Jonesville-Scottsville – 42 miles – Starts in Marshall at the the Kroger’s parking lot at the corner of Hwy 80 and US 259. Visits the old Joneville store and the historic Scottsville cementary -Optional ride to Waskom (63 Miles)
New Diana Disco – Figure 8 your way up to New Diana and back to Bike & Fitness. The first 17 miles follow back roads to New Diana. The remaining miles are mostly along Hwy 259’s wide shoulders. (28 miles total)
Hang on, I got a TT – After a quick jaunt up to New Diana, you’ll soon find yourself on a pretty little stretch of road (2879) across the river bottoms of Little Cypress Bayou. You may still hear people refer to it as the “Ol’ Time Trial” road. (27 miles total)
Welcome Back Carterville – Ooooohh, oooooohh. Noonday Road is as shaky as Horshack during finals, but Sam Page Road is a smooth as Vinnie Barbarino’s lines with the new girl. (18 or 27 miles)
Goforth and Multiply – Well, maybe not “multiply.” But you will have fun on River Road, Fritz-Swanson, Goforth, Post Oak and Cardiac Hill (on 2087 just before the river). (27 miles)
Fahrenheit 450 – It’ll be a pleasure to burn . . . your legs, that is. Or maybe just long stretches of smooth pavement. Whatever, this route offers a couple length options with FM 450 as the backbone. (28, 40, or 48 miles)
Ode to Joy Road – You’ll be, uhhhh, “humming” along on this route. “Joy Road, Joy Road; We adore thee. Maple,Lansing, Smelley, too. Maxey, Tryon; we will pedal on. Happy are we, the ride is through.” (23, 28, or 33 miles)
Airport Shuttle – Place your seats and tray tables in the upright, locked position as you gain altitude over Cardiac Hill. Be sure to wave as you buzz the tower at the airport. (26 miles)
I Yam What I Yam – Get in touch with your inner being as you wind your way across Highway 300 to Gilmer – yam capitol of the world. Lose yourself as you sneak back to the bike shop through New Diana. (28, 41, or 50 miles)
Lorna’s Doom – OK, not “doom,” but she had a bad day here. Watch out for the collie (and the fish). Otherwise a great route with interesting rest stops at Church Hill and C.E. Rogers’ Store. (30, 42, 53, or 61 miles)
Ickey Hill Interlude – The hills on 449 between Hallsville and Marshall aren’t terrible . . . but “ickey” does come to mind. Be sure to whisper as you near the Cow-Man on the Time Trial route. (37, 52, or 62 miles — 3,824 feet of climbing)
Dam Good Ride – Venture out to the lands north of New Diana. Take a break at the Lake o’ the Pines dam. Scream down that really good hill south of Harleton. It’s a dam good ride. (27, 40, 48, or 62 miles — 3,879 feet of climbing)
The Pyrenees – Le Col de Aspin? L’Hautacam? Le Col du Tourmalet? Well, maybe not. But there are a few hills betweenEastMountain, Gladewater, Kilgore, and back toLongview. (32, 48, or 62 miles — 2,982 feet of ascension)
Pope City Pilgrimage – Our ride director, Pious Paul I, has issued his ruling — Ride from Hallsville High School to Pope City (just a bit north of Marshall) and you will be blessed. (24, 34, 53, or 63)
Signs of the Times – “Please Repent.” “Home of the Bubba Burger.” You’ll see these and a lot of other cool signs on this route which visits Hallsville, Marshall, and Harleton. (37, 54, or 62 miles)
P.S. Try lunch at The Cafe in Harleton
Flower Power – This ride ain’t for no pansies. You’ll need to petal hard to get up all of those hills between Gilmer andOreCity. To keep your mind off the pain, count the number of roads with flower names. (28, 41, 50, & 63 miles)
Hee Hawkins Ride – (aka Blazing Saddles) Where, o where are we to ride? / Why did you lead me here all this way? / I rode the world over and thought I found great routes / I hit some broke glass and Pppsstpfssttt both tires were flat. (40 or 64 miles).
Watch My Figure 8- “Do these shorts make me look fat?” Who cares. Just burn up some calories on this fun little double loop toMarshall and back (24, 37, 54 or 64 miles).
