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    Hi guys,

    Had a couple threads about moving to Boston/North Shore a couple months ago, but thought I'd start a new one as there were a few conversations going in separate OT threads.

    Anyway, moved to the North Shore (Marblehead) from Chicago, almost 2 weeks in. Have already been enjoying riding up through Beverly, lots to explore. Is a clear upgrade from Chicago for a bike rider, that is already very clear! Anyway, question of the day is: are there any significant climbs up here? So far it is all flattish or somewhat rolling, but have only been up the coast to Gloucester/Rockport and the other way up Andover way so far.

    Thanks for any info!

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    Welcome to the neighborhood. North shore pretty flat to moderate rolling.

    Nearest small climbs are across the border in S New Hampshire.
    Rolling hills nice very quiet roads to boot.
    I live on the NH border more or less and the longest climbs I have within 30 miles of the house are 5-6 minutes when I head north.
     

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    Congrats on the move. I have no idea where to climb there but watch the tour stage on Thu for some real climbs you did last summer !
     

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    Everybody has a different definition of the word climb.
     

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    I grew up in Marblehead/Swampscott and still visit the area a few times a year. No real lengthy climbs in the area (in my opinion), but you can link some good short but steep climbs heading inland from Humphrey in Swampscott.

    DaveS
     

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    BTW
    check in wth Chris Finn at MArblehead Cycle.
    He is a strong rider and does group rides out of his shop I thk if you are into pretty hard group rides and meeting some of the local lunatics.
    I thk they do loops of Marblehead Neck ( notably where my club held a race for 39 years, now kaput )
     

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    Maybe check out Mount Agamenticus in southern Maine? Not too far up I-95. Not a big climb and not a long climb, but some nice views.
     

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    For no frills -- just climbing -- workouts climbs, look at Mt. Wachusett. Doing repeats on this baby will get you breathing...

    Wachusett intervals - A bike ride in Westminster, MA
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    BTW
    check in wth Chris Finn at MArblehead Cycle.
    He is a strong rider and does group rides out of his shop I thk if you are into pretty hard group rides and meeting some of the local lunatics.
    I thk they do loops of Marblehead Neck ( notably where my club held a race for 39 years, now kaput )
    Cool! It's funny, that store is just a few blocks from our rental house, so I stopped in there last week and bought a couple kids bikes. I plan to try Chris' group ride tomorrow evening - not at my fittest, but I'll try to hang on!

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    Look here for some routes that are closer to your new digs....


    It takes ~ 60+ miles to crack 3,000 ft around here
     

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    Within riding distance probably not much, but there is a narrow little wall climb that is sort of across from the back entrance to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. It is a dead end, and less than a half mile, but it's steep. There are a few short climbs around Magnolia too. This is where everyone warms up for the GPGCX. There is a dirt climb in Lynn Woods. There are also a few punchy roads around Melrose. For anything longer you probably have to travel. There are some 10 minute climbs in the towns west of Nashua. But you'll have plenty of wind to substitute for climbing where you are! Welcome to New England!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellysidedown View Post
    Within riding distance probably not much, but there is a narrow little wall climb that is sort of across from the back entrance to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. It is a dead end, and less than a half mile, but it's steep. There are a few short climbs around Magnolia too. This is where everyone warms up for the GPGCX. There is a dirt climb in Lynn Woods. There are also a few punchy roads around Melrose. For anything longer you probably have to travel. There are some 10 minute climbs in the towns west of Nashua. But you'll have plenty of wind to substitute for climbing where you are! Welcome to New England!
    Thanks for the tip, just was shown a wall in Swampscott yesterday by the local group ride as well.

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    There also is a nice little climb nicknamed Euro Hill that runs out of Manchester ... the little road that goes beside the gas station on the Beverly side of the ctr goes up a nice little climb and exits a little south on rt 127 closer to beverly/.. its a bit rough but a nice side line.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    There also is a nice little climb nicknamed Euro Hill that runs out of Manchester ... the little road that goes beside the gas station on the Beverly side of the ctr goes up a nice little climb and exits a little south on rt 127 closer to beverly/.. its a bit rough but a nice side line.
    Pooch,

    What’s that steep climb in Hamilton Tyler used for training? I’ve been on it and can get close on a map, but don’t remember the road name.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by WayneJ View Post
    Pooch,

    What’s that steep climb in Hamilton Tyler used for training? I’ve been on it and can get close on a map, but don’t remember the road name.
    funny you ASK
    i forget the name of the short steep hill...
    but ( historical reference here ) the Indian Chief Masconoments grave is up to the side
    i thk its in ipswich or close.
    its short but mucho steep.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by guido View Post
    For no frills -- just climbing -- workouts climbs, look at Mt. Wachusett. Doing repeats on this baby will get you breathing...

    Wachusett intervals - A bike ride in Westminster, MA
    That's a very long ride from the north shore to repeats to home. Pro- level.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    funny you ASK
    i forget the name of the short steep hill...
    but ( historical reference here ) the Indian Chief Masconoments grave is up to the side
    i thk its in ipswich or close.
    its short but mucho steep.
    from Wiki "A memorial stone on Sagamore Hill in northeastern Hamilton marks where Masconomet was buried with his gun and tomahawk. In 1667, nine years later, a man was prosecuted for digging up his bones and carrying his skull on a pole."
     

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    You can ride over to the Merrimack Valley from the north shore. There are several climbs up and down back to the river level between Salisbury and Haverhill. If you make it up to Haverhill, the main street climb from Bradford to Haverhill goes by a park that has the sanitized version of the statue of Hannah Dustin. A controversial local native american nightmare figure. Very pleasant roads and riding.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by WayneJ View Post
    from Wiki "A memorial stone on Sagamore Hill in northeastern Hamilton marks where Masconomet was buried with his gun and tomahawk. In 1667, nine years later, a man was prosecuted for digging up his bones and carrying his skull on a pole."
    Thanks guys! I'll make a point to check out Sagamore Hill in Hamilton on my next jaunt up that way, which will be soon.

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