Friday, October 2, 2009

100 miles around Anne Arundel County

A century ride that I might be doing later this month. Substitute the B & A Trail for the section along MD-2 through Severna Park.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

50 Miles: Thurmont - Greenbrier Loop

A link to an alternate half century loop from Thurmont Community Park. This one goes counterclockwise, and after descending Hamburg Rd, a technical descent of several miles, is fairly flat for the last 12 miles or so back into town. There are refueling points in Smithsburg after about 15 miles and Meyersville after about 28 miles. The route climbs three distinctive mountain passes: up MD-77 at the start, around Greenbrier State Park on Keadle Rd, and over the Gambrill Park ridge on Crow Rock and Highland School Roads. However, all of the other "rolling" roads out here always have a tendency to be more hilly than I remember them.

Here is a 40 mile version that avoids the second mountain ridge for a little less mileage and a lot less climbing. It's probably more fun, to be honest.

Friday, June 26, 2009

54 miles: Thurmont - Catoctin Mountains

This is a route reposted from an earlier entry. I plan on doing this route on a group ride in July. It'll be a good bit of saddle time, and a lot of climbing. I've ridden most of these roads riding with Ernest and Mark, one of our sales reps and a friend (and a great climber). After I ride the whole thing I'll update the post.

61 miles: Columbia - Woodbine Loop

Another route I came up with to possibly use on a group ride next month. Going to go try it out today.

Update: Not a bad route, on a cloudy day. All the roads are rideable and reasonably safe, and there are several convenience stores and gas station marts at which to refuel. The ride was also quite hilly—it was always climbing or descending, never much in the way of flat roads. There were two roads that were really great: Woodbine Morgan Road, running for one mile through the woods along a branch of the Patapsco River; and Shaffersville Rd, a tree-lined road gradually descending for 1.7 miles southeast of Mt. Airy. Almost the entire rest of this ride was in the sun, and with not a cloud to be seen and temperatures in the 90s, I was exhausted by the time I finished.

Monday, June 15, 2009

72 miles: Mt. Airy - Thurmont Loop

A possible ride for 72 miles through the rolling country east of Frederick up into the Catoctin range and back again.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

29 miles: Point of Rocks to Mt Airy

The rest of the loop back to Mt. Airy from the last post. In between that and this is about 14 miles of C&O Canal towpath.

54 miles: Mt. Airy to Harpers Ferry

This is a one-way route across the Catoctin and South Mountain ridges linking Mt. Airy, east of Frederick, to Harpers Ferry West Virginia. I'm planning on making this part of a longer loop that incorporates the C&O Canal towpath - but I can't map that using Google Maps!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

45 Miles on Day 30

Here is the link to the ride Andrew and I did on our 30th and final day of riding our bikes this month. It was a great route (even with the long out and back section on Patuxent River Rd). The weather cooperated for us and it was a fantastic way to end our daily-ride challenge.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Challenge: 30 Days of April

I'm taking part in a challenge between a few of us at the shop. Sometime in March we decided we were going to ride for at least 45 minutes on every day in April. We're now 25 days in; Andrew, Scott, and myself have all managed to ride on each of the last 25 days. I've been trying to take a camera on each ride, or at least take a before- or after-ride picture. The link to the Flickr page with my photoset is here.

The whole endeavor has changed my view on riding a little bit; on group rides I find myself much more content to let people break away, figuring I'll eventually catch back up. I've been spending a lot of time in the little ring so as to rest my leg muscles as much as possible. It's also been a new experience going for short rides every day, instead of long rides a couple times a week with plenty of time in between to recover. It's been a lot of fun and a neat accomplishment... but I'm really looking forward to day 31.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

35 miles Park & Ride Loop

Here is a link to tomorrow afternoon's ride around Anne Arundel County.

Friday, February 27, 2009

50 miles: Shop to Harwood Loops

Here is a link to a route from the shop through Davidsonville to a loop used by one of the local cycling teams as a weekly ride. All these roads are a lot of fun and I've ridden them many times.

62 miles: Columbia Triathlon + 37

Here is a Google Maps link to a route that starts at Centennial Park in Columbia and covers the whole route of the Columbia triathlon. It branches off, however, to add another long loop out through the rolling terrain up toward Woodbine and through Patuxent River State Park. I will post an update once I get the chance to ride the whole loop to verify road conditions etc.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

75 mile Glen Burnie to Sykesville Loop

Here is a link to a route from my Glen Burnie neighborhood out through Patapsco Valley State Park and past Columbia. It loops around out in the countryside near Sykesville on US-32 and comes back, avoiding major highways. A section of the BWI bike trail can be easily substituted for Dorsey Rd. south of the airport.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Old Rag 70 Miles - Culpeper, VA

Here is a Google Maps link to a ride I mapped based off of available cue sheets. It is a nice 70 mile ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Virginia. It takes roads that pass by trailheads leading to Old Rag Mountain and Shenandoah National Park. I've hiked all through that area but haven't ridden there; I'm looking forward to trying this route out in the spring.