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 […]

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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