Weekend Wheeling in Cleveland

Surprise — Ohio's Got It All
By Joseph Holmes
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As home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a world-renowned orchestra and ballet, Cleveland has a lot to cheer about. Its reputation isn't quite up to the level to which an enormous growth spurt and revitalization period have hefted it, but that will change. A shiny badge on the Buckeye state, Cleveland has plenty to offer its residents and visitors, including sports teams, the highest and fastest rollercoaster in the world (at Cedar Point), and Drew Carey. What more could you ask for!?

Cleveland may also not be home to the finest on- or off-road biking in the country, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have something satisfying to offer the cyclist bound for this city on the southern shore of Lake Erie. After discovering a sample of what is found nearby, you won't have any good reason to leave behind either your mountain bike or road bike.

I am a 13-year-old, sport class racer. I started riding a bike ten years ago, and ever since bikes have fascinated me. Less than two years ago, I bought what was probably the best bike I have ever owned. It was very low-end, and I was constantly fixing it and replacing broken parts. However, I had my mind set on racing. I raced my low-end bike for all of the 1999 season at Vulture's Knob. By the end of the season I was regularly finishing in the top two under-18 beginner-class riders. I hope to move up to expert in a year and eventually turn pro.

I encourage everybody to start racing. It has been a great experience and racing is one of the best ways to get faster. Try your luck on the mountain biking, road biking, and combination trails mentioned here. I'll see you out there!

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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