Winter Cycling

Winter Cycling     Photo: PhotoDisc

From lunchtime quickies to official events, there's a winter ride that's right for you.

Boulder, Colorado: The famed Morgul-Bismarck 13.1-mile circuit is an anytime torturefest that ends with a climb up a 12 percent grade. bouldercycling.com

Seattle, Washington: This February join the Cascade Bicycle Club for the Chilly Hilly, a well-named ride (there's 2,600 feet of climbing in 33 miles) around Bainbridge Island. cascade.org

Boston, Massachusetts: The Charles River trail, a 14-mile out-and-back loop to Watertown, is our favorite. massbike.org

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Frigid temps don't deter too many folks here: Layer up and try the designated one-way Chain of Lakes trail (3 to 20 miles). biketcbc.org

Chicago, Illinois: Whenever there's two-plus inches of snow, a hardy crew heads out for an urban ride from Wicker Park's Handlebar Bar and Grill (handlebarchicago.com).

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