December is rolling.

https://youtu.be/l-_lygk5uQQ

The difference between Saturday and Sunday was 5 degrees. Sunday was at 35F. Andy is wearing his Lake 303 winter boots. I will polish mine. Saturday was a nice ride through Sharon, Foxboro, Canton, and Milton. Many of us rode up the Moose Hill Grade. We did the Hanson ride on Sunday which found the temperature dropping from the “warm” times of Saturday.

Hanson ride is next Sunday at 9AM.

 

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.

06-26-16 in review

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Pam and Judy will be heading to RAGBRAI, soon.

We roll from Norwell on next Saturday.  Some of us with will ride with the Apostles on their special Fourth of July celebration.  It will be a fun next weekend.  There will be plenty of barbeques and new decks to see.

People are asking questions about 13494778_10208764355281653_1604678164621695016_nthe new jerseys.  You can order them via the webstore at https://www.dnacycling.biz/ssb/team-gear.html.

It was hot during the last weekend.  We rode with the MS150 crowd for a while on Saturday.  They took over our Coastal route.  Over 3,000 bikers rolled through Cohasset and Scituate.

We met a lot of the Yaegerdogs.  We rolled with them.  At Coffee corner we hid in the shade on the side of the building.  The sun was collecting on us.  Notice one person in the picture was wearing his solar sleeves.  He should have been wearing his South Shore Bikers jersey!

Mike Togo and Andy Brand led us a great adventure through the flat countryside south of Middleboro on the Sunday.  We actually went into Wareham via Thinonet road.  This takes you past the Ocean Spray cranberry processing center.  So, we were still in the cranberry country.  However, we saw lots of other crops.

I did have to stop at the intersection for a tractor on more than one occasion.  The area is not like southern Illinois.  There are few hills.  It is not like Indiana as the roads are paved.  It is own unique farming community.  Something that you might not notice in the busy hubbub of Boston or consider as part of Massachusetts.

Anyways, it was a great ride on Sunday.  Travis, Mike, Lori, Action Jack, Allison, and I were in the front group practicing pacelining for awhile. We stopped for coffee at some shop in Rochester.  It was an enjoyable day.

Bill

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

MS Global Fundraising for Linda

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.

Please help Linda raise funds.  Donate at https://donate.mscando.org/fundraise?fcid=600256.

Thanks,

Bill