HEY YOU! Get off of my road! (That was the original ride name).
Not just the same familiar roads!
Some scenic coastal sections along with quiet inland roads makes for a different ride on the southside of the north shore.
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.
Jump in on NSC's classic Thursday Wakefield Ride at an intermediate pace. 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 loop around Quannapowitt for a glorious finish and the weekend can begin.
This intermediate pace group is a no drop ride and is suitable for all abilities. The pace is typically 14-16 mph but can vary.
There will be two groups starting out: this intermediate pace group and a faster (much faster) group.
Ride leader: Tom Swanson (intermediate group)
Jump in on NSC's classic Thursday Wakefield Ride at the classic Thursday Wakefield Fast Pace. 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.
There will be two groups starting out: This fast pace group and an intermediate pace group.
Ride leader: Scott Wagneer (Fast group)
Kick Off Friday with a nice early morning spin through Reading, North Reading, Lynnfield, and Wakefield. Starting at Lake Quannapowitt and ending with a glorious loop around the lake...Then The Weekend Can Begin!
Rear and front lights to shine the way will make you noticeable and are required.
It is recommended that you load the route on your Garman or other device, or phone(using the RWGPS app) to get turn-by-turn instructions.
This popular weekly ride meanders through Middleton, Boxford, Georgetown, Byfield, Newbury and Topsfield. Great mix of long flat straights and a few hills.
The route file has been updated to follow the route most folks have been taking on Lakeshore Road to Center Street.
During the season, the Saturday Fitness Ride is being led by the "Saturday Fitness Ride Leader Team".
Please speak to the leader on any Saturday or email Rides@NSCYC.org to help out and join the team.
Welcome to the new and improved Monday Morning Recovery Ride 2.0. This route gets us off some busier roads and after a few early hills caps it off with four miles of nicely paved roads through Harold Parker State Forest. After this a couple of miles through a nice North Reading neighborhood and then the final sprint down Haverhill St. This is a no rider left behind ride. All abilities are welcome. 10 AM Mondays at REI Reading. As of 6/19/23 an optional 28 mile ride has been added that extends the route to the east of Harold Parker.
Join us for a lovely ride through towns in the western suburbs, starting from Bedford. Ride starts at 10:00. This is the short version of the famous CRW Apple PI ride.
Park at the first parking lot (in front of the Patriot Golf course, 200 Springs Rd, Bedford MA) off Springs Road after crossing Page Road coming from 4/225 in Bedford. This is the first parking lot across from the Veteran's Admin Edith Norse Rogers Memorial Hospital buildings.
This a shorter version of an early summer ride. Starting in Concord, we'll spin thru some of the western suburbs. Fall colors should be showing, and, given our wet summer, could be very brilliant.
There are bathrooms at the start and choices for lunch after the ride.
A quick traverse of roads thru Ipswich, Hamilton, Manchester, Gloucester, and Essex before arriving back for lunch at the Ipswich Ale Brewery.