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    Looking for a hilly ride in the San Antonio (Fl) area

    Anyone have a good San Ann route with lots of climbing?

    I rode this one today that I found online but it had way too much high-speed traffic for my taste.
    http://ws.mapmyfitness.com/route_eng...6499117353193#

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    Go to mapmyrides.com and change the location to San Antonio, FL. The Ice Cream Hill - 42 mile route has some nice hill and not too busy. I seem to always run into a few drivers that think they own the roads, but its a great place to ride. There are plenty of routes to choose from.

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    Here is a 48 mile ride that is pretty nice, but still uses several of the roads in the ride you shared. http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...onio/590010257

    Also check out Suncoast Cycling Club ride page, there are two maps for a 60 and 37 mile rides in the same area (first Sat each month). http://www.suncoastcycling.com/schedule.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avanti73 View Post
    This ride has all of the roads I'd like to try and avoid (Blanton, Curley, Happy Hill, Prospect).
    They're probably fine for an early morning weekend group ride, but not much fun riding solo in the middle of a weekday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c.miller64 View Post
    This ride has all of the roads I'd like to try and avoid (Blanton, Curley, Happy Hill, Prospect).
    They're probably fine for an early morning weekend group ride, but not much fun riding solo in the middle of a weekday.
    Yeah we normally hit it early Sat mornings, there are next to no cars out there. I'm used to riding in Pinellas where the cars are everywhere.
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    The route you found is the base of what can be extended into a longer route with more climbing. I have rode in this area for 20 years and the bike shoulders, especially when you cross the county line on Spring Lake Highway are a blessing compared to the old days. FLvector is right that some people think they own the roads but for the most part, especially on Sunday mornings, not that much traffic.

    You can extend this to 53 miles with 2500 feet of climbing with the following 3 adjustments:

    1) pass Church going straight on Spring Lake----make a right on Hickory Hill---go until it turns to gravels and turn around---nasty climb both directions, then when come out, make right again on spring Lake
    2) After a steep downhill on Spring Lake make a left off of Spring Lake onto Olympia (unmarked here but it is between Powell and Rt 98. then a left on Neff Lake which takes you back to Powell road. Left on Powell back to Spring Lake--make a right here---retrace to Church and make a left---back on your original route---this gets you two steep hills on Neff Lake road
    3) at #15---the little gas station---, make a left to head out to Trilby---several good hills here---this is an out and back---instead of going all the way to Trilby though after about 4 miles when heading straight east you will see an entrance to a subdivision---take that left and shortly you will face another steep climb---at the top turn around and re-trace back to your original route.

    These extras hills enable the ride to quickly accumulate the extra climbing of this route. If extended further can be useful when training for longer races or centuries in the mountains in places such as NC and CO.

    Enjoy the area!!

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    I really appreciate you taking the time to post this info. I'm in the process of training for the Florida RAAM qualifier in Nov and was just thinking about planning some trips out to Clermont for some hill training. I'm going to drive your routes next weekend to see if the traffic and/or shoulder sizes meet my wussy specifications.

    Thanks again.

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    If we can get the temps to drop a bit, it will be fun to go out to San Antonio again.

    We found a pretty steep hill out there this year that I hadn't ridden before. After taking Trilby road out to Trilby, take Old Trilby / Powerline Road south and Frazee Hill Road back to Blanton. Frazee Hill is around 10% and a good workout. It brings you out to Blanton right across from Spring Valley Road (the popular route back to College Hill).

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