Martha’s Vineyard Tour May 13 2017

8:15AM BOAT DEPARTURES FROM FALMOUTH – WOODSHOLE ! ! !

We will ride the ferry over to MV for a 50 mile tour. We will meet at the Woodshole Ferry Building and take the MV Steamship authority to MV. We will stick together for a social ride to see the Island. This ride is spouse-friendly. We will have a lunch stop on the reservation in Aquinnah overlooking the water(food is on your own).

Go to Depot Avenue in Falmouth MA for parking.
Please park your bike at the bike path parking lot for the Shining Sea Trail. Ride to the Ferry Building. The bike path terminates at the Ferry Building. The parking on the bike path is free.

You must purchase a round trip ticket(good for both locations) and a bike ticket. Total cost is $25. It is $8.50 for each way plus $4 for your bike.

We will take the 8:15 boat to Vineyard Haven. We will be taking a 3:45 boat back to the mainland.

This is an all day ride. We will stop for lunch on the ride in Aquinnah.
Please RSVP.

Bill

Indoor training videos

Here is a list of videos on YouTube. You can watch this videos in HD on the bigscreen while spinning! CXTC and GCN made some spinning videos. These are useful.  The links are organized by time!  If you only have 25 minutes, then try the 25 minute video or the 20 minute video from GCN.

25 minute version: https://youtu.be/_er6gGyYgpE
30 minute version: https://youtu.be/VzRs6IWzRso
35 minute version: https://youtu.be/69iVX_tOF8w
40 minute version: https://youtu.be/euieme3voKg
45 minute version: http://youtu.be/zSFYRiqodvU
50 minute version: https://youtu.be/S3MYSFP5zmc
60 minute version: https://youtu.be/eUKL8NMwA9Y

Global Cycling Network is also making videos
20 minute version: https://youtu.be/08f0qFwtuf0
30 minute version: https://youtu.be/WRylMkvahjM
40 minute version: https://youtu.be/FtkPs2tFx9I
40 minute version: https://youtu.be/K2ZswwG30jg

At the O’Hara spin Studios on Saturday we combined several videos to make a long routine. Check them out. Global cycling news is making new videos and is full of enthusiasm. They are also the ones that make news reports. HIIT intervals as GCN completes them is one of preferred methods of interval training. There has been recent science to show that it can be more effective.

Bill

Judy and Pam get ready for RAGBRAI

Judy and Pam are getting ready for RAGBRAI.  Judy and Pam lead our women’s g13613393_1373208042695138_7464913637469851667_oroup.  Pam works on teaching paceling and ride etiquette.  Arvella rode with them on a 50 mile practice run, yesterday.  RAGBRAI is a giant ride across Iowa.  On July 25th they ride across all of the great state of Iowa.  Judy will take lots of pictures.

I am sure that there will be a picture of their stop in New York, Iowa.  Go to the RAGBRAI website to learn about their route.  They also have gravel route options!

Bill

July news

We will have a club Time Trial on 07-22. I need to know if you are racing ASAP. I have to set a start sheet. This will be a race against your personal best. Don’t take it too seriously. Let’s just have fun.
We will go to dinner in Halifax after the race. I plan for the first riders to start at 6 PM. Riders go sequentially in time gaps.
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Weekly ride! 

We will ride from Marshfield Furnace Brook Middle School on Wednesdays at 5:30PM.  Lauren and Maria will be leading this ride.  The route is 28 miles.

Norwell ride is on July 16 at 8 AM.

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Hope we can get people to sign up for Strava! Several new riders already had Strava. Make sure to join the South Shore Bikers club page on Strava. The club page is at https://www.strava.com/clubs/southshorebikerss.
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Please let me know if you are going to ride the CRW Climb to the Clouds next Sunday. We plan to do the 60 from Bolton.
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Order your club jerseys at www.dnacycling.biz/ssb/team-gear.html. Use the paypal function to pay; this works the best. These jerseys run larger than Verge. Check the sizing chart.

This week 06-21-16

The ride schedule is updated.  See http://www.southshorebikers.com/index.php/ride-information/ride-schedule/.  Mike will lead a ride on Sunday through a different portion of Middleboro.  We usually go in the area to the north of 44 and visit areas such as the Togoland rollers.  We will meet on Sunday at the Nicholls middle school for a different area.  This ride will go into the Lakeville region.  The ride is at 8 AM.  Please be ready to roll at 8.

On Saturday we ride from Norwell.  The ride is at 8 AM.

We will have several different speed groups depending on interest and abilities.

Bill

Brian makes it a special ride

Brian being notty Here is a picture of Brian in front of the some of the Saturday crowd.  You know that he took the picture himself.  He says that the ride is better just because he rode with us.  What do you think?  Many of us are not sure. 🙂

It was a great Father’s day weekend.  During the week many of us rode with Crack’o’dawn club to Provincetown from Plymouth.  This is a favorite ride of many members.  Judy has been doing it for years.  Mohammed’s first P220160615_073401P was on Wednesday.  Glenn did it for his third time.  Arvella is in the CycleLife jersey, but she is a South Shore Biker, too.  John is on the left.

You can order your South Shore Biker kits, now.  Go to the DNA Cycling webstore at https://www.dnacycling.biz/ssb/team-gear.html.

Thanks,

Bill

06-12-16 Weekend in review

Quabbin Tower
Quabbin Tower

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.

Climbing to the top
Climbing to the top

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

Looking at the Quabbin from the bottom
Looking at the Quabbin from the bottom

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.

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Tom reviewing the massive amount of water

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.

At the top
At the top

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.

Closing on Rutland...in Oakham
Closing on Rutland…in Oakham

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.

Bill

 

 

 

06-11-16

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.

Bill

First Weekend of June

The first weekend of June is upon us. It is starting to warm. It took a while for the temperature to reach some of the normal season highs.

The Saturday ride will be from Norwell High at 8 AM to beat the heat. Be ready to roll at 8 AM, sharp.

Bill