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What / Where is your local cycling landmark?(26 posts)

What / Where is your local cycling landmark?GileyD
Jan 31, 2003 3:47 AM
I live in Bristol, SW England, and to the south of the city is a hill with a village on top called Dundry. It is the highest point on the area and can be seen from all over the city so is something of a local landmark.

It also happens to have a couple of great road climbs up to the top, both of which I ride regularly as a way of getting out of town. The one I ride most often starts with a gradual 2 – 3 mile rise out of the city then for the last mile or so gets narrow and very steep with a couple of aprox 16% sections then a hairpin leading to the final climb to the 14th century church at the top. The other is brutal, you hit the bottom of the climb and it's up to 14% straight away and stays at that gradient, with a couple of steeper (aprox 18%) sections, as it winds it's way round a number of tight hairpins finishing with a straight section to the top. On a double chainset it's out of the saddle all the way up it.

I live about 5 miles from Dundry, and the back of my house faces it. At night the church tower is lit up by floodlights so stands out really clearly against the night sky, and during the day the tower is always visible against the skyline (except when it's shrouded in cloud). When I sit in my conservatory on an evening I cannot help frequently glancing at the tower, looking forward to the next time I climb up to it and then hit the 50mph+ descent down the other side which leads to the lakes and the even harder climbs up onto the start of the Mendip ridge.

Although it is a landmark to most Bristolians, to me the hill, and the church tower at the top, are inescapably linked with cycling. The tower is a constant reminder of all the times I have ridden up to it, and I am always looking forward to the next ride up there.

Anyone got any local landmarks they always associate with riding?
Gatineau Park, Quebec..Spunout
Jan 31, 2003 4:09 AM
From Ottawa, this ripple of the Laurentians are the best hills around. Alot of cyclists, mtb'ers, hiking, snowshoeing and skiing in the winter. This is a National Park, so is well kept and preserved.

The hills are plenty and steep. Our racing loop has hosted National Championships, and the annual OBC Classic is part of Ontario, Quebec, and New York's racing scedule. Here is the elevation of a four loop race:
What, only 3 laps? ;)SS_MB-7
Jan 31, 2003 6:03 AM
I did the OBC GP last summer (my first road race ever) and had to do 5 laps! To make matters worse, I did it on my singlespeed...what an idiot! But, it was one of the BEST races of my life and I will certainly be doing it again this summer. I race Expert XC MTBs so a road race was certainly something new and very challenging.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
..SS? You da man! I use 39/29 to 53/13 on that route...Spunout
Jan 31, 2003 6:08 AM
and plan to race Senior 3/4 this year, so that will be four laps. My 'A' race, back after 15 years from racing.

It's such a great ride, no driving, 12 minute spin from my home in Ottawa and I'm in the Park.
48x17. Yes, we are spoiled with the Park (nm)SS_MB-7
Jan 31, 2003 6:16 AM
Blue Ridge/Skyline Drivecyclopathic
Jan 31, 2003 5:53 AM
Wash DC area is blessed with good riding within 2hr drive like MB1, use that for a warmup ride to the hills! nmSpunout
Jan 31, 2003 6:03 AM
re: like MB1, use that for a warmup ride to the hills!cyclopathic
Jan 31, 2003 6:24 AM
it's too much. From were I live it's ~100mi one way to Skyline. Skyline itself is 105mi and ~11,000' of climbing and to tell the truth there aren't that many people who've done it twice in a day. 410mi ride from my driveway is doable as one ride but not in 24hr more like 36.
too many to countColnagoFE
Jan 31, 2003 6:32 AM
You have the old Morgul Bismark course (now largely ruined IMO) which was the former site of the Coors classic races, you have tons of great mountain climbs, the scenic Peak to Peak highway rides...just too many to pick just one.
Not much.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 31, 2003 7:00 AM
On the Chicago north shore we've got one main drag that everyone uses to get north where the options start to open up, Sheridan Rd. I suppose we all climb a short little rise called University hill. I see lots of cyclists using the beach access road at Tower and Sheridan to do hill repeats.

Like I said, not much.

