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scenic Virginia/MD ride?
CREATED: 06/30/09 by btonkonogy REPLIES: 9
btonkonogy    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 6
scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 6/30/09 11:41 PM

Anyone have a recommendation for a nice scenic 40-60 mile bike ride around an hour outside of DC, preferably with a nice lunch spot and some hills along the way?

ballstoncyclist's ravatar ballstoncyclist    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 495
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/01/09 7:10 AM

The Blue Ridge Challenge is my favorite.

http://bikewashington.org/routes/bluerdg/index.htm

janice    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 17
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/01/09 9:50 AM

Ok and when Alejandro says my favorite...he's not giving you the full picture. Click on the link AND the map. It's a great ride but it is calld challenge for a reason. :-)
I plan on doing it a few times next season when I am up to it.

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 966
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/01/09 10:08 AM

That's just because Alejandro is a glutton for punishment. :)

ballstoncyclist's ravatar ballstoncyclist    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 495
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/01/09 10:33 AM

I though being a glutton for punishment was a requirement to be a DCTri member.

Since we are on this topic. Anyone wants to do The Blue Ridge Challenge next weekend (July 11 or 12). Bryan? Janice?

slofish    JOINED: 6/10/09    POSTS: 1
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/01/09 11:09 AM

I like this one (http://www.bikepptc.org/system/files/Wild+Wonderful+Cue+Sheet+2006-10-14.pdf). Its about 71 mi. I skip the short bit in WV and make a right at mi 38 and pickup the cue sheet directions with mile 39.8 making the ride just under 70 miles. There are lots of places to stop along the way - gas stations, parks, and small town cafes. Also there are 4 good climbs along the way, not as long as Mt. Weather but steep.

mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1770
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/01/09 11:21 AM

You might try the Mt. Weather ride without the Mountain, putting together a country roads tour of your own, then eating in Marshall, VA, where the ride would start. Marshall's about 40 minutes from DC.

http://bikewashington.org/routes/bluerdg/index.htm

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 966
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/01/09 11:40 AM

I could do July 11th. I have a party to go to that night, but we'd be riding early on Saturday anyway. July 12th is the training tri and I was going to volunteer for that.

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 966
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/05/09 4:26 PM

Is there still any interest in doing the Mt. Weater BlueRidge Challenge on this coming weekend? (Saturday July 11th)

ballstoncyclist's ravatar ballstoncyclist    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 495
RE: scenic Virginia/MD ride?
POSTED: 7/05/09 6:03 PM

I'm out. Last minute work trip. Won't be back until Saturday at 11pm.

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