Gravel

Gravel Ride Around Concord

Date: 
Apr 3, 2022
Ride Leader(s): 
Gene Ho (6176101875)
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Concord Center Visitor Center

16 Keyes Road
Concord , MA
Directions: 

Rt. 128/95 to Exit 29, Rt. 2 West. Go 4.6 mi., look for the Rt. 126 sign, and turn right at that intersection onto Walden Street. Bear right at the fork. At 1.2 mi. in Concord Center make a left onto Main St. and a right into the town parking lot. The Visitor Center is at the south end of the parking lot. By commuter rail and bicycle: From the Concord station, head north on Sudbury Road, which merges into Main Street, then take the first left onto Keyes Rd -- about 1 mi. Train schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable

18 miles on jeep roads and trails around Concord.  Mostly off road but crossing many of the main roads into/out of Concord allowing easy bailouts if time or energy run out.  Plan on 3 hours for slow riders and 2.5 or less for those with MTb or CX experience.  No drops and I'll ride with the slower folks.  More techy than a road ride but less intimidating than mountain biking - hence the name "gravel ride".  Start at the Keyes St parking lot in Concord Center at 9:00.  We should finish before the rains starts.  Bring your gravel, CX, or gravel bike.  Any questions call or text me at 617-610-1875..

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

Early Dirty Battle Road

Date: 
Mar 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.

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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 60% 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.

Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, probably in the dark, 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: 
10
Ride Closed: 

Winter Mixie: Across Lexington

Date: 
Jan 9, 2022
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Horn Pond Parking Lot

93 Lake Avenue
Woburn , MA
Directions: 

From I-95/Rte-128 take Exit 51A for US-3 S/Cambridge St. Head south for 2.8 miles.
Turn left onto Pond St, just after Whole Foods in Horn Pond Plaza. (Pond St turns into Lake Ave.)
Drive 0.7 miles and the parking lot is on the left by the pond, directly across from Horn Pond Apartments at 48 Lake Ave, Woburn MA.
There is a commuter rail stop at Wedgmere Station in Winchester 1.9 miles from the ride start. The schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Lowell/timetable

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first snow ride

The Across Lexington trails provide the perfect mixed terrain ride. Many intermediate trails with a few challenging sections and an occasional paved section connecting the trails.

Notes: 

Arrive at the start 5-10 minutes early so we can start on time.
Pace: 9-10 mph.
It may be snowy. You may want studded tires.
Winter is unpredictable; the ride could be canceled. Check CRW’s Slack mixed-terrain channel for updates the morning of the ride.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
5
Ride Closed: 

17.2 Swellesly Gravel

Date: 
Dec 31, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
Gene Ho (6176101875)
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Wellesley High School

50 Rice St
Wellesley , MA
Directions: 

From Rt. 128, north or south, take Rt. 16 west/Wellesley exit. Proceed west on Rt. 16 past the intersection with Rt. 9 (at about 1.1 mile), and then past several (2 or 3) traffic lights. After the traffic light at the intersection with Rockland/Forest St., Rice St. is the next left. Turn left on Rice, and after a short distance the High School will appear on the left. The High School is about 0.4 mi from the Wellesley Hills commuter rail station: take Washington Street west, turn left onto Forest Street and right onto Paine Street. Schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Worcester/timetable

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17.2 miles on gravel paths and trails in Wellesley, Needham, and Dover. A greatly de-tuned version of a training ride used by the local CX racers. Meet at 10:00 AM at the entrance to the Wellesley High School parking lot. Although it's about the same length as the Wednesday Battle Rd ride, it takes about 2X the time. More climbing and the terrain has more texture. Bring a gravel or mountain bike. You'll want RWGPS on your smart phone or a GPS device with a map interface. I recommend NOT loading the route until the morning of the ride since there may be last minute changes. Any questions, call, text, or email Gene at 617-610-1875 or ho.eugene@verizon.net.
THE RIDE IS ON.
The weather forecast calls for no rain shortly before or during the ride. But, there will be no lack of residual water. I suggest wearing rain gear anyways. And, put a fender on if you have one.

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

Early Dirty Battle Road (WATER BOTTLE RAFFLE!)

Date: 
Dec 22, 2021
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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 start location! Updated route! CRW WATER BOTTLE RAFFLE! 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 60% 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.

Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, probably in the dark, and treat yourself to a beer!

*** Bring LIGHTS and 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.

Notes: 

NOTE: UPDATED ROUTE and UPDATED START LOCATION and START TIME (11/7/21)

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

Early Dirty Battle Road (WATER BOTTLE RAFFLE!)

Date: 
Dec 15, 2021
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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 start location! Updated route! CRW WATER BOTTLE RAFFLE! 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 60% 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.

Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, probably in the dark, and treat yourself to a beer!

