Gravel

Rock the Rockingham Rail Trail

Date: 
Nov 5, 2022
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Front Park - Massabesic Lake

16 Londonderry Turnpike
Auburn , NH
Directions: 

93 North, follow signs to 93 N/ NH 101 E Concord Seacoast. Keep right at the fork to continue on NH - 101 East follow signs for Portsmouth Seacoast. Take exit 1 for NH - 28 Bypass South. Destination will be on the left after rotary.

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New to Gravel? Veteran Graveler, but suffer from a severe adverse reaction to vertical climbing? Then this ride is for you! Take a nice scenic out-and-back ride on the Rockingham Recreational (Rail) Trail for a total of 52 miles on a wide gravel path. There are some but limited obstacles along the way that may require dismounts, but overall a relatively easy to moderate ride. Prior to turning around and heading back, we'll stop at Newfields Country Store for coffee and FREE snacks generously supported by CRW!  So join us on a late autumn day for a pleasant adventure!

Notes: 

60% probability or more of rain or steady rain cancels. Dress for the elements (i.e. warm gear, rain shell, gloves, etc.) Bring enough water and fuel you may need throughout the ride.  32mm or larger tires are STRONGLY recommended! 

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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Fells Fall Urban Gravel

Date: 
Oct 18, 2022
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No signups, but I will still be riding in the Fells but exploring new trail options. Let me know if you would like to join me
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A loop around the Fells on mostly gravel/dirt wide roads and fire roads.  Meeting point is along Playstead Rd, just north of the train station. Plenty of street parking along Playstead.

Notes: 

Come out and see some fall colors with lots of great views of the water ways of the Fells.  There are a few rocky sections but nothing too technical.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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35.9 Around Mt Kearsarge

Date: 
Oct 22, 2022
Ride Leader(s): 
Gene Ho (6176101875)
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Meet at the Warner NH park and drive for a 36 mile ride around Mt Kearsarge.  A mix of dirt and pavement  - bring your gravel bike. Decidedly non techy.  The dirt sections are well maintained town roads or well maintained rail trails.  A good beginners gravel ride.   About 90 miles from greater Boston near Sunapee.  Meet here:   https://goo.gl/maps/fJNhsgMKqZiTS67S6  at 10:30 AM Sat 10/22/2022.

 

 

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
Ride Closed: 

Fells Fall Urban Gravel

Date: 
Oct 13, 2022
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 NOTE: if you are signing up late the ride time was changed to 2:30 due to the rain later today

This is a social gravel ride through the Fells, which is starting to get nice fall colors.With late day lighting we'll be able to enjoy beautiful scenery.

Trails are wide gravel and fire roads, and generally in good conditions. If you can do the Estabrook climb on the Dirty Battle Road then you'll be ok. If you have never done gravel or other off-road biking, this is probably not a good route to start.

Start: Behind West Medford train station on Playstead road. Go to the end of the commuter parking where the path splits off to the playground (corner of Madison)

Timing: We will leave at 4:45 and should be back by with plenty of light. Starting 15 minutes later to make it easier for people to get there

Route : We head out towards Winthrop st. We'll take side roads to avoid the lower part of Whitmore Brook trail (tends to be rough and muddy) then cross south border and loop around the southern reservoir. We'll stay on the lower trails all the way to the Fallon Rd entrance then follow a short road section back along the Fellsway and into the Sheepfold area. We will go up Brooks to Middle road and finish with another short section south of Border road.

 

Notes: 

*** Bring proper navigation tools: GPS device, phone app, or cue sheet (note that those don't work well for some wood sections). Do not rely on others to help you with navigation. They may ride at a different speed than you.

*** Bring bug spray: Recommended, but not essential. It's getting cooler and we are on wider trails.

*** Clear / light shade glasses recommended: Late in the day and in the woods sunglasses may restrict visibility

*** Gravel bike: Although the trails are wide you need some traction. Not recommended for slick tires, but not a mountain bike trail either.

Rain cancels. Ride leader will make the call by noon on the day of the ride.

