Wednesday, July 4 – 8:00 A.M. – Centennial Park, West Side of The Parthenon – Hills of Nashville Urban Adventure! – Chuck Dunn has done it again with a holiday adventure for us! This one is a little different, since it tackles some hills. Here are Chuck’s comments on the routes:
The Long route is 47.7 miles and the Short is 32.5 miles. Both routes are the same through mile 27.6, where they separate at the Exxon Market rest stop. Please review the additional notes on the cue sheets below. The inspiration for the routes was to find some of the highest elevations in central Nashville and get riders either to them or near them. The Long route has 2,445 feet of climbing, while the Short route has 1,648 feet of climbing. There is a steep climb early in the ride at mile 1.8, which goes up Nevada Avenue.
Both routes contain optional climbs (3 on the Long, 2 on the Short) that are shown on the cue sheets, but not on the GPS routes. Option 1 on both routes is to take one of the three routes through Percy Warner Park. The 6-mile “middle” loop adds 551 feet of climbing. Option 2 on both routes is to take Hillsboro Road to the Stanford Drive loop. That adds 304 feet of climbing. Option 3, on the Long route only, is to take Pennington Avenue and climb up to the Bellwood Park Apartments. This adds only 80 feet of climbing, but there are some great views of Nashville from up there.
If you are a rider who follows the route using a GPS device and you want to do one or more of the optional climbs, be sure to take a cue sheet with you. As always, but especially in urban riding, I recommend that riders have a flashing white light on the front of their bikes and a flashing red light on the rear.
Here are the cue sheets: