Memorial Day Figure Eight
The first major climb at 4.5 miles may make you wonder what you’re getting yourself into. But everything gets easier on this moderately challenging, four-climb, fifty-mile scenic ride. The Figure Eight route loops through Mindoro twice where you can stop at a park or several businesses to hydrate and refuel; you can even choose just to take the one, 24-mile loop. Either way, the return takes you through the Mindoro Cut, the largest remaining hand-hewn rock cut in the nation. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, and the twists and turns are a favorite of motorcyclists and bicyclists alike. After that climb, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as you ride downhill for the last eight miles, back to Lake Neshonoc in Swarthout Park, where you can take a dip in the lake to cool off.