Gilmer Pyle – Shazaaam Sgt. Carter says get your tail in gear and ride from the Bike Shop to Gilmer and back. Practice your Gomer impersonations as you go (34 or 61 miles).
Go, Tyler, Go – Everyone can enjoy this little journey west to Tyler, the town named after our favorite bruised-up, dog-loving, collarbone-breaking, grit-yer-teeth professional cyclist (Tyler Hamilton, of course). Starts and ends in Kilgore (42, 56, and 64 miles).
Deadhorse Discovery – Not to beat a dead horse, but . . . this route is similar to GGG Whiz, but includes a bonus for your olfactory senses. We won’t tell you where, but you’ll know when you’re near. Giddyup.
A Harleton Romance – “Juan Antonio’s bulging muscles rippled as he pedaled through New Diana and Harleton. Jane coyly admired his pedaling form as he crested the slight rise . . . And then it happened.” Who knew 62 miles could be so interesting? (32, 44, 54 or 62 miles)
A Harleton Romance, Part Two – “Jane boldly slid her hands down into the drops. She tensed her body, waiting for that perfect, magical moment and . . . Bam! She rocketed to the front dropping Juan Antonio, leaving him gasping for air.” Our story continues with different turns. (36, 51, or 62 miles)
Mutiny on the Lake – Arrrghhh. The ride captain has declared this our official route. It should be smooth sailin’ around Lake O’ the Pines, but you never know what the group might do to the Cap’n. (28, 40, 50 or 68 miles)
Pedal a la Periferia – You might even say, “Bike to the Border.” Either way, this is a good ride. Take a peek into a third world country (aka Louisiana) and count your blessings as you roll back through Jonesville, Karnack and Marshall (46 or 62 miles).
West to East Mountain – Trust me, it is a whole lot easier to go west to get toEastMountain than to go east (although that might be fun if you had enough time). No matter the direction, this should be a fun ride (30 miles).
Journey to Mama Jo’s – Watch your mouth on this journey. Mama Jo don’t tolerate no back-talk, no sassing and certainly no snide comments about the ride director. This route heads south fromMaudeCobbConvention Center, visits Mama Jo’s Boutique and returns by the Airport. (31 miles).
Four Miles and No More – The famous explorer Prof. W. Hutzisname is noted for never “exploring” more than four miles away from his mother. He would approve of this “local” route which packs in a lot of miles for never getting far from home (28 miles).
Pipe Dreams- What a great “short” ride up near Diana and Harleton. Davidson road is a great back road with some nice little diversions. Watch for the big black pipes near the end of Davidson road — earn style points for riding through the pipes (40 miles).
Steel is Real – Yes, you can ride your high-dollar plastic bike, recycled beer can aluminum rig or your pretty-boy titanium job. But when you ride through places likeOreCity and cruise past the steel mill at Lone Star . . . Somehow only a classic steel bike is appropriate (28, 42, 50 or 66 miles)
Brandy Branch, You’re a Fine Girl – Ahhh, the route down and around Brandy Branch Cooling Pond. You’ll be humming the 70’s hit all the way:(39, 52, or 62 miles)
Cosmic Burger – Ahhh, Dude. Slip on your tie-dyed jersey and a mellow attitude. This journey to enlightenment makes a pit stop at the Cosmic Shed nearHenderson. Peace. (45 or 62 miles).
Quad City Quandary – Which is the best? Which is the worst? Visit all four cities — Gladewater,Gilmer,Ore City, &Longview — to find out. (62, 50, 40, or 26).
Fat-Jigglin’ Forty - A few intrepid souls recently launched a quest to discover the best-worst roads in East Texas. That’s right, they wanted the roughest pavement, the biggest pot holes, the most gravel, the ferocious-est dogs . . . Yeah, a Paris-Roubaix meets redneck sort of challenge. The resulting route is surely 40 of the roughest miles around.
Shiloh, Can You Go? – There are several historical markers on this route, but perhaps the most interesting one is at the old Shiloh school. There are a lot of turns and a bumpy section, but definitely a fun “local” route. (34 Miles).
East Mountain Bound – With all due respect to Jerry Reed and the Bandit, this is our take on a cross country run. This route has a good mix of wide open routes for putting the hammer down and back country roads for losing any smokies that are after you (42 miles).