Recurring Rides

Spring/Summer rides

Ride name Starting Location Arrow image Start Date End Date Description
Monday Morning Recovery Ride Ipswich River Park 06/03/2019 07/29/2019

Monday morning is the perfect time for a recovery ride as we follow serene back roads to farm stands, past ponds and pigs (also sheep, chickens, goats and bunnies).  Enjoy iced coffee at Smolak Farms or a lunch at Ingaldsby Farms the West Boxford General Store or Ryers Store. 

RIDE HOST: Tom Swanson

SHOW & GO until further notice Monday Night Ride Topsfield Plaza 05/04/2020 08/24/2020

All riders welcome. This is a ride on the quiet roads through Topsfield and surrounding towns. The loops will be about 11, 15, 20, and 26 miles.  This ride is show-and-go at this time. 

Casual Tuesday and Thursday Park and Ride 06/05/2019 09/24/2019

Join in for a casual ride on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, starting at 10 am.   Start at the Park and Ride in Topsfield, 16 Park St across from St Rose of Lima church.
This is a follow the leader ride, distance generally in the 20-25 mile range, speed approx 10-13 mph. Time changes or other information will be posted on the NSC list serve or a phone chain with members of the group.  This ride started with a  group of friends(The Turtles) who wanted to ride together and welcome others to join them.

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Tuesday Andover Ride The park next to Andover Town Hall 05/05/2020 08/25/2020

North Shore Cyclists Andover ride arrowThis fitness ride through Andover features 1000' of climbing and fun descents over 18 miles. An optional short cut reduces the distance to 14 miles with 750’ of climbing. Meet at the gazebo in the park next to Town Hall. This is a no-drop ride; all riders welcome. Ride Leaders: Mabelle Chua, Tom Rickenbacker

Wednesday Ipswich YMCA 05/08/2019 08/21/2019

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 Morning Ride and Lunch See emails for starting locations 04/17/2019 12/11/2019

A recurring Wednesday morning ride without a recurring route.

Ride notices including the ride length(s) (generally 35 to 50 miles), start time, starting location, route, proposed lunch location and arrow status are sent via email to  members by Monday evening prior to the Wednesday ride.

The total ride average speed is generally 15 - 16 mph but all are invited as both slightly slower and slightly faster groups often occur that do a very good job at staying together.
Volunteer leaders are welcomed to offer and lead their favorite routes (preferably with a lunch offering during or after the ride).

We'll attempt to continue through December.

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 05/22/2019 08/28/2019

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 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.

SHOW & GO until further notice Boxford Ride 1 Forest - Thursday Old Boxford Library 06/18/2020 08/13/2020
SHOW & GO until further notice Boxford Ride 2 Baldpate - Thursday Old Boxford Library 06/25/2020 08/06/2020

This 20 mile route replaces the old Tuesday night Bradford ride.  It is mainly focused on the quiet roads of Boxford and is not arrowed.  We will meet in the parking lot behind the old library near the gazebo.

Thursday Wakefield Comverse Parking Lot 05/14/2020 08/20/2020

Jump in on NSC's classic Thursday Wakefield Ride.  Beginning at the head of Lake Quannapowitt, we roll up through Lynnfield Center, past Pillings Pond.  Then down Lowell/Chestnut St, into North Reading Center, and loop around back to Lynnfield for a terminal velocity descent.  Finally a zippy chase around Quannapowitt for a glorious finish and the weekend can begin.

Ride leaders: Scott Wagner and John Crisley

Friday Topsfield Hills The Bicycle Shop 05/04/2018 08/24/2018

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 hosts: Amy La Vita, Tom Skinner

SHOW and GO Until further notice - Saturday Fitness Ride Masconomet Regional High School 04/11/2020 10/24/2020

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

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 11/03/2019 03/15/2020

This 27 mile ride is hosted on Sundays at 11 AM throughout the fall and winter when road and weather conditions permit. Please check email for cancellations.  We ride as a group at a moderate pace on some of the nicest rural roads in the North Shore area. Join the group with a nice social lunch stop at Plum Island Roasters in Newburyport. 

Amy Ellis, Tom Rickenbacker, Mabelle Chua and Dan Krechmer will rotate as ride leaders during winter of 2019-2020

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 11/19/2017 01/07/2018

All rides start at 10 am in Willowdale, both novice and advanced, and hopefully some in between! Mountain biking continues 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.