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

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 […]

Detroit Bike City Expo

Had a great time at the Detroit Bike City Expo on Saturday. Lots of made-in-Michigan bikes, ranging from the pieces of art you would never want to ride built by the Detroit Bicycle Company to the very functional and affordable A-Type built by Detroit Bikes. Beth Savan from Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank gave […]

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 […]

Dreaming of Spring Rides

One day of nice spring weather and already I’m dreaming of warm weather riding. Yet it’s still a bit too snowy, icy, puddly, and pot-holey to make riding safe, let alone fun. So for now I’ll content myself with thinking about climbing the biggest hill I’ve found in the Lansing area. This is Barry Rd. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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