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The Den => Racing...from the novice to seasoned => Topic started by: tomc on September 02, 2014, 05:18:50 PM

Title: Where are the Hills??, ... and/or Gravel roads?
Post by: tomc on September 02, 2014, 05:18:50 PM
I use Strava to keep track of my rides, times, miles, segments, elevation, and any improvement I might make over the year. I like the app as it pushes me to ride harder and get stronger. I do plenty of easy rides too but I do like the app quite a bit.


Anyway there is a new routing function where you can put together your own route or look and ride what other people have come up with. There is even a kind of filter within the routing function that allows you to avoid hills and ride the flattest easiest route. But I'm looking for the opposite. I want to ride as many hills as possible (not all the time, but many times). Unfortunately the Strava routing doesn't have that filter that gives me the most elevation gain, just the least. My conclusion from the little training that I do is that riding hills makes me stronger. But the challenge in central Indiana (Indy)is that they are sometimes hard to find.


So, where are the hills around here?? I live NE side of Indy and have found some. I ride repeats at Ft Ben and Skiles Test for the most part. But does anyone know if there is an app or anything that would be useful in finding the biggest hills near me?? I know down south the hills are much bigger and better and more plentiful but I can't make it down there very often and have to make use of what I have around here.  Seems like I should be able to find this somehow but I haven't figured anything out.


On a side note, I'd also like a way to find gravel roads nearby too. But after looking at Google Maps and a few others I can't find that info either. It's a longshot maybe but some of you hardcore training types might be able to offer some suggestions. Thanks for any input. 
Title: Re: Where are the Hills??, ... and/or Gravel roads?
Post by: chuckdlou on September 03, 2014, 12:19:04 PM
lotsa gravel in boone and hendricks county...not a strava person, but do use map my ride and garmin connect...bluegrass bicycle company does a ride along big walnut creek the first tuesday of each month that's 31 miles, half gravel and 1300 feet climbing...also a nice gravel route the 15th of every month near new brunswick...