Weekly rides 2020

The weekly rides will return in 2020. At the membership meeting on 1/4/2020, we planned the following rides. The start date for the Marshfield ride has not been set, yet.

  • Blue Hills weekly on Wednesdays
  • Hanover rides weekly on Saturdays
  • Halifax rides every other Sunday
  • Alternative starts every other Sunday
  • Thursday Time Trial will be every other Thursday starting 5-14-2020

The Blue Hills ride will be focused more on hill workouts. The first ride will be on 4-15-2020. The meeting spot will be the free public parking lot at Houghton’s Pond on Hillside street in Milton. Workouts will include the option of the classic loop, repeats on the access road, and repeats on Chickatabot road in Quincy.

The Hanover ride will start from Route 53 by the BikeWay. The first rides will be on 4-18-2020. The first group will leave at 7AM. The Women’s group and the moderate pace group will roll at 8 AM. The front group will use the 50 mile route starting on 6-2-2020. The standard 37 mile route will on 4-18-2020.

The Halifax ride will start from Route 58 and Route 106 in Halifax. Park at the Cumberland Farms. The first ride will be on 4-19-2020. We will run this ride every other Sunday. The standard route to Marion will be used.

The Thursday Time Trials will start on 5-14-20 from Halifax. A route map is being made by Mr. Chris Corbin. Mr. Corbin will be the time trial manager.

Suggestions for alternative ride starts should be sent to Mrs. Liz Malone-O’Hara or Mrs. Wendy Torkelson. The alternative rides will allow members to showcase different routes or for the club to participate in rides with other clubs.

Pacelining tips

Think of paceline riding as team riding. It requires cooperation and a lot more than just keeping up. It calls for focused attention, taking responsibility and leading. When riding in a paceline observe the following:

  • Ride to the right − pull off to your left.
  • Ride in a straight line following the rider in front of you.  Do not swerve or brake without warning. Pedal through bumps in the road − do not swerve around them. Don’t panic and jam on your brakes − the bike behind will run right up your rear wheel. Feather your brakes to modulate speed.
  • Always Pedal.  No coasting.  Always pedal down hills.
  • Keep your head up and your eyes scanning up the road as much as possible. Do not get hypnotized by the wheel in front of you. Use your peripheral vision to monitor the wheel in front of yours while you watch the road and riders ahead. You can then better see the paceline slowing or accelerating, as well as traffic lights and stop signs and you will be better prepared to react to any situation.
  • Do not overlap the rear wheel of the bike in front of you.  Keep your wheel in line with the rear wheel in front of you.
  • Keep the same distance between you and the rider in front of you.  If it requires more energy momentarily, expend it.  Don’t create a yo-yo.  It makes it much harder for the folks behind you, if you open a gap.
  • When at the front of the group, pedal smoothly at all times, even down hills. You will need to keep pedaling on the down hills so that the bikes in back of you do not have to brake in order to avoid riding up your rear wheel.
  • When at the front you are the eyes of the paceline. Watch for hazards. Ideally you will see a hazard far enough in advance to move the path of the paceline well clear of it. Call out obstacles or holes in the road as well as your intentions to slow or stop. Every rider in the paceline is depending on you − you at the front of the line. Not every single hole warrants a shout. Call out hazards, don’t call out little bumps. Ride through rough spots by rising slightly off your saddle and pedaling through.
  • When at the front of the paceline and it is time to pull off, maintain the same steady pace.  Move to the side.  When clear of the paceline connect to the back of the line.  Pull in behind the last bike.
  • Stay at the front only for as long as you’re directed, shorter if you are feeling tired. When a rider has pulled off and approaches the back of the group the last rider should call “LAST” so the rider coming back won’t have to chase to get back on.
  • When taking the lead in a paceline do not surge or pick up the overall pace. Maintain the same speed as when drafting. As you take over you will naturally have to put out more effort. Learn to finesse your effort in order to maintain a smooth transition as you take over. If you are tired, make your turn at the front as short as possible. No one has to prove anything at the front.
  • A great group works together! We keep the people together.  We ride at 20.25 instead of 21mph, if everyone can hang together.

Gravel practice ride 3/24

We will meet at the Franklin trailhead. This will be a practice ride for gravel grinders. We will take it slow and discover the airline right of way. We will ride 22 miles to the connecticut border and return. Anticipated mileage is 45. This will be a little bit of free practice for those signing up for the gravel grinders. Strava sign up is at https://www.strava.com/clubs/186760/group_events/456290

We will stop for lunch enroute.