*** Bring LIGHTS and 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.

Notes: 

NOTE: UPDATED ROUTE and UPDATED START LOCATION and START TIME (11/7/21)

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

34.3 Gravel Breakheart to Salem

Date: 
Dec 12, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
Gene Ho (6176101875)
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Northeast Metro Tech

100 Hemlock Street
Wakefield , MA
Directions: 
  • Take Rt. 95 (128) to exit 58, Rt. 129 East.
  • Follow signs for Rt. 129 East for 1.5 miles to Wakefield center.
  • Follow Rt. 129 East as it turns left.
  • Go approximately 1 mile past Wakefield center.
  • Turn right onto Farm Street, go past Wakefield High School
  • Turn left on Hemlock Rd follow sign to NE Metro Tech HS

The nearest commuter rail stop is Wakefield, on the Haverhill line. From the station, go south and east on North Street and Nahant Street to the High School. Distance is about 2.2 mi.  Train schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Haverhill/timetable

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Re-scheduled from Saturday to Sunday due to rain. Starting at the Northeast Regional Voc Ed School in Wakefield, we'll bike through the Breakheart Revervation, the Lynn Woods, the Spring Pond trails, and Gallows Hill to Salem. Bring a gravel bike or its functional equivalent. The roads and trails thru the reservations are not maintained to automotive standards and they're rougher than town maintained dirt roads. But they're bikeable for gravel tires. Start at 10:00 and plan to arrive in Marblehead between 12:00 and 1:00. The usual finish time is between 2:00 and 3:00. Call or text Gene at 617-610-1875 or email me at ho.eugene@verizon.net if you have any questions.

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

Early Dirty Battle Road (WATER BOTTLE RAFFLE!)

Date: 
Dec 8, 2021
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Ride is cancelled
Reason for cancellation: 
Ride is canceled due to lack of interest and schedule conflict
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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 start location! Updated route! CRW WATER BOTTLE RAFFLE! 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 60% 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.

Loop back on historic rail beds that connected Lexington-Bedford-Concord: Reformatory Branch & Minute Man Bikeway. Finish at Revolution Hall, probably in the dark, and treat yourself to a beer!

*** Bring LIGHTS and 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.

Notes: 

NOTE: UPDATED ROUTE and UPDATED START LOCATION and START TIME (11/7/21)

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

34.3 Gravel Breakheart to Salem

Date: 
Dec 11, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
Gene Ho (6176101875)
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Ride is cancelled
Reason for cancellation: 
Bah humbug! The weather report isn't cooperating and it looks like rain for the outbound leg and blustery winds for the return. I'll re-schedule for Sunday. I hope some of you can make it.
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Northeast Metro Tech

100 Hemlock Street
Wakefield , MA
Directions: 
  • Take Rt. 95 (128) to exit 58, Rt. 129 East.
  • Follow signs for Rt. 129 East for 1.5 miles to Wakefield center.
  • Follow Rt. 129 East as it turns left.
  • Go approximately 1 mile past Wakefield center.
  • Turn right onto Farm Street, go past Wakefield High School
  • Turn left on Hemlock Rd follow sign to NE Metro Tech HS

The nearest commuter rail stop is Wakefield, on the Haverhill line. From the station, go south and east on North Street and Nahant Street to the High School. Distance is about 2.2 mi.  Train schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Haverhill/timetable

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Starting at the Northeast Regional Voc Ed School in Wakefield, we'll bike through the Breakheart Revervation, the Lynn Woods, the Spring Pond trails, and Gallows Hill to Salem. A short tour of Salem to the House of 7 Gables, leads us to the bike path to Marblehead. Arriving in M'hd between 12:00 and 1:00 allows for a lunch in town (I suggest Java Sun since it's on the route and has outdoor seating). Back on the rail trail to the Swampscott and Lynn shore. The Lynnway brings us to the Eastern Strand bike path back the Breakheart reservation and the endpoint. Lots of twists and turns in the route keep the speed down. Plan on a finish between 2:00 and 3:00. . This time of year, everything is weather dependent. Temps, rain, snow, and strong winds may force a change in plans. You'll need a gravel bike or its functional equivalent. Everything is bikeable by normal people but the trails and carriage roads are not maintained to automotive standards. That said, if you can do the Wednesday night ride, you can do this. Any questions call or text Gene at 617-610-1875 or email ho.eugene@verizon.net. CHECK BACK THE NIGHT BEFORE FOR ANY LATE CHANGES TO THE ROUTE.

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

Winter Bi-Weekly Thursday Mixie

Date: 
Mar 10, 2022
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Horn Pond Parking Lot

93 Lake Avenue
Woburn , MA
Directions: 

From I-95/Rte-128 take Exit 51A for US-3 S/Cambridge St. Head south for 2.8 miles.
Turn left onto Pond St, just after Whole Foods in Horn Pond Plaza. (Pond St turns into Lake Ave.)
Drive 0.7 miles and the parking lot is on the left by the pond, directly across from Horn Pond Apartments at 48 Lake Ave, Woburn MA.
There is a commuter rail stop at Wedgmere Station in Winchester 1.9 miles from the ride start. The schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Lowell/timetable

CRW’s Winter Bi-Weekly Mixie rides will be every other Thursday during the winter; i.e., between December 21, 2021 and March 20, 2022.

Phillip will try to ride mixed terrain for 1 to 2 hours every other week and invites others to join him on the scheduled day. However, winter is unpredictable. If the roads/trails seem unsafe, the date and/or route may change.

Possible Routes:
Dec 30 Across Lexington https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34360585
Jan 13 Whipple, AGM, LVB, Mary C https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17859514
Jan 27 Mary Cummings Clockwise https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34541509
Feb 10 Whipple Hill, AGM, LVB https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34369262
Feb 24 Mary Cummings Counter CW https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34681783
Mar 10 Chiesa Farm and Lower Vine Brook https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37966268

Notes: 

Dates: 12/30/21, 1/13/22, 1/27/22, 2/10/22, 2/24/22, 3/10/22
Time: 7:00 AM (get there early; we will roll at 7)
Start: Horn Pond Parking Lot, 93 Lake Avenue, Woburn , MA

Disclaimer: Phillip is planning to ride these routes on these dates but...Winter is tricky. If the roads and/or trails aren’t safe, Phillip will ride a different day.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
7
Ride Closed: 

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