage follows almost the same route as last year's time trial that terminated in Chattanooga. Along the way, there are about eight churches that would be good places to watch parts of the race from.
Jim then introduced me to the infamous Burkhalter Gap, which will serve as the final King of the Mountain climb in Stage 3, running from Rome to Chattanooga. Driving through it is apparently nothing like riding it, a dreaded steady grade that pro time trialist Nathan O'Neill said could potentially decide the stage.
But what got to me was driving down Ochs Highway, Stage 3's entrance into Chattanooga filled with some crazy downhill curves. My stomach was not a fan.
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