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Speedwell Forge Professional Review and Guide
"This ride is the course that's used for the Lancaster YMCA Triathlon. It's very scenic, surely one of the prettiest rides in all the triathlon world, and slightly hilly. And because it's laid out to be a racecourse, you can cover it without having to make a lot of stops. It's 25 fast miles. If you're interested in seeing how fast you can do it, and in comparing yourself to the triathletes, keep in mind that the best riders do this course in about an hour. But they do have the advantage of having traffic stopped at all the intersections. There aren't many tourist attractions on this ride. You'll just ramble along on country roads amid corn fields, soybean fields (they're the hairy little pods), cows and sheep. It's not unusual to ride for three to five minutes without seeing a car. The road surface is good."
--William Simpson, Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania (The Globe Pequot Press).
This ride has some pretty scenery, but be aware that the area is getting heavily developed. We were shocked at how much traffic there was at 10 AM on Memorial Day - can't imagine how bad it is on a normal weekday! While some stretches of the ride were really nice, I concluded that Lancaster doesn't hold a candle to western Chester County for natural beauty and varied terrain (we travelled to Lancaster County thinking that riding through the countryside would be better there - wrong!).
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