Climbing Tips from Joe Friel

I found these tips for climbing on the bike on the Training Peaks website. They’re geared toward racers, but the same principles apply to those of us who just want to feel stronger on the bike: Find a hill, go up it, repeat. Friel suggests a hill that takes 8-12 minutes to climb, with a […]

Get Psyched for Indoor Cycling

[UPDATE: since I posted this, the YouTube account Indoor Cycling Videos has posted a bunch of one-hour workouts. See details below.] Thirty-one degrees with freezing rain. Five above with a windchill of twenty below. Two feet of snow followed by temperatures too cold for the salt to work on the roads. Forty degrees and an […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

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