Rides

Sunday, August 1, 2021

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Hanson Sunday Ride

Date: 
May 9, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
Cancel ride: 
Ride is cancelled
Reason for cancellation: 
Hanson Ride on Oct. 3rd cancelled because of Cranberry Ride.
Listing Type: 
Ride
Ride Start: 

Shaws Plaza Shopping Center-Hanson

470 Liberty Street
Hanson , MA
Directions: 

From North/West:Take Route 93 South to Route 3 South. Take exit 13. Turn Right onto Washington Street (Route 53). Right onto Silver St. Right onto Main St. Right onto Rt 139. Next left onto Center Street Left onto Old Cross Street Right onto Brook St. Left onto Cross Street. Right onto Rt 58. Go past Town Hall. Take the left after the next set of lights by the Dunkin Donuts. From South:Take 3 North. Take either Rt 14 or Rt 27 to Route 58. Follow Route 58 to the parking lot. Take the first left after the traffic lights and the Dunkin Donuts. The ride start is about 2 miles from the Hanson commuter rail station: go east on Rte 27 a short distance, then north on Phillips st, east on Holmes St, and north on High St. Train schedule is at https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Kingston/timetable

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The Hanson Sunday Ride is your chance to ride on roads that are not common for CRW and take in terrain so gorgeous that you might wonder how you have missed it. The HSR are full of cranberry bogs, lakes, farms, woods, and the flattest terrain in Massachusetts. Take it easy and “smell the cranberries” or record your fastest ride this season. Ride starts promptly at 9:00AM Sunday. Please arrive early! Park near the bank at the far end of the parking lot.

 

Check the South Shore Mellow Riders on FaceBook for updates and cancelations.

 

 

 

Notes: 

NEW START TIME ON 9AM STARTING OCT, 17.

Available to any leader: 
No
Ride Closed: 
2021-08-01
 

South Shore Coastal Loop

Date: 
Jun 6, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
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Reason for cancellation: 
Listing Type: 
Ride
Ride Start: 

Park and Ride-Rockland (opposite Home Depot)

Rte3 & 228
Rockland , MA
Directions: 

Take 128 or 93 to Route 3 to Exit 14 (Rt. 228) in Rockland. Turn left at the end of the ramp, then left again at the first set of lights, and park in the Park'n'Ride lot. Space unlimited. Please check the website Saturday after 9:30 PM for last minute cancellations.

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This ride combines shady, quiet roads, scenic harbors, historic lighthouses, windmills, beaches and beautiful vistas and occurs on some the most spectacular coastline on the South Shore. You'll find that the effort to get up early enough to leave promptly at 7:30 will be paid back by having a great ride with little traffic. Because we start early, you'll be home in time to cook omelets for Sunday brunch! The SSCL will take place every week, weather permitting. 

The 45-mile loop includes Rockland, Hingham, Norwell, Scituate, and Cohasset with a coffee stop in Scituate Harbor. The 57-mile ride adds Pemberton Point in Hull, with its magnificent views of Boston Harbor from under the windmill!

Set your alarm. You'll be happy you did.

Please check the website at 6 AM Sunday for any last minute updates. Notes: The ride will start promptly at 8:30 AM in April; 7:30 May through the end of the season. The Start: Park'n'Ride lot, Rockland (opposite Home Depot)

The ride has a Facebook page.  

https://www.facebook.com/SundayCoastalLoop/

Like it, if you want more updates.

Directions: Take 128 or 93 to Route 3 to Exit 14 (Rt. 228) in Rockland. Turn left at the end of the ramp then left again at the first set of lights, and park in the Park'n'Ride lot. Space Unlimited.

Notes: 

9/26/2021 It looks like the rain will clear.  The ride is on.

9/23/21 Old Oaken Bucket is perfect.  I the GPS points to Old Oaken Bucket and includes both cliffs.


