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


October 2019

Saturday - October 5, 2019
Ride Start: Fitchburg, MA MBTA, 150 Main St, Fitchburg, MA (map)
Ride Type: GPS, Show and Go
Times and Routes: 10:15
RWGPS Links: 58 mile route   
Leader(s): Mike Barry, Rami Haddad
Description:
Spend the day touring under fall color palette of green, yellow, orange, & red leaves. Mostly quiet back roads in the Mondanock region between Fitchburgh and Peterborough.
 
Stamina a must, but high speed not required: ⬆️ ascend 1,280m over ➡️ distance 95km = ↗️ grade 12.63m/km. There are some short gravel sections. This will be self-guided tour, even though we will try to stay together as a group. Bring GPS device, phone with navigation apps, or cue sheets for the routes you plan to ride. We will not provide them.
 
Take MBTA Commuter Rail to Fitchburg arriving at 10:01. Lunch will be in Peterborough. Carry extra snacks & water—very few stops on the road. Dinner in Fitchburg may follow while we wait for return train at 18:18. Buy a weekend pass for $10.00. There is an earlier train at 15:48 for very fast riders.
 
Join our club on Strava: http://www.strava.com/clubs/charles-river-wheelers
 
T Time rides are those that combine train & ferry public transport service around Boston. T could mean train, tour, or just a cup of tea. The idea is to reach routes far from city centre or take one-way routes. These rides are often leisurely tours for a full day that allow several stops to take pictures, rest on the town green, dip in the water, & sample bakeries.

 

Sunday - October 6, 2019
Ride Start: John T. Nichols Middle School, 112 Tiger Dr, Middleborough, MA (map)
Ride Type: Arrowed, Cue sheet, Follow the leader, GPS
Times and Routes: 7:30 - 9:00 am from Nichols Middle School, Middleborough, MA
Description:  
CRW Cranberry Harvest Century
We have reached capacity and are no longer accepting registrations.
NO DAY OF EVENT WALK-INS.
EVENT HELD RAIN OR SHINE
 
Spend the day with fellow cyclists touring through the cranberry bogs of Southeastern Massachusetts
RIDES FROM 50 TO 100 MILES
MAGNIFICENT VIEWS
MOSTLY BACKCOUNTRY ROADS
GREAT COMPANY!
FUN AFTER RIDE PARTY!
 
CRW is an all volunteer club, and we need help running this event. You can volunteer for some tasks and still ride the full century (and for free!). Or you may have a friend or significant other who isn't riding and would like to have fun and help riders like you have a great day. Go HERE for more information and to sign up.

Saturday - October 12, 2019
Ride Start: Boston South Station, 700 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA (map)
Ride Type: GPS, Show and Go
Times and Routes: 8:40 MBTA train to Middleborough
RWGPS Links: 98 mile route   
Leader(s): Rami Haddad
Description: Final Update: 11 October 2019 15:03
The ride is confirmed to start in South Station at 8:30 on train to Plymouth. We follow US Bicycle Route 1 to Cape Cod Canal then East Coast Greenway to New Bedford, Fall River, East Bay trail, & finish in Providence. Multiple options to return on train in evening at 19:04 or 20:20, depending on Taqueria dinner. Plenty of warming stops along the way for tea, coffee, & soup.
 
Purchase weekend pass for $10.00 to cover both train trips Boston–Plymouth & Providence–Boston. Join WhatsApp group to discuss trip further: https://chat.whatsapp.com/Bg4N53PLBIdG6kKCBrPT6Q
 
Ferry service cancelled for today Friday & tomorrow Saturday. They are running buses instead, taking longer time to reach Boston, & has limited space for bicycles in luggage compartment. We will beat the ferry another time.
 
