Hi! I'm racing Columbia and need to work in some hills. Never having done Columbia, I don't know what sort of hills to expect (and couldn't make the brick-nic last week). Can you recommend a decent (and relatively pedestrian free trail or a lightly trafficked road) route? Thanks! -Becky
North Arlington has some good hills that I think would work well for Columbia training. This loop is good for weekday riding, not much traffic, and bike lanes most of the way. If you take the Custis trail out of Rossyln and hop off at Spout Run, follow this loop http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Spout+Run+Pkwy+%4038.896590,+-77.095433&daddr=N+Lorcom+Ln+to:N+Old+Glebe+Rd+%4038.921404,+-77.127937+to:N+Williamsburg+Blvd+to:Yorktown+Blvd+%4038.903762,+-77.140030+to:26th+St+N+to:Spout+Run+Pkwy+%4038.896277,+-77.095758&geocode=Fc6DUQId951n-w%3BFZWOUQIdHZhn-w%3BFbzkUQId_x5n-w%3BFVSXUQIdQbNm-w%3BFdKfUQIdwu9m-w%3BFZ6uUQIdSDpn-w%3BFZWCUQIdspxn-w&hl=en&mra=mr&mrcr=0&via=1,2,3,4,5&sll=38.900385,-77.155555&sspn=0.007373,0.013003&ie=UTF8&ll=38.911873,-77.119389&spn=0.058972,0.104027&z=14
Or on the weekend do the MacArthur blvd to Falls Rd route, and you'll get some hills out there. There used to be a cue sheet for that route on the website but I can't seem to find it.
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Depending on whether or not you drive to ride, Prince William Forest Park is a pretty good ride. 11 mile loop from the first parking lot, there are some flats, rolling hills and challenging hills. Very little to no traffic. Exit 150 I-95 so it is about 30 from the District.
Each Tuesday night a strong group of riders ride almost the entire Columbia course starting at the Princeton Sports store on Little Patuxent Parkway at 6pm. The phone number is 410-995-1894 and http://www.princetonsports.com/
I'd advise going there and waiting for someone that you feel comfortable riding with from the group of people waiting to start the ride. The course is open to rush hour traffic but most motorists are used to seeing the bicyclists on the route. It will take over 75 minutes so also bring a light and cell phone.
If you can, head up to Columbia early on the weekends and ride the course. Just plan to be done your ride by 10am. The traffic on route 108 can be a bit to handle. After a 10k race up there, someone even told me that drivers around that area are not too welcoming to cyclist. Just thought I'd pass that along.
Come on out to the Wakefield Ride.... all the hills you want and then some.
The Tuesday night rides from Conte's in Arlington are a nonstop hill workout on Military Rd and the neighborhoods near there. See the information on the site, but I highly recommend this as a tough workout to really build your climbing strength all season long.
Or you can just wing it like the rest of us.
The ride from Glen Echo to Seneca Rd (http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1103007) has some good climbs that would be good training. In that ride, the hill that is the last piece of MacArthur before Falls Rd is a good local climb for hill repeats/workouts. Falls Rd is also hilly.
From that general route, you can add more hills on Glenn Rd. Following link for route info http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1553040
There are some ok hills within the District, too. A couple that are nice for riding are Loughboro Road (starting from MacArthur Boulevard) and Tilden Street (starting from Beach Drive). Just outside the District on the border, try Daniel Road (starting from Pinehurst Parkway--though I'm looking off Google Maps right now and am not positive that is the right street).
thanks to everyone! this is great!