8/30/14: The route this week is JRod's Revenge (49.7 miles, 2,583 feet). A definition of revenge is “to exact punishment”. In cycling, punishment is often coupled with reward. This is one of the last routes JRod concocted before handing over the map-guy job - but he never got to run it. As you are being punished with the hills and rewarded with brisk descents think of JRod – and let him know after the ride what you were feeling – he has a tough skin! The route comes in four parts: a 9 mile warm-up out Helvetia and Phillips; a long climb and descent on Old Germantown Rd and Skyline; a climb of Mason and descent of Dorland; and lastly 20 miles of flat to cruise or chill on the way home. Should you not want two major climbs - shorter alternatives are easy to configure on this route. The weather looks to be mostly cloudy to possible showers during the ride, with temps in the mid 50’s and mid 60's.
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