Umstead Gravel Ripper | Cyclocross/Gravel | 31.1mi/1628ft elevation
Short Neuse Loop | Greenway/Cruise | 18.7mi/634ft elevation
This route is a short ride that takes you from the shop into the Oakwood and Longview neighborhoods east of downtown, eventually leading to the Crabtree Creek Greenway. This will follow down to Anderson Point Park and the Neuse River Trail, before quickly hopping onto the Walnut Creek Trail and winding back into Chavis Park on the south side of Downtown. We like this ride as it’s less than twenty miles, but makes for a relaxing hour or so on the bike. The route ends right near downtown, which makes for the perfect opportunity to stop for a bite to eat or drink at a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop.
Hard Man in a Jam | Road | 21.8mi/777ft elevation
This is a classic Raleigh road ride for those who find themselves crunched on time. The route takes you from the edge of downtown south down Garner Road, which starts out rather industrial but eventually mellows out to quieter country scenery. This road is traffic by a lot of road riders, so most vehicles should be familiar with seeing bikes on this stretch of road. The route lollipops on Auburn Church before heading back into down, but there are options to extend the route into the more rural areas of Knightdale, Wendell, or Clayton. You can also hop on the Neuse River Trail and take that back into town after wearing out your legs on the road.
Neuse Deuce 200K | Greenway/Challenge | 128.9mi/3232ft elevation
This 124-mile ride takes you up and down the Neuse River Trail, testing your resolve and mettle as twist and turn along the winding river. You’ll travel from the bike shop to the Crabtree Creek Greenway, eventually hopping onto the Neuse and traveling up north until you reach Falls Lake. From there, you will take the trail all the way to the southern terminus in Clayton, and then head back up north to the North Wake Landfill Park. The ride ends winding back into town along the Walnut Creek Greenway. Please read this blog post about the ride, which more thoroughly details the experience and what your should bring along with you. It’s a tough ride, but you can do it!
Lucky Bike 100 | Greenway/Gravel/Challenge | 101.6mi/4043ft elevation
Another challenging but fun ride that takes you from Raleigh, to Durham, back to Raleigh. The ride starts at the shop and cuts through downtown, taking the Rock Branch greenway through North Carolina State University and Meredith University. You’ll wind through the North Carolina Museum of Art, where you pick up the Reedy Creek Trail which takes you to Umstead State Park. Here you’ll find yourself riding through gravel roads, eventually cutting across the town of Cary through multiple greenways and neighborhoods. There is a brief stretch of road riding before getting to the American Tobacco trail, which is a mix of crushed limestone and paved path. This puts you out right in Downtown Durham, where you can refuel with some food and drink. The route proper requires you to ride back the same way, but you can also take the Amtrak back into downtown Raleigh if you’re not feeling it. Again, check out our blog post for more information on this ride.
Country Road Ride | Road | 57.5mi/2037ft elevation
A longer road ride for those who want to make use of their time getting out of town and stretch out their legs. After following Garner Road down through Garner, you’ll cut behind Clayton and eventually get out to country roads near Archer’s Lodge. You’ll eventually going through both Wendell and Knightdale, and eventually will wind up back on Garner Road for the run back into town. This route has some modest hills, but can be rather trying on windy days. Much like other road rides in this area, you can hop on the Neuse River Trail at several points if you’d like a more direct or relaxed way back into town. Try stopping at Ground’s Cafe in Wendell Falls, or the Mexican Bakery in downtown Knightdale for a mid-ride espresso or pasty.