April 2005
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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Special note: Weather and ground conditions this time of year are hard to predict, so please check with the leader ahead of time to find out which, if any, activity is still scheduled. All locations are in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted. As always, call the leader if the weather or snow conditions are questionable, or if you have other questions.
Ride category explanation.

Sunday, April 10, is the deadline for the May newsletter.
If you can lead a bike ride, hike or other activity in May, submit the details by midnight April 10 to , 508-831-0301.

Recurring Rides

Wednesday Outdoor Workouts, Easy Monday Evening Rides, Easy C Rider

Saturday, April 2
Activity: Road ride, 30/45 miles, C
Location: Village Congregational Church, 25 Church St., Whitinsville
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Leader: , 508-234-9945

Explore the back roads of Douglas, Sutton, Millbury, Grafton, Upton and Northbridge. Meet in the back parking lot of the church, which is next to Bank of America. No go if it’s snowing, raining heavily, or below 35 degrees.

Sunday, April 3
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS -- Set your clocks AHEAD one hour.

Activity: Road ride, 37 miles, C+
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Leader: , 508-798-2986

A spring ramble in Paxton, Rutland, Princeton and Holden.

Sunday, April 10, 2005
Activity: Road ride, 30 miles, C
Location: Price Chopper, Sunderland & Massasoit roads, Worcester
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301, LTolman@LTolman.org

We'll ride by Lake Singletary and down to Purgatory Chasm in Sutton. BYO cue sheet, or stick with Lynne. Here's the cue sheet: http://www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/cuesheet/lynnes.htm The cue sheet has the start at Blithewood Playground on Massasoit, but this time we'll meet a little bit north of there, at Price Chopper at Sunderland & Massasoit.

Saturday, April 16
Activity: Road ride, 30 to 40 miles, C
Location: Princeton Center, Routes 31 and 62, Princeton
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: , 508-464-5347

An easy-paced ride with a new member who used to ride a lot with the Digital Bike Club.

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Saturday, April 16
Activity: Road ride, less than 15 miles, C/D
Location: Mass Central Rail Trail parking area, Thomas Street, Oakdale
section of West Boylston
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Leader: , 508-886-4061

We’ll stop at Meadowbrook Orchards or Rota Spring Dairy for rest and refreshments. No go if there’s rain or snow.

Sunday, April 17
Activity: Mountain biking, easy, 1-2 hours
Location: Rutland State Park, Route 122A, Rutland
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Leader: , 508-885-2004

An easy introduction to off-road cycling on a 10- to 12-mile loop using a combination of gravel roads, fire roads, rail trails, and easy single track in Rutland State Park and the Barre Falls Dam area. Amount of single track will depend upon trail conditions. Fat tires required; suspension recommended but not mandatory. A shortcut is available (8.5 miles) if you find yourself in too deep. Expect "hike-a-bike" in a few spots. For those who didn't get enough thrills, a short (0.9-mile)  single track loop from the parking area after the main ride is available to test your bike handling skills. Meet at the Rutland State Park parking area just before the parking lot for the swimming beach. The park entrance is on Route 122A about half a mile from Route 122. Park any place on the right when you see the swimming pond on your left. Rain cancels the ride.

Sunday, April 17, 2005
Activity: Easy C Ride, 18-22 miles
Location: Morgan Park, Grove Street, Worcester (just north of Forest
Street, on the shore of Indian Lake)
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Leader: Dick Goodman, leader@easycrider.us

A Worcester-Holden ride. More info: www.easycrider.us

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Monday, April 18
Patriot’s Day
Activity: Show ’n’ Go road ride, 28 miles with stops for breakfast and Boston Marathon
Location: Westboro Shopping Center, Route 9 & Lyman Street, Westboro
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Show ’n’ Go means no leader. Print out your own cue sheet (www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/cuesheet/patriots.htm) and just show up! Start time is 9:30 sharp so we have plenty of time for breakfast at mile 8 on our route at Mel’s Sunnyside in Ashland; bring a lock, and it’s helpful when it’s time to split the check if you have some singles, not just a $20 bill. We leave Mel’s by 11:30 a.m. to get to our prime marathon viewing spot on the Framingham-Ashland line (approximately mile 5 for the runners) in time to see the wheelchair racers, who precede the runners. After most of the runners go by, we bike a big loop back to Westboro, for a total of 28 bike miles for the day. No heartbreaking hills.

Thursday, April 21, -- Worcester Public Library AUTHOR APPEARANCE
Andrew Ritchie, author of the definitive biography of Major Taylor, will present a slide show and sign copies of his book. Details: http://www.majortaylorassociation.org/events.shtml

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Saturday, April 23
Activity: Road ride, 31/47 miles, C+
Location: Naquag School, Route 122A, Rutland
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Leader: , 617-929-3567

The Brookfield-Hardwick Ramble (cue sheet at www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/cuesheet/brookfil.htm), with an optional shortcut that skips West Brookfield, Gilbertville and Hardwick Common. We’re guessing at the distance of the short option but we think it’ll be about 31 miles.

Saturday, April 30
Activity: Earth Day cleanup at Coes Pond
Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Home of Sue Swanson & Ed McKeon (508-755-2737),
76 Circuit Ave. North, Worcester
Contact: Kim McCoy, mcbstone@yahoo.com , 508-853-6477

We'll help the Columbus Park Neighborhood Association pick up litter by Coes Pond and the Knights of Columbus hall. Wear work gloves. Trash bags will be provided. Refreshments will be served. This cleanup coincides with dozens of cleanups across the city coordinated by the Regional Environmental Council.

DIRECTIONS: From Park Ave., turn onto Lovell Street at Friendly's. From Lovell Street, go 3/4 around the little rotary onto Englewood Ave. At the end, instead of going straight into Knights of Columbus entrance, take a left and continue on that road (Circuit Ave. North) all the way to the end. #76 is the house that's second from the end, on the right. If you hit Coes Pond, you've gone too far.

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