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Long story short, I am from Northern CA, born and raised in Marin county, been riding and racing mountain and road bikes most of my life. I might be moving to the Washington DC area to be with my girl (got a job there). One of the main reasons its so hard for me to commit to the move is because I am afraid of leaving cycling as I know it behind. Just this past year I have gotten much more seriously into it, and I feel like I could have a future racing. My question is, are there serious cyclists that are able to train in/around DC without having to drive? Its cold as hell in the winter, what do you do? Finally, is there good climbing? Sorry if these questions are lame. I am used to 60ish degrees all year long, with any/all kinds of rides at my finger tips.

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Hello-

Long story short, I am from Northern CA, born and raised in Marin county, been riding and racing mountain and road bikes most of my life. I might be moving to the Washington DC area to be with my girl (got a job there). One of the main reasons its so hard for me to commit to the move is because I am afraid of leaving cycling as I know it behind. Just this past year I have gotten much more seriously into it, and I feel like I could have a future racing. My question is, are there serious cyclists that are able to train in/around DC without having to drive? Its cold as hell in the winter, what do you do? Finally, is there good climbing? Sorry if these questions are lame. I am used to 60ish degrees all year long, with any/all kinds of rides at my finger tips.

Thanks a lot:confused:
http://www.bikepptc.org for one of the largest cycling organizations around. rides all over the place of all skill levels. have a look at their ride schedule publications.

many racing clubs here. wwvc, ncvc, artemis, abrt latitude, evolution, power,etc. www.usacycling.org should list all racing clubs in the area.

good climbing is about 60-70 miles west, in the appalachian mountains. skyline drive is a favorite.

in the winter - i commute until it gets below 25F and if its not snowing. many layers of clothes.
 

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There is some decent climbing, as bas said, but you have to drive to get to the really good stuff. However, it depends where you live. If you live in the western suburbs in northern VA (a.k.a NOVA), you can get to some moderately good climbing by riding an MUT west. You can get some okay climbing while doing a century without driving. But if you live in DC, you'd have to have MB1's level of addiction to get to some good climbing.

And if you are into MTBing, there is very little good stuff close. There is decent smooth, easy single track, and only one or two dedicated, good (although short) MTB trails within a half hour drive. After that, you have to drive an hour+ to get into the bumps that we like to call mountains around here.

In general, the further west of DC you live, the better the riding, but the traffic getting into DC is horrible. But there are usually good options for bike commuting.
 

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Marin to DC .. lets see , maybe the nicest places in the USA to live to the worst .. wow !!!! She must be something else ... Your nuts .. Then again she must be too .. I wouldn't live in DC , even if they made me president .. Cycling is the least of your worries .. Your saftey and sanity are in danger.. Good luck
 

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Marin to DC .. lets see , maybe the nicest places in the USA to live to the worst .. wow !!!! She must be something else ... Your nuts .. Then again she must be too .. I wouldn't live in DC , even if they made me president .. Cycling is the least of your worries .. Your saftey and sanity are in danger.. Good luck

Yikes!!!! Yea she is nuts but she went to school there, Gtown, and now has a really good job (i guess). It wouldn't be permanent, but possible a couple years. I know its going to be really hard.:mad2:
 

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In general, the further west of DC you live, the better the riding, but the traffic getting into DC is horrible. But there are usually good options for bike commuting.
Ice/snow on MUT's. Just curious- when there's that lovely 'wintry mix' that you up there seem to get often in Jan., Feb., do they do anything (salt, de-icing chemicals, etc.) on the MUT's, or is it pretty much 'use at your own risk'?
 

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Ice/snow on MUT's. Just curious- when there's that lovely 'wintry mix' that you up there seem to get often in Jan., Feb., do they do anything (salt, de-icing chemicals, etc.) on the MUT's, or is it pretty much 'use at your own risk'?
MUTs? Ride those at your own risk - have to watch out for the fat asses with bolt on aero bars and the walkers that don't speak english (which means "passing on your left" means nothing). Only time I ride on the W&OD is going west and only to get to wherever I am really headed to ride.

As others have said, there is some great road riding west of DC. Minimal mtbing - don't even compare it to Marin.

Good luck. If it's a only a couple years and you really love her, suck it up and deal with it.
 

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Good grief, havn't you folks been paying attention to my ride reports?

#1 Snow is big fun. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=86446

#2 Lots of racers around here. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=127919

#3 Plenty-o-Climbing. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=95371&highlight=Sugarloaf http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=112003

#4 I'll admit it can get hot and sticky. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=99156

#4a Not to mention that darn damp cold. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=84761

#5 I moved here from SoCal and love the riding. There have been years that I havn't missed a day of riding. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=77810

#6 Of course you may end up riding in traffic a bit.... http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=96800&highlight=Chaos

#7 We do have lovely MUTs. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=97461&highlight=Chaos

#8 Do try to avoid the 'Burbs. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=73024&highlight=Chaos
 

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MUTs? Ride those at your own risk - have to watch out for the fat asses with bolt on aero bars and the walkers that don't speak english (which means "passing on your left" means nothing). Only time I ride on the W&OD is going west and only to get to wherever I am really headed to ride.

As others have said, there is some great road riding west of DC. Minimal mtbing - don't even compare it to Marin.

Good luck. If it's a only a couple years and you really love her, suck it up and deal with it.


Yea Northern CA is hard to beat in terms of dirt. Thanks for the response.
 

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Ice/snow on MUT's. Just curious- when there's that lovely 'wintry mix' that you up there seem to get often in Jan., Feb., do they do anything (salt, de-icing chemicals, etc.) on the MUT's, or is it pretty much 'use at your own risk'?
A few years ago I wrote to the GW Parkway administrator asking about snow/ice removal from the Mt. Vernon trail. The reply (I guess I should be happy to have gotten a reply) was that it is a recreational trail and as such was not cleared so that skiers could use it. Now, no skier in their right mind would use the frozen footprint encrusted trail. In fact the skiers I have seen have been off the trail in the virgin snow. Another concern of the GWP folks is the use of chemicals where the trail goes through ecologically sensitive areas. No mention was made of the fact that the GW Parkway itself is treated and often is just feet from the trail and those same sensitive areas.

Short answer: use at your own risk.
 
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