Redbud Ride (Green Monster Route 2013)

The 70-mile Green Monster Route is challenging but extremely scenic. The route has three steep but short climbs and many smaller hills. The longest hill is only 0.25 mile long. Most all of the Green Monster Route is on smoothly paved and lightly traveled country roads. The route begins in downtown London “The Cycling Capital of Kentucky™.”

The first 12 miles of the route are flat to very gently rolling. At the 12.7 mile point you will start a steep climb up Roy Black Road. This is actually a series of short climbs broken up by level stretches. The hill is steepest at the bottom. At the 18.8 mile point you will enjoy flying down a 3.4 mile gentle downhill.

At the 22 mile point you will cross the beautiful Rockcastle River. This is a great place to take photographs from the refurbished Hwy 490 bridge. After the bridge you will turn right on Hwy 89. Hwy 89 has the feel of a bike path instead of a highway. You will have the Daniel Boone National Forest on the left, the Rockcastle River on the right and will be following the Sheltowee Trace trail.

At the 25.5 mile point it is best to walk your bikes across the WPA constructed historic bridge. The boards are spaced the perfect distance apart to catch those skinny road bike tires. At the 31.4 mile point you will turn right on Hwy 2002 and will soon start your toughest climb of the day.

The Tussey Hill climb starts with a 0.25 mile hill. After this hill you will have 0.1 mile to catch your breath before starting up a 0.1 mile hill that has the look of a vertical paved wall. After this climb you can relax and pedal gently rolling hills, a nice downhill and flat roads for the next few miles. At the 39.2 mile point you will have the opportunity to stop at a country store/gas station (Liberty) that has great ham and cheese sandwiches or if you want a hot meal there is a roadside restaurant (Tucky’s) just 0.1 mile further. There is water available at the McWhorter Church, located at the 47.3 mile point of the route.

At the 57 mile point you will climb the last steep hill of the day. The hill is only 0.1 mile long but is very steep at the top. At the 100 mile point you are back in beautiful downtown London, where there are local restaurants, a bike shop and lots of other things to do. Congratulations. You made it.

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