Gravel

Tower Hill Mixed Terrain Ride (Free Beer!)

Date: 
Oct 8, 2022
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Ride Start:  Massabesic Lake Parking Lot (Rockingham Rail Trail), Manchester, NH

Description:  This ride begins on the unpaved Rockingham Rail Trail, but soon leaves it to explore the many fire roads nearby.  At about 7 miles, the ride makes a loop on the fire roads around the beautiful Tower Hill Pond, followed by a climb up the very tough Tower Hill dirt road.  After a short time on paved roads, the route rejoins the Rockingham Rail Trail for 5 miles, with the rest of the ride being a mix of paved roads, jeep tracks and fire roads.  Only 20% of the ride is on paved roads, so while a gravel bike is most suitable, a mountain bike would also be fine.  It is not a technical ride, but expect some rocks and roots on the fire roads, and some steep hills.

This will be a no drop ride, but riders who wish to ride faster than the group may jump off the front, but are, of course, on their own.

The ride is 34 miles long, but a short 22 mile option is available- at mile 18, instead of going further east on the Rockingham Rail Trail, proceed west on the RRT back to the parking lot.  We will ride together to this point, at which point you may make a decision on the distance you wish to do.  There is no special Ride with GPS route for the short ride since it is very simple.

Also!  Join us post ride for one free beer at the Auburn Tavern compliments of the CRW Gravel Program!  We will head there after the conclusion of the long ride.

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Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
20
Ride Closed: 

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Free Beer!)

Date: 
Sep 28, 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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JOIN US FOR A BEER AT REVOLUTION HALL AFTER THE RIDE, HOSTED BY THE CRW GRAVEL PROGRAM!!!)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: 
Sep 21, 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: 

Gravel Kearsage Klassic

Date: 
Oct 15, 2022
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Back by popular demand and previously led by Phillip Stern, CRW's edition of the Kearsage Klassic!  Come enjoy hard packed gravel and dirt roads, some stout climbing and hopefully peak fall foliage on this classic NH gravel ride. 
 

Start/Finish: Warner Park and Ride (off I-89 exit 9 in New Hampshire)

Stops: mile 21: JJ's / Irving; mile 38: Dunkins

The Kearsarge Klassic Dirt Road Randonee is a challenging bike ride in central New Hampshire that circumnavigates Mt. Kearsarge primarily on dirt roads.
The dirt roads and secondary paved roads are traffic-free (for the most part), hilly, scenic, twisty, and just plain fun.
Although the route is mostly town-maintained dirt roads, conditions can vary from smooth dirt to loose and rocky gravel. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that riders be properly prepared and use a gravel bike or cyclocross bike with tires of at least 32mm width. Riders are also encouraged to carry spare tubes.
The roads traverse many of the properties conserved by the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust.
For more information see https://www.ausbonsargent.org/

The CRW route is based on the Kearsarge Klassic 55 Mile Route
Created by: GRVL Cycling
https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/4640-grvl-cycling
We are doing this route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37427289

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Available to any leader: 
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Rider Limit: 
12
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Wednesday Dirty Narrow Gauge

Date: 
Sep 14, 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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Different route, but still the Wednesday Gravel Social ride. Route is a gravel/mixed terrain ride with about 50% off road on double track and wide gravel trails. Some of it may be rough, sandy, & muddy, but if you've done gravel rides before and have tires 32+ mm, you should be ok. ** Both Estabrook and Great Brook have sections that are NOT appropriate for slick / skinny tires ** We will try to keep as a group, but anyone familiar with the trail can break off to go faster. Just let the ride leaders know before you disappear. 

Start: Rev Hall

 

Route : We are trying something new this week. we will head north to the narrow gauge trail then cut across to Great Brook Farm. We will do a loop in the park, staying on wider trails (some sand, some gravel, and some roots, but nothing too technical). We will then head south through Carlisle to Estabrook woods and do the Estabrook trail downhill. That is the second slightly technical section, take it at your own pace. We will do a short section through the Minuteman National Park at Old North Bridge, then get on Reformatory Branch and the Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, and treat yourself to a beer! 

 

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: this is tick and mosquito season, and we will be in the woods.

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

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

 
Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
14
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Wednesday Gravel - intermediate

Date: 
Sep 7, 2022
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Meriam's Corner Parking Lot

Lexington Road
Meriam's Corner Concord , MA
Directions: 

From Route 95 Take exit 46B (Old Exit 30B) for Route 2A West. Pass flashing yellow light at Hanscom Drive and continue to second flashing light at fork; stay right onto Lexington Road AKA Battlefield Road. There will be a  sign for parking for Meriam's Corner.

Route (Updated for MORE "no bike" signs in Lincoln) - Starting from Meriam's corner and start eastward on the Battle Road. We'll do our usual Bedford Lane - Sandy Pond - Pine hill, then head to Codman East/ Codman North. We'll do a short loop around the estate, then head into Wright Woods, loop through the old boat house and out onto Sudbury Rd. We'll go though Hapgood Wright Town Forest and back to the start.

Join us for a fun and social intermediate gravel/mixed terrain ride. This ride is a bit more technical than the Battle Road ride and is mostly on fire roads with some technical roots, sand and rocks. There are also a few smooth single-track sections. According to Strava, the route is 65% unpaved. If you have gravel tires 32–35mm, and have ridden on the Estabrook portion of the Dirty Battle Road, you should be fine.

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: this is tick and mosquito season, and we will be in the woods for the majority of the ride.

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

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

 
Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
14
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74.2 Gravel Ride Around Quabbin

Date: 
Aug 13, 2022
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Gene Ho (6176101875)
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Ride around the Quabbin reservoir on abandoned roads and dirt roads with a stop in Amherst for lunch.  Start at 9:00 AM at the Ralph C Mahar Regional School in Orange.

https://goo.gl/maps/HarGp3xqGuik8Gse8

Good practice for, or an alternative to, D2R2.  My preference is for the participants not to spread out excessively.  Although not techy, the dirt stretches are lightly traveled and long which can make addressing mechanical and physical problems difficult for a lone rider.

Bring a gps device with a map display or a smartphone with a gps app and enough battery power to last 8+ hours.

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

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Estabrook loop)

Date: 
Aug 31, 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: 
Aug 24, 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: 
Aug 17, 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.

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: 

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