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 […]

Kent Lake

Start Location: High Ridge Rd. parking lot, Kensington MetroPark Distance: up to 9 miles Elevation Gain: up to 350 feet MapMyRide Route Kent Lake Cue Sheet I was surprised by the number of hills on this short jaunt around Kent Lake in South Lyon/Milford. The paved Kensington Metropark Hike-Bike Trail encircling the lake climbs 350 feet in […]

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 […]

Lansing River Trail

Start Location: Hawk Island Park, Lansing Distance: as short as you want, up to 25 miles MapMyRide Route This is the first post in the series, “Best Family Rides of Mid-Michigan.” And what better place to begin than the Lansing River Trail? With a splash zone, a historic swimming pool, playgrounds, lakes, paddling, fishing, Potter Park Zoo, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Spring is Here! (Nearly)

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, at least by some measures, so it’s not too early to get excited about the next eight or nine months of riding. And there’s no better way to get motivated for Michigan cycling than with the League of Michigan Bicyclists’ Ride Calendar. From the DALMAC to le Tour de Troit […]

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 […]

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