WASHCO Ride of the Month: February 2014 Chainrings


Each month in CHAINRINGS, Sunset Cycles previews another great Washington County bike ride. With the varied terrain available in our area, the selected ride is certain to be a winner.

Our ride rating category is simple, ranging from one CHAINRING (easiest) to five CHAINRINGS (most challenging). Here’s the criteria:

One chainring: Flat ride, minimal climbing
Two chainrings: Rolling hills, short climbs
Three chainrings: Moderate hills, possibly some short, steep climbs
Four chainrings: Challenging terrain with numerous, longer climbs
Five chainrings: Very difficult terrain with numerous, steep, long climbs

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This Month’s Ride: February Elevator

Rating: 5 Chainrings!

2276 feet of climbing in 22 miles might peg your heart rate at levels you haven’t experienced since last September…or at least since you realized your Uncle Bobby was serving Turducken for the main course at Thanksgiving. Sure, it’s only February, and you want your fitness to peak in August, not April. But a hard effort now is just money in the bank instead of deficit spending. The hard climbs and fast descents on this ride will do your winter body good. Start and finish from the shop, and be sure to notch this one on Strava…we’re looking for the local King & Queen of the mountains.

View details for the entire route HERE

Click HERE for the next article in this month’s Chainrings: Shop News

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