I train for RTR around Cleveland, Ohio either on streets that wind in and out of the Chagrin River Valley or on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
The Chagrin River Valley provides a variety of hills, including some steep ones. Approximately fifteen miles outside of the city of Cleveland, the Chagrin River Valley is a taste of the country with quiet roads, horse farms, sleepy towns and a soothing river.
On the other hand the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is quite flat. However, the majority of the trail consists of packed dirt and gravel, creating more tire resistance than street riding. The towpath trail cuts through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Miles of the trail are sandwiched between the Cuyahoga River and the Erie Canal, making for scenic, peaceful and serene riding.