Wompy Tuesday & Wednesdays

WOMPY TUESDAY August 1, 2017

The views today were magnificent. Judy killed the bumps (as Melissa calls them), especially on the cliffs as she blew by all of us. To avoid the reconstruction of Rockland Street, we took the Whitney Spur Rail Trail back to Wom20476046_10208880732287056_2202617777595150807_npatuck State Park.

Today’s riders.
Welcome to first time Wompy Tuesday riders John and Dan. Hope to see you again next Tuesday.
Also riding were, Dana, Melissa, Mike, Judy, Darlene and myself.

Same ride tomorrow, Wednesday. 8:00 am.


Mt Wachusett 2017

20170716_125058~2Some of us rode a century on Sunday because Tracy rode 400mi during the week. We tried to catch up.  We went to the CRW century.  This century is very affordable($20/person) and well run.  We stayed ahead of Eric, the sweeper.

We added a few miles.  We started slow to warm up.  We hit a few of the hills before Mt. Wachusett.  Those hills were harder than the “climb.”  There was 10% grade on the main road to the visitor center.  The “climb” did not start until the visitor center.  Liz chose to do a repeat on the 10% section.  Why not?!?

The debate over the total elevation gain continues.  One bike computer obtained 6,600 feet of elevation gain over 105 mles.

Riders include Vito, Liz, Linda, Wes, Bill, and April from Team Kermit.

Vito was wearing the Triple Bypass kit, which you earn after riding over three mountains in Colorado in the same day in 2016.  The 2017 event was cancelled due to wildfires.

On top of Wachusett
On top of Wachusett


We had a good start to the weekend. Lots of people worked hard to improve their time on the 50mi. We did a new route for 50mi that featured Hull gut. Riders for the 50 include Eric (the Diesel), Eugene, Tracy, Liz, Linda, John, and Maria. Craig cheered for us as we attacked the Box in Scituate. He was headed to the beach.

On the 50mi we went out to the end of the Hull peninsula and saw Hull Gut. We could see Boston Light(oldest lighthouse in the USA) plus the Boston skyline. The town actually paved Fitzgerald bypass, which was a welcome relief. They painted new bike lanes in the area of Spinnaker island on Nantasket Ave.

Always avoid the bike line on Nantasket ave after the Cumberland Farms as the road approaches George Washington Blvd. The Bike Lane does not go all the way to the intersection. Cars will inappropriately merge through the end of the bike lane and hit you. The highest rate of incidences in Hull is AT the end of the bike lane and GW Blvd and Rockland St/Rt 228.

Riders for the mellow 30mi include Dana, Darlene, Mike, Mike, Judy, Glen, Martta, & Jack. The 30 mi group stopped for coffee at the Coffee Corner in Scituate.

What a week in the end! Coach Tony thought that he was going to be ahead on the total miles for the week.  Aaron had him beat some more miles so, Coach Tony, went out for a few miles.
However, when I looked at the chart, he was only #2. At 8:10PM on Sunday I noticed that he was back on the top.

Liz is in top for the longest ride of the week with almost 75 miles.
Great elevation gains for the week. John Eagan is almost 1

What a week! Coach Tony thought that he was going to be ahead. Aaron had him beat some more miles so, Coach Tony, went out for a few miles.
However, when I looked at the chart, he was only #2. At 8:10PM I noticed that he was back on the top.

Liz is in top for the longest ride of the week with almost 75 miles.
Great elevation gains for the week. John Eagan is almost 10,000 ft for the week. Ian had a lot of elevation gain this week with an attack on #Wawa and lots of gain in his daily commuting.

We really have a lot of club members working hard! This is wonderful. Last week, no one could beat Coach Tony. He is holding the top spot week after week. Awesome!

Rob rode another century and he is riding those left and right!! Great job!

Aaron is on the board with lots of mileage and elevation gain. Great job!

The Time Trial is moved to 06-30-17 at 7PM due to the threat of thundershowers. Norwell ride is at 8AM on Saturday. 30 and 50 mi options.leaderboard 06-19-17 week

Tuesday Wompy 24

We will have a Wompatuck 24 on Tuesdays at 9AM. This will be every Tuesday throughout the summer. Paul and Judy are the ride leaders. Meet inside Wompatuck State Park. Park across the street from the official visitor’s center.

Tuesday Wompatuck

Paul and Judy will be leading the Wompatuck 24 ride every Tuesday. Heavy rain cancels. There will be a ride every Tuesday at 9AM. Meet at the Wompatuck State Park. The road through Wompy has been repaved.

This ride is in addition to the Wednesday Wompatuck rides and the “makeup” Thursday Wompatuck rides.

Martha’s Vineyard May 2017 Trip Report

MV 2017 Aquinnah
MV 2017 Aquinnah

We learned a few things from this trip.

  • The Menenshma bike ferry never runs when you want it.
  • The Black Dog Cafe is a nice spot with a beautiful railroad car.
  • The boat never sells out for walk-ons and bikes.
  • Martha’s Vineyard is not flat.

The trip went well.  Almost everyone found the boat on time.  Most parked at the lot on Depot Avenue in Falmouth.  We biked down the Shining Sea bikeway towards Woodshole.  We picked up Gregg and Allison at the Locust Street parking lot.  Everyone purchased their tickets and we boarded the boat.

We rolled from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs.  We passed the lighthouse at West Chop and the MV Hospital.  In Oak Bluffs we saw the gingerbread houses and the Flying Carousel.  No time to stop for coffee!

We rolled along a secret Ocippolini route into the middle of island devoid of cars and onto the bike paths around the Manuel Cornelius state forest. I saw that South road is under construction, again.  The pavement is constantly replaced and South road seems to take the brunt of the abusive New England winters.  We found a nice path through the woods of the state forest and avoided all of the drama of South Road.

We waited at the Alley General store and VP Mike went for coffee.  We had a nice break and we waited for a bit.  We headed on ward to Gayhead light.  We reached the town of Aquinnah.  Some of us went straight up the rollers, which were shorter.  Others went down the hill to Lobsterville and round the coastline of the peninsula.  We met at the Gayhead lighthouse on the Aquinnah reservation.

Next, we rolled eastwards into the east wind!!  Going downhill helped to preserve our average.  Eric was flying down some of the roads.  We had 3 guys pass our long line of 20 riders.  They were tired when they reached the top of the hill.  They promptly pulled over.  One of them started to puke.  Eric lead the line past them on the hill.  Perhaps we will see those speedies on another trip.

We reached Middle Road, which has become one of

Middle road profile
Middle road profile

my favorites!!  The pavement was smooth and the farm scenery is idyllic.  The road looks daunting to the uninitiated.  It has a bit of roll to it.  We regrouped at the end of the road.  We proceeded from there to the luncheon at the Black Dog Cafe.

See you next week at the club century.