 

Welcome to the 2021 SSCL.  There are a few minor changes motivated by road conditions.  The changes are included in the CUE sheets.  

This ride is not arrowed yet.  Please download the GPS, print a CUE sheet, or know the way.

 

If the weather is iffy, please check in at 6 AM Sunday morning to see if the ride is on.  

 

Available to any leader: 
No
Ride Closed: 
2021-08-01
 

Adventure Ride: Hills of Western Mass GRAVEL Adventure

Date: 
Jul 30, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
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Reason for cancellation: 
Listing Type: 
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
2021-08-01
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday Gravel Hills of Western Massachusetts

Date: 
Aug 1, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
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Reason for cancellation: 
Listing Type: 
Ride
Ride Start: 

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.

 

All three routes head out through Poland Gate and up through DAR state park, then up and down some sharp climbs past some Scottish longhorns to the famous Cummington Store, with a cow on the roof.

 

The long route goes up past the Bryant Homestead, and before zigzagging around Plainfield and descending toward Charlemont, where we climb one of the steepest pitches in the area before getting to Pamela’s favorite road, Middle Road which climbs up into Hawley State Forest. Middle is a million dollar road, rebuilt after Irene. The route then heads back along a lovely treelined ridge, and before taking in a road that is notoriously muddy in the spring, but will be bone dry in August. A few more ups and downs brings us to Pine Hill Road, past the estate of Archibald MacLeish—I should say former estate of MacLeish. Someone with too much money bought it and is making a monstrosity out of it. Then there is the bobsled run descent of hell to be ridden with due respect or risk ambulance ride home. All three routes are golden.

 

  • 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: 
2021-08-01
 

Century in the Shade

Date: 
Aug 1, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
Cancel ride: 
Reason for cancellation: 
Listing Type: 
Ride
Ride Start: 

Varnum Brook Middle School

10 Hollis St
Pepperell , MA
Directions: 

Rte. 95 to Rte. 3 North to Exit 35/Rte. 113 - Dunstable. Follow Rte. 113 through Pepperell Center until you come to the rotary just after Donalen's on your left. Take the first right off Rotary to Rte. 111/Hollis Street. Entrance to the school driveway is on the left just after you enter the school zone. Park in the back.

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With the summer heat and humidity rising, come enjoy a scenic ride in the deep canopy of North Middlesex county and Southern NH. 80% of the route is shaded and 99% is paved tarmac, though 25mm tires are recommended for the less well maintained sections. There are several available rest stops including stops for ice cream at Ashburnham for both routes and at Kimball Farm in Jaffery for the 100mi route.

There is a Cumberland Farms in Pepperell, noted on the route, with indoor restrooms if you need to stop and gather water and food before the start of the ride.

This is a DEVO ride, participants will be able to accumulate elevation towards the Climbing Challenge https://www.strava.com/clubs/155/posts/16516924

*** 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 #devo to discuss this event further https://www.crw.org/content/slack

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
30
Ride Closed: 
2021-08-01
 
 

Apple Pi Ride

Date: 
Aug 1, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
Cancel ride: 
Reason for cancellation: 
Listing Type: 
Ride
Ride Start: 

Bedford VA Hospital

200 Springs Rd
Bedford , MA
Directions: 

From 128 Take Rt 4 north to Bedford Center. Turn right on Springs Rd. Follow signs for VA Hospital / Middlesex Community College. Meet at first parking lot on right. By bicycle from the Minuteman Bikeway: take the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail to where it crosses Springs Road diagonally, then bear right onto Springs Road.

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The short ride goes through Concord, Acton, Littleton, Westford, and Carlisle. The long ride adds Stow and Harvard. The long ride passes an impressive array of apple orchards, while taking in a few hills.

Notes: 

Ride is not arrowed, use GPS or download cuesheet for navigation.  Leader is doing short route at 13-14 mph pace, but you are free to do either route at your own pace.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
Ride Closed: 
2021-08-01