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Bike Thursday

Date: 
Jun 30, 2022
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The Bike Thursday Ride this week (6/30/22) will start in Wellesley.   The route is about 23 miles, covering some hills throughout Wellesley, Medfield, Needham and Natick.   

The ride starts at 10:00 AM.  Registration is mandatory and will be limited to 36 participants including 3-4 leaders.  We will be following the CRW rules of the road.  Riders will be split into 3 groups depending on the number of riders and pace.  The overall pace of this ride will average between 10 - 12+ mph and the individual groups will stay together using Human Arrows.

Please check your calendar before signing up for the ride as you can not cancel through this site.   If you need to cancel email Barbara at bj.bikethursday [at] gmail.com.

 

 

 

Notes: 

Rain or heat advisory cancels - a notice will go out the night before or before 8 AM the day of the ride.

Registered riders will be sent the ride start and the route on Ride with GPS on Wednesday evening - June 29th.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
31
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🐓 Rooster Hills ⛰️

Date: 
Jun 28, 2022
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Porter Square Shopping Center

36 White Street
Cambridge , MA
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Parking in the shopping center is free.  Meeting point is at the bike racks along Mass Ave between Dunkin and CVS.

Monument Park

Mass Ave at, Broadway
Arlington , MA
Directions: 

Meet at the tall monument on Massachusetts Avenue side.

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Rooster Hills Elevation Profile
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View from Arlington 360

📝 Overview

Wanna work on your hills game?  Training for an upcoming hill climb?  Do you enjoy pain?  Then, you are in luck!

A ride is considered to have a substantial amount of climbing if there is 100ft elevation gain per mile.  This route has 120ft per mile, so saddle up!

Come join us for an enjoyable workout starting from Porter Square in Cambridge or Monument Park in Arlington, where we will do hill repeats in Arlington Heights. 

 

🕝 Timing and Options

There is no obligation to join for all the hills.  A convenient spot to drop from the ride to get home for work or other obligations may be the final ascent to the water tower in Arlington Heights prior to heading over to the other side of Mass Ave.  Most likely we will hit the water tower between 7am and 730am, depending on pace.  Plan for the the bonus section east of Mass Ave to take approximately 30 minutes longer to complete.

 

🚲 Ride Format

 

⛰️🛑 Regrouping

This is a NO DROP ride, we will wait at the top of most hills to regroup when safe to do so.  Everyone can climb and descend at whatever pace they feel comfortable with.

 

🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏿🚴🏽‍♀️ Pace Groups

If the group is large enough, we will split it into 2 different paces, such that people aren't waiting too long at regrouping points.

 

 

🗺️ Route Notes

🧭 Navigation

Since this route has a few overlapping sections, the GPS may be thrown off a bit and get confused in some sections.  Be sure to review the cues prior to the ride to familiarize yourself with the route.

 

 Hazards & Road Conditions

Rough Roads: Traversing Hawthorne Ave (regrouping point and slow speed so okay), going up on Brattle Street (going slow so okay)

Speed Bump: Between Wheeler Lane & Ridge Street connection

 

⚠️ Disclaimer

↗ ↘ Steep Ascents and Descents

There are some steep ascents on this route (up to 20%).  Make sure to bring a bike with proper gearing. 

What goes up, must also come down; meaning there are also steep descents.  Make sure your brakes in good working order.

 

📍 Meeting Point(s)

1️⃣ We will meet at the bike racks closest to the main intersection at Porter Square on the island between Dunkin and CVS.  There is also a convenient bike repair stand there if needed. 

2️⃣ If you would like to join us in Arlington, we will probably be rolling by Monument Park in Arlington center about 10 minutes after the ride starts.

 

🚗 Parking

If you are driving to the start, you can park in Porter Square shopping center parking lot for free.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
20
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Revisit the Charles: Where bicyclists played in 1895

Date: 
Jul 31, 2022
32 days remaining
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Duck Feeding Area

Newton Boathouse Public Parking
Weston , MA
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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 from South Street onto Charles River Road, then left onto Angleside Rd and right through parking lots to the station.

