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Its quickly becoming time for me to decide which colleges to apply to and im asking for your help. The best mountain biking is in and around which of the following cities:
Washington, DC
Philadelphia
Boston
New York
Ann Arbor
St. Louis
Charlottesville

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-dM
 

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laxguy86 said:
Its quickly becoming time for me to decide which colleges to apply to and im asking for your help. The best mountain biking is in and around which of the following cities:
Washington, DC
Philadelphia
Boston
New York
Ann Arbor
St. Louis
Charlottesville

Thanks,

-dM
I highly recommend Charlottesville, VA. There is some very good riding in and around town as well as close proximity to the mountains west. Also there is more riding through the winter months as the climate is milder than northern cities. Good school there too.

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Meh, Ann Arbor is pretty cool but I'd go several of the other places on there before U of M when thinking of mountain biking. The key word in mountain biking is mountains, and A2 lacks a pretty important thing - proximity to any real mountains.

DC- close to virginia and the blue ridge

Boston- Northeast roots and rocks

NY- some mountains upstate. I'm really not sure what's there though.

Charlottesville - even closer to VA in that its IN VA. Not to mention that UVA is a hell of a place to play lacrosse.

If mountain biking is important, I'd avoid the midwest.

All of that being said, ann arbor is a really hip town and in my opinion one of the cooler college towns around. Quality of life there would be really good, and the riding would be enough to get your fix.
 

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I bet your interested in UVA for lacrosse, right? They have a varsity, junior varsity, and 4 club teams. Unfortunately, even that doesnt mean youll make a team. Also, it is literally the most exclusive public college in the nation. There average incoming freshman GPA is 4.0. THe mountain biking is supposedly decent, but i doubt youll have time to bike with all the studying youll be doing.
 

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I am going to second the Charlottesville recommendation. I am at UVA for law school and the area is great for mountain biking and outdoor sports. There is a place to ride right on campus where you can go for an hour and change and get a really solid ride in. It's the perfect place to blow off some steam when you are tight for time or don't want to drive anywhere. There are also two parks about 10-15 minutes from the center of town that are considerably larger than the campus local; both great, fun rides. Then, ranging from 45 minutes to two hours away, are different trailheads in George Washington National Forest, which has tons of great riding (Sherando, Harrisonburg, Reddish Knob, etc).

DC is pretty good too, but you will always need a car to get to a good, legal place to ride like the 'Shed, Patapsco, or Fountainhead. DC is great for road cycling. I did much more riding on the road when I lived there because I could just go out the door and ride the open MD roads, VA paths, or join up with some club ride.
 

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i go to university of maryland college park in the DC area. Good biking. In the DC area you have almost all of northern virgina for biking, and all of maryland. Its a good central spot. I love it here. You also get all kinds of diffrent terrains and all kinds of skill level trails. Go check out .. www.more-mtb.org. They do alot of work in the area and take care of many of the trails i ride! They rock!

And by the way Terps Lax is good too :). Football teams rocks .. great tailgating. Cant forget gary and his boys either. Great ACC school if yer into sports. As far as education .. Great buisness school, great engineering program, i belive the liberal arts here does very well too. If your thinking about pre-med i would probably look into UMBC even though the social life kinda sucks. But u would be 2 mins from avalon :) which is a plus. I have friends that go to George washington, american and some of the other in the city DC schools that like that atmosphere as well. I know there are alot of urban assult rides that take place down there. Not really my forte but if ur into that that is something to look into.

I remember looking for colleges .. really was a bit_ch. Good luck man.

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Philadelphia also has some quality mountain biking (as well as several good colleges and a large student population). Not only are many of the trails of good quality/difficulty, several are easily accessible by public transportation (perhaps most notably the Wissahickon section of Fairmout Park). Good luck choosing (on the up side, it sounds like several of the cities you have mentioned have good biking).
 

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Riding in VA

As far as riding and schools in VA, James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA and the George Washington Nat'l forest is as good as it gets. Great school, excellent riding and a great bicycling community.
 

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As far as riding and schools in VA, James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA and the George Washington Nat'l forest is as good as it gets. Great school, excellent riding and a great bicycling community.
Maybe in that particular state... :rolleyes:
 

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Those are your only choices? Go Northwest....Pacific Northwest that is. Western WA U.
http://www.bellinghamcam.com/body_galbraith_mtn_sunrise.html
http://www.wwu.edu/home.shtml

http://home.comcast.net/~kdunruh/bellingham/bellinghammtb.html#Galbraith Trails

Not to mention: www.whistler-blackcomb.com

Your only troubles will be keeping your grades up. Take my word for it.
Yeah. That area is bomb. WAY bomb. In close proximity:
Olympic Peninsula
Vancouver
Cascades
San Juan Islands
Seattle

You'll run out of time long before you run out of things to do.
Heck, my attempt to get into a paramedics course in CO fell through (my own fault) and now I'm trying to swing a program in the skagit valley. I'm also trying to remember why I wanted to go to CO in the first place as that area is beautiful, and IMHO nicer.
 

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Pick the school, not the party.

Pick a good school for what you want to study. Get a degree and then you can live in a good place to ride for the REST OF YOUR LIFE!

Do you have an idea of what you will major in? That matters you know. Some schools have strong programs in, say, computer science or biology, but weak programs in psychology and education. Don't pick a school that will be good for riding for 4 years, but leave you with fewer options for the next 30.
 

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dr hoo said:
Pick a good school for what you want to study. Get a degree and then you can live in a good place to ride for the REST OF YOUR LIFE!

Do you have an idea of what you will major in? That matters you know. Some schools have strong programs in, say, computer science or biology, but weak programs in psychology and education. Don't pick a school that will be good for riding for 4 years, but leave you with fewer options for the next 30.
Getting into a good school and getting a good education can be the best thing to do.

But being able to combine a good college and good riding is even a better thing. :)

I'd look at Penn State too, (depending on your program.) it's in about the same region and it's a good school, and there should be some riding fairly local too.

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dr hoo said:
Get a degree and then you can live in a good place to ride for the REST OF YOUR LIFE!
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Boy is that not true. In fact I would say that the vast majority of people that I know have to move TO a job rather than pick a location and then magically find a job there that matches their degree.

You make a great point that picking a school solely based on its surroundings doesn't really help you beyond the scope of that 4 years- however for many, the course that one's life will take (and the career one eventually chooses) is as influenced by what happens outside the classroom as by what happens inside.
 
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