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Back Bay Social

Date: 
Sep 27, 2020
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Back Bay Bicycles

362 Commonwealth Ave
Boston , MA
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The location is near the southwest corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. The most convenient public transportation options are the commuter rail stop at Back Bay station and the MBTA Orange Line Massachusetts stop. System map and link to schedules is here; https://mbta.com/schedules/commuter-rail

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Just show up, introduce yourself to others, find someone to ride with and agree on the rules of the ride. Then, off you go.

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It is surprising how many beautiful quiet neighborhood streets we can explore on this urban route. Bonus sprint training on the many stop lights & signs.

Brunch or lunch option after ride at Trident Booksellers & Café.

Use club Slack channel #ride-social to discuss this event further:
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Get comfortable with car traffic. Take the entire road lane on many sections as needed. Use bright head & tail lights. Watch for Green line train tracks, especially around Cleveland Circle.

Meet on side walk near Papa Wheelies bicycle shop.

Take a short cut at 17km to avoid a big hill & scenic loop around Weston Reservoir. Continue on South Avenue after crossing I-95 to connect with the loop shortly after on the way back. That will reduce the distance by about 10km.

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30

Lexington Revolutions

Date: 
Sep 26, 2020
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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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Just show up, introduce yourself to others, find someone to ride with, & agree on the rules of the ride. Then, off you go.

Join Event on Strava to let others know you will be there. This will consolidate all responses in one visible place.

Use club Slack channel #town-lexington to discuss this event further:
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Ice cream stop at Kimball Farm in Carlisle midway through ride or at Rancatore's in Lexington after ride.

Meet near Captain John Parker statue in Lexington Battle Green.

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30

Saturday Morning Revolutions

Date: 
Sep 5, 2020
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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.

Fitness ride to start the weekend right, plan to return by 9:00 in time for other activities. Roads are quiet with very few stops to break the tempo.

This is mostly a time trial to improve your own performance. Keep social distance from other riders. No drafting. No leader. Use your GPS to navigate the route.

Route starts from statue of Captain John Parker in Lexington Green.

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Rider Limit: 
10

Beat the Train: Boston–Portland

Date: 
Sep 19, 2020
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Plenty of options to take pictures, admire scenery, & smell flowers. On another ride. This is about one goal only: arrive Portland before train departs at 17:58.
 
Challenge last two years was plenty of fun: enough for adrenaline rush, & comfortable to enjoy ice cream, lighthouses, & beer before arriving the train station on schedule. Refer to full trip report.
 
This year, the challenge is bigger & better: bicycle 215km in 12 hours, or overall average of 19km/h, leaving some contingency time. There are several long stretches of hard packed stone dust & dirt rail trails, close to 50km in total.
 
Follow the East Coast Greenway along the coast with most beautiful views to Portsmouth for snack stop. Continue along the coast on Adventure Cycling Association Atlantic Coast route for late lunch in Wells. We are three quarters of the way.
 
The remaining stretch is mostly on trails—hard packed gravel trails. There are no services here all the way to Portland for plenty of choices for dinner & beer ahead of boarding the train.
 
We meet in Oak Grove orange line T station at 6:00 ready to leave. Food & rest stops every 50km or so for very quick snacks, liquid calories, & chocolate.
 
We return on Amtrak train at 17:58 arriving in Boston at 20:30. You must purchase your Amtrak train & bicycle tickets in advance of starting on the ride.
 
Many options for ice cream & Cumberland Farms stores along the way. These will be very quick stops, mostly for liquid & snacks: orange juice, protein shake, V8, chocolate milk, & energy bars.
 
Bail out points include bus, taxi, Uber, Lyft, hotels, & motels.
 
Bring small handlebar bag to carry extra clothes, gear, snacks, USB battery, lights, & hydration tablets.
 
This will be self-guided tour. Bring GPS device, phone with navigation apps, or cue sheets for the routes you plan to ride. We will not provide them.
 
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Rider Limit: 
10

White Mountains notches, views, & ponds

Date: 
Aug 15, 2020
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Spend the day in agony climbing four notches & a pass: Kancamagus, Bear, Crawford, Franconia, & Kinsman.

Or take a leisurely loop climbing only two notches: Franconia & Kinsman. Franconia trail, view soaring Lafayette & Cannon mountains, & soak in Echo lake.

Your choice for fun.

Both options start & finish near Woodstock Inn brewery.

