Rides

Saturday, July 31, 2021

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Adventure Ride: Hills of Western Mass GRAVEL Adventure

Date: 
Jul 30, 2021
3 days remaining
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Overnight Trip

Roam through the middle of D2R2 country riding amazing, scenic & traffic-free routes. Prepare for plenty of climbing in some cases well above the golden ratio of 100ft/mi. 

All rides lead from the center of Conway, MA. Plenty of parking at the ballfield above the town hall. 

Our local guide is Pamela Blalock—long time member who moved out to western Massachusetts in 2015. She used to lead local CRW rides, including the Apple Pi ride and ran veloNH, a 3–4 day trip, based in Jefferson, NH, sometimes throwing in a few dirt roads for fun. 

 To learn more and register please click here:

https://crwheelers.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/EZSuXpuegYVArw4dVfIdPxUBGWTo1nYh...

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
30
2021-07-31
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mighty Squirrel to Lost Lake

Date: 
Jul 31, 2021
4 days remaining
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Meet at 7:30AM at the Mighty Squirrel Brewery in Waltham for a trip through towns northwest of Boston. The long route includes the "Lost Lake Rollercoaster", a twisty stretch of road with many ups and downs as much fun as any amusement park ride. Return via Ferns General Store for coffee and snacks.

The 40 mile route will miss Lost Lake, but will stop at Ferns, while the shortest route passes through Concord with many options for a quick coffee stop.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
100
Ride Closed: 
2021-07-31
 
 

Saturday Gravel Hills of West MA—dinner included

Date: 
Jul 31, 2021
4 days remaining
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Roam through the middle of D2R2 country riding amazing, scenic & traffic-free routes. Prepare for plenty of climbing in some cases well above the golden ratio of 100ft/mi.

 

All rides lead from the center of Conway, MA. Plenty of parking at the ballfield above the town hall.

 

The ride coincides with a full gravel adventure weekend. Review prospectus & join us.

 

CRW Gravel program will provide dinner to all participants. Bring your favorite beverage & folding lawn chair.

 

There aren't a lot of stores on the route. There is an awesome spring about half way on the long ride, and then two stores in the later third. The long route is 64 miles, with 8,400 feet of climbing. There are 6 significant climbs, and a whole lot of moderate ones. We go up Cooper Lane, down Colrain Mountain, up Franklin Hill, down Stowe Mountain, up Stark Mountain, down Branch Road past the Bell Spring, up Pennel Hill, down Ed Clark, up Hillman, down Wilson Hill, up Patten and then back to Conway. All of the climbs are dirt. Many of the descents are paved.

 

  • Cell coverage is spotty and services are slim. Roads have very little traffic, so hitching a lift could take a while. Riders should be self-supported with both bike and personal needs.
  • Carry what you need to fix your bike (be prepared in case you have multiple flats).
  • Have a means of carrying some food and plenty of water. (There are very few stores—they will be listed for various routes).
  • Be prepared for summer thunderstorms and drops in temperature (bring a jacket).
  • Bring your sense of humor and ability to adapt to change in plans… roll.
  • Be comfortable riding on varied conditions of dirt and gravel roads. Most roads will be firm and packed in mid summer, but in some places could be dry and sandy to wet & muddy.
  • Be prepared for long steep climbs and descents. (low gears and good brakes are essential).
  • Be comfortable riding in a group. Long climbs and descents on dirt will inevitably spread the group out at times. Regrouping from time-to-time is expected as some riders cluster together.
  • Routes are not really conducive to pace-lining, but social riding with photo stops is encouraged.

 

*** Bring proper navigation tools: GPS device, phone app, or cue sheet. Do not rely on others to help you with navigation. They may ride at a different speed than you. ***

 

Use club Slack channel #gravel to discuss this event further https://www.crw.org/content/slack

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
30
Ride Closed: 
2021-07-31