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Take an easy ride, about 14 miles among bicycle-related historical sites with Larry Finison, author of the acclaimed books Boston's Cycling Craze, 1880-1900 and Boston's Twentieth Century Bicycling Renaissance. Visit and learn where bicycles were built, where bicyclists by the hundreds hung out and picnicked by the Charles River, and about Waltham's former bicycle racetrack where the fabled Kittie Knox won a context with the outfit she sewed herseslf -- 8ee video here: We will ride in a group -- nobody will be left behind.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
24
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Lexington (Social) Revolutions

Date: 
Jun 26, 2022
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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.

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All riders welcome, starting at 9:00 am, meeting at the Minuteman Statue in Lexington. It's a friendly ride for those new to CRW, new to group riding, as well as old hands.  Ride through Concord and the lovely Monument Street.  Longer route takes you into Carlisle.   We're divided into four groups, and if you find yourself dropped, just wait for the next group to come!

 

Four groups, something for everyone:

 

Touring Pace 10-12 mph - 20 mile route.  No drop ride, usually with a Ride Leader.

 

Club Pace 13-14 mph - 20 mile route.   Good conversational pace ride.  Riders can drop to the group following.

 

"Almost There" Pace 15-16+ mph - 20 or 30 mile route. Good workout pace where we can still chat - sort of.  Riders can drop to the group following.

 

Adrenaline Pace 17+ mph - 30 mile route.  This ride can be goofy fun, with attacks on hills and even on the flats (when someone is really bored).  Bring your grown-up socks for this one as they have been known to go faster -- much faster.  Again, if you're dropped, just wait for the next group to come.

 

 

 

 

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No
Rider Limit: 
99
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Bike Thursday

Date: 
Jun 23, 2022
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The Bike Thursday Ride this week (6/23/22) will start in Lincoln.   The route is just over 21 miles, covering some hills throughout Lincoln, Wayland, Weston and Sudbury.  

The ride starts at 10:00 AM.  Registration is mandatory and will be limited to 36 participants including 3 leaders. 

We will be following the CRW rules of the road.  Riders will be split into 3 groups depending on the number of riders and pace.  The overall pace of this ride will average between 10 - 12+ mph and the groups will stay together.

Please check your calendar before signing up for the ride.  If you need to cancel please email Barbara at bj.bikethursday [at] gmail.com.

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Notes: 

Rain cancels - a notice will go out the night before or before 8 AM the day of the ride.  If possible the ride will be postponed to Friday.

Registered riders will be sent the ride start and the route on Ride with GPS on Wednesday evening - June 22nd.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
31
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George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor

Date: 
Jul 24, 2022
25 days remaining
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Major Taylor statue

Ride 105 miles starting in Winchester and going to Worcester to watch bikers race up the impossibly steep George Street. Then a short stop at the Major Taylor Museum before riding back to Winchester.

The George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor is a time trial that takes the top racers less than 30 seconds. Read about the event here: https://www.majortaylorassociation.org/events/georgestreet22.shtml

American bicycle racer Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (1878-1932) was the world’s first black sports superstar. He used George Street as a training hill. It must have been effective because he was world cycling champion in 1899, American sprint champion in 1900, and set numerous track cycling records. Learn more about Major Taylor here: majortaylorassociation.org/who.shtml.

BTW - It is possible to take the commuter rail to the Winchester start. It is also possible to take a different line to Ashland and only ride part of the route with the group.

Approximate Timeline:

  • 8am leave Shannon Beach in Winchester MA, near Wedgemere Station. Outbound train arrive 6:44 AM.
  • 9:45am-10am arrive Ashland Station (30 miles at 15-17 mph). Outbound train arrives at 9:57 AM.
  • 11:15am-11:30am arrive Major Taylor statue (21 miles at 15-17 mph).
  • 11:30-ish arrive at George Street Race to spectate.
  • 12-ish leave George Street Race.
  • 12-ish to 12:30 visit Major Taylor Museum.
  • 12:30pm leave Major Taylor Museum
  • 3:30pm-4pm arrive back at start (51 miles at 15-17 mph).
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The expected pace is 15-17 mph. If it is a large group then we will split into 2 smaller groups.

We will try to ride together but you should be self-sufficient, including being able to navigate if you get separated from the group.

There are short stops for water and food at 29, 53, and 76 miles.

Available to any leader: 
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Rider Limit: 
30
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Bike Thursday

Date: 
Jun 16, 2022
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The Bike Thursday Ride this week (6/16/22) will start in Lexington.   The route is just under 20 miles, covering some hills throughout Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, Carlisle, and Beford.   

The ride starts at 10:00 AM.  Registration is mandatory and will be limited to 36 participants including 3 leaders.  We will be following the CRW rules of the road.  Riders will be split into 3 groups depending on the number of riders and pace.  The overall pace of this ride will average between 10 - 12+ mph and the individual groups will stay together using Human Arrows.

Please check your calendar before signing up for the ride as you can not cancel through this site.   If you need to cancel email Barbara at bj.bikethursday [at] gmail.com.

 

 

Notes: 

Rain or heat advisory cancels - a notice will go out the night before or before 8 AM the day of the ride.

Registered riders will be sent the ride start and the route on Ride with GPS on Wednesday evening - June 15th.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
31
Ride Closed: 

North by True West

Date: 
Jul 2, 2022
3 days remaining
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Come enjoy the quiet, tree lined back roads of Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable near the New Hampshire border. Both routes take the roller coaster like Whiley Rd past Lost Lake in Groton. The long route passes Massapoag Lake in Dunstable. After the ride come enjoy the beer and fine food at True West brewery in Acton. If beer isn't your thing (wait, what??) you can reward yourself next door at the West Side Creamery. Or have a cold iced coffee next next door at the Acton Coffee House. There is something for eveyone! Long route will have a 15-16 mph paced group but riders are free to ride at their own pace. Route design courtesy of Bob Wolf.

Notes: 

Park beyond the solid white line behind the fire station!

No bathroom at ride start.

Note brewery & creamery are not open until noon.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
50
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Bike Thursday

Date: 
Jun 9, 2022
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The Bike Thursday Ride this week (5/9/22) will start in Bedford.   The route is just over 20 miles, covering some hills throughout Bedford, Concord, Carlisle and Billerica. 

The ride starts at 10:00 AM.  Registration is mandatory and will be limited to 33 participants including 3 leaders.  We will be following the CRW rules of the road.  Riders will be split into 3 groups depending on the number of riders and pace.  The overall pace of this ride will average between 10 - 12+ mph and the groups will stay together.

Please check your calendar before signing up for the ride as you can not cancel through this site.   If you need to cancel email Barbara at bj.bikethursday [at] gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: 

Rain will postpone this ride to Friday, June 10th - a notice will go out on June 8th or before 8 AM the day of the ride.

Registered riders will be sent the ride start and the route on Ride with GPS on Wednesday evening - June 8th.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
28
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Roosters Fly South

Date: 
Jun 21, 2022
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From the Mighty Squirrel Brewery, follow Emily "Iron Lady" Vigeant for a fast morning ride before work. Minimum average pace is 17+mph. Route begins and ends at Mighty Squirrel Brewery.
Please note that riders who fall behind are dropped. This group rides 17+ minimum on average, but minimum pace on a given week may be higher depending on the riders participating. Each rider should be prepared to ride solo if dropped - GPS, repair kit, proper visibility gear, lights, etc. We cannot predict how many riders will join who cycle at your exact pace. All riders must be able to navigate the route on their own and should be prepared to manage mechanicals and other mishaps.
Outside of summer months, this ride is very dark. Headlights and tail lights are required! High-viz clothing is also encouraged.

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Please note that riders who fall behind are dropped. This group rides 17+ minimum on average, but minimum pace on a given week may be higher depending on the riders participating. Each rider should be prepared to ride solo if dropped - GPS, repair kit, proper visibility gear, lights, etc. We cannot predict how many riders will join who cycle at your exact pace. All riders must be able to navigate the route on their own and should be prepared to manage mechanicals and other mishaps.
Outside of summer months, this ride is very dark. Headlights and tail lights are required! High-viz clothing is also encouraged.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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