Road Biking Washington, DC  by Michael Leccese & Rolf Pemberton

Road Biking Washington, D.C. Guide Book

by Michael Leccese & Rolf Pemberton (Falcon Guides)
Road Biking Washington, DC  by Michael Leccese & Rolf Pemberton
From the marble columns of the Lincoln Memorial to the grassy slopes of Mount Vernon, enjoy the sights in and around our nation's capital on two wheels. Grab this guidebook, put on your helmet, and hit the road on 31 carefully designed tours, which range in length from 7 miles to more than 50 miles and cover a whole range of abilities and fitness levels. Inside you'll discover detailed profiles of each ride including traffic conditions, terrain, and length; vivid descriptions of points of interest; step-by-step directions for each ride; detailed route maps.

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Trails from the "Road Biking Washington, D.C." Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 31.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 31.

Far from my tie-dyed, gritty town of Takoma Park (“where old hippies go to die’’) lies a land of horse farms and houses the size of small hotels, five-car garages, and home squash courts. It’s Potom ...
Potomac, MD - Road Biking - Trail Length: 14
This 41-mile cruise will bring you close to the Blue Ridge Mountains, past stables and foxhunting country, steeplechase tracks, and gorgeous stone homes. The terrain is certainly rolling and hilly, bu ...
Middleburg, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 41
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This dirt ramble is a great escape and readily accessible from pretty much everywhere in the area. Mostly flat, it’s a very popular trail on weekends with families and Georgetown locals. Riding a coup ...
, DC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 15
This is a weekend favorite of many riders in the D.C. area, who know it as the “Yuri Ride”—named for a Guatemalan with a Russian cosmonaut’s moniker. Every Sunday for years, Yuri led a procession of b ...
Chevy Chase, MD - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22
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If you could only block out the traffic, this would be the city ride that would make you forget you’re in the city, for these are both Washington’s leafiest and most affluent neighborhoods, each with ...
, DC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 7
This loop explores the Potomac’s scenic bottomlands, where a slower, straighter part of the river above Great Falls glides by cornfields, swamps, sod farms, oak forest, and ruins. It’s a good ride to ...
Seneca, MD - Road Biking - Trail Length: 21
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This is a route suggested by a person who knows more about biking than almost anyone around the Beltway: Mike Dornfield, a former associate bicycling coordinator for Washington, D.C. Mike developed th ...
Rockville, MD - Road Biking - Trail Length: 57
The historic small town of Middleburg is the center of Virginia’s Hunt Country, one of the most beautiful cycling spots I know. The natural splendor of this area and an interest in the equestrian life ...
Middleburg, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31
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Although this ride starts from Middleburg, energetic riders seeking to link together several rides and make a long week-end out of touring the Virginia Hunt Country could use the Washington and Old Do ...
Middleburg, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 47
This ramble offers riders the chance to take in some of the nation’s most hallowed monuments from the saddle. The route covers mostly flat terrain and should take about ninety minutes, although opport ...
, DC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 9.7
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This route combines human-made marvels with the natural beauty of the Potomac River and, for those fortunate enough to ride it in early April, the heralded Tidal Basin cherry blossoms that draw reside ...
, DC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 13
Alexandria is an explosion for the senses with its cacophony of sounds and stimulating sights. The timeless buildings and chatter of tourists contrast starkly to the tranquility and natural surroundin ...
Alexandria, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 18
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On Sunday mornings I often slip away to points usually too crowded to enjoy intimately. My avenue for this furtive endeavor is the Mount Vernon Trail, an 18.5-mile off-road path that links Washington ...
, DC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22
This ramble never ceases to amaze me—it’s different all year round. The ride is all within a small area and crosses back upon itself mazelike. Things bloom at every turn spring and summer long. There ...
, DC - Hiking,Road Biking,Walking - Trail Length: 9
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Here’s a ride that takes you through a part of Washington that tourists rarely see—the places beyond the monuments where people actually live. The route meanders through row-house neighborhoods both h ...
Columbia Heights, MD - Road Biking - Trail Length: 13
You live in North Arlington and are looking for a short, fun ride you can fit into a busy schedule. Or you’d like to know an easy way across Chain Bridge so you can follow the C & O towpath into Georg ...
Arlington, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10
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Just like Prince William Forest Park, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center provides an oasis of green in a rapidly urbanizing area. Whereas the park offers a pristine look at acres of woodlands ...
Greenbelt, MD - Road Biking - Trail Length: 15
This is a simple, 13-mile ride that’s great for getting into shape for longer rides. It includes a 6-mile loop you can ride a few times for a longer workout. You can even switch modes by bringing moun ...
Dale City, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 13
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This cruise alongside the snaking Potomac passes beautiful old homes on its way out to kayak country. The trail safely follows a wide shoulder that will take you in and out of the friendly shade of th ...
, DC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24
Rock Creek Park is an oasis of nearly untarnished nature amid the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital. Just a stone’s throw from the busy Georgetown district, riders can pedal alongside a pristi ...
, DC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 9
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