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Praline Croissant - Women only (Friday edition)

Date: 
Dec 3, 2021
2 days remaining
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Minuteman Bikeway Trailhead (Arlington/Cambridge)

Alewife Station Access Rd and Steel Place
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

To reach the Cambridge Minuteman trailhead by subway, take the MBTA Red Line to the Alewife Station. Bicycles are allowed on weekends and during off-peak hours on weekdays; see mbta.com for details.

To reach the Cambridge Minuteman trailhead by car from I-95, take Exit 29A to MA 2 toward Boston. Go 5.9 miles and take the Alewife Station exit. The Alewife Station Access Road becomes Steel Place. Go 0.4 mile and turn left into the parking garage (fee charged).

The Minuteman Bikeway starts on the north side of the Alewife building, at the intersection of Steel Pl and Alewife Station Access Rd. This is the intersection of three bike paths: Fitchburg Cutoff, Alewife Linear, and Minuteman.

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A great way to meet other women CRW members!

This is a low-traffic, scenic ride through Lexington, Burlington, Woburn, Winchester, and Arlington! The ride leaves from the Minuteman Bikeway terminus near Alewife (at the intersection of three bike paths: Fitchburg Cutoff, Alewife Linear, and Minuteman). We head down the Minuteman bikeway to Lexington Center, then to Burlington and up Blanchard Rd to the water tower at Mary Cummings Park. We descend to beautiful Horn Pond, spin past Mystic Lakes, and take our "secret" route back to Alewife (that cuts out the traffic in Arlington Center). Expect a pace of about 13-15 mph, with stops to regroup as needed (faster riders can form groups to make their own time).
Rain cancels. Will make call by 10 pm the night before. Will check again at 6 am in case of unexpected weather.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
60
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Early Dirty Battle Road (WATER BOTTLE RAFFLE!)

Date: 
Dec 1, 2021
Less than 1 day remaining
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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.

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

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
10
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Eric Ferioli's Bare Natick

Date: 
Dec 26, 2021
25 days remaining
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Natick Common

6 Main St
Natick , MA
Directions: 

From Route 128, take Route 9 West approximately 6.5 miles to Route 27 south to the Natick Common. There is a parking lot next to Town Hall. The Common is two short blocks south of the Natick Center commuter rail station on the Framingham-Worcester line. Schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Worcester/timetable

Route goes to the southwest through pretty roads in Dover, Medfield, Millis, and Sherborn.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
60
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CRW No Feed Ducks Ride

Date: 
Nov 20, 2021
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Duck Feeding Area

Newton Boathouse Public Parking
Weston , MA
Directions: 

At the traffic light on Route 30 just west of Route 95/128, turn north onto River Road. The second right on River Road (after the Route 95 turn-off)  connects to Newton Boathouse Public Parking aka the Duck Feeding Area. Go under route 128 and turn right to enter the parking lot. 

Commuter Rail, or if driving from Waltham: From Brandeis-Roberts station, take South St southwest and turn left onto Norumbega Rd after about 0.3 mi. (just before the climb up an overpass). Newton Boathouse Public Parking is at the end of Norumbega Rd, about another 0.4 mi. Train schedule is here; https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable. Returning to the station by bicycle, it is most pleasant to bear right onto Charles River Road, then left onto Angleside Rd and right through parking lots to the station..

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Explore the towns of Weston, Wellesley, Natick, Dover, Sherborn, and Needham on this Classic CRW ride.  The Ride Leaders will be going at a 13 mph average if you care to join us or ride at your own pace.

 

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
30
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2-Day #Festive500 Challenge

Date: 
Dec 26, 2021
24 days remaining
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Didn't get to the Cape this year? Or maybe you did, but it wasn't enough? There's still time!
Join us for the ultimate winter cycling challenge: a 2-day, 500-kilometer adventure on Cape Cod to complete the Rapha #Festive500 (https://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/stories/festive-500)
We will ride two days of ~250km each (~155 miles per day) using TownePlace Suites Wareham Buzzards Bay as an overnight basecamp. You may also ride one of the two days, if you can't ride both.
Day 1: Wareham > Falmouth > Plymouth > New Bedford > Wareham
Day 2: Wareham > Provincetown > Wareham
Riders are responsible for booking their own accommodations. No special group rates. Book here: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pymts-towneplace-suites-wareham-b...
Each day's ride will begin at 4:00 AM at TownePlace Suites Wareham Buzzards Bay, 50 Rosebrook Place, Wareham, MA.
Front and rear lights are required. Check weather and dress accordingly. Regardless of forecast, be prepared for freezing temperatures, wind, and rain with extra layers and waterproof gear.

Please Register Here: https://www.crw.org/content/2-day-festive500-challege

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Each day's ride will begin at 4:00 AM at TownePlace Suites Wareham Buzzards Bay, 50 Rosebrook Place, Wareham, MA.
Front and rear lights are required. Check weather and dress accordingly. Regardless of forecast, be prepared for freezing temperatures, wind, and rain with extra layers and waterproof gear.

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No
Rider Limit: 
60
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40 Concord to Westford Knight

Date: 
Nov 13, 2021
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Municipal Parking Lot-Concord-Keyes Rd

150 Keyes Rd
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

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Smaller than the Ho Chi Minh gas tank, more obscure than the shroud of Turin, and able to confound the most learned historians - it's the Westford Knight.
One of a number of quirky artifacts in or near the center of Westford. We'll check the evidence of Prince Henry of Sinclair's (he's the knight) pre-columbian discovery of North America.

