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Praline Croissant - Women only (CRW SOCK RAFFLE!!!)

Date: 
Aug 6, 2021
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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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***CRW SOCK RAFFLE: One pair of the awesome, new, not-available-for-purchase CRW club socks will be raffled off to a registered MEMBER rider!!!***
A great way to meet other women CRW members!

Start your weekend off right with a low-traffic, scenic ride through Lexington, Burlington, Woburn, Winchester, and Arlington! The ride leaves from the Minuteman Bikeway terminus near Alewife. We head down the path to Lexington Center, then cut over 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 13-14 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 5 am in case of unexpected weather.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
15
Ride Closed: 

Dirty THURSDAY Battle Road (CRW SOCK RAFFLE!!!)

Date: 
Aug 5, 2021
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August 5 ride is cancelled due to rain. See you next week!
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Lexington Green

1903 Mass Ave
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

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.

***CRW SOCK RAFFLE: One pair of the awesome, new, not-available-for-purchase CRW club socks will be raffled off to a registered MEMBER rider!!!***
***NOTE updated route (7/26/21) eliminates travel on one-way Clark St at start.***
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 44% dirt & 15% not specified. 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 Lexington Battle Great near John Parker statue 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. Until Lexington Battle Green where "first shots heard around the world" on 19 April 1775.

*** 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 3 PM on the day of the ride.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
10
Ride Closed: 

Coffee Toffee to Sudbury

Date: 
Aug 7, 2021
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Lexington Green

1903 Mass Ave
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

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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Navigate out of Lexington to reach quiet country roads to Sudbury. Meet by John Parker status in Lexington Battle Green.

 

Expect moderate speed 14–16mph.

 

*** 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. ***

 

Use club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further https://www.crw.org/content/slack

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
30
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Kittie Knox Tribute Ride

Date: 
Aug 22, 2021
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Because of the threats of tropical storm Henri and for the safety of all riders, the ride is cancelled.
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Kittie Knox joined the League of American Wheelmen in 1893 at a time when few women were members.  The organization changed their constitution to only allow white members in 1894. In 1895 the organization clarified that constitutional changes are not retroactive and Knox's membership in the group was no longer questioned.  Knox persisted in racing despite sometimes being denied access to races as well as service by restaurants and hotels while traveling.  Knox was known both for her cycling ability and her fashionable cycling outfits. She took first place in a LAW bicycle costume contest in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Unlike her male counterparts of the time much attention was given to her appearance and wardrobe.  She was a strong rider, participating in and completing several century rides.

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

Early Emerald Excursion

Date: 
Jul 30, 2021
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Leverett Pond

56 Pond Ave
Brookline , MA
Directions: 

After turning south off of Rt. 9 (Washington St, which becomes Huntington Ave if you continue east) proceed approximately 0.1 miles on Pond Ave to the Brookline town parking lot across from the Brook House Condominium complex.

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Come out early to enjoy the scenic side of Boston. We'll meet in the Brookline town parking lot next to Leverett Pond (just off of Pond Ave), where free 2 hour parking is available.

 

From Leverett Pond, we'll head south along the Emerald Necklace. After passing Jamaica Pond we'll have a short climb before making our way south to a fun descent along the verdant parkways of the Stony Brook Reservation. We'll then roll through the quaint Dedham town center before turning north towards Needham. Our route home meanders through stately homes in Newton and Brookline before descending back towards Jamaica Pond and the Emerald Necklace.

 

Expect a moderate pace of 14 – 16mph depending on participants and how we feel that day.

 

*** 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. ***

 

Use the club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further at https://www.crw.org/content/slack

 

Take some pictures, and post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Notes: 

Rain or excessively wet roads, expect the ride to be canceled. Ride leader will update for cancelation the evening prior.

 

There are a few traffic rotaries on this route (this is Boston after all) which are fairly simple to negotiate early in the morning, however extra vigilance is always advised.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
30
Ride Closed: 

Dirty Wednesday Battle Road

Date: 
Jul 28, 2021
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Lexington Green

1903 Mass Ave
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

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.

***NOTE updated route (7/26/21) eliminates travel on one-way Clark St at start.***
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 44% dirt & 15% not specified. 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 Lexington Battle Great near John Parker statue 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. Until Lexington Battle Green where "first shots heard around the world" on 19 April 1775.

*** 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 3 PM on the day of the ride.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
10
Ride Closed: 

Brake for Beavers

Date: 
Sep 12, 2021
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Parker Middle School

75 Graniteville Rd
Chelmsford , MA
Directions: 

Take Rt. 3 North to Exit 32. Go straight at light to enter Drum Hill Rotary. Proceed around rotary to second exit onto Old Westford Rd. Go 0.2 mi., fork right onto Graniteville Rd. Go 0.6 mi., and turn into school (on right). Keep right and proceed to parking lot behind school.

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A CRW classic! Voted Best New Ride in 2010, this ride borrows from several CRW routes while adding some new territory as well. All routes offer a mix of suburban and rural riding, with terrain varying from gradual grades to downright hilly. The short ride hits the Towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Groton, Dunstable, and Tyngsborough. The medium ride adds a loop west and north into Pepperell and Hollis, NH. The long ride adds a scenic loop north of Hollis. Dunkin' at mile 25 for medium and long routes (optional out and back for the long route). Breakfast/Lunch on the long ride is 40 miles into the ride, options include Buckley's Bakery/Cafe, Monument Sq Market, and others. Route ends with an optional stop at Sully's ice cream. NOTE: SULLY'S IS CASH ONLY!!!

