Road Biking Washington, D.C.
by Michael Leccese & Rolf Pemberton (Falcon Guides)
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Started at Belle Haven Park and went to the end at Mt. Vernon. Nice trail, but there are some inconsiderate riders here. I was almost hit twice by other bikers passing me within inches. People need to learn how to share the trails... i went on a Saturday, so it was busy, but not as busy as the WOD gets on a normal weekend. The hill up to Mt. Vernon isn't too bad a climb if you choose your gears carefully--and the long downhill is worth it! Belle Haven is a great starting place because you have direct access to the trail. I tried it from Fort Hunt Park too, no direct access and limited parking due to reservation closures. Belle Haven parking is limited too, but there was plenty available when I went (1PM),
I take Mt. Vernon trail from Mt. Vernon to Georgetown, MD and Back (40+ miles). This trail is very good for amateur on up. Trail has a lot of turns and small short hills to burn on. The best thing about this trail is you can take the Washington Parkway that runs adjacent tot the trail if trail gets clogged or you’re like me and just want to let it all out on the road. There are plenty of comfort stops also (very important) along the way and Old Town Alexandria has many shops at the half way to Georgetown and Georgetown has plenty of sites to include the young college babes (Nice).
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