Weekly Rider: Triangle de Midd, Cornwall, Weybridge

<p> People from across the country consider Addison County a bike Mecca. It&rsquo;s home to steep climbs, 30-mile rollers and spectacular views. It also presents an extremely varied set of riding options to a wide range of cyclists, from those hammer heads looking to climb multiple mountain gaps to those bikers who haven&rsquo;t been out in years. One of my favorite shorter rides in the area is what I call the Triangle de Midd, Cornwall, Weybridge.</p><p> <strong>Length:</strong> 10.3 miles</p><p> <strong>Difficulty:</strong> Easy</p><p><!-- Start MMF Embed Tool --> <strong>Average duration:</strong> 45 minutes &ndash; 1 hour 15 minutes</p><p class="rtecenter"> <iframe frameborder="0" height="500px" id="mmf_blog_map" src="http://js.mapmyfitness.com/embed/blogview.html?r=382131135255394145&amp;... width="400px">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/42663102&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;am... _cke_saved_href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/42663102&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;am... ride mapped on 07/22/2011&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br/&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/?location=Middlebury, VT&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; _cke_saved_href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/?location=Middlebury, VT&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Find more Cycling Routes / Bike Rides in Middlebury, VT&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p><p> This is a fun bike ride for any level of rider with any type of bike. When I was rehabbing my knee after surgery, I regularly pedaled this route, and on those days when I want to get some blood flowing through my legs, but only have 45 minutes, I really enjoy it.</p><p> The ride begins in downtown Middlebury and heads south on freshly paved Route 30. You&rsquo;ll encounter a small uphill at the start, but then you get a nice breezy downhill for your work. You&rsquo;ll then pedal through picturesque Vermont farm fields and up a gradual hill.</p><p> When you see the sign for Cider Mill Road, hang a right and coast down an easy hill for almost three miles. You&rsquo;ll see few cars here and can enjoy the lush outskirts of the county&rsquo;s shire town.</p><p> When you get to the intersection of Route 125, keep going straight &mdash; <strong>do not&nbsp;</strong>turn right.&nbsp;This section of 125 between Cider Mill and Middlebury College is the worst stretch of road I&rsquo;ve encountered in all of Vermont. It harvests moon-sized craters and the craziest drivers I&rsquo;ve encountered in the state. It might as well be the college&rsquo;s death moat.</p><p> After crossing this dangerous pass, the ride gingerly winds along quiet, pasture-ridden James Road. You&rsquo;ll follow James Road past Monument Farms to Weybridge Street and take a right, then straight on until taking a left at Pulp Mill Bridge Road, then a smooth glide to the Pulp Mill Bridge.</p><p> Here you can cross Otter Creek on the pedestrian walkway to the right of the covered bridge (there&rsquo;s a sign that prohibits cyclists from entering) and after another half-mile you&rsquo;ll find yourself back in Middlebury where you can pick up a milkshake, pizza or anything else you may fancy.&nbsp;</p>

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