Sundays – Where do we go?

The club offers several streams of different pacings and distances.  This enables people to progress from beginner level to intermediate level rapidly.  We help develop you and progress your fitness.  So, now you can go on a tour!

The other week, Judy and Maria, went on a 400 mile bike tour.  Tracy rode from Montreal to Boston.   Ian is riding to Canada, next week.  We help you develop towards your goals.  Part of it is showing how to form those goals and measure progress.

Every Sunday we do the “flatter” area.  The coastal route on Saturdays has more elevation gain.  It is nice to have a change of pace.

Every Sunday the A group and the B group ride different routes that are created by the ride organizers.  It is nice to do something different.  These also enabsample route 08-13-17le to adjust the intensity of the rides and customize the rides to suit the level of the riders.  It also keeps everything fresh.

I generally try to find flow.  Right turns are always better.  Intersections that take less time.  30 seconds versus a 5 minute wait?  No brainer!  I also seek those low-traffic roads and the butter-smooth pavement.

Usually the A group does at least 50 miles on Sunday.  We often reach pacing of 22mph on large segments of the ride.  We can come back with an average of 19.6 or 20.5.  The B group averages 18-19mph.

Chasing those Strava Segments also helps your training.  Together, it is like we work intervals.

Bill

 

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.

Paul

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

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.

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

Club Flat Century

17632156_10155200154709923_7156237476919269744_oWe meet at the Hanson Shaw’s Supermarket on May 20.  We roll at 8am.

We will stick together as a group and travel cranberry roads towards the south coast. We will stop for food at some general stores and covenience stores. This will be a 100 miler designed to get you going for the season. The elevation gain is actually less than the TFCE!

Allison and Mike will lead the 50 miler.

This ride will take time and we will stop at convenience stores along the route. Think of a social ride designed to get the 100 miles. We will aim to average 15 to 16mph. Think of this taking all day.
The 50 will start at the same time.

We will have a SAG vehicle.  Food purchases are on your own.

Wednesday night rides @ Cumberland Farms – Halifax

cumberland farms location 04-10-17

olympic-road-cycling-logo-hiSouth Shore Bikers will have a new start location for the Wednesday night rides in 2017. We will meet at the Cumberland Farms plaza in Halifax.  It is located at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 106.  Healthy Habits Nutrition is located in the plaza.  They offer recovery shakes.

Example - Halifax 27.5 route
Example – Halifax 27.5mi route

Our Wednesday rides will start on May 10th.  The start time is 6PM.  Please be ready to roll at 6PM.  If you have road headlights and taillights, then please bring them.

Safety is critical on this ride.  You must the follow the ride leader’s instructions at all times.  We will travel on quiet country roads but we also will travel on roads such as Route 58, which have a wide shoulder but will contain lots of workers traveling home to their families.

We will meet at the Cumberland Farms plaz

Linda with ex-pro Tyler Hamilton
Linda with ex-pro Tyler Hamilton

a at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 106.  The ride leader is Linda.  The ride will be 2 hours in length.  The routes vary at the discretion of the ride leader.  The plan is to utilize most of the available sunlight.

 

MV 05-13-17

Save the date!  The Martha’s Vineyard Tour will be May 13 2017.

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.

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 $21. We will take the 8:15 boat to Vineyard Haven.

This is an all day ride. We will stop for lunch on the ride.
Please RSVP via facebook.  The Facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1436027236430846/.  The page on strava shows the route. See https://www.strava.com/clubs/186760/group_events/137917.  You may RSVP on strava instead of Facebook.

Thanks,

Bill

The tradition continues

2017 snow pictureWe took our annual snow photograph, today.  Every year we take a picture to show the snow!  The snow was really high this year.  The roads were clear.  We had a temperature of approximately 35F.  So, sadly, the snow is melting.  Make sure you join our Strava group!  The link to the club page is off to the right.

Most did the 25 mile route from Hanson, today.  At Hanson we have a relatively flat route.  It takes approximately 1:30 to finish the route.  We went for coffee after the ride at the Dunkin’ Donuts.

We will ride next week on January 22.  We roll at 9AM, sharp.  We meet at the Shaw’s Supermarket plaza in Hanson (470 Liberty Street Hanson).

Bill