Wilderness Riding with Rick Norton

Join Rick Norton on a journey across the eastern United States.

This collection features rides through historic Pennsylvania, rural upstate New York, and the farmlands of Virginia.

You will also get to experience a section of the Maryland Pro Cycling Race.

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JAY MOUNTAIN PRIMITIVE WILDERNESS

A ride in rural upstate New York, mostly on dirt roads. Lots of green foliage on this long climb up and down Jay Mountain. Starts on a paved road for the first two kilometres and continues for the final 20 kilometres on dirt roads. Why do folks cycle over Jay Mountain Wilderness ‘road’? My answer is that there is something quixotic about riding over a road with so many rocks, ruts, and water holes of various depths/lengths that only the very rare four-wheeled vehicle ventures up there. The various stair-step steeps are also challenging on a long climb with tricky surfaces. Finally, the views of the open meadows when you descend the other side are magical. Enjoy the wilderness and a few not so cautious blasts through water crossings at the top!

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22.32km
DISTANCE
01:04:35
DURATION
627m
ELEVATION

WINTERGREEN HILL CLIMB

The climb from the valley to the upper reaches of Wintergreen Mountain has been the basis of an annual Spring time-trial and the training grounds for many local aspiring climbers and racers (including top times by a young Ben King and Joe Dombrowski). We start at the time-trial start and do the entire 10.1 km time-trial course. We continue an extra 1.6 km to the summit before you enjoy a 24-second descent to a scenic overlook.

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12.01km
DISTANCE
00:48:09
DURATION
839m
ELEVATION

SOYOCO-GRAVELS

South York County has a good amount of gravel options. This ride gets close to the mammoth Susquehanna River, which means more elevation approaching and heading away from the river banks. This ride has 5 gravel climb segments. The first 2 are more gradual, the next 2 have some steeps. Enjoy the perfect blue sky late Spring day!

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23.29km
DISTANCE
00:56:19
DURATION
583m
ELEVATION

GETTYSBURG RAMBLER

Gettysburg is an American Civil War battleground and cemetery. Cycling around this historic area, one will see many monuments on this hilly and winding ride. Enjoy the many twists and turns, a much easier elevation profile, and a few cool historic sites as we cruise into Gettysburg.

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47.20km
DISTANCE
01:24:40
DURATION
447m
ELEVATION

MARYLAND PRO CYCLING RACE

This ride covers the section of the Maryland Pro Race where the route leaves the hilly northern part of the county loop and heads back to Baltimore City for the finishing circuits. The racers will be looking forward to this stage as it is much easier than the first 60 miles. The route follows some larger roads that actually have flat and slightly downhill sections. This is Baltimore County horse country (we pass numerous huge farms) so there are of course still some hills but these are shorter and shallower. This is where the sprinters teams will start to try to reverse the break’s advantage for the sprinter friendly finishing circuits.

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44.52km
DISTANCE
1:21:20
DURATION
515m
ELEVATION

BLUE GRASS VALLEY RECOVERY RIDE

We start on Dug Bank Road right after it becomes paved (3 kilometers from its start in the cycling friendly named town - Vanderpool). Dug Bank rises 200 feet in several steps over 3 miles with open farmland on both sides. After a quick 1 kilometre west on highway 250 we continue north on Blue Grass Valley road also with open farmland on both sides. The left (west) is the ridge to West Virginia. This road takes us to the town of Blue Grass and along the beginning of the south branch of the Potomac River. We finish the ride when we turn onto Snowy Mountain road (finishing just after our turn rather than climbing 4.5 miles to its 3500 foot peak - cuz that ain’t recovery!

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27.11km
DISTANCE
00:43:07
DURATION
167m
ELEVATION