We will be doing a group ride out Old Fort road to Hagelstien. This is the shop's favorite route for it's views, the fast and fun nature of the gravel sections and the challenging but rewarding difficulty.
This is a mixed road and gravel road ride suitable for gravel bikes and road bikes alike. The gravel sections are typically improved enough to make them very manage-able on a road bike. We do typically recommend a bigger tire (28-32) but slick road style tires are perfectly fine (we've done this ride on 23's and they're fine).
Expect around 3000 feet of climbing and about 35 miles. It takes typically a little over two and a half hours. We will be doing this in the evening and watching the sunset from the top. We will then ride back in dusk to dark. Bring lights! We recommend a front light of at least 300 lumens and a good rear flasher. There isn’t much in the way of traffic on the way back: we may or may not see a car.
The pace will be moderately high(I'm not going to assign an average speed due to the steepness of the hills). There is a regroup at the top of each hill. We consider this between an intermediate and hard ride when it comes to difficulty.
Please bring water (there are no opportunities for refill out there), flat kits and lights (remember: a helmet might reduce your chance of injury, but a rear blinky light will prevent a crash all-together).
See the route at https://ridewithgps.com/ambassador_routes/1433-hagelstein-via-old-fort-road