In Franklin, access the trail by taking I-495 to Exit 16 and head toward Bellingham. After about 3 miles turn right onto Grove Street; the signed trail entrance is about 0.25 mile on the left. A town parking area is across the street on the right.

November ride update

We had a great ride, today. This was Christo’s first group ride. Good job! This was Chris’s second ride.

Starters incuded Marcel, Ian, Chris, Christos, Richard, and Bill.

We did the 37 mi coastal loop. The weather was not too bad. Christos said that he had been in Ireland, a lot. He was used to riding the wet weather. It only started to pour towards the end on River St. River St is finally paved!

Next 11/17/18 Sat is Hanover 37 mi. [272 Columbia St Hanover – BikeWay]

On 11/18/18(Sun) is the Halifax 50 to Marion [292 Plymouth St Halifax – Cumbies]. We stop for coffee at Uncle Jon’s enroute.

Cranksgiving is coming up soon.

2019 Events of interest

Keep an eye out for these events.  These are some of the popular events that will be held during 2019.  We hope to send a team to each one of those events.

If you are interested in riding with the SSB at one of these events, then ask Bill, Liz, Linda, or Paul.

  • May 5 Cranko De Mayo Gravel Grinder Sugarbush VT
  • Jun 10 King’s Tour Quabbin Road Century
  • Jul 15 SSB P2P
  • Aug 19 R2D2 Gravel Mass

Halifax 60 08/25/18

Looking forward to 08/25. We will try the new 62 mile route to Mattapoissett. Flat terrain. We would stop at the Town Wharf General Store.

GPX file is on the files section in the Facebook page.  Use this file for good mapping on your GPS.

The ride is also set in the Strava. Please register on the STRAVA. Strava will remind you of the ride on the day prior to the ride. It is helpful tool.

https://www.strava.com/clubs/186760/group_events/368086

Meet at the Cumberland Farms in Halifax.
293 Plymouth Street, Halifax, MA
Route 58 and Route 106 intersection
Plenty of parking

P2P 2018 Recap

SSB P2P mappingThe club P2P was fun! We rode on Saturday(7-14-18). Cape traffic looked tough for those road warriors driving over the Sagamore bridge. We had a great walk over the bridge. We just kept on riding from the bridge. We stopped, briefly, at MP 47 at the Ferreti’s market.

I hope to make next year better. Things weren’t perfect but we had tough bikers. We had one flat. They worked hard. Those hills were found in Truro. Thanks to Liz for running the SAG wagon. The SAG wagon took one bag of clothing to Ptown for the finish.

We had a great turnout with Marta, Tracy, Vito, Eric, John, Chris, Jeff, & Phil riding from Plymouth to Ptown.

We also rode a new routing this year. Instead of taking the classic way of heading down Race Line to Phinney’s, we went the service road. One turn off the Service road connects to the old routing on 6A in a perfect flow. This avoids the need to take several left turns. Most of the service road consisted of pavement in great shape. I saw John D on the front leading the pack.

For most of the ride we stuck together and averaged 17mph. We did become fragmented on the many stops on the rail trail. As part of this change to the routing, we did not stop at Rock Harbor. We took most of the rail trail to LeCount Hollow.

There was the epic climb towards the Beachcomber…a few folks chased after an electric bike moving at 25mph up the climb. The wind was blowing perfectly. It came from a heading of 169 degrees. Which means that the wind was exactly behind our backs for the final approach into Provincetown. Usually a northeast wind provides a significant crosswind and slows the approach.

After the ride, we had a nice lunch at the Lobster Pot. Remember, the Lobster Pot is larger on the outside than the inside. It has a great selection of seafood at reasonable prices. We boarded the 4:30PM boat from MacMillian Pier, which took everyone back to Plymouth; cost was $32.

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Sunday 05-06-18

Ride past cranberry bogs and gentle farmscapes as we cruise to the other “south shore.”  Generally, we only let them refer to it as the south coast.  Stop for coffee in Marion near the waterfront.  Course is 50 miles.  Features several long segments with good pavement.  Ride pasthalifax map 05-01-18 Paris-Roubiax(LaFrance Street), but not ride over the cobbles.

Roll at 9AM, sharp.  Meet at the Cumberland Farms.  292 Plymouth Street, Halifax, MA.

Time to wear the summer jerseys with arm warmers.  No more jackets!

 

Bill