5/28 A-Ride: The Hills of Hunterdon County

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"This A-Ride is currently the only one listed, locally for next Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend. I just submitted the ride today to fill this empty void and to provide a quick last minute (week) heads-up.

It's local, well, sort of with one catch that it requires car transportation to the ride. It's a worthy one-day excursion that will rival the Berkshires in beauty and plenty of hills to climb testing your brawn.

If interested and without a car, please email me. We'll see what can be arranged. Details of the ride may be found in the club's online ride listing and further details and goodies may be located in the NYCC Ride Library



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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Thank you

Many thanks to Chris, Tim and John for their company on this ride. It was a breakout day in terms of the weather (finally) and the ride was an overall blast climbing those hills and follwoing up with many technical descents. I'd liken it to pedaling through a North American safari. Deer, horses, falcons, ground hogs, chickens, roosters, ducks, various types of geese, among other wild life to name a few were spotted en route.

Heath would definitely enjoy this route: 14 climbs, accumulating 6,600 vertical feet. We rode only 52 miles, and made not one, but two stops while completing the ride with an average speed just north of 14.1 mph. Sebastian, next time I'll list it as a C14 ride. ;-)

I'll definitely keep listing this ride in mind for the fall. The foliage views should be spectacular.

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jersey guy (not verified)
Lebanon 52

This is a route that many NJ cyclists have trained on over the past several years and it is a classic. I ride it (and its cousin, a 65-mile version with even more climbing) several times a year. I rode it last week and saw numerous deer, woodchucks, etc., the highlight being a black fox. While climbing Mountain Top Road at about a 12 percent grade, two dogs accosted me. No sprinting away from this one. I had to dismount and chat a bit before they sniffed me, decided I was OK, and moved on. This ride always seems to have some kind of adventure to it. A friend of mine once got stung by a swarm of bees on it. Anyone who (a) loves climbing or (b) wants to pack maximum training into 52 hilly miles or (c) likes fast, twisty descents or (d) just wants to enjoy beautiful scenery, should check out this ride.

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Heath (not verified)
I was tempted

I was very tempted to join you.

I decided to save my legs for the race on Sunday. And you heard how that went :)

Hopefully there will be a next time. I don't have a car, so save me a seat.

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John Z (not verified)

I love this route. I thank Peter for a car ride out there as its not readily accessible from NYCC via public transportation on weekends, which is unfortunate. However, one can get to Lebanon via NJT on weekdays...

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Mordecai Silver (not verified)
You can get there without a car

You can do this ride on weekends too without driving there. Take the train to Raritan, which runs regularly on weekends, and ride about 15 miles west to Lebanon.

I see from the cue sheet that the first big climb starts at the very beginning of the route. I need some miles in my legs before I'm warmed up and feeling strong, so I would appreciate those 15 miles.

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