Chadwick Pond in Haverhill

Starting at Smolak Farm in North Andover, the routes pass through beautiful quiet forests and along ponds on the back roads of Bradford, Groveland, Boxford, and North Andover. Terrain is gently rolling with a couple of “refreshing” climbs.  

Riders can choose 1 of 3 routes- 24, 32, or 41 miles, that we offer on Wednesday AMs, starting May 10, at 10AM. (9AM in the heat of July, returning to 10AM in September). The group averages a 12-14 mph pace and is no-drop. At mile 17.1 is the Boxford police station, and those who wish can take a 4 mile escape route from the BPD directly back to Smolak. There are port-a-potties at the Farm and restrooms at the BPD.  

Lunch is at the Smolak Farm Stand following the ride where a variety of fresh muffins, sandwiches, and coffee are available. Riders typically eat and socialize at the outdoor tables. These ride options provide training for the longer rides in the fall, such as the NSC Century, Cycle for Shelter, Seacoast Century and others.

Road ride
Weekly on Wednesday until Wed, Oct 25 2023
10:00 AM through Jun 7
9:00 AM June 14 through September 20
10:00 AM September 27 until end of season
Smolak Farm
315 S Bradford St
North Andover MA 01845

NOTICE: As of 9/27/23 the original routes are restored.  Uptack Rd. is now open so the detour implemented in June is no longer necessary.

Please download this latest version of the routes before each ride.
Miles Elev.* Print Files
24 1,117 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
32 1,344 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
41 1,710 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
* Elev. is the elevation gain in feet.
Route maps
24 miles
32 miles
41 miles
Wednesday Morning at NSC ...

... offers something for everyone in the riding season.

Hillary Benson's Ponds and Forests from Smolak on Wednesday Morning covers paces up to the mid 14's on beautiful routes. 

The Wednesday Morning Rotating Ride is usually ridden at a 15 mph minimum though some ride it slower. It is a great ride to help improve your pace on some of NSC's finest routes. There is one route each week with 30 miles as the out of/early season distance and 40 or so as the in season distance. The ride is followed with lunch, usually at the restaurant the ride starts from.

Both groups are very inviting and at their peaks will have 20 or more riders each.

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