Gravel

Saturday Gravel Hills of West MA—dinner included

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Jul 31, 2021
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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 from Conway City Hall, 5 Academy Hill Road, 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: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
30
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Covered Bridges of Keene—Gravel 40mi Trails Edition

Date: 
Jun 6, 2021
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Covered bridge

Tour four covered bridges around Keene: Cresson, Thompson, Slate, & Coombs. Many stops to enjoy the day:


0km Troy historical depot
23km Winchester town, many services
32km Coombs covered bridge
34km Slate covered bridge
39km Thompson covered bridge
43km Sawyers covered bridge
48km Keene: Fire Dog Breads, Lindy's Diner, Monadnock coop market, & Yolo frozen yogurt.

 

Finish with serving of cold soft drinks courtesy of CRW Gravel program, & a dip in Lake Dennison. Optional group dinner on our way back at Wachusett Brewing Co.

 

This ride is mostly on gravel roads & rail trail. Some of it maybe rough, sandy, & rocky. According to Strava, the route is 55% dirt, 29% not specified, & 15% paved. Tires 32–35mm should be sufficient. Note we have another group doing a longer 65 mile route, and others on a parallel loop using mainly paved roads, both from a different start location.  Ideally, we can coordinate meeting time in Keene then picnic stop after ride by Lake Dennison.  There is an optional group dinner on our way back at Wachusett Brewing Co., if you are so inclined.

 
Meet at the Troy B&M Railroad Depot (small yellow building) on 2454 Water Street (https://goo.gl/maps/Lv84M7z4KGqWmBpw9) at 8:45 to roll at 9AM.  Park in the dirt parking lot by the Depot.

 

Use club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further https://crwheelers.slack.com/archives/C0109BPQPAR/p1622257881349200

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
30
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Dirty Wednesday on Battle Road

Date: 
May 26, 2021
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Lexington Green

1903 Mass Ave
Lexington , MA
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From route 128 take Exit #31 east (Rts. 4 & 225) 1.7 miles to Lexington Center. Park in the surrounding neighborhoods and bike to the start. Meet at by the Minuteman Statute.

This ride is mostly on wide gravel roads & rail trail. Some of it maybe rough, sandy, & muddy. According to Strava, the route is 44% dirt & 15% not specified. Tires 32–35mm should be sufficient.

 

A journey through Revolutionary War history. Start at Lexington Battle Great near John Parker statue to the eastern entrance to Minuteman National Historic Park. Follow the Battle Road through several historic building, soldier graves, Paul Revere capture site, all the way to the other side of the park at Meriam's Corner. Traverse through town of Concord passing by Concord Green & Monument.

 

Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Until Lexington Battle Green where "first shots heard around the world" on 19 April 1775.

 

Join event on Strava to let others know you will be there https://www.strava.com/clubs/155/group_events/959476

 

*** 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 #ride to discuss this event further https://crwheelers.slack.com/archives/C0109BPQPAR/p1621824980187600

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
10
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Dirty Thursday on Battle Road

Date: 
May 6, 2021
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Lexington Green

1903 Mass Ave
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

From route 128 take Exit #31 east (Rts. 4 & 225) 1.7 miles to Lexington Center. Park in the surrounding neighborhoods and bike to the start. Meet at by the Minuteman Statute.

Warm up on some gravel & dirt trails ahead of call to launch CRW Gravel season at 19:00. Register to join us https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcu-rrTMiGNfInW4wW99r2GRODEta0GQG

 

This ride is mostly on wide gravel roads & rail trail. Some of it maybe rough, sandy, & muddy. According to Strava, the route is 44% dirt & 15% not specified. Tires 32–35mm should be sufficient.

 

A journey through Revolutionary War history. Start at Lexington Battle Great near John Parker statue to the eastern entrance to Minuteman National Historic Park. Follow the Battle Road through several historic building, soldier graves, Paul Revere capture site, all the way to the other side of the park at Meriam's Corner. Traverse through town of Concord passing by Concord Green & Monument.

 

Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Until Lexington Battle Green where "first shots heard around the world" on 19 April 1775.

 

Join event on Strava to let others know you will be there https://www.strava.com/clubs/155/group_events/943354

 

*** 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 #ride to discuss this event further https://crwheelers.slack.com/archives/C0109BPQPAR/p1619974881143100

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
10
Ride Closed: 

Covered Bridges of Keene—gravel 65mi trails edition

Date: 
Jun 6, 2021
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Tour four covered bridges around Keene: Cresson, Thompson, Slate, & Coombs. Many stops to enjoy the day:

 

  • 35km Winchester town, many services
  • 44km Coombs covered bridge
  • 46km Slate covered bridge
  • 50km Thompson covered bridge
  • 55km Sawyers covered bridge
  • 60km Keene: Fire Dog Breads, Lindy's Diner, Monadnock coop market, & Yolo frozen yogurt.
  • 76km Troy historical depot

 

Finish with serving of cold soft drinks courtesy of CRW Gravel program, & a dip in Lake Dennison. Optional group dinner on our way back at Wachusett Brewing Co.

 

This ride is mostly on gravel roads & rail trail. Some of it maybe rough, sandy, & rocky. According to Strava, the route is 55% dirt, 29% not specified, & 15% paved. Tires 32–35mm should be sufficient. Note we have another group on parallel loop using mainly paved roads.

 

Meet at Lake Dennison recreational area exactly at this location https://google.com/maps/place/42.639649,-72.086077

 

Parking fee is $8 for cars with MA license plates, $30 for others.

 

There will be an option for shorter loop starting in Troy, NH. Registration & details at https://www.crw.org/node/9968

 

Join event on Strava to let others know you will be there https://www.strava.com/clubs/155/group_events/939023

 

Use club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further https://crwheelers.slack.com/archives/C0109BPQPAR/p1619480426056800

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
50
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