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 […]

You Don’t Have to Go Up North to Find a Tunnel of Trees

Distance: 27.5 miles Elevation Gain: 450 feet Start Location: Mason Courthouse Square MapMyRide Route Mason-Dansville Cue Sheet Mid-Michigan is known for its flat farmland, but we do have some pretty scenery, especially where roads pass near rivers, lakes, and state recreation lands. We even have roads overhung by canopies of oaks and maples so we can feel like […]

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 […]

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