Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Member chinotex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Houston, TX
    My Bikes
    2007 Trek 1500
    Posts
    663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    One day to ride in Reston VA... Where?

    I'll be in Reston, VA on my way up to NY on Thursday, July 3rd, with only that morning to ride in the area. Can anyone recommend a route, or want to show a Texan around the area for about 40 miles? I average about 20-21 mph riding in the Houston area (not many hills).

    I'd like to ride first thing in the morning that Thursday, if anyone is interested.
    2007 Trek 1500; 2008 Raleigh One-Way

    "R[ide] with the swift, in the hopes of one day finishing second." -John J. McCloy

  2. #2
    Calamari to go cc_rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Falls Church, VA
    My Bikes
    Trek 750
    Posts
    3,105
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Simple ride would be to hop on the W&OD trail.
    option 1 - Ride in towards DC. From mile post 18 at Reston Town Center to mp 4 in Arlington. Left towards Bon Air / Custis Trail and left again onto the Custis (crossing under highway). Take Custis to Roslynn, then you can go into Georgetown by the Key Bridge or take the Mount Vernon Trail south. Visit the monuments, ride around Hains Point, etc. Come back the same way, or by Four Mile Run and Shirlington, picking up the W&OD at mp 0.
    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1992703

    option 2 - ride away from DC. Take the trail west to the Purcelville end at mp 44. Or in Leesburg left on Dry Mill and left again at Woodburn, climbing Hog Back Mountain. Then either back down the mountain or continue to Harmony Church Rd, turn right and go a few miles back to the W&OD at Hamilton.
    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1992679

    Lots of road riding, too. But given the traffic and complicated roads 'round here it might be best to have a local guide for that.

    Good general info http://bikewashington.org/
    Last edited by cc_rider; 06-16-08 at 12:29 PM.

  3. #3
    Because I thought I could ks1g's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Wash DC Metro
    My Bikes
    November, Trek OCLV, Bianchi Castro Valley commuter
    Posts
    969
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Two good suggestions by CC. For his route #2, straight out the W&OD to Purcelville will give you plenty of hills if you're used to flat lands. There are several places in Purcelville where you could get something to eat before the return ride. The alternate route (Dry Mill, Woodburn, Harmony Church) will give you a good hill workout starting with Woodburn and then a series of long rollers on HC. When Harmony Church Rd ends at Rt 7, go right, then quick left onto Hamilton Station Rd. Go right to head back where it crosses the W&OD a little further up; if you hit Rt 9, you've gone too far!

    If you could stick around for the evening, the Reston Bike Club's Thursday evening ride leaves just down the bike trail from Herndon (muni lot next to the town green) at 6PM sharp.

    Other places to ask around would be the roadie and road racing forums (lots of NoVA participants) and maybe on the Yahoo bikewashingtonDC group and Google pedalers group.

    Enjoy your visit. Since you're heading up to NYC, try not to take I-95, unless you're driving at odd hours (like 2AM?) or enjoy sitting in LONG holiday weekend backups for tolls (MD, DE, NJ) and backups (anywhere!).

  4. #4
    Senior Member chinotex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Houston, TX
    My Bikes
    2007 Trek 1500
    Posts
    663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ks1g View Post
    Enjoy your visit. Since you're heading up to NYC, try not to take I-95, unless you're driving at odd hours (like 2AM?) or enjoy sitting in LONG holiday weekend backups for tolls (MD, DE, NJ) and backups (anywhere!).
    Thanks for the advice on the routes... I'll definitely cross-post in the roadie forum.

    I'm headed to upstate NY, not the city, so I'll be mostly on 81 through Pennsylvania, avoiding I-95 (been there, done that).

