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I found hills in Illinios(10 posts)

I found hills in IlliniosKristin
Jul 15, 2002 7:58 AM
No really, I did. Ever been to Galena? Of course these are not mountains, but wow, there is some serious gradage going on out there. A couple of 1 mile climbs at at 18%+, of course I hadn't packed my bike!!!! I couldn'tve climbed those with a double anyway. I can just see me clipping out half way up and then skidding all the way back down the hill!!

If you are ever in Galena and want to do some climbing take Watcher Road from Morely to the Eagle Ridge Inn.
I love the rollers you find around the river valleysPack Meat
Jul 15, 2002 8:10 AM
Peoria has some really nice hills. Theres a lot of stuff along the Mississippi. Southern Il is really hilly. But who needs hills when you have that constant headwind.
Yes, the river bluffs...bigdave
Jul 15, 2002 8:12 AM
There are some serious climbs there, no doubt. Maybe nowhere near any of the mountains out West or East, but some serious lung-burner/quad-busters.

The same pretty much holds true for a lot of the terrain surrounding the river from Galena to the North to Minnesota. Probably the same to the South, just never been there. :-)

Yes, there can be some steep, nasty and even lengthy climbs around the mighty Miss.

northern illinoisstik__boy
Jul 15, 2002 8:23 AM
has rock cut state park..... only a 5 mile loop on the road, but hilly either way. + lots of mt. bike trails if you "cross train"......
northern illinoisbic
Jul 15, 2002 4:36 PM
Rock Cut State Park. We used to "try" to toboggan (ms) down the "dam" hill standing up many years ago. Never thought I would see it mentioned on the internet in a cycling forum. LOL
Also a bit further northmoneyman
Jul 15, 2002 9:25 AM
In SW Wisconsin. I went to college in Platteville (long, long ago) and the hills are many, the scenery beautiful. Like so many farm roads in Wisconsin, they are all paved, with little traffic (aside from the major highways).

Galena, I believe, was the home of U.S. Grant and his dry goods store. He didn't do so well as a storekeeper, but he had a pretty good career at his government job.

And slightly north from there...Wannabe
Jul 15, 2002 11:28 AM
I am familiar with some of the roads in this area and there are several steep climbs. Here is a link to the USGS topo map of the area. The contours are 20m (~60ft).

Though shorter, the steepest I have found is on Hwy 171 heading east from Gays Mills. Here's a link to that section of road. Ouch... I don't know if I could make it up that one on my MTB...

there's a great cookie ride out there in May or Junegreg n
Jul 15, 2002 12:29 PM
It's called the Ups & downs. It starts in Elizabeth, which is east of Galena. They've been doing it for about 4 years now. The longest route is 60 miles, but with the climbing it takes a good 4 hours.

I've always wanted to do an epic ride from the NW burbs to Galena. Stay the weekend, and ride back on Sunday.
two days of hillsTurtleherder
Jul 15, 2002 12:50 PM
If you want to do those hills on an organized ride sign up for TOMRV. Every year around the first week of June the Quad Cities Bicycle Club puts on the Tour of the Mississippi River Valley (TOMRV). It starts in Bettendorf, Iowa and heads north, crossing the Mississippi at Savanna, Illinois and heads through Galena and back over the river to Dubuque, Iowa. You stay over night in Dubuque at Clark College and then the next day it's back to Bettendorf using roads on the Iowa side. It's 106 miles the first day and 86 the second. You get all those wonderful hills. My favorite hill is included in the the first day, it's on Black Jack Road just south of Galena, a long sweeping left down a 12 % grade. The best part is that the route is different the second day so you don't have to go back up it.
Black jack is an awesome roadgreg n
Jul 15, 2002 1:11 PM
I always wanted to ride up it. Down would be fun too, I imagine.