 
Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
14
Ride Closed: 

JuiceFest -- Gravel, Music, and Beer at The Milk Room and Ware River Watershed

Date: 
Oct 14, 2022
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JuiceFest is Oct 14-16, 2022 at Alta Vista Farm in Rutland MA.
Food trucks, vendors, camping and live music!
https://www.milkroombrewing.com/

Friday night is a free show with two of Rutland's top bands: Booty and the Jett and The Midnight Riders. Music will be between 5-9pm.

Plan is to ride from 4:30 to 6pm, then listen to the bands and drink a beer before heading home.

Park in lower lot of The Milk Room at Hillside Rd and Emerald Rd in Rutland MA.
pin: goo.gl/maps/DE5KDWm7qTF1UcLq7

1:15 drive from Winchester
https://goo.gl/maps/2kRe7nJnYsjT7VCN6

Notes: 

Ware River Watershed is Gravel Paradise.

Get there 10 minutes early. We roll at posted time.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
8
Ride Closed: 

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Estabrook loop)

Date: 
Oct 26, 2022
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Too wet
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Revolution Hall

3 Maguire Rd
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

From I95 take RT 4 (Bedford St) west into Bedford. Turn left on Hartwell Ave. In 0.5 miles turn right onto Maquire Rd. Revolution Hall is 0.2 miles west on Maquire Rd.

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UPDATED ROUTE! ***Includes Estabrook which is a bit more technical than our standard route.*** Join us for a fun and social gravel/mixed terrain ride! This ride is mostly on wide gravel roads & rail trail. Some of it may be rough, sandy, & muddy. According to Strava, the route is 58% unpaved. Tires 32–35mm should be sufficient. ***Estabrook section is NOT appropriate for bikes with slick or skinny tires.*** If you are familiar with the route you can show-and-go at your own pace; if you are new, we will have a no-drop group.

A journey through Revolutionary War history. Start at Revolution Hall and ride via Meagherville trail and residential streets to the eastern entrance to Minuteman National Historic Park. Follow the Battle Road past several historic buildings, soldier graves, Paul Revere capture site, all the way to the other side of the park at Meriam's Corner. Continue over trails through Concord farmland and open space. Ride on the road into historic Concord Center, past the Old North Bridge, and into the Estabrook reserve. Come back to Concord Center via Hugh Cargill (dirt road) and Lowell Rd. Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, and treat yourself to a beer! 

*** 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. ***

Rain cancels. Ride leader will make the call by noon on the day of the ride.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
Ride Closed: 

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Reform OAB)

Date: 
Oct 19, 2022
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Revolution Hall

3 Maguire Rd
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

From I95 take RT 4 (Bedford St) west into Bedford. Turn left on Hartwell Ave. In 0.5 miles turn right onto Maquire Rd. Revolution Hall is 0.2 miles west on Maquire Rd.

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SHORTER ROUTE for early sunsets! We've removed Estabrook and added an out-an-back on the Concord section of the Reformatory. Should finish just as the sunsets. BRING FRONT AND TAIL LIGHTS!!! Join us for a fun and social gravel/mixed terrain ride! This ride is mostly on wide gravel roads & rail trail. Some of it may be rough, sandy, & muddy. According to Strava, the route is 66% unpaved. Tires 32–35mm should be sufficient. If you are familiar with the route you can show-and-go at your own pace; if you are new, we will have a no-drop group.

A journey through Revolutionary War history. Start at Revolution Hall and ride via Meagherville trail and residential streets to the eastern entrance to Minuteman National Historic Park. Follow the Battle Road past several historic buildings, soldier graves, Paul Revere capture site, all the way to the other side of the park at Meriam's Corner. Continue over trails through Concord farmland and open space. Right out to Concord center and back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, and treat yourself to a beer! 

*** 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. ***

Rain cancels. Ride leader will make the call by noon on the day of the ride.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
Ride Closed: 

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Estabrook loop)

Date: 
Oct 12, 2022
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Revolution Hall

3 Maguire Rd
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

From I95 take RT 4 (Bedford St) west into Bedford. Turn left on Hartwell Ave. In 0.5 miles turn right onto Maquire Rd. Revolution Hall is 0.2 miles west on Maquire Rd.

