Rides

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

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🐓 Rooster Hills ⛰️

Date: 
Aug 2, 2022
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Porter Square Shopping Center

36 White Street
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

Parking in the shopping center is free.  Meeting point is at the bike racks along Mass Ave between Dunkin and CVS.

Monument Park

Mass Ave at, Broadway
Arlington , MA
Directions: 

Meet at the tall monument on Massachusetts Avenue side.

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Rooster Hills Elevation Profile
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View from Arlington 360

📝 Overview

Wanna work on your hills game?  Training for an upcoming hill climb?  Do you enjoy pain?  Then, you are in luck!

A ride is considered to have a substantial amount of climbing if there is 100ft elevation gain per mile.  This route has 120ft per mile, so saddle up!

Come join us for an enjoyable workout starting from Porter Square in Cambridge or Monument Park in Arlington, where we will do hill repeats in Arlington Heights. 

 

🕝 Timing and Options

There is no obligation to join for all the hills.  A convenient spot to drop from the ride to get home for work or other obligations may be the final ascent to the water tower in Arlington Heights prior to heading over to the other side of Mass Ave.  Most likely we will hit the water tower between 7am and 730am, depending on pace.  Plan for the the bonus section east of Mass Ave to take approximately 30 minutes longer to complete.

 

🚲 Ride Format

 

⛰️🛑 Regrouping

This is a NO DROP ride, we will wait at the top of most hills to regroup when safe to do so.  Everyone can climb and descend at whatever pace they feel comfortable with.

 

🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏿🚴🏽‍♀️ Pace Groups

If the group is large enough, we will split it into 2 different paces, such that people aren't waiting too long at regrouping points.

 

 

🗺️ Route Notes

🧭 Navigation

Since this route has a few overlapping sections, the GPS may be thrown off a bit and get confused in some sections.  Be sure to review the cues prior to the ride to familiarize yourself with the route.

 

 Hazards & Road Conditions

Rough Roads: Traversing Hawthorne Ave (regrouping point and slow speed so okay), going up on Brattle Street (going slow so okay)

Speed Bump: Between Wheeler Lane & Ridge Street connection

 

⚠️ Disclaimer

↗ ↘ Steep Ascents and Descents

There are some steep ascents on this route (up to 20%).  Make sure to bring a bike with proper gearing. 

What goes up, must also come down; meaning there are also steep descents.  Make sure your brakes in good working order.

 

📍 Meeting Point(s)

1️⃣ We will meet at the bike racks closest to the main intersection at Porter Square on the island between Dunkin and CVS.  There is also a convenient bike repair stand there if needed. 

2️⃣ If you would like to join us in Arlington, we will probably be rolling by Monument Park in Arlington center about 10 minutes after the ride starts.

 

🚗 Parking

If you are driving to the start, you can park in Porter Square shopping center parking lot for free.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
20
Ride Closed: 
2022-08-02
 
 

Speedy Croissant Women's Ride

Date: 
Aug 2, 2022
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Minuteman Bikeway Trailhead (Arlington/Cambridge)

Alewife Station Access Rd and Steel Place
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

To reach the Cambridge Minuteman trailhead by subway, take the MBTA Red Line to the Alewife Station. Bicycles are allowed on weekends and during off-peak hours on weekdays; see mbta.com for details.

To reach the Cambridge Minuteman trailhead by car from I-95, take Exit 29A to MA 2 toward Boston. Go 5.9 miles and take the Alewife Station exit. The Alewife Station Access Road becomes Steel Place. Go 0.4 mile and turn left into the parking garage (fee charged).

The Minuteman Bikeway starts on the north side of the Alewife building, at the intersection of Steel Pl and Alewife Station Access Rd. This is the intersection of three bike paths: Fitchburg Cutoff, Alewife Linear, and Minuteman.

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A variation on the Praline Croissant ride, but faster and longer. With less bike path, no Horn Pond dog dodging, and an additional loop around Mystic Lakes, this ride is for women looking for a quicker pace (15+ mph) and paceline work. The ride is show-and-go and will not necessarily regroup if riders are dropped.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
60
Ride Closed: 
2022-08-02
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dover Paceline

Date: 
May 24, 2022
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Natick Common

12 South Main St
Natick , MA
Directions: 

From Route 128, take Route 9 West approximately 6.5 miles to Route 27 south to the Natick Common. There is a parking lot next to Town Hall. The Common is two short blocks south of the Natick Center commuter rail station on the Framingham-Worcester line. Schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Worcester/timetable

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Paceline Cyclists

Ride Description

CRW "Devo" for Development for all riders who want to improve their performance, skills and enjoyment of cycling. This is a chance to learn and work on paceline skills on the gorgeous roads of Dover. Groups are divided into 4-8 riders by average pace which ranges from 12 to 22+ mph. Working in a paceline, and using smooth and predictable movements and techniques, will increase your normal average pace. The goal here though is not about going as fast as you can, but as smooth as you can, keeping the paceline working together as a unit, this means the slowest rider is the base for speed.
Please arrive by 5:20pm so we can cover the specific drills for the ride.

After about a mile to get warm we launch onto Pond road, a tree-lined, rolling hill and quiet road to get your legs pumping. A short flat road to South Natick and then down towards Dover. Another short stretch before turning onto Main and then onto Claybrook, where the fun really begins. Dips and lifts, curves and straightaways. A chance to catch your breath as we move into Dover Center and then it's TT time! Tuck in because this is the famed Dover TT segment, a sharp turn onto Farm St and keep the hammer down. A final turn and a hard push to finish. Next up onto Walpole until we turn onto Powisett and it's smooth as butter blacktop, before transitioning onto Dover and then a left and some rollers up to Summer. Our route hooks back now toward Dedham Street, with a great dash along the Charles river on Mill Street before we Strip the Willow. Cross St takes us back to hit Claybrook once more (so good you need to do it both ways!) A Sprint at the end, then a small climb to Pleasant. Almost home! A nice descent and then a great up and up again climb on Union, time to pour out whatever you have left. Last turn and an easy roll back down to Natick Common.

Cancellation due to poor weather is posted before 4:30 PM.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
30
Ride Closed: 
2022-08-02