A Secluded Gem: Triathlete Training in Talbot County

If you’ve never been here, you don’t know what you are missing. The roads are almost pancake flat and the shoulders are wide. We joke around here that we are so flat that we have to wait for windy days to do our hill training. If you do need hill work, you’re limited to some small bridges and a few rolling hills on some back roads.

Ride to Neavitt, MD
Talbot County ride to Neavitt, MD

The highway shoulders are 6 to 8 feet with no rumble strips. Typically, the roads are well maintained with a couple of surprises now and then.

The same roads that we bike on, we run on. Beautiful farmland and water views through most of the area are the positive, but living on a peninsula restricts the amount of variety that we have. I can darn-near tell you every mileage course from our shop, TriCycle and Run, in St Michaels. Tell me you need 5 miles? Got you covered. 13 miles? I’ll drive you out to Tilghman Island and tell you to enjoy the straight run back to St Michaels.

Cycling route into St. Michaels
Road into St. Michaels. Notice the road’s wide shoulders.

Swimming in the area is the only thing that is lacking. Though there are a lot of open rivers in the area, there is a LOT of boat traffic and this limits the area that we can safely swim. One of the frequent swimming “holes” is in the area of either Bellevue or Oxford, both of which are directly across the Tred Avon River from each other. St Michaels and Easton both have outdoor pools, available to the general public. And you always have the YMCA. As a triathlete, I’d prefer the river but time normally puts me out at the Y. So be it.

Neavitt, MD, pier
Pier outside Neavitt, MD

Both my wife, Laura, and I are triathletes, bikers, and riders so we are going to let you know some of our tips and tricks. Some of our favorite rides and runs, and some hidden little areas that we only let our special friends know about. Feel free to stop in and visit us, in person, at our multisport shop, TriCycle and Run, at 929 S. Talbot Street, St Michaels, MD, 21663, call us at 410-745-2836, email us at info@tricycleandrun.com or check out our website at www.tricycleandrun.com

We’ll see you out on the roads soon to EXPLORE THE SHORE!!!
Jason and Laura Chance

Jason Chance

Laura and Jason Chance both grew up in Talbot County, Maryland and are the owners of TriCycle and Run, a multisport shop focusing in running, bicycling and swimming in the area.

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