CRW Rides List

Helmets are required on CRW rides.
Non-members are welcome to ride with us and experience what the CRW offers. At the start we will ask you to sign up for the ride by completing a liability waiver form. If you like our rides and want to continue to ride with the CRW, we urge you to become a CRW member. Membership dues support the CRW Ride Program and other club activities.Click to Join CRW

April 2019

Saturday - April 6, 2019
Ride Start: Parking Lot, Beacon St, Newton, 1172 Beacon Street, Newton, MA (map)
Ride Type: Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 11 a.m. (with social option 10:15a-10:45a at next-door Dunkin Donuts)
RWGPS Links: 25 mile route   
Leader(s): lisa_n
Description: Get your biking legs back with this delightful 25 mile ride that includes Newton, Wellesley, Needham and Dover. The hills are not challenging and the starting point has free parking (it's at the back of a condo building).  Everyone goes at their own pace (this is not a 'no drop' ride). Please note: you can use GPS (e.g., Ride with GPS or Garmin) or print out your own cue sheet if you want one (I won't be bringing any).  Social option before the ride from 10:15a-10:45a to say hello and fuel up at Dunkin Donuts (a 2-minute walk from the ride start, at 1148 Beacon St., Newton). I will be there with my helmet on the table :)    
Lisa's cell # 617-299-1620 (text preferred, but can call)
For possible weather-related cancelation, check this website 9a or after on the day of the ride. The ride is on unless it is listed as canceled at 9a the day of the ride.
For Ride with GPS: (1) install the Ride with GPS app on your mobile phone (it can be a free account); (2) open Google on your phone, navigate to, and locate this ride in the ride calendar; (3) click the map below and download it; (4) open the download within Ride with GPS. (5) become familiar with Ride with GPS prior to the ride. Enjoy!  

Sunday - April 7, 2019
Ride Start: Bedford VA Hospital, 200 Springs Rd, Bedford, MA (map)
Ride Type: Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 10 am for 27 & 45 miles
RWGPS Links: 27 mile route    45 mile route   
Leader(s): jdodd, Judith McMichael
Description: Join us for a lovely spring ride through quiet roads of Bedford, Concord, and Carlisle with Westford and Acton also included for the longer route.   This is a ride-at-your-own-pace ride.   But, you can join one of the ride leaders for a group ride for either distance with a rolling average of 13-14 mph.   The lunch stop for both routes is Ferns Country Store in Carlisle.  The route has been modified from previous years and is not arrowed.  Please print a cue sheet and bring it with you.   There are no facilities at the start of the ride, but there is a McDonalds about 2 miles from the start on Rt. 4 in Bedford.  
The ride may be cancelled due to bad weather.    A cancellation notice will be posted by 8am on the day of the ride.   

Saturday - April 13, 2019
Ride Start: Lincoln MBTA Station Parking Lot, 160 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln, MA (map)
Ride Type: Arrowed, Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 9:30 am for 34 & 25 miles
RWGPS Links: 25 mile route    34 mile route   
Leader(s): John O'Dowd
Description: A tour of the rolling hills of Lincoln, Weston, Sudbury, Acton and Concord, where we stop at the Nashoba Bakery for a coffee warm-up.
There will be a 15 mph AVERAGE paced group on the 25 mile route (but you don't have to go that speed). We gather in the MBTA lot in the back of Donelans parking lot
The ride is on! 9:30

