We had a great weekend. Many rode the Marshfield loop on Saturday. A number of made it into a 55 mile ride from Halifax. The weather held for us. We had a bit of weird set of weather for the weekend, but we make do. Best to enjoy rather than be miserable. A storm front moved across the region on Saturday. The humidity level was high. It rained on the people heading to Vermont while we had sunshine.
On Sunday in the western regions toward the Berkshires we had lots of wind. We were equipped for the wind with the men soldiering against the huge Atlantic winds battering us on the coastal route.
John took some of us on the 7 Hills Wheelmen Quabbin Century. This century features a lot of climbing. My garmin registered 8,000 in elevation gain. The first picture shows John in his SSB jersey on the climb to the Quabbin observation tower. This tower is in the southern part
of the reservation. The place is massive. We would eventually reach the northern part, later. The metric group – they only rode 60 miles – would ride with us to the southern part of the Quabbin for the view. They would not ride to the tower with us.
At the bottom you could ride along the water for a bit. There are several dams. When we left the Belchertown area of the reservation, then we headed towards Windsor. On the way to Windsor there was a steep descent. You could pick up speed but the the reservation funnels wind across one of the set of dams.
You are up higher than the surrounding terrain. The dams are over 100 feet tall. They are like large earthern works. The wind rips across the water.
The climb to observation tower features a 5% grade for 1 mile. We were happy to reach the top. The road features a wide and smoothly paved road. This is great stuff. All of the rated climbs are actually outside of the Quabbin Reservation. Strava counted 5 rated climbs for this course. We had more elevation gain than the folks that rode the B2VT.
The last picture is around mile 92. A steady climb for miles concludes at this small village. The next descent would start at the other side of this stop sign. Just one big hill to go after this descent according to one gentleman. He neglected to consider the absolute last hill on the final approach to the carpark. Still, the roads in Rutland were great. The smooth pavement really helped.
We have been suffering through a tough week. Where is the sun? or the heat? Tuesday had Tornado watches and lightning from small weather cells. Wednesday evening had the torrential downpour during ride time while the middle of the day was gorgeous. Each morning has been cold with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Where is June?
We will have a 30 mile ride from Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield on Saturday. Ride time is 9 AM. The B Group will leave from Halifax at 8 AM. B group will roll for approximately 55-60 miles. We will have a coffee stop for all at French Memories in Duxbury.
Linda Adams, one of our ride leaders, is raising money for MS. She is riding MS Global with Tyler Hamilton! All of the donations go to the MS Global fund which contributes to research and treatment for MS patients.
We had 20 riders on Saturday’s coastal route. A number of the members stopped in Cohasset along the flags for our soldiers. The VFW sets the flags for Memorial day. They work hard on their tribute to our soldiers. It was hot on the Saturday. Several brothers from our sister club, the Apostles, rode with us on Saturday. We also saw some of the MBRC guys, too.
Our man, Keith, was back to riding after having two kids. We missed him! He was in the front group. He did not miss a beat.
Starters include a new rider from out of town, Larry, Eugene, Allison, Dan, Action Jack Murphy, Tom, California Mike, Judy, Julie, Linda, Irish Liz, Len, & Pam.
Everyone did the standard coastal route. Some rode the “box.” It has been repaved by the town of Scituate. It takes you past Minot Beach. In the distant on the water is the lone tower of the Minot Lighthouse.
There was a well deserved rest spot at Coffee Corner for ice coffee on Saturday. The temperature reached 95F. During the early hours of Sunday morning a cold front would move across the region. It would turn to fog in Nantasket Beach. Yet, there was brillant sunshine and clear skies across Martha’s Vineyard
On Sunday a bunch of us went for a tour of Martha’s Vineyard. We rode 55 miles on the Shining Sea Bikepath and around the island. Liz did her first week of 5 days of consecutive riding. In the picture are Linda, Len, Lauren, Patti, Liz, and Bill.
Below is a picture of Greg during his 80 mile tour of the South Shore on Sunday. It was a cold day on the south shore. It was hot and muggy on the Vineyard. Greg is happy to get out there riding!
On Saturday we will have the coastal route from Norwell High School(05-28-16). This ride rolls at 9 AM.
The Martha’s Vineyard Tour will be for 50 miles. It will be on Sunday. We roll promptly when we reach the Oak Bluffs side of the World. You must be at the Woodshole Ferry building with ticket in hand and ready to roll at 9:15AM. They board the boats immediately. They do not wait for anyone.
We have a few things planned for this weekend. I spoke with Mike. Mike will lead a ride from Norwell at 9 AM on Saturday. This ride follows our Coastal Route.
We will have a ride from Cutler Park in Needham at 9 AM on Saturday. This ride will complete 42 miles in the Dover/sherborn loop. We will try to have some more rides with more length as we prepare for the P2P in June.
The Martha’s Vineyard Ride will be on this Sunday(05-29-16). It was rescheduled to the inclement weather.
This will be a follow-the-leader rider for 50 miles. Bring cash for lunch. We eat at the reservation on the western side of the island; this is a beautiful area overlooking the water from a high bluff.
Everyone must be at the Ferry building with their tickets at 9:15 AM. We depart on the immediately boarding ferry at 9:30.
You need 4 tickets. The tickets are valid for arrivals and departures from either Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven.
1x to MV for your person
1x from MV for your person
1x to MV for your bike
1x from MV for your bike
PRINT A CUE SHEET FROM STRAVA.
https://www.strava.com/routes/4969753 has the new map for the route. This year will be different from the last few years. We will take our time on this route. The difficulty level is not high. There are some bits with moderate traffic.
We will roll into Edgartown. We will pass by the Jaws Bridge on the way to Edgartown.
We will take the Middle road on the way to the western part of the island. This is one of the more scenic spots and it features good pavement.
We will have some coastal riding around the area of the Native American reservation. We will stop for lunch at the reservation.
Please ask any questions. Ask mentioned previously it is recommended that you park on the Shining Sea Bike Path and ride to the ferry building. This will take less time than trying to ride the bus from a ferry parking lot.
We will take the 3:45PM ferry from Oak Bluffs to return at approximately 4:30PM. An earlier ferry will run from Vineyard Haven at 2:30, if we make that ferry.