Just wondering what the best routes are for cycle training on a tri bike. I usually just hit up haines point, but the road is closed and I'm interested in alternatives. I live in Rosslyn and and try to avoid the custis/W&OD trails inside the beltways since they are usually a death-wish. Any good rural open roads I can ride? I am willing to drive up to an hour for a nice stretch of open road...
Oh, where to start...
During the week you can do the Arlington hills loop, or hit McCarthur/River road outside of rush hour periods.
For bigger rides, you can head out to Marshall, VA and do Mt. Weather or drive out rt. 50 towards Davidsonville, MD. Both are about an hour drive depending on traffic. Or do an out and back in Shenandoah National Park.
Check bikely.com or mapmyride for cue sheets.
Also, check BikeWashington.com
There is a bike route from the Greenbelt metro station to Sandy Point. I agree with Andy that the Davidsonville area is great for riding. Check www.annapolisbicycleclub.com or org. not sure which one.
If you go further up River Road from where Andy mentioned, you'll end up in Poolesville, which is a good area with lots of awesome hills and not many cars. Germantown area isn't bad either, starting from the Germantown Recreation Park.
And also, Beach Drive on weekends is closed to traffic and even on the open-to-traffic sections, there aren't many cars. But you probably knew that already.
The course for the Bay Country Century is within that range. It rolls through low-traffic rolling hills before descending into scenic shoreline. Here's the route, if you want to do it yourself at any time:
Some of us have also gone east from around the town of Accokeek near Fort Washington, just south of southeast DC. There's a number of possibilities: