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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: 

Blue Moon ride

Date: 
Sep 25, 2022
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Blue Moon Bagel Cafe logo
The route covers towns in the south that appear infrequently in the CRW calendar. We take mostly quiet roads in Medfield, Norwood, Sharon, Mansfield, Foxboro, and Walpole. The long ride adds Norton and Attleboro. Highlights of the ride include several notable ponds: Jewells, Pettee, Willett, Bird, Sawmill, Chartley, Fulton, Kingman. Whitville, Beaumont, Vandys, Crackrock, Plimpton, and Cobbs. If the weather is warm, bring a towel since we will be stopping at the beach on Lake Massapoag for a swim. Linda will lead a 13 mph group on the 33 or 41 mile option depending on group interest. The highlight of the ride is lunch at the Blue Moon Bagel Cafe at the end of the ride.
 
Notes: 

Please print your own Cue sheet and bring it to the ride if you do not have a GPS device.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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53.6 Portsmouth to Ogunquit

Date: 
Aug 20, 2022
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Gene Ho (6176101875)
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The quintessential summer ride we haven't done since the pandemic started - the NH/ME coast from Portsmouth to Ogunquit.  An optional climb up Mt Agementicus for a view of the ocean and surrounding country side.  Even some dirt for the gravel enthusiast.  With a forecast for the return of hot weather on Saturday, some may wish to skip the climb and the dust on the dirt road.  A GRAVEL BIKE IS NOW RECOMMENDED FOR THE DIRT ROADS.  A more road bike friendly alternate route has been added that avoids both. Eateries galore at both ends of the ride.  Start at the Park and Ride off of exit 3 Rt 95 in Portsmouth NH

 https://goo.gl/maps/7Yqr2D6irExdQPGS9

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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Backroads of Switzerland (Harvard Start)

Date: 
Aug 7, 2022
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This is a challenging ride. Due to the expected high heat and humidity predicted for the ride date it is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date.
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Harvard Town Center

Massachusetts Avenue
Harvard , MA
Directions: 

Route 2 West to exit 109A to MA-110 West/MA-111 South for 1.7 miles to Center of Harvard. After the stop sign you'll pass the Harvard General Store (on your right) then park anywhere along the stone wall.

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Starting in Harvard we'll follow the hills on the Backroads of Switzerland ride developed by John Aslanian. There will be descents and there will be beautiful vistas, Wachusett Reservoir views and many lakes. You will also see a camel (on the 75 miler only)! We'll detour from the original route in Sterling and pass by Rota Farm Ice Cream - a not to be missed stop! There will be a short climb up to the view at Fruitlands just before the end of the ride. NOTE: A good amount of the climbing is in the first half of the ride.

Notes: 

PARKING: There is limited parking available in Harvard. Follow the directions and DO NOT park @ the store!

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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How do you like them apples?

Date: 
Sep 3, 2022
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Weston Town Hall

11 Town House Rd
Weston , MA
Directions: 

From Rt. 128 take Rt. 20 and head west to the first traffic light. Turn right into Weston Center and park on the far side of the green.

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How about them apples

A sure sign of fall approaching is a visit to an apple orchard.

How many apple orchards can we bike to in 45 miles. Start counting.

Rest stop at Honey Pot Hill for apple cider donuts.

Meeting on the hill in front of Weston Town Hall. Plenty of parking spots and easy to ride to from Boston. But no bathrooms at start.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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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: 

Apple Pi Ride

Date: 
Jul 31, 2022
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Bedford VA Hospital

200 Springs Rd
Bedford , MA
Directions: 

From 128 Take Rt 4 north to Bedford Center. Turn right on Springs Rd. Follow signs for VA Hospital / Middlesex Community College. Meet at first parking lot on right. By bicycle from the Minuteman Bikeway: take the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail to where it crosses Springs Road diagonally, then bear right onto Springs Road.

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The short ride goes through Concord, Acton, Littleton, Westford, and Carlisle. The long ride adds Stow and Harvard. The long ride passes an impressive array of apple orchards, while taking in a few hills.

Notes: 

Ride is not arrowed, use GPS or print cuesheet for navigation. 

UPDATE: 7/30/2022:  Springs Road is open on weekends, no detour required.

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

Praline Croissant - Women only (Friday edition)

Date: 
Jul 15, 2022
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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: 
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: 

Praline Croissant - Women only (Friday edition)

Date: 
Jul 8, 2022
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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.

Ride image: 

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: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
Ride Closed: 

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