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CWC Practice Loop

CWC Practice Loop

Hello all: does anyone have a record of the total climb on the CWC Practice Loop mentioned on the CWC website?  The ride takes in the big climb out of Thurmont on 77 and, after descending towards Rt 64(?) the Raven Rock / Ritchie Road horror slog.  Trying to decide whether to attempt 2 laps of that, or just do the 3/4 Century instead.

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Rather than do two laps, why not just reverse the direction on completion of first circuit?
Always nice to see the backside of things and makes the climbs more "interesting".

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Hmmm.  Wondering how a "scenic nine mile descent back to Thurmont" translates when you reverse the direction...

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After our quick chat at the picnic, I went back to mapmyride and created "CWC Practice Phase II," that goes 77 - 64 - Raven Rock - Ritchie - Military Rd - 550 into Thurmont, followed by lunch, then 550 - Fort Ritchie - Raven Rock - Pleasant Valley - 77 and back into town.  It's just under 50, and the elevation profile has equal amounts of dark green descents and scary deep red / purple climbs.  Might even change the name to "Raven Rock'n'Roller" or something like that.  Need to ride it first though.

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I just can't see driving all the way to Thurmont for  a 50-mile ride. Might as well make a day of it and do the whole thing, eh?

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jgoldst wrote:

I just can't see driving all the way to Thurmont for  a 50-mile ride. Might as well make a day of it and do the whole thing, eh?

Thought about that, Janet, but my fitness is still a way off.  I got back into bad habits of wolfed al-desko lunches and late evening work, so I'm not really confident enough in my bonk-resistance to go off solo into the more remote CWC spots.  I'll do some hilly 50-70's for a while: hopefully Bob's next ramble will be the 4 Reservoirs, and that will show me where I really am...

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