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Long climbs in NJ or S.E. PA ?

Old 02-06-06, 10:18 AM
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Long climbs in NJ or S.E. PA ?

Can someone tell me where there are any good long climbs in New Jersey or South East Pennsylvania or ? I just moved to this area and it seems kind of flat.
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Old 02-06-06, 10:34 AM
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Flat? Where are you located, Guaro 1950? What areas specificially are you looking to ride in? You may be in for a real surprise!

Check out the cue sheet library from Central Bucks Bike Club: www.cbbikeclub.org. If you search the "hilly terrain" option, you'll get cue sheets for some challenging rides, especially the ones that include roads like Fiddlers Elbow.

In Bucks County, there's Uhlerstown Hill Road, Geigel Hill Road, Headquarters Road, for example; in NJ, there's Rte 12 & Ridge Road out of Frenchtown, just about any road on the NJ side between Bulls Island and Frenchtown that leads away from the Delaware River and Rte 29--Federal Twist Rd, Byrum-Kingwood Road, Warsaw Rd, eg.

My other club, Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, does an event called the Lake Nockamixon Century that includes an "ICU" option--Intensive Clumbing Unit. South Jersey is flat, but there's some good challenges in Hunterdon and Mercer Counties, NJ, and in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties, PA. The Bike Club of Phialdelphia's Schuylkill Century is a hilly ride, and clubs in Chester & Delaware have some good metric centuries. One of the best rides around, in my opinion, is CBBC's Covered Bridges Ride, in October, which is hilly.

Check things out, then let me know if you still find this area flat. True, it isn't Mt. Washington, but....

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I live in South Central PA (Adams County) and I also find it hard to find some good long climbs, its more rolling here. The more west you go the better it gets. There are also some nice climbs around Harrisburg (not sure how far you are from there.) Can't say anything about Jersey though.
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In Jersey, there is a nice hilly ride from the GWB up to Nyack. And there's Bear Mountain. The Roberts site has a bunch of Hudson Valley rides mapped out.

http://www.roberts-1.com/bikehudson/index.html
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I don't know where you moved from, but define "long". I used to live in Northern NJ and at that time I thought a "long" climb was 1-2 mi of continous grade. You'll have a very hard time finding anything longer than that. In N. NJ you can head into the mountains and such around Vernon and I'm sure there are some longer ones - but still nothing like out here. Now I consider a long climb to 15-30+miles of constant grade.
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This route starts about an hour outside of Philly and has about 6500 feet of climbing. The ascent up Hawk Mountain is VERY steep!

http://www.phillybikeclub.org/rideli...m=search&id=17
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Originally Posted by Guaro1950
Can someone tell me where there are any good long climbs in New Jersey or South East Pennsylvania or ? I just moved to this area and it seems kind of flat.
"Long" climbs? Not really. "Good", as in tough, climbs? There's a few.

West coast and Rockies folk are used to 20-mile, moderate grade pass roads, and you won't find those here. But you will find quite a few 1-mile steepish legbusters that are quite a treat. The usual suspects have already been posted above. Find a ride that strings some together, and most of your climbing needs should be filled.
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Texter Mountain Road near the tri county border of Lancaster, Dauphin and Lebanon is a relative monster. I think it's got 500-600 feet of gain in about a mile.
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