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Wash DC Area Riders - Where do you train for hills?(8 posts)

Wash DC Area Riders - Where do you train for hills?Fez
Aug 18, 2003 10:46 AM
Where do you practice climbing in the DC Metro area? Most hills here that are steep are very short in distance. Most that are longer are not very steep.

Here are the only ones I can think of:

1) Wisconsin Ave from Georgetown to Tenleytown.
2) Arizona Ave
3) Foxhall Road

Please share some of your longer and steeper climbs in the area.
Go west young man..mnboyd2
Aug 18, 2003 12:01 PM
Go west young man...MShaw
Aug 19, 2003 11:44 AM
Can you say Marshall, VA??

A couple in Virginia --Gregory Taylor
Aug 18, 2003 12:29 PM
I agree that most hills around here are short and steep. Go to the Shennandoahs or Page County for longer, sustained grades. Mt. Weather is probably the toughest climb that is nearby.

Our local ride uses Telegraph Road between Rt. 1 and Huntington Avenue. It's hilly. You have to ride early in the AM to avoid the traffic. Franconia Road, as it comes off of Telegraph near Huntington, is a decent climb too. Ditto North Kings Highway. Traffic is not pretty on all of these roads.

Over near Fountainhead Regional Park (Lorton area, off of Ox Road), try Hampton Road. Very pretty, good hills. You can work that into a ride that heads to Clifton, VA.
A couple in Virginia --bburgbiker
Aug 19, 2003 9:43 PM
i agree - i've just discovered the lorton/quantico area around fountain regional park. the area is beautiful (especially if you consider million dollar homes/horse farms beautiful) and the hills are very rolling with some steeper, longer climbes (for the area). pick up a DC area bike map made by ADC (i know performance shops in the area carry them) and check out the roads in this area. you can do a loop of varying distances that follows part of the Maine-to-Virginia bike route. the map is great because it not only has the local trail routes but also shows roads in the area that are know by local cyclists to have scenic qualities and low traffic. check it out, i just moved back up here from blacksburg and have been surprised by some of the rides i've found in the area.
On the way out to Poolesville there are some toughies.MB1
Aug 18, 2003 12:33 PM
Inside the city Chain Bridge road is good or the center of the National Arboretium has some toughies. On the way out to Poolesville, in and out of Great Falls and further out Berryville and Black Rock roads are tough enough for anyone.

Still if you want long climbs you have to head out to Sugarloaf or Frederick.
Aug 18, 2003 1:38 PM
Are you talking about the Sugarloaf Mtn Park that is just west of 270?

I went on a hike there. Its very nice. As far as biking goes, are you talking about the roads inside the park that lead up the mountain to various parking lots? If so, I'll have to try it.
The paved roads around & in Sugarloaf are great for climbing. nmMB1
Aug 18, 2003 2:07 PM