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Hill climbs in Michigan

Old 07-23-12, 07:41 PM
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Hill climbs in Michigan

Was wondering if anyone lives in southern Michigan and trains on hills. I would like to do some long hill climbs simply for a good workout and I really like hills. I am not in terrible shape. Mostly banking on my youth.

Also I would like to make an attempt at climbing Mt. Washington. One of the reasons I am looking for longer hills. Has anyone climbed it before and how did u train?

Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-23-12, 08:14 PM
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Head north to traverse city area would be best. there isnt much down in that area that is decent longer climbs
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Old 07-23-12, 08:33 PM
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LP is not really known for hills outside of some of the areas along the lakes. You might have some luck closer to Monroe area. Whereabout in SE michigan are you?
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Old 07-23-12, 08:43 PM
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Plenty of hills in the Irish Hills area of the state.
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Old 07-23-12, 08:45 PM
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Find a high bridge and keep going up and down....
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Old 07-23-12, 09:19 PM
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Thumbs up for Traverse City.
Metro Detroit area I would recommend Kensington metro park. I did five 6 miles loops and Strava suggested an accumulation of 1000ft climbings. Very few cars in the mornings.
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Old 07-23-12, 09:23 PM
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Downtown Northville looks like a lot of fun for steep hill climbing. Hines Drive if you want an easier route.
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Old 07-23-12, 10:52 PM
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I was just thinking about this, and look what popped up. Thanks, guys!
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Old 07-24-12, 12:23 AM
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Weird, lived in this state all of my life and have never even heard of Irish Hills. hah. Looks nice.
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Old 07-24-12, 04:01 AM
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I live in Boyne City. If you have strava, do an explore. It's a fun little shot up the road for some great hillclimbing. Unless you pick a 131 route, all the rides around here will have hills in them. Or you could just plan a ride with nothing but hills.
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Old 07-24-12, 04:04 AM
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Boyne or TC would be your best option for long hills,
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Old 07-24-12, 04:37 AM
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Hey thanks. I live close to Marshall. I do not have strava. What is it? My family and I usually take a summer trip to the UP. Might have to make some stops on the way up.
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Old 07-24-12, 05:23 AM
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Hiked up Mt.Washington,if your going to ride it you better be skinny and a beast.
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Old 07-24-12, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by bclawrence View Post
Hey thanks. I live close to Marshall. I do not have strava. What is it? My family and I usually take a summer trip to the UP. Might have to make some stops on the way up.
Not much in this area.. North of Battle Creek has some pretty good rollers.. But nothing I would call a climb. Also some decent hills just north of Kzoo.
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I was in the Cadillac area 3 weeks ago some good hills just west in the Maniste forest. I found a huge hill at Cabrafea ski lodge. This was at 5 % grade for 1.1 miles great rode. One place was a short 9% grade and I just chickened out trying to go over 40 mph. Should have been easy to get close to 50 but I just did not feel comfortable the road was perfect. I can climb the hills but I still feel uncertain in high speed decents.
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Old 07-25-12, 07:31 AM
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There are some good hills on the west side of the state...Traverse City, Boyne City, East Jordan, Charlevoix and around those parts. In SE Michigan, Kensington Metropark as some rolling terrain. Just keep going back and fourth through the park enough times, and those rolling small hills will get to you! And if you go past the golf course and take a right on Kensington Rd, there's a decent hill there too.

Good luck!
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East Jordan has the only hill I ever had to walk my bike up on.
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Originally Posted by darb85 View Post
Head north to traverse city area would be best. there isnt much down in that area that is decent longer climbs
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I had a friend who lived in TC for a couple years. One of his buddies took us to a course which was a mtn biking course in the summer, and a XC ski course in the winter. The climbs were so steep that the top of many climbs was a contest to see who could keep from either doing a wheely over backward, or lean too far forward and break the back tire loose. Usually, only 1 or 2 out of the 4 in our group would actually stay on the bike all the way to the top.

The highspeed descent which abruptly turned into 6" of loose sand was also memorable.
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Old 07-26-12, 06:03 AM
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Lots of hills in the Northwest lower between TC and the Bridge. It might be worth a weekend or day trip. If you follow the link in my signature you can down load the maps and Q-sheets from the Michigan Mountain Mayhem. If you do decide to come up shoot me a message and I can help you with a route that has hills and lots of them.

I just did the Strava Circle of Death Challenge and racked up 30,000 feet of elevation in a week so the hills are here if you want them.
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I'd like to find some hills in SE MI, even though I hate them, I need to get better at them
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Old 07-26-12, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by brian416 View Post
Boyne or TC would be your best option for long hills,
Central Lake, Bellaire.....


We've got the hills if he's got the legs.
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Old 07-26-12, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill View Post
East Jordan has the only hill I ever had to walk my bike up on.
"The Wall". It's ridiculous and seems to be some sort of northern icon that all the group ride planners must gratuitously plan in their rides.
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This climb at Schuss makes the wall seem like a speed bump. It goes straight over the top of the mountain, it's ridiculous. At the steepest switchbacks, my Garmin showed an extended period above 30%.
https://app.strava.com/segments/857983
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Originally Posted by brian416 View Post
This climb at Schuss makes the wall seem like a speed bump. It goes straight over the top of the mountain, it's ridiculous. At the steepest switchbacks, my Garmin showed an extended period above 30%.
https://app.strava.com/segments/857983
I want to go to there! Avg of 14.1% grade!

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