Road Biking Virginia
by Jim Homerosky (Falcon Guides)
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We did this ride as a group of 30 starting in Strasburg from the Ramada. Total miles around 95. Drizzly rain at the start made a few bail out.
Plenty of climbing up Skyline Drive with the peak being Hogback Mountain. Nice rolling cruise to Rt 211 that takes you on a WONDERFUL decent into Luray.
Afetr a lunvh in Luray most of us went on to climb Massanutten and finish the ride.
The climb up Massanutten Mountain on Fort Valley Road was significantly steeper than this guide indicates. Expect grades of %12-14 on the last mile.
The final 20-30 miles through the valley is some of the most fun riding you can do. Rolling (generally downhill) terrain, takes you to the finish of a fantastic and very challenging ride.
This is truly a classic ride. Skyline Drive is great and the ride back through the valley after the big climb is awesome. The traffic in the last 10 miles is pretty heavy; too bad some people have to be in such a hurry and can't just relax and enjoy the scenery.
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