Gravel

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Estabrook loop)

Date: 
Aug 10, 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 Party - 2 Options

Date: 
Aug 3, 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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With Boston hitting 100 degrees on Thursday, this week's weekday gravel rides are being combined into one ride with two options: 4:30 is the Battle Road loop with Estabrook and at 5:00 is the Intermediate Gravel loop heading south to Pine Hill, Codman, and Adams/Wright Woods. **These two rides are NOT appropriate for bikes with slick or skinny tires.* Both routes finish at Revolution Hall, where you can treat yourself to a beer! 

20 Mile Battle Road Route ***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.  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.  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.

21 Mile Intermediate Route Starting from Rev Hall we will take Hartwell Ave to Woods Street and head to the Battle Road. We'll get off at Bedford Lane and ride into Pine hill, then head back 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 head back though Concord and the Reformatory to Rev Hall.

*** 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: 

Thursday Gravel Intermediate Ride (with Codman Estate)

Date: 
Jul 28, 2022
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Rain and thunderstoem hit early. Not a good weather for gravel riding
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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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Route (Updated for 7/24) - Starting from Rev Hall we will take Hartwell Ave to Woods Street and head to the Battle Road. We'll do our usual Bedford Lane and into Pine hill, then head back 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 head back though Concord and the Reformatory to Rev Hall.

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. 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 season, and we will be in the woods for the majority of the ride***

Rain cancels (yes, we're in a drought, but just in case). Ride leader will make the call by noon on the day of the ride.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
15
Ride Closed: 

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Estabrook loop)

Date: 
Jul 27, 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: 

The Gravel Intermediate Friday (aka Concord Intermediate Gravel)

Date: 
Jul 15, 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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Route Update for 7/14 - Yes, yet another minor update to allow for a start from Rev Hall.  We will start with the Battle Road weekly ride route through the woods of Lexington and up to the Battle Road, and then breaking off onto Bedford Lane and into Pine hill.  We'll then head back to Codman North / Codman east and back into Wright Woods, exiting onto Sudbury Rd, and then back though Concord and the Reformatory back to Rev Hall.

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. 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 season, and we will be in the woods for the majority of the ride***

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

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
15
Ride Closed: 

19.4 Gravel Maynard Assabet Wildlife

Date: 
Jul 17, 2022
Ride Leader(s): 
Gene Ho (6176101875)
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Mill & Main Sudbury Street Lot

32 Sudbury Street
Maynard , MA
Directions: 

From the east: Take RT 2 west to Concord. Get off onto Main St/RT 62 WEST. Drive 4.2 miles into Maynard. At traffic light go STRAIGHT onto Parker St/RT 27 SOUTH. Drive 0.6 miles and turn RIGHT onto Great Rd/RT 117 WEST. Drive 0.6 and turn RIGHT onto Sudbury St. Parking lot is on right.

From the west: Take RT 495 to EXIT 27/Bolton. Drive EAST on RT 117 7.5 miles across Stow into Maynard. Turn LEFT onto Sudbury St. Parking lot is on right.

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We frequently bike around the Assabett Wildlife Sanctuary.  Let's explore the many dirt roads inside it.  Start at 10:00 AM from the Sudbury St parking lot of the Mill in Maynard.  The bike path takes us to the Sanctuary (an old WW2 ammo dump).  Takes about 2.5 hours to ride.  Pretty flat and not techy but the GPS signal is sketchy with the tree cover.  Navigation can be challenging if you haven't been there before.  Best not to get too strung out on this one.

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

DIRTY BATTLE ROAD (Estabrook loop)

Date: 
Jul 13, 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: 

Concord Intermediate Gravel

Date: 
Jul 6, 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.

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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. This route has been updated and is now 75% unpaved. If you have gravel tires 32–35mm, and have ridden on the Estabrook portion of the Dirty Battle Road, you should be fine.

We will start at Meriam's Corner parking area and ride on the Battle Road to the gravel Bedford Lane, up and over Route 2 to Sandy Pond, and then around (with a short incline) Pine Hill and into Codman (new this week) and Adams Woods. Also new this week is a visit to the old boat house of Fairhaven Bay. We will then go back into the woods around Goose Pond and under Route 2 via a spooky tunnel. After crossing Route 2, we see the Thoreau and Dr. Seuss memorials and head back to Meriam's corner.

With more gravel this ride will not be as quick as the Battle road ride (expect around 2 hrs), but with a 5:00 start we have plenty of time before dark.

Notes: 

*** 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. *** 

*** Bring bug spray – this is tick season, and we will be in the woods for the majority of the ride***

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

 
Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
15
Ride Closed: 

44.5 Gravel Groton Fessenden Hill Rd

Date: 
Jul 9, 2022
Ride Leader(s): 
Gene Ho (6176101875)
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Nashua River Rail Trail

0 Station Avenue
Groton , MA
Directions: 

From I-495, take exit 31 to Rt 119 West and continue for about 7.0 miles to Groton center. Turn left onto Station Avenue before Groton Town Hall, drive to the end and park alongside the Rail Trail. Or take the Fitchburg commuter rail line to the Ayer station, then the trail: schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable

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Starting at the Station Ave parking lot in Groton, we'll bike on the Nashua River rail trail north to Peperell, Brookline, and Hollis.  There will be mix of paved roads, town maintained dirt roads, and park gravel roads.  Conditions will vary and a gravel bike is highly recommended.  Not techy but dirt road maintenance is an iffy thing.  Start at 10:00 and plan on about 5 hours plus whatever time is taken for lunch.  Hollis has a number of eateries and I'll stop at Buckley's for a snack.  I bike at a leisurely pace but feel free to bike at a pace that suits you. Oh, and by the way, there is some climbing involved.  Any questions, call, text, or email Gene at ho.eugene [at] verizon.net or 617-610-1875

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

Concord intermediate gravel

Date: 
Jun 30, 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: 

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.

Start at Revolution Hall and ride on the road past Hanscom to the eastern entrance to Minuteman National Historic Park. Follow the Battle Road to the gravel Bedford Lane, up and over Route 2 to Sandy Pond, and then around (with a short incline) Pine Hill and into the Adams Woods, passing south of Walden Pond. There’s a short steep sandy descent back to Walden St, which we cross and go back into the woods around Goose Pond and under Route 2 via a spooky tunnel. After crossing Route 2, we see the Thoreau and Dr. Seuss memorials and head back to Rev Hall via the Reformatory Branch Trail.

With more gravel this ride will not be as quick as the Battle road ride, but with a 5:30 start we have plenty of time before dark. Finish at Revolution Hall, and treat yourself to a beer!

Notes: 

** Note: the route has been updated to exclude the short section through Walden Pond (which is off limits for bikes).  Please use the new RidewithGPS route.

*** 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. *** 

*** Bring bug spray – this is tick season, and we will be in the woods for the majority of the ride***

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

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
15
Ride Closed: 

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