40 miles from Concord to Westford and back starting at the Keyes St parking lot in Concord Center.

Start at 10:00 AM.

Snacks and coffee available at the Muffin House at mile 24. The knight himself can be seen at about mile 25. But pay attention or you'll ride right by him. The site will be on the right.

Pace will be set by the riders. I'll sweep and try to start riders grouped by speed it enough show up.

Check this website late Friday PM for changes to the route. Any questions call or text Gene at 617-610-1875 or email at ho.eugene@verizon.net.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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Groton CRW Women's Winterfest Ride (free coffee)

Date: 
Dec 4, 2021
3 days remaining
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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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The CRW Women's Program Committee has planned this lovely ride through Groton, Pepperell and Hollis in conjunction with Winterfest activities at the Prescott Community Center in Groton. The route features quintessential New England farmhouses, stone walls, pastures, orchards and an alpaca farm too. Don’t let the chilly air deter you. There are some hills early on that will have us feeling toasty in no time. Stay for a post-ride coffee compliments of CRW and enjoy the festival and art fair featuring local artisans, food trucks, musicians and more. Wear your festive holiday attire (think “ugly” sweater) 😀 and we will provide the bells!

* Please note there are no bathrooms at the ride start. Shaw’s at 760 Boston Rd is a good option en route to Groton Center.

Notes: 

Dirt Alert: Please note there is a 0.3 mile section of dirt at the end of Maple Avenue in Groton. It is well graded and easily ridden on your road bike. Proceed carefully and you'll be through it in no time.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
60
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Saddle Up, Urban Pilgrim!

Date: 
Nov 25, 2021
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In front of the New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf
Boston , MA
Directions: 

Take the Mass Turnpike to I-93 North.
Take Exit 17 off I-93 for Government Center.
Turn left at Surface Road and continue for three blocks.
Turn left at Milk Street, and the Aquarium will be straight ahead.

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Gobble, Gobble... Calling on all urban roadies to embark on a Thanksgiving Day morning urban ride through Boston and Brookline. Come out and enjoy a socially paced ride so you can go on and engorge yourself guilt-free! The ride begins in front of the New England Aquarium and takes us through the North End, West End, Downtown, Back Bay, South End, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Fenway, Coolidge Corner, Chestnut Hill, Allston, Brighton, South Boston, and Seaport. Join us for a warm up coffee (or drink) at Tradesman Coffee Shop and Lounge after the ride! Rain or snow cancels. Will make call by 10 pm the night before. Will check again at 6 am in case of unexpected weather.

Notes: 

Bring enough water and snacks as open stores will be limited due to it being Thanksgiving Day. We are anticipating a slow traffic day in the city; however, this is still urban cycling. Riders should be knowledgeable of the Nine Important Safety Tips every urban cyclist should know. If unaware, contact ride leader and I'll be happy to provide.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
60
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CRW’s Second Snow Ride

Date: 
Nov 17, 2021
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Horn Pond Parking Lot

93 Lake Avenue
Woburn , MA
Directions: 

From 128 take Rt. 3 SOUTH, Exit 33A (Cycle Loft exit). Head east for approximately 3 miles. Just after Whole Foods, turn Left onto Pond St. (This turns into Lake Ave.). The parking lot is approximately ½ mile on the left at the pond. It is located directly across the street from University Apartments, 48 Lake Avenue, Woburn MA. There are two commuter rail stops in Winchester located approximately 1½ mile from the ride start. Schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Lowell/timetable

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CRW’s Second Snow Ride
Ride Type: Mixed Terrain, about 50/50 snowy trails/roads
Start: Horn Pond Parking Lot, 93 Lake Ave, Woburn, MA
Date & Time: Whenever the second snow hits
Distance: ~10 miles, ~2 hrs
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37963373

CRW is going to hold a Second Snow Ride after RHQ's First Snow Ride. We will ride when the Second Snow of the season comes. The Second Snow will be defined as the next snow after RHQ's First Snow Ride. The ride will happen if the forecast is for snow falling for the duration of the ride and some accumulation is expected. We will ride day or night, weekend or workday, but not in the middle of the night. Register now, then whenever snow is in the forecast keep an eye on CRW's Slack mixed-terrain channel and your email for start time. If more than 8 people show up for the ride, we will split into two groups.

Ride Studio Cafe originated the First Snow Ride in 2015. Ride Headquarters has lots of detailed information about riding in snow at https://www.rideheadquarters.com/all-rides-events/rsc-first-snow-2021. If you need winter gear, give them a call.

Notes: 

Be flexible. Start time will be posted at least 1 hour before the ride. Posts will be to CRW's Slack mixed-terrain channel and by email to registered riders.
Make sure you have the right bike and tires, plus proper clothing for the conditions. Most importantly, bring the right attitude. Riding in the snow is an adventure and will present some surprises.
Studded tires are recommended for this ride.
Headlight and taillight are required. Falling snow makes it difficult for drivers to see cyclists.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
11
Ride Closed: 

Early Dirty Battle Road (WATER BOTTLE RAFFLE!)

Date: 
Nov 24, 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: 
No
Rider Limit: 
10
Ride Closed: 

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