Sunday - April 14, 2019
Ride Start: Crosby Market Parking Lot, 211 Sudbury Rd, Concord, MA (map)
Ride Type: Arrowed, Cue sheet, Follow the leader, GPS
Times and Routes: 10:00 AM - 19, 27 or 36 miles
RWGPS Links: 19 mile route    27 mile route    36 mile route   
Leader(s): Ellen Gugel, paula_spies, Bruce Black
Description: Cross six, eight or twelve bridges of the Sudbury River and see up to three more, including one that George Washington crossed. Cruise along in the beautiful Sudbury River valley with 4-6 hills to keep you warm. Experience beautiful Pelham Island Road paving on the two longer routes.
There are NO BATHROOM FACILITIES at the start. Consider the coffee shops at the stop light and please make a small purchase. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are at the intersection of Sudbury Road and Thoreau St., just across the RR tracks from the start.
The arrows (white thermometer) are labeled: S=19 miles, L=27, XL=36.
Please print your own CUE SHEET if needed before coming to the ride. Limited paper copies will be provided at the start to NEW riders. You can print cue sheets from the RideWithGPS app.
Leaders will offer no-drop group social rides for those who want for all three length rides, 19, 27, and 36 mile routes. Plan on pace average 12-14 mph for all routes.
Commuter Rail arrives Concord about 9:15 AM outbound and about 9:35 AM inbound. Departs 2:05 and 4:30 PM for North Station and 1:50 and 4:10 PM towards Fitchburg. Fitchburg/South Acton Line. Check for updates at

Saturday - April 20, 2019

RIDE IS CANCELLED. Forecast for rain and heavy downpours cancels this ride.

Ride Start: Nashua River Rail Trail, 0 Station Avenue, Groton, MA (map)
Ride Type: Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 10 AM for all rides
RWGPS Links: 21 mile route    33 mile route    40 mile route   
Leader(s): Lindy King
Description: We'll ride through areas we don't usually go through and discover new views in Groton, Shirley, Lunenburg, Townsend and West Groton. All rides will pass by the Storybook Cottage in Shirley. The short ride has a moderate climb from W. Groton to the end. The medium and long rides have one big hill climb with views with a stop for food/water/rest in West Townsend. The long riders will have a couple more hills to contend with and briefly cross over the border into NH for another view. We'll rendezvous after the ride for lunch at either the Salt & Light Cafe or Filho's Cucina on Main Street in Groton.
Note: You can park behind Groton Town Hall if there's not enough parking at the Rail Trail area. THERE ARE NO FACILITIES AT THIS START LOCATION - please plan ahead so we can start on time!

Saturday - April 27, 2019
Ride Start: Weston Town Hall, 11 Town House Rd, Weston, MA (map)
Ride Type: Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 10:00 a.m. for 25 and 45 miles routes
RWGPS Links: 25 mile route    45 mile route   
Leader(s): Steve Carlson
Description: 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.
We will meet in front of town hall. Please note the building will be locked so there is no access to the restrooms.

Saturday - April 27, 2019
Ride Start: Park and Ride-Portsmouth, 551 NH 33, Portsmouth, NH (map)
Ride Type: Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 10:00 am for 34 and 57 miles
RWGPS Links: 34 mile route    57 mile route   
Leader(s): Rita Cramer
Description: This is the long-loved ride from Portsmouth NH that goes up the coast to Nubble Light and Perkins Cove, and then goes inland;. When people ride up the coast, they think that the best part of the ride is over first, but it gets even better inland. The short ride does not go as far as Nubble Light, but is flat. The highest point on the long ride is 250 feet. This is a non-arrowed Saturday ride (the leader lives in Lincoln, so arrowing isn't practical). There will be a group ride available at a 13 - 15 mph pace for the short ride. This ride is joint with North Shore Cyclists, and we will be joined by people training for the Ride to End Alzheimer's.

If you would like to use a cue sheet, please print one at home and bring it to the ride
This route is NOT ARROWED.
If you're searching the Ride with GPS database, these two rides are the ones labeled "Updated" - the old routes with a similar name don't follow roads.

Sunday - April 28, 2019
Ride Start: Bedford VA Hospital, 200 Springs Rd, Bedford, MA (map)
Ride Type: Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 9:30 for 55 or 35 miles
RWGPS Links: 35 mile route    55 mile route   
Leader(s): jmdonohue, meghan_kopaska
Description: 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.
Ride is not arrowed, use GPS or download cuesheet for navigation