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Rider Limit: 
10

T Time to Cape Ann beaches & lighthouses

Date: 
Jul 26, 2020
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Casual tour on a hot day to enjoy ocean breeze, jump in the cool water multiple times, & visit multiple lighthouses.

Start toward Essex on back roads, Castle Hill, ocean views from hills of Little Neck, Pavilion Beach, loop back to Manchester by the Sea & Hammond Castle, Eastern Point Lighthouse, beaches & wharf of Rockport, Halibut Point state park, & Annisquam lighthouse.

Our ride starts & finishes at West Gloucester MBTA train station. Plan is to board the train to Rockport from North Station at 8:30 to arrive at 9:27. We finish the ride by 17:00 to board the train at 17:23.

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Rider Limit: 
10

Lexington Revolutions

Date: 
Jul 4, 2020
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Clark Middle School

96 Brookside Ave
Lexington , MA
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From Rt 128, take Exit 30 Rt 2A east. Take a right at the light at Waltham St. After 0.2 mi take a left on Brookside Ave and follow the road to the parking lot at the school. From Rt 2 going west, take Exit 54 Waltham St toward Lexington center. After 0.6 mi take a right on Brookside Ave and follow the road to the parking lot at the school. The school is about 1 mile from the Minuteman bikeway: take Marrett Road to Brookside Avenue and from there, follow driving directions.

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Celebrate the 4th with this classic ride! Tour the beautiful roads of Lexington, Concord, Carlisle, Westford, Chelmsford, and Bedford. Rest stop for the long and medium rides at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle: water, bathrooms, and ice cream. (No planned stop for the short ride.) Things to see include Hanscom Field, the Old North Bridge, and horse and dairy farms. Save some energy for a hill near the end of the ride.

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Review the new CRW Sign-Up guidelines. The ride is open only for CRW members, and members must sign up in advance after viewing two documents.

This is a "Show and Go" ride that eliminates pre-ride grouping. Arrive when you like between 8 am and 10:30 am; Check in with the Ride Leaders; Prepare your bike; Start riding whichever route you like. If you wait for a friend, do so well away from other riders.

Want a cue sheet? Print your own using the ride link below.

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No
Rider Limit: 
100

The East European Ride

Date: 
Jun 14, 2020
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Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History

241 Wellesley St
Weston , MA
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From Rte 20, take School Street (at the Weston center traffic light) approx. 0.5 miles south and bear right on Wellesley Street. Continue about 1.0 miles to the museum, on the right, after the Regis College campus. From Rte 30, take Wellesley Street (at the traffic light near Weston High School) approx. 0.4 miles north to the museum, which is on the left. Park in the large parking lot on the right of the driveway just past the museum -- not in the small lot behind the museum.

Or take commuter rail--Framingham-Worcester line to Wellesley Farms -- Schedule here https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable -- or Fitchburg line to Kendall Green -- schedule here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Worcester/timetable.

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The short ride travels through Weston, Wayland, Sudbury, Concord and Lincoln; the long ride adds Acton and Carlisle. The lunch stop is in Concord Center. The terrain is rolling.
There will be post-ride refreshments on the lawn at the Spellman Museum following the ride. The museum will be open after the ride

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This ride has traditionally been arrowed but not  this year. Cue sheets and GPS are available.  The cue sheet includes a map of Concord Center. Cue sheets handed out at the ride start will be printed back to back, so you can choose either ride length.

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Natick Surprise

Date: 
Mar 22, 2020
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Memorial Elementary School

107 Eliot Street
Natick , MA
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From Rt 128 take Exit 21 Rt 16 West. Travel 5.5 miles on Rt. 16. The School is in South Natick (0.5 miles past the S. Natick traffic light) on your right.

These routes are on Natick streets usually not encountered on club rides. The medium ride heads south to Sherborn and Dover.

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West of Weston

Date: 
May 23, 2020
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Weston Town Hall

11 Town House Rd
Weston , MA
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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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Ride country roads of Weston, Lincoln, and Sudbury. The ride crosses the Sudbury River, and there is a delightful stretch along the Cambridge Reservoir. The 45 mile ride extends further into Wayland, Weston and Sudbury.

This is not an arrowed ride. Please bring a copy of your ride selected cue sheet if you do not have a GPS. I will offer to lead a group of riders @14-15mph pace. Other that that, you are encouraged to ride at your own pace.

We will meet in front of town hall. Please note, the building may be locked, limiting access to the restrooms.

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