Mid-Mitten Cycling Map

Introducing the new Mid-Mitten Cycling Map on GoogleMaps. Now you can quickly check if there’s a route close to you. Click on a bicycle icon to get the name of the route, a short description, and a link to my post describing it. Right now there are fourteen routes: nine hilly rides, three scenic, and […]

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

Gull Lake Loop

Start Location: Ross Township Park Distance: 12 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet MapMyRide Route Gull Lake Loop Cue Sheet I decided to ride around Gull Lake on a lark after doing a bunch of hills to the south. From its south end, the lake looked small, although the number of boats docked at the marinas should have been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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