Road Biking Virginia
by Jim Homerosky (Falcon Guides)
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Did the metric century, this is a nice ride, not too hilly. The ride down to the state park is about 6 miles RT, and I would really pass on it. There is a small variety store (601 Variety) just past the park.
My 26-mile biking trek around Lake Anna was totally
enjoyable. It began and ended at Lake Anna State Park.
The roads were level for the most part with gently
sloping hills that kept things interesting. The route
I took crossed Lake Anna four times. It was scenic and
worth my Sunday afternoon.
The Lake Anna Century offers several mileage options. I rode the 65 mile option twice in training for the Century. The Century is one of the toughest because of the rolling hills. There are very few flat, straight stretches. Sag is unnecessary because of many mom and pop convenience store that service tourists and the locals. Road traffic is very light and 99% of the route has a 45 mph limit. Pavement excellent. Lake Anna Century is an annual event. I rode it with two friends. Unfortunately it turned out to be the hottest day of the summer -- 98 degrees on August 30, 2003. Needed--good lungs, strong legs and a triple ring helpful but not required (we didn't have one). Beautiful scenery dipping in and out of lake views for the middle half of the ride.
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