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    Does anyone have any "favorite" gravel, forest, logging, jeep, roads that are long sustained climbs? I live in Montgomery County and I am looking for some hard climbs that I can do on my mountain bike to train for several marathon races I am planning to do this year. I expect that I will end up driving down to Harrisonburg area (about 2-2.5 hours for me) to do sections of the SM100, but I was hoping for something a bit closer, maybe out by Frederick that I might be able to ride on a more regular basis. Usually, when I want to ride hills I'll head out to the Catoctin area on my road bike, but I want to spend some time doing hard hills on my mountain bike as well. Most of the local stuff seems to consist of short punchy ups. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgold73 View Post
    Does anyone have any "favorite" gravel, forest, logging, jeep, roads that are long sustained climbs? I live in Montgomery County and I am looking for some hard climbs that I can do on my mountain bike to train for several marathon races I am planning to do this year. I expect that I will end up driving down to Harrisonburg area (about 2-2.5 hours for me) to do sections of the SM100, but I was hoping for something a bit closer, maybe out by Frederick that I might be able to ride on a more regular basis. Usually, when I want to ride hills I'll head out to the Catoctin area on my road bike, but I want to spend some time doing hard hills on my mountain bike as well. Most of the local stuff seems to consist of short punchy ups. Thanks.
    Frederick: From the maintenance shed at Mountaindale, if you take Mountaindale Rd/Fishing Creek Rd to the top it's 4 miles of steady climbing. If stick to right hand fork (Gambrill Park Rd) it's 5 miles, both on gravel. Fishing Creek to Hamburg is a good one too. Rum Springs on the West side. Heading north on the Ridge, Buck Lantz Rd is a good one and so is Manahan. South on the ridge you have Hawbottom.
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    This is exactly the kind of info I was hoping for. Thank you very much.

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