Wednesday Morning Lunch Ride

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 9:30am
Road ride

This week we will tour the country roads, hills, and springtime vistas around Groton, Pepperell and Hollis, NH, before turning back south thru Tynsbourough to the starting point.  We'll cross the gentle Nashua River twice and several working farms. 

This ride starts at 9:30 due to a slightly longer drive to the starting point on Westford Rd. 

This route will be offered again in the fall, so riders can witness the change in scenery and rural activity. 


Over Hill and Dale from Ballardvale

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

The short route goes through Andover and Tewksbury only; medium goes through Andover, Tewksbury, and North Andover; long adds Bradford, West Boxford, and Groveland. Quiet wooded roads throughout....


NSC Evening Gravel Ride--Topsfield

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 6pm
Gravel ride

17.9 miles (62% paved / 38% unpaved)

An easy evening ride thru some of the trails around Topsfield:  Bradley Palmer SP, Willowdale, and the Topsfield Linear rail trail. The unpaved terrain is rolling, except for a short climb in at the start of the Bradley Palmer segment, and it includes wooded double track, meadow trail, and rail trail. 35 mm or wider tires are recommended.  

Parking available at MASSDOT Park and Ride at Main and Park Sts in Topsfield.


Wednesday Morning Lunch Ride

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Ease into summer with this early June ride that starts slow and easy along the Newburyport rail trail and then gets going along shaded tree-line roads bordered with blooming flowers and bushes throughout Newbury, Georgetown, Boxford, and Topsfield.  Our ride will come to an end as we ride by farmlands in Ipswich and the salt marshes in Rowley.  

There are no bathroom facilities at the start of the ride.  There are porta potties at Cashman Park on Merrimac St at the end of Broad--a few blocks from the start.  And there are more at the entrance to Willowdale State Forest on Linebrook Rd.--at mile 32.5. 

Choose your lunch preference:  either settling in (with or without a beer) at Michael's Harborside or grabbing a sandwich at Port City Sandwich for a relaxing picnic along the Merrimack.  


Quiet Roads North of Boston

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Mostly flat to rolling, shady roads. All rides go through Harold Parker State Forest. Short ride goes through Reading, Wilmington, N. Reading, Middleton, and Lynnfield. Medium ride adds N. Andover, Boxford, and Topsfield. Long ride adds Groveland, W. Newbury, and Georgetown. Rest Stops at Food Mart in West Newbury and Richdale in Middleton.

Ride start can be reached from the MBTA Reading or Wakefield Commuter Rail Stations.


Maine Eastern Trail

Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

The Maine Eastern Trail is an easy, flat and scenic gravel trail that is ultimately planned to run between Kittery and Portland.  It is a key link in the Maine to Florida East Coast Greenway.  We'll be riding a largely finished stretch from Kennebunk to Bug Light on the coast of South Portland where one has a spectacular view of Portland Harbor and Casco Bay.  The total round trip is 58 miles with about 10 miles on roads including a couple of brief busy stretches.  Barring strong winds, it's about the easiest 58 miles you'll ever do.  We'll plan for lunch at SoPo Seafood in South Portland, which is 2 blocks off the trail.


Tuesday All-terrain Course Option

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

Wednesday Morning Lunch Ride

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

The ride head west thru Maudslay State Park and on thru Byfield and West Newbury before crossing the Merrimack River in Groveland. From there it continues the east and north into New Hampshire before returning to the ride start, including a few miles on the Old Eastern March Trail in Salisbury.  


NEK Ridge Views

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 9:30am
Gravel ride

NEK Ridge Views is a lovely gravel ride in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with approximately 60% dirt roads, including both maintained and about 5 miles of unmaintained/Class 4 roads.  These quiet, rural roads will be through wooded or farming areas, with frequent wonderful views - first up in Sutton, then Sheffield and later in Newark.  We will be climbing a lot, but it will be worth it. 


Graveling in Newark

Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 9:30am
Gravel ride

This ride has 2 lengths and takes us up onto the Newark VT ridge line. Both rides climb up to the ridge 80-90% on packed dirt roads and pass by two beautiful ponds Newark and Bald Hill. Bald Hill Pond is a great place for a rest stop or swim! There will be woods, farms, little traffic and lots of views - even of Burke Mountain. Although we will be climbing a lot, the beauty of this ride is that the last 11 miles are primarily downhill. 


Wednesday Morning Lunch Ride

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Fast, rolling roads; great vistas left, right, and front of woodlands, ponds, river. ocean, and marsh; and, at the end, wonderful food in a comfortable tavern. This ride has just about everything one might want.    


Ride to the Sea

Sunday, June 30, 2024 at 8:30am
Road ride

Scenic ride through Georgetown, Rowley, Boxford and Ipswich. Medium and long rides go out to Ipswich Neck. 

All are invited to Tony Salerno's Not On the Fourth of July Picnic after the ride.

 


NSC FireCracker

Thursday, July 4, 2024 at 9:30am

Why wait until evening?  Start your Fourth of July celebration early with either a 51 or 39 mile mixed terrain ride through some of the choice trails, paths, and railways of the North Shore.  

The routes are mostly
Category 1

Smooth well maintained trails or dirt roads. 
Ideal bike: Road or gravel bike 
Tire size: 28-32mm 
See Types of Gravel Rides

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Please have bikes ready to roll at 9:15 am before the pre-ride safety talk.  


Cheese and Whine

Sunday, July 7, 2024 at 8am
Road ride

Ride through scenic roads of Southern New Hampshire. This ride is not arrowed.


Rusty Can Gravel

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

A fairly easy ride with a fine selection of dirt and abandon roads, single track and rail trails. We ride the entire length of the Groveland Community trail that was completed last year. 


 


Salt Marsh from Rowley

Sunday, July 14, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

The ride starts out on a beautiful scenic stretch with good roads. The medium and long options go out and back on Plum Island, and the long option continues through Newburyport and past the Artichoke Reservoirs. The extra-long route goes along the shore in Salisbury and returns through Maudslay State Park to rejoin the long route.


Epping, NH, Gravel Ride

Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

An autumn ride along gravel roads and rail trails around Epping, NH.  Includes one short section of trail that is
Category 2

Dirt/gravel roads, wide single-track, or dual-track trails with potholes, washboard, and occasional loose surfaces. Larger tires size and lower pressure is recommended.  
Ideal bike: Endurance, all-road, or gravel 
Tire size:  32-35mm  
See Types of Gravel Rides

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40 Rock

Friday, July 26, 2024 at 9am
Gravel ride

This is a flat gravel ride on the Rockingham Rail Trail from Newfields, NH to Candia.  We'll follow the Fremont Branch of the trail to the Fremont Library and ride Rte 107 to Raymond.  We'll hop back on the trail and head to Candia where we find our one and only hill. Then we loop around Onway Lake and return to Raymond where there are stores and restrooms.  We'll return to the start via the Rockingham Branch, meandering between trail and road. 


NSC Gravel Tune Up

Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

27.7 miles (51% paved / 46% unpaved / 3% unspecified)

Fairly flat mixed terrain ride. Almost half of the unpaved portion is on the Topsfield rail trail.  Other segments include dirt road, wide double track, and lesser stretches of pasture trail and single track.  Some roots and loose rocks.  

Parking available at MASSDOT Park and Ride at Main and Park Sts. and along Main St.  


Rusty Can Gravel

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

A fairly easy ride with a fine selection of dirt and abandon roads, single track and rail trails. We ride the entire length of the Groveland Community trail that was completed last year.