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
150
Ride Closed: 

Early Emerald Coffee Ride - FREE Coffee/Tea/Espresso!!!

Date: 
Jul 23, 2021
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Leverett Pond

56 Pond Ave
Brookline , MA
Directions: 

After turning south off of Rt. 9 (Washington St, which becomes Huntington Ave if you continue east) proceed approximately 0.1 miles on Pond Ave to the Brookline town parking lot across from the Brook House Condominium complex.

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FREE Coffee Shop stop in Dedham edition!!!

 

Moving the start time back a half-hour this week so that the coffee shops are open when we arrive in downtown Dedham.  We'll take a quick stop at Big Bear Cafe (https://www.bigbearinthesquare.com) and anticipate returning to the start before 8:30am.  We'll revert to our typical 6am departure time next week.

 

Come out early to enjoy the scenic side of Boston. We'll meet in the Brookline town parking lot next to Leverett Pond (just off of Pond Ave), where free 2 hour parking is available.

 

From Leverett Pond, we'll head south along the Emerald Necklace. After passing Jamaica Pond we'll have a short climb before making our way south to a fun descent along the verdant parkways of the Stony Brook Reservation. We'll then roll through the quaint Dedham town center before turning north towards Needham. Our route home meanders through stately homes in Newton and Brookline before descending back towards Jamaica Pond and the Emerald Necklace.

 

Expect a moderate pace of 14 – 16mph depending on participants and how we feel that day.

 

*** 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. ***

 

Use the club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further at https://www.crw.org/content/slack

 

Take some pictures, and post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Notes: 

Rain or excessively wet roads, expect the ride to be canceled. Ride leader will update for cancelation the evening prior.

 

There are a few traffic rotaries on this route (this is Boston after all) which are fairly simple to negotiate early in the morning, however extra vigilance is always advised.

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
30
Ride Closed: 

EPIC Ride to Cape Cod tour: Boston 2 PTown July 2021

Date: 
Jul 24, 2021
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Epic Experience bicycling to Cape Cod in a day: ferry, bicycle path, farmers' market, salt water taffy, ice cream, bakery, lighthouses, & many beaches to dip in.

You must purchase return ferry ticket in advance of staring the ride. Capacity is low. Ferry will sell out.

Start at 4:30 AM from Seaport World Trade Center 2 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210 Navigate out of town with stops at Scituate, Whitehorse beaches, Plymouth Rock and some photo opts. Then across the bridge onto Cape Cod to connect with the CRW group in Hyannis by 10:30 am then out to Cape Cod bicycle path to enjoy several parks, beaches, & food stops along the way. Visit the small towns of Orleans, Wellfleet, & Truro before arriving Provincetown for snack or early dinner.

Plan on 14–16mph pace, plenty of stops, & leisurely day.

For a distance of 163 miles & elevation gain of 5500ft, you could arrive Provincetown just in time for the ferry at 8:30PM ($73). This is also a tour, not a race. We will likely take our time to arrive into town, dine & stroll around before sailing on 20:30 ferry, arriving Boston at 22:00.

https://www.cityexperiences.com/boston/city-cruises/boston-harbor/provincetown-ferry/

This trip is:

  • Suitable for intermediate to advanced bicyclists
  • Come prepared with sufficient navigation tools such as GPS, map, cue sheets, smart phone, etc. This will be self-guided tour.
  • Cost is estimated at $100 for ferry, & food

Other considerations:

  • All-purpose handlebar bag, water proof, with enough room for extra layers & snacks.
  • Bring: small towel to dry after swim, sunscreen, cash to purchase food, extra batteries for electronic devices, & camera.
  • Lights are good for visibility during the day & for the short ride (1.6km) from ferry terminal back to South Station.
  • Bicycle gear to bring: helmet (required), vest or jacket (it will get cold in the evening), sun glasses, spare tube, helmet mirror, pump or CO₂ cartridges, chamois cream, & allen keys.
  • MBTA parking information is at http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/parking
  • Expect pace will be 14–16mph with several delightful stops along the way.
  • Plan to purchase ferry tickets in advance, before they sell out.

 

Optional food stops:

 

Use club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further https://crwheelers.slack.com/archives/C0109BPQPAR/p1618786221209500

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
30
Ride Closed: 

Lexington (leaderless) Revolutions

Date: 
Jul 24, 2021
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Lexington Green

1903 Mass Ave
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

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.

Ride type: 
Leaderless
Show and Go
Ride type is filled with a value when Listing Type has value "428".
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The two rides start at the same time and at the same place, mostly along the same route. The Social Revolutions is slightly shorter for a more comfortable pace.

 

The Rapid Revolutions longer route is the training ride option. If you want to kick-start the weekend with a quick ride, the Rapid Revolutions is for you! Average speed of 16–19+ mph, go big or go home!

 

Just show up, introduce yourself to others, find someone to ride with, & agree on the rules of the ride. Then off you go. Split into fast & social groups as needed.

 

Option of ice cream at Rancatore's in Lexington or coffee at Peete's or Starbucks after the ride.

 

Meet near Captain John Parker statue in Lexington Battle Green.

 

*** 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. ***

 

Use club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further https://www.crw.org/content/slack

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

Available to any leader: 
No
Rider Limit: 
10
Ride Closed: 

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