The Four Faces of Egypt Valley

Start Location: Roselle Park in Forest Hills near Grand Rapids Distance: 19 miles Elevation Gain: 650 feet MapMyRide route You have to figure, any place that’s called Grand Rapids has to have some hills, right? A search of routes on MapMyRide revealed that Roselle Park in Ada Township is a good place to start. From […]

An Easy Cruise to a Gut-Busting Hill – Plus Beer!

Start Location: Rogue River Park north of Grand Rapids Distance: 16 to 23 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet per 7-mile loop MapMyRide Route Cue Sheet: White Pine Trail Figure 8 Hills! I need more hills! I’ve decided to do the Big Mac Shoreline Tour 100-miler in Mackinaw City in September. It has 1600 feet of climbing, […]

The Hills of Yankee Springs

Start Location: Yankee Springs Rec Area, Gun Lake Distance: 13.5 mi (one lap) Elevation Gain: 460 feet in 10 miles MapMyRide Route Cue Sheet I thought I had found the biggest climb so far in my hunt for hills in mid-Michigan, until I actually started riding on Gun Lake Road. What looked like a three-mile […]

Ann Arbor Tour

Start Location: Ann Arbor Rowing Club, Bandemer Park Distance: 15 miles Elevation Gain: 545 feet MapMyRide Route Ann Arbor Hills Cue Sheet It’s fall! Time for football (American or English, take your pick), apple cider, and of course, classic bike rides. The days are just the right temperature but without the stickiness of summer, the trees are turning, […]

Rides of Spring

Start Location: Woodbury Rd. Commuter Lot, Laingsburg Distance: 11 miles or more Elevation Gain: 300 feet, plus 100 feet for every  repeat of Barry Rd. east MapMyRide Route Riding the trainer in the basement over the winter, pretending I was following the pros on the TV, it was easy to imagine I was a hero […]

Kensington Road

Start Location: Kensington Rd. Park-n-Ride off I-96 or Kensington Metro Park Distance: 13 miles or more Elevation Gain: 700 feet or more MapMyRide Route Kensington Rd. Hills Cue Sheet My heart beat faster when I saw the elevation profile for Kensington Road on MapMyRide. This hill east of Brighton has a 160-foot climb in half a mile, making […]

A Scenic Hill Ride, or a Hilly Scenic Ride?

Start Location: Augusta, MI Distance: 20 miles Elevation Gain: c. 800 feet MapMyRide Route Augusta Hills Cue Sheet This recreation-rich area west of Battle Creek doesn’t have the biggest hills, but the setting is undeniably pretty, with rolling farmland, MSU’s Kellogg Experimental Forest and Gull Lake as a backdrop. It’s also one of the few […]

Jackson Neighborhood Hills

Start Location: Sparks Foundation County Park Distance: 11 miles for one lap on each set of hills Elevation Gain: 500 feet for one lap MapMyRide Route Jackson Hills Cue Sheet

Climbing in Kzoo

Starting Point: Kal Haven Trail parking lot on 6th St.,  west of Kalamazoo Distance: 23 miles Elevation Gain: 1,100 MapMyRide Route 6th St. Hills Cue Sheet It doesn’t take much searching through southwest Michigan cycling forums to discover that 6th Street in Kalamazoo Township offers the biggest hill for road cyclists in the vicinity. Even 20 miles east, at […]

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