By David Bellotti, Posted to Facebook July 1
See their wonderful raw video capturing the trail and sights HERE.
"Over the 3 days, we cycled 151.8 miles averaging 12.2 mph.
The trail is gravel until the suburbs of Pittsburgh and the first 24 miles climbs from 625 feet in Cumberland, MD to 2390 feet at the Continental Divide. While that is just an average of 1.4% grade, it was challenging as there was never any respite, just climbing.
We did well on the climb according to Garmin. Currently we rank 22 out of 160 Garmin users for the segment Gap Grind. That segment took us 3 hours 53 minutes where we averaged 6.1 mph. We did the first half of the climb in the 39 chain ring then went to the granny gear for the rest. The "downhill" side was less than a 0.75% grade so with the gravel surface, we were never able to freewheel.
Gulya was a warrior on the tandem and shot all of the video. Portions of the video have no sound as we had music playing so I muted the sound to avoid copyright infringement that would cause YouTube and Facebook to delete the video."
Tags: Bike trail, GAP trail, Tandem bike, Bike Maryland, Great Allegheny Passage, Laurel Highlands.