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. 

Quiet Roads North of Boston

Sunday, June 23, 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.

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


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 9am
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


Great Bay from Amesbury 2024

Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

The rides go through scenic areas of Amesbury, Merrimack, and southern New Hampshire. The terrain is rolling hills with river views, farms, scenic vistas, and lots of quiet roads. All the loops go by historic Kingston, NH common. The medium and long route go through picturesque Newfields with the long going around through Newmarket, by the lively college town of Durham and around Great Bay. 

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. 

Farm and Sea

Sunday, July 28, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Easy, mostly flat riding with few hills on the short and medium routes through Danvers, Middleton, Boxford, Topsfield, Ipswich and Hamilton. Starts out on traveled roads but quickly becomes scenic and less busy. Stop at one of two farm stands for refreshments or see live wolves at Wolfs Hollow on Rte 133. The Long ride takes you out to Jeffreys Neck in Ipswich with bay views. The Long and Medium have option for an “out and back” to Crane Beach on Argilla Rd. 

Lexington Loops

Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

This ride covers some new territory for NSC, using some of the scenic roads of the northwest suburbs of Lexington, Concord, Acton, Littleton, Westford and Carlisle.  There are lots of woodlands and farms as well as significant historic sites.  

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. 


Back to the Saddles Again

Sunday, August 18, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

This is the annual Sunday re-ride of the Blazing Saddles Century. There is no ride support. The route file and cue sheet links are below. Cue sheets will be provided at the ride.

Scotty Dog Ride

Sunday, August 25, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

This Beverly-Ipswich loop travels quiet woodland and open roads near Cape Ann area, including North Beverly, Centerville, Essex, Ipswich, Wenham and Hamilton. Extra Long, long and medium rides go out to Jeffrey’s Neck loop from the town wharf in Ipswich.  Unfortunately, the hot dog stand that gave this ride its name is no longer operating but we'll keep the name in fond memory.


Sunday, September 8, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

Ride through scenic farm country and stop at Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, NH.

Cape Ann from Ipswich

Sunday, September 15, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

Quiet local roads from Ipswich take us to Manchester by the Sea, continuing counter-clockwise for a very scenic tour of Cape Ann’s rocky coastline. All routes go through beautiful Magnolia bordering the ocean, and continue past Hammond Castle, a replication of an English medieval fortress. The short and medium routes turn back to Ipswich from Gloucester near the famous Man at the Wheel statue.The long and extra long go on to Rockport and back through Annisquam Village.

Northern Lighthouse Tour

Sunday, September 22, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

 The shoulder season is a perfect time to ride the coast of Maine! We start in Portsmouth, NH, just off I-95, and head up the coast to Nubble Light and Perkins Cove. You might assume the best part of the ride is along the coast, but many peope enjoy the inland return options, including the Piscataqua River, even more.

The short ride cuts inland at mile 10.6, shortly before York Harbor and Nubble Light, while the long ride continues up the coast past Nubble Light up to Ogonquit before turning inland through rolling terrain.  A new option is to follow the long route up to Nubble Lighthouse, then return down the coast to rejoin the short ride.

Both routes return through Eliot ME and then follow the Piscataqua River before recrossing the historic Memorial lift bridge back to Portsmouth.