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🐓 Rooster Great Brook Farm 🚜

Date: 
Aug 26, 2022
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Alewife Station

135 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

Alewife Station is reachable by car on Route 2, and there is ample paid parking; by car or bicycle on Alewife Brook Parkway; on paths from the west (Fitchburg Cutoff path), north (Minuteman Commuter Bikeway) and east (Linear Park). And Alewife Station is the terminus of the Red Line light rail, which takes bicycles except during peak hours in the peak direction. Ride groups meet in front of the parking garage on Steel Place.

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Rooster Great Brook Farm

Let's get out of the city and ride through the beautiful great Brook Farm area up in Carlisle before we head back to town and to work...

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
20
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The East European Ride

Date: 
Oct 16, 2022
Ride Leader(s): 
John Allen (7818564058 phone or email)
Harriet Fell
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Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History

241 Wellesley St
Weston , MA
Directions: 

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.
The museum will be open after the ride.

Notes: 

This ride has traditionally been arrowed but not  this year. You may use RidewithGPS, and cue sheets are linked on this page.The PDF cue sheet for the short ride includes a map showing how to leave Concord Center on both rides..

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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Christa McAuliffe Tribute Ride

Date: 
Aug 21, 2022
Ride Leader(s): 
Rudge McKenney (6173326242 before 9 pm)
Kathy Horvath
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Haskell Field

37 Fairbanks Rd
Sudbury , MA
Directions: 

From Rte. 128 take Rte. 20 west to Wayland Center. Turn right at the lights onto Rte. 27, heading to Sudbury Center. Continue through the lights in Sudbury Center. Rte. 27 is now Hudson Road. Less than half a mile later Rte. 27 and Hudson Road split. Stay left, on Hudson Road. A mile and a half later you'll see Haskell Field on your right. Turn right onto Fairbank Road. Your first left is the entrance to the Haskell Field parking lot.

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Sharon Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher and space flight participant who was born in Boston, MA on September 2, 1948 and was educated at the Marian High School in Framingham (1966) and Framingham State University (1970).  She was a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle Challenger, mission STS-51-L, and would have been the first civilian to enter space under NASA except for the failure at launch of the space craft on January 28, 1986 resulting in the death of all crew members.

Least we forget, the other brave souls on mission STS-51-L who lost their lives were Francis R. Scobee, Commander; Michael J. Smith, Pilot; Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik, and Ronald E. McNair, all Mission Specialists; and Gregory B. Jarvis, Payload Specialist.

Please take a moment when passing the Christa McAuliffe Library to remember these brave people who gave their lives in the furtherance of space exploration.

There will be a "No Drop" group on the 29 mile route led by Kathy Horvath.  Otherwise you are welcome to go at your own pace on either route.  There are no arrows on this ride so have a navigation device or print a cue sheet from the ride of your choice.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
30
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Lincoln, Concord, Ferns

Date: 
Sep 5, 2022
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Cancelled because of rain.
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Cambridge Common Park (1/2 mi north of Harvard Square)

1556 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

Just morth of Harvard Square on Massachusetts Ave. Parking is scarce so riders should park in nearby towns and ride to the start. Or take the Red Line subway to Harvard Square station. The Red Line connects with the Minuteman Bikeway at Alewife Station.

Show-and-go starting by the Civil War Monument in Cambridge Commons with a stop at Ferns.  

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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🐓 Rooster Great Brook Farm 🚜

Date: 
Aug 12, 2022
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Alewife Station

135 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

Alewife Station is reachable by car on Route 2, and there is ample paid parking; by car or bicycle on Alewife Brook Parkway; on paths from the west (Fitchburg Cutoff path), north (Minuteman Commuter Bikeway) and east (Linear Park). And Alewife Station is the terminus of the Red Line light rail, which takes bicycles except during peak hours in the peak direction. Ride groups meet in front of the parking garage on Steel Place.

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Rooster Great Brook Farm

Let's get out of the city and ride through the beautiful great Brook Farm area up in Carlisle before we head back to town and to work...

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
20
Ride Closed: 

🐓 Rooster Hills ⛰️

Date: 
Aug 9, 2022
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Porter Square Shopping Center

36 White Street
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

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, close to the Blue Bikes station.

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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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Speedy Croissant Women's Ride

Date: 
Aug 30, 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 variation on the Praline Croissant ride, but faster and longer. With less bike path, no Horn Pond dog dodging, and an additional loop around Mystic Lakes, this ride is for women looking for a quicker pace (15+ mph) and paceline work. The ride is show-and-go and will not necessarily regroup if riders are dropped.

Available to any leader: 
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Rider Limit: 
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