In the NW Burbs, I'm gonna say that its DonleaKristin
Jan 31, 2003 7:08 AM
Donlea, Old Sutton and Ridge are the roads in South Barrington that, if you ride with regularity, eventually you will pass (or be passed) by every other NW suburban rider. I'm gonna miss Barrington now that moved to flats farm country.
Don't forget Penny Road Pub........PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 31, 2003 7:15 AM
.....where it seems alot of groups meet.I usually ride that area at least once a week.Some nice hills on Berner and Braeburn Roads also.Where are you at now?
LOL - who is this? Are you a Tuesday nigher?Kristin
Jan 31, 2003 8:05 AM
Yep, Braeburn too. Down Haegers Bend, up Breaburn, repeat add nausea. Sprint the final 2 miles back to the pub and then sip a beverage on the top deck after the ride. Our transition from the church to Penny Road Pub holds all sorts of strange irony. I'll miss the rides, but I bought a condo in Aurora and it makes no sense to drive 30 miles to do a 28 mile ride. My new scenery...blah!
Jan 31, 2003 8:23 AM
...usually on a Sat or Sun. morning.I see alot of groups there though.I think the big group is from Harper College on weekends.I have a friend who rode Tues. nights .I think you are refering to the Willow Creek group.He told me about that ride but never did it.I usually ride alone or with a partner.I'm from Streamwood.
Too old to hangMR_GRUMPY
Jan 31, 2003 9:34 AM
I've just about given up trying to hang with the Harper gang.I've done that ride for 18 years on and off. I can hang in the flats, but I usually blow on the third hill. If not there, it's the final hill before Cuba Rd.
re: What / Where is your local cycling landmark?Andy M-S
Jan 31, 2003 7:07 AM
In La Crosse, it's got to be Grandad Bluff. 600' Up in about 1.5 miles. Lemond used it to help train for the TdF while visiting his inlaws here.

Or there's the appropriately-named intersection of a couple of county roads near the top of one of the bluffs a few miles north of Grandad: S & M.
Old TollhouseDougSloan
Jan 31, 2003 7:25 AM
Old Tollhouse is about 20 miles out of town, but is the standard for testing climbing around here. We do time trials up the hill, and everyone pretty much knows their best time and what they are capable of on any particular day. It's 6 miles and 2500 feet of climbing, peaking at around 4800 feet above sea level. It has varied slopes and lots of switchbacks. On one side, you look back down on the California central valley, then go around the mountain and look up at 14,000 foot snow capped peaks. It's a bastard of a hill to climb, but lots of fun anyway.

Here are some photos from a day I rode up it from town:

More at:

Is that the Mt Whitney escrapment....peter in NVA
Jan 31, 2003 6:47 PM
on the far left of your second picture? I used to XC ski at Montecito Sequoia Lodge years ago and it looks like the same view...I didn't know about bikes then! Whitney is very impressive from the other side, rising 10,000 vertical feet above its base..but no roads.
sort ofDougSloan
Jan 31, 2003 8:09 PM
Whitney is among those peaks; not sure if you can actually see it, though.

I've ridden up to Whitney Portal on the east side. Helluva climb.

Texas MonumentInhighgear
Jan 31, 2003 7:41 AM
Site where Sam Houston whooped ass on Santa Anna.
San Jacinto Monument, 570 ft.Tig
Jan 31, 2003 7:37 PM
Every time the wind is NE, we ride to the San Jac battle ground and monument. The sprint line is the entrance gate just before the monument, which is straight ahead. The road that leads up to the gate is long and deceeiving, so people always jump too early. I like a good leadout!
in the Seattle areatazdag
Jan 31, 2003 7:46 AM
The ride up to Sunrise on the NE side of Mt Rainier is awesome. I can't remember the elevation gain, but the scenery is second to none. Start in thick pine forests and start switchbacking up watching the eco-zones change. Finally get above treeline into the alpine meadows and Mt Rainier is HUGE in front of you. Redmond Bike Club (organizing entity for RAMROD) puts on a training ride before RAMROD that goes up Chinook Pass and back down and then up to Sunrise. Beautiful.
But then there is climbing up the east side of Washington Pass from Mazama, that ranks pretty darn high too.
Local Risesmass_biker
Jan 31, 2003 8:13 AM
The Watertower (Arlington, MA) - used in the 93 Collegiate Cycling Championships as well as two BMC races. A nice steep grind that is close to everything in metro Boston and you can do it a bunch of different ways to get the burn on.

Reno to Virginia City; also the Tahoe circumnavigationcory
Jan 31, 2003 8:34 AM
Snow this time of year and horrible traffic on the narrow road in summer, but in spring and fall, the ~72-mile Tahoe loop is a local classic. Climbers do the Geiger Grade from Washoe Valley to Virginia City, about 13 winding miles.
re: What / Where is your local cycling landmark?JS Haiku Shop
Jan 31, 2003 10:10 AM
the parking lot near home where the weeknight and weekend rides start. it's at once my most and least anticipated cycling-related "landmark". in summer when the weather is dry, it's always the start of fun rides with mostly good folks. in wet or cold weather, though, it's pitifully deserted...correction--pitifully underpopulated. there are usually one or two of us still riding. most others, however dedicated and "hard core" in good weather, go absent in october and magically appear in poor form the following april.

otherwise, the closest is 327.9 east: chattanooga, where i experienced my first "mountain", 2 years ago.
The Washington Monument 555' tall.MB1
Jan 31, 2003 3:22 PM
You can see it for miles.