Recurring Rides

Spring/Summer rides

Ride name Starting Location Arrow image Start Date End Date Description
Monday Night Ride Topsfield Plaza 05/08/2017 08/28/2017

All riders welcome. This is an arrowed ride on the quiet roads through Topsfield and surrounding towns. The loops will be about 11, 15, 20, and 26 miles. The slowest riders will be accompanied by a leader. We will group riders by speed as we usually have a large turnout for this ride. Focus is on having a good time. New members encouraged to attend. We usually gather afterwards to refuel. Join us! 

Tuesday Bradford Ride Bradford Christian Academy 05/02/2017 08/22/2017

Long stretches of scenic riding with a few rolling hills. Loop into Boxford and North Andover. The arrow is a white ” 7 ” pointing in the direction of travel. Hillary will have a few cue sheets at the start. (There are a couple of arrowless Boxford turns). All are welcome, no one rides alone. The group may split into 2 depending on who shows up.

Tuesday North Reading Edith A. O’Leary Senior Center 06/06/2017 09/12/2017

The Tuesday Night ride is a 15 mile loop that accommodates both experienced paceline riders at 18-21 MPH, as well as novice to intermediate riders at 14-17 MPH. It is a moderately hilly ride that provides a good conditioning workout in an hour or less through the Harold Parker State Forest yet is minutes from Rt 128 and I-93. Wet roads or active rain cancels the ride.

Tuesday North Reading Fast Edith A. O’Leary Senior Center 06/06/2017 08/29/2017

This is a leaderless "Show and Go" ride and is not marked, so please come prepared with a GPS device, map and/or knowledge of the area. This is a spirited and energetic post-work ride with a bit of everything: rollers, punchy hills, pace lines, and attacks! Notes: Riders should be very experienced riding in large groups of cyclists and well acquainted with riding in a tight pace line, climb well, and communicate effectively with other riders in the group. Comfort with group riding and good bike handling skills are very important. Don’t be surprised to find a tandem in the group, too. Depending on the number riders, we may divide up into smaller groups along the way according to speed, but we generally all start off as a single group. The group has been averaging between 20 and 22 mph and will go slightly higher as the season progresses. Riders will occasionally get dropped so you may find yourself riding solo or in smaller groups.

Bring front and rear lights at the beginning and end of the season.

RAIN AND WET ROADS CANCEL AUTOMATICALLY!!

 

Wednesday Ipswich YMCA 05/10/2017 09/06/2017

We ride along the quiet roads between Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton. Short ride 12 miles, Long 15 miles, Extra long 18 miles. A few short easy climbs.  All riders welcome.

Wednesday Salem Salem Willows Park 04/15/2015 08/26/2015

This is a ride on the streets of historic Salem and surrounding towns. This ride is for experienced cyclists only. We are riding in an urban environment that has in places narrow streets and may be heavily trafficked. 

Marblehead Routes: Terrain is gently rolling with a few hills. The standard ride goes around the Neck then through Old Town in Marblehead, and is approximately 18 miles in length. A long option increases the distance to 22 miles.

Beverly Route: Terrain is gently rolling with a few hills. The short (13 mi) and medium (20 mi) options head towards Prides Crossing. The short option loops around Endicott College. The medium option extends to Gordon College, and then swings over to Wenham before returning to Salem.

Wednesday Topsfield Ride Topsfield Plaza 05/17/2017 09/20/2017

The Wednesday night ride from Topsfield is not arrowed because it changes every week.  Also, many of the routes we ride go through Boxford which doesn't allow arrowing anyway.  The big advantage of not arrowing the route is that we have can have a different route each week.  We have 5 or 6 routes, but there are small variations on each so by the time we get to October we've ridden just about every sweet section of pavement in Essex County.  We do post a ridewithgps.com link to each week's route for those with electronic savvy.  As I am incapable of typing and chewing gum at the same time, that is not me.  We also try to have a long and a short option for each week.

We hope you'll join us.  The more people we have show up, the more groups we can break up into so everyone can go at a comfortable pace.

Let's stay safe out there.
Matt

Thursday Wakefield Converse parking lot 05/18/2017 08/17/2017

A lovely little hammer-fest for the first night of the weekend. Gently rolling hills, and mostly low traffic neighborhoods provide a pleasant backdrop for the colorful spandex-clad maniacs who try to beat the clock in this 20.75-mile loop. Riders generally split into fast, medium and rational groups. The fast group will return in less than an hour. The others, a little more. Many nights, pizza and good cheer afterwards at Bellinos near the new start at the head of Lake Quannapowitt.

Friday Topsfield Hills The Bicycle Shop 04/21/2017 09/15/2017

This little gem of a ride takes on the hills of Topsfield on quiet beautiful roads. The Topsfield Hills ride is a non-arrowed no-drop ride through the beautiful hills south of Topsfield center. After a side-trip to Howlett street the ride heads to River Road and does some loops to take in each hill in both directions. By the end you’ll feel great and be ready for any hill the season ahead throws your way. Everyone is welcome, we will regroup at the top of each climb and we are never more than 2 miles from the start. The ride is fun, trust me, if you avoid hills this is the cure. Enjoy over 900 feet of climb (and descent) in less than 16 miles.

Ride leaders: Steve Tgettis and Amy La Vita

Saturday Fitness Ride Masconomet Regional High School 04/15/2017 10/21/2017

This popular weekly ride meanders through Middleton, Boxford, Georgetown, Byfield, Newbury and Topsfield. Great mix of long flat straights and a few hills.

Winter rides

Ride name Starting Location Arrow image Start Date End Date Description
Indoor training session First Presbyterian Church 01/14/2016 02/25/2016
Group indoor training session for the off season. The objectives are:

1)  Have fun and get some exercise in an informal indoor group bike training session
2)  Work on pedaling skills - smooth circles with one leg pedaling intervals
3)  Build/maintain endurance and strength through increased interval training

 

Georgetown Saturday winter road ride Perley School 12/26/2015 02/27/2016

This 24 mile recurring weekend ride is hosted on Saturdays throughout the winter when road and weather conditions permit. We ride as a group at a moderate pace on some of the nicest rural roads in the North Shore area. The route is the reverse of the Sunday Winter ride. Both start from the Perley School in Georgetown, MA.

Lunch stop is at Plum Island Roasters in Newburyport. This ride is a "show and go" (no designated leader) and is arrowed with a yellow chevron.

Download the PDF cue sheet for this ride

Georgetown Sunday winter road ride Perley School 12/04/2016 02/19/2017

This 26 mile ride is hosted on Sundays throughout the winter when road and weather conditions permit. We ride as a group at a moderate pace on some of the nicest rural roads in the North Shore area. The route is the same as the Saturday winter ride, but in reverse.

Lunch stop is at Plum Island Roasters in Newburyport. This ride is not arrowed.

Download the PDF cue sheet for this ride

Mountain biking

Ride name Starting Location Arrow image Start Date End Date Description
Willowdale mountain biking Willowdale State Park 11/06/2016 01/08/2017

Mountain biking begins in October until snow covers the ground for beginners through intermediate level. Updates will be posted through the listserve.  Willowdale has 40 miles of trails for all levels, and great fire roads to learn on. The Forest exists as two separate parcels divided by Route 1. The eastern block of the forest abuts Bradley Palmer State Park and the Ipswich River; the western section includes 100 acre Hood Pond. 

Jimmy White and Paula Bossone lead novice mountain bike rides beginning the first Sunday in November.

Download a Willowdale trail map.