    On my way back I'm planning on driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, and maybe spending a day to ride around there.
    2007 Trek 1500; 2008 Raleigh One-Way

    "R[ide] with the swift, in the hopes of one day finishing second." -John J. McCloy

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    No Va but ride also in So Md
    My Bikes
    Cervelo SLC-SL, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX
    Posts
    9,805
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ks1g View Post
    Two good suggestions by CC. For his route #2, straight out the W&OD to Purcelville will give you plenty of hills if you're used to flat lands. There are several places in Purcelville where you could get something to eat before the return ride. The alternate route (Dry Mill, Woodburn, Harmony Church) will give you a good hill workout starting with Woodburn and then a series of long rollers on HC. When Harmony Church Rd ends at Rt 7, go right, then quick left onto Hamilton Station Rd. Go right to head back where it crosses the W&OD a little further up; if you hit Rt 9, you've gone too far!

    If you could stick around for the evening, the Reston Bike Club's Thursday evening ride leaves just down the bike trail from Herndon (muni lot next to the town green) at 6PM sharp.

    Other places to ask around would be the roadie and road racing forums (lots of NoVA participants) and maybe on the Yahoo bikewashingtonDC group and Google pedalers group.

    Enjoy your visit. Since you're heading up to NYC, try not to take I-95, unless you're driving at odd hours (like 2AM?) or enjoy sitting in LONG holiday weekend backups for tolls (MD, DE, NJ) and backups (anywhere!
    ).
    My advice is skip option 1. It sucks. The only reason to ride that is if you live west of DC and need that route to comute.

    Option 2 is very good, especially once you get to Leesburg. The last stretch from Leesvile to Purcerville is scenic amd smooth without stops.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

  6. #6
    Senior Member chinotex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Houston, TX
    My Bikes
    2007 Trek 1500
    Posts
    663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How hard is it to maintain speed on the W&OD, traffic-wise? I'd probably be heading out around 6:30-7 AM.
    2007 Trek 1500; 2008 Raleigh One-Way

    "R[ide] with the swift, in the hopes of one day finishing second." -John J. McCloy

  7. #7
    Senior Member chinotex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Houston, TX
    My Bikes
    2007 Trek 1500
    Posts
    663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, the roadie forum folk were very helpful... I'm going to do the W&OD on the 3rd, and on my way back through Virginia later in the month ride Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park!

    thanks for your help!
    2007 Trek 1500; 2008 Raleigh One-Way

    "R[ide] with the swift, in the hopes of one day finishing second." -John J. McCloy

  8. #8
    Senior Member kokomo61's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Herndon, VA
    My Bikes
    Giant OCR C2, Kona Jake the Snake, Scattante 650-R
    Posts
    893
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The W&OD is easy to maintain speed on going west from Reston - you've got (busier) street crossings in Herndon, Sterling and Leesburg, but there are some nice stretches that get longer the further you go out.

    If you've got the time and the legs, turn left at the end of the trail, then right on Main street in Purcellville to a Left on route 690. Turn Right, when you get to Snickersville Turnpike, then follow that out.

    Once you pass the Bluemont country store, the grade goes (apparently) straight up - it's actually about a 11-15% climb for around 1/4 mile. The grade eases up as you approach route 7. Cross route 7 and turn left (careful of traffic!), and go up a 7% grade until the next intersection...then cross back over to route 601.

    The first section of the climb up 601 is killer - grades approach 20%...but it smooths out to a 7-9% grade for the rest of the climb to the top of Mt. Weather. Turn around once the elevation peaks out at just under 1900 feet, come back down, and retrace back to Purcellville.

    Going from my house was about 101 miles total RT (I live south of Reston). I had the bonus of a BIG thunderstorm hitting just as I turned around. It was fun descending the mountain without the benefit of brakes....
    Giant OCR C2
    Fuji Cross Pro
    Scattante 650-R
    '06 Kona Jake the Snake - back to stock, and up for sale.

  9. #9
    Calamari to go cc_rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Falls Church, VA
    My Bikes
    Trek 750
    Posts
    3,105
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
    My advice is skip option 1. It sucks. The only reason to ride that is if you live west of DC and need that route to comute.

    Option 2 is very good, especially once you get to Leesburg. The last stretch from Leesvile to Purcerville is scenic amd smooth without stops.
    Option 2 would be my choice, too. I'd probably take Woodburn / Harmony Church, then west on business 7 to Purcelville and take the W&OD back.
    Option 1 isn't that bad, but it's best for seeing Georgetown and the DC monuments.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •