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The mountains of Blacksburg

Old 09-05-06, 09:56 PM
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The mountains of Blacksburg

I just got back to school down in Blacksburg Va (Go Hokies) and between classes and this damn rain I haven’t gotten many miles in. I just started riding back in mid June but did most of my riding in Northern Va meaning the hills/ mountains here are murderous to my pansy legs (granted it also means that I now have at least 99% less traffic to deal with on any given ride). I was wondering if anyone had a favorite ride mapped out in the area that I could start riding and any recommendations for how to get my legs used to the mountain terrain that doesn’t include me walking up hills. Hopefully I will get some pics up here of the area, if you haven't ridden in the hills of VA it is def worth it.
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Hey, if you're looking for something long, you're SOL- it's hilly. If you want something short, try going out Price's Fork and turning onto Merrimac. You can take that all the way to S. Main/460B on the other side of town. From there you can drop down into the valley via Jennelle (turn right at the Duncan Motor place) and then take a left and the stop sign and climb up Ellet/Cedar Run, which is one of the easier longish hills around. Probably won't need more than a 39x23 or 25, tops, if you've been riding for a few months or more.
You could also hook up with us at East Coasters (bike shop on N. Main. Anyone on the team can show you) for the beginner men's rides at 6:00 on Mondays. It's a slow pace, but a great way to get the legs under you without worrying about impressing anyone. Also helps meet new folks and find new shorter routes. We might drop down Harding, go across Luster's Gate, and come up Ellet this coming Monday, depending on who shows.
Feel free to shoot me a PM.

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Blue Ridge Parkway...during the week, there's not too many people on it and it's a lot of fun. Maybe a little bit of a drive for you, but well worth it.
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There are a whole bunch of rides listed on the VT Cycling web site http://www.cycling.org.vt.edu/, although they tend to be long and arduous. The New River Bike club has some rides that are a little easier. They have a regular Sunday 4pm ride and a Wed 6pm ride. www.nrvbike.org And, of course they can point you the right direction at the shop. (East Coasters)
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