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UPDATED ROUTE! ***Includes Estabrook which is a bit more technical than our standard route.*** Join us for a fun and social gravel/mixed terrain ride! This ride is mostly on wide gravel roads & rail trail. Some of it may be rough, sandy, & muddy. According to Strava, the route is 58% unpaved. Tires 32–35mm should be sufficient. ***Estabrook section is NOT appropriate for bikes with slick or skinny tires.*** If you are familiar with the route you can show-and-go at your own pace; if you are new, we will have a no-drop group.

A journey through Revolutionary War history. Start at Revolution Hall and ride via Meagherville trail and residential streets to the eastern entrance to Minuteman National Historic Park. Follow the Battle Road past several historic buildings, soldier graves, Paul Revere capture site, all the way to the other side of the park at Meriam's Corner. Continue over trails through Concord farmland and open space. Ride on the road into historic Concord Center, past the Old North Bridge, and into the Estabrook reserve. Come back to Concord Center via Hugh Cargill (dirt road) and Lowell Rd. Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, and treat yourself to a beer! 

*** 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. ***

Rain cancels. Ride leader will make the call by noon on the day of the ride.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
Ride Closed: 

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Estabrook loop)

Date: 
Oct 5, 2022
Ride Leader(s): 
Cancel ride: 
Ride is cancelled
Reason for cancellation: 
Rain
Listing Type: 
Ride
Ride Start: 

Revolution Hall

3 Maguire Rd
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

From I95 take RT 4 (Bedford St) west into Bedford. Turn left on Hartwell Ave. In 0.5 miles turn right onto Maquire Rd. Revolution Hall is 0.2 miles west on Maquire Rd.

Ride image: 

UPDATED ROUTE! ***Includes Estabrook which is a bit more technical than our standard route.*** Join us for a fun and social gravel/mixed terrain ride! This ride is mostly on wide gravel roads & rail trail. Some of it may be rough, sandy, & muddy. According to Strava, the route is 58% unpaved. Tires 32–35mm should be sufficient. ***Estabrook section is NOT appropriate for bikes with slick or skinny tires.*** If you are familiar with the route you can show-and-go at your own pace; if you are new, we will have a no-drop group.

A journey through Revolutionary War history. Start at Revolution Hall and ride via Meagherville trail and residential streets to the eastern entrance to Minuteman National Historic Park. Follow the Battle Road past several historic buildings, soldier graves, Paul Revere capture site, all the way to the other side of the park at Meriam's Corner. Continue over trails through Concord farmland and open space. Ride on the road into historic Concord Center, past the Old North Bridge, and into the Estabrook reserve. Come back to Concord Center via Hugh Cargill (dirt road) and Lowell Rd. Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, and treat yourself to a beer! 

*** 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. ***

Rain cancels. Ride leader will make the call by noon on the day of the ride.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
Ride Closed: 

Fells Fall Urban Gravel

Date: 
Oct 6, 2022
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 This is a social gravel ride through the Fells, which is starting to get nice fall colors.With late day lighting we'll be able to enjoy beautiful scenery.

Trails are wide gravel and fire roads, and generally in good conditions. If you can do the Estabrook climb on the Dirty Battle Road then you'll be ok. If you have never done gravel or other off-road biking, this is probably not a good route to start.

Start: Behind West Medford train station on Playstead road. Go to the end of the commuter parking where the path splits off to the playground (corner of Madison)

Timing: We will leave at 4:30 and should be back by with plenty of light

Route : We head out towards Winthrop st. We'll take side roads to avoid the lower part of Whitmore Brook trail (tends to be rough and muddy) then cross south border and loop around the southern reservoir. We'll stay on the lower trails all the way to the Fallon Rd entrance then follow a short road section back along the Fellsway and into the Sheepfold area. We will go up Brooks to Middle road and finish with another short section south of Border road.

 

Notes: 

*** Bring proper navigation tools: GPS device, phone app, or cue sheet (note that those don't work well for some wood sections). Do not rely on others to help you with navigation. They may ride at a different speed than you.

*** Bring bug spray: Recommended, but not essential. It's getting cooler and we are on wider trails.

*** Clear / light shade glasses recommended: Late in the day and in the woods sunglasses may restrict visibility

*** Gravel bike: Although the trails are wide you need some traction. Not recommended for slick tires, but not a mountain bike trail either.

Rain cancels. Ride leader will make the call by noon on the day of the ride.

 
Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
14
Ride Closed: 

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