Update 8 October 2019
Check back here on Friday 11 October after 18:00 for final trip update.
This will be an excellent opportunity to test rain gear. Weather forecast shows high probability of rain & wind. Ride is on rain or shine. Note route change to start from Plymouth. High waves may cancel ferry service. Join WhatsApp group to discuss trip further: https://chat.whatsapp.com/Bg4N53PLBIdG6kKCBrPT6Q
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A twist on Cape in a Day with a new route, trails, coastal views, bakeries, & a challenge: bicycle 170km in 9 hours or overall average of 19km/h. This fall edition is designed for shorter days, compared with similar challenge last year.
The route starts on quite small roads out of Middleborough until we reach Buzzards Bay for rest stop before join the Cape Cod Canal trail. We navigate through Sandwich & Barnstable to pick up Cape Cod trail in Yarmouth. We stop for good burrito lunch at Orleans Corner Store. Stay on the trail to northern terminus. Ride through the hills of Wellfleet & Truro before a sprint to the finish just in time for quick bite, beer, & ferry. We may even have time for a quick ocean dip.
We meet in Boston South station to board MBTA train at 8:40 to Middleborough arriving at 9:38. We eat breakfast on the train, get bicycles ready, & roll out as soon as we arrive. We take the Bay State Cruises ferry at 19:30 arriving in Boston at 21:00. You must book your ferry & bicycle ticket in advance of starting on the ride.
Many options for bakeries & convenience 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:
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, even though we will try to stay together as a group. Bring GPS device, phone with navigation apps, or cue sheets for the routes you plan to ride. We will not provide them.
Join our club on Strava.

Sunday - October 13, 2019
Ride Start: Jack's Abby Beerhall, 134 Clark Street, Framingham, MA (map)
Ride Type: Follow the leader, GPS
Times and Routes: 10 am for 39 miles
RWGPS Links: 38 mile route   
Leader(s): Bob Wolf
Description: Join us to ride with your friends or to meet new ones! This year we will ride one route of 39 miles on the first Sunday of the month, May to October.  We will start at 10 am.
There will be 4 groups riding at 13, 14-15, 15-16, and 16-18 mph. Each group will have a leader working to keep the group together and enjoyable.  The entire “train” will be swept behind the 13 mph group. We end at the Jack's Abby Beerhall where we can get together for post ride eats and drinks.
From the Jack's Abby Beerhall in Framingham the ride heads to Dover, Westwood, Medfield, and Sherborn.  Please note that this event is intended to be a social riding opportunity and not the traditional CRW ride structure of riding at your own pace. Please come if you both can and want to ride with a social group at 13-16+ mph.
 
Click on the map below to open the route on Ride with GPS website.
 

Saturday - October 19, 2019
Ride Start: Berlin Memorial School, 34 South St, Berlin, MA (map)
Ride Type: Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 9:30 AM for 24 and 34 hilly miles
RWGPS Links: 24 mile route    34 mile route   
Leader(s): robyn_betts
Description: Bucolic, tree-lined rural roads with very little traffic, a particular treat when dressed in Fall colors. The 34-mile route is more hilly and includes several significant climbs, including the always-popular Green Street hill. The 24-mile route, while also hilly, avoids Green Street and is more rolling. Both routes include a 1/2-mile warm-up climb followed immediately by a breezy and fun one-mile downhill run before the split at mile 4.6. The routes merge again 13 miles from the end to share several more rolling hills and two additional downhill runs.
PLEASE NOTE: Please use caution when entering and exiting the school parking lot! Student and community soccer matches will be using recreation fields adjacent to the school on the morning of our ride. Drive around the school to park only in the lot behind the school. DO NOT park in front of the school or adjacent to recreation fields. There is a porta-john at the school and rest rooms at the municipal building nearby. Please check the listing of this ride on the website for changes or cancellation before going to the start location.

Saturday - October 26, 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.
We gather in the MBTA lot in the back of Donelans parking lot, no bathroom at ride start.
 
Rain cancels
 

Sunday - October 27, 2019
Ride Start: Masconomet High School, 20 Endicott Rd, Boxford, MA (map)
Ride Type: Arrowed, Cue sheet, GPS
Times and Routes: 10:00 AM for 52, 44 or 20 miles
RWGPS Links: 20 mile route    45 mile route    53 mile route   
Leader(s): Melinda Lyon
Description: Flat to rolling loops through the North Shore. All rides pass through Boxford, Topsfield and Rowley. Medium ride adds Newbury and Newburyport. Long ride adds Plum Island including the paved bike lane on the Plum Island Causeway. Short ride lunch stop is in Topsfield. Long and medium ride lunch stop is in Newburyport at Abraham's Bagels. Abraham's is in the same block where a 17th century woman named Elizabeth Morse lived. She was convicted of witchcraft a dozen years before the Salem witch trials. Visit the plaque dedicated to her on the north side of the building.
An optional stop is at Tendercrop Farm on the long and medium rides. Feel free to visit the farm store for coffee and fresh local products!
There will be no arrows in the town of Boxford. This involves the first 6 miles of the ride. Please download a Cue sheet in advance or make sure to get a Cue sheet at the ride start.