July 2005
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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As always, call the leader if the weather onditions are questionable, or if you have other questions. Ride category explanation.

Friday, July 8, is the deadline for the August newsletter.
If you can lead a bike ride, hike or other activity in August, submit the details by midnight July 8 to Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org , 508-831-0301. The deadline is two days early because of the George Street Bike Challenge on July 10 and Lynne’s subsequent vacation.

Recurring Rides

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

Saturday, July 2
Activity: Road ride, C
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Old Stone Church, Routes 12 and 140, West Boylston
Leader: Kim McCoy, 508-853-6477,

Bike up to Princeton to watch Stage 3, the Wachusett Mountain Road Race, of the four-day Fitchburg Longsjo Classic. The racers do multiple laps on an 11-mile clockwise loop that starts at the Wachusett Mountain ski area and goes down Mile Hill Road, onto Route 140, then Route 31, then Route 62 up to Princeton Center and then up Mountain Road to the ski area. On their last lap they pedal one time from the Visitor Center on Mountain Road to the summit of the mountain, going up the “down” road.
We will be in Princeton in time to see some of the race categories, but we’ll be way too early to see the elite racers (pro/Cat.1/Cat.2). We can ride on the race route when the peloton is not going by, but generally it’s best to stay off those stretches of Routes 140, 31 and 62.
Distance of our ride depends on our return route, to be determined.
The full schedule for the the four-day Longsjo stage race (Thursday through Sunday) is at
http://www.longsjo.com/downloads/files/2005Flyer.pdf , which you can reach from www.longsjo.com > Racers > Downloads > 2005 Race Flyer.

Saturday, July 2, 2005

Men pro /1/2 12:30 / 104 miles / 9 laps
Women pro/1/2 12:38 / 69 miles / 6 laps
Men 3 9:00 / 69 miles / 6 laps
Women 3 12:41 / 47 miles / 4 laps
Men 4 9:05 / 47 miles / 4 laps
Women 4 9:11 / 35 miles / 3 laps
Masters 35+ 12:35 / 58 miles / 5 laps
Junior Men 9:08 / 47 miles / 4 laps

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Tuesday, July 5
Activity: George Street cleanup
Location: George and Main streets, Worcester
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Leaders: Lynne Tolman,
LTolman@LTolman.org , 508-831-0301, and Pete Howard, 508-799-BIKE, barneysbicycle@rcn.com

Many hands will make light work. We will pick up litter, cut down weeds and shovel/rake/sweep sand & debris from the George Street and its sidewalks to get the area ready for the GEORGE STREET BIKE CHALLENGE FOR MAJOR TAYLOR on July 10. Wear work gloves and bring any of the following if you can: shovel, rake, broom, clippers, cordless weedwhacker, plastic trash barrel. Feel free to bring your bike, too, and take a practice run or two up the hill!

Friday, July 8
Activity: Road ride on the “Steepest Hills of Worcester.”
Location: Barney’s Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Leader: Peter Howard,
barneysbicycle@rcn.com , 508-799-BIKE

Make George Street seem flat! This is a challenging practice ride for anyone planning to enter the George Street Bike Challenge on July 10. We will bike up Airport Hill (the steep side), down to Tatnuck Square, then up Wrentham Street, over to Farnum Street, then to Green Hill for Perkins Street and Forbes Street, then to the side of Bell Hill for Gage Street, followed by Bloomingdale Court, Diamond Street and Boyden Street near Holy Cross. We’ll finish with a stomp up George Street, which is not the very steepest of t he bunch. Between the hills we’ll ride a casual pace. The biggest challenge is navigating city traffic, and some of these roads are in bad shape.

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Saturday, July 9
Activity: Road ride, B, 30 miles
Location: Location: Rochdale Park, Stafford Street, Rochdale section of Leicester
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Tom Robert,
tomrob_36@yahoo.com , 508-248-1837

This ride will have some long, straight stretches where we can practice working together in a paceline.

Sunday, July 10
presented by Seven Hills Wheelmen and Barney’s Bicycle

See how fast you can pedal up one of Worcester’s steepest hills. Distance is 500 feet; average grade is 18 percent. One rider at a time against the clock. Entry fee is $15; register online now at www.majortaylorassociation.org or 8:30-9:30 a.m. at George Street on race day. Racing starts at 10:00 a.m. sharp and it’s a great spectator event. Raffle tickets are on sale now at Barney’s and online at www.majortaylorassociation.org . Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association.

Volunteers are needed for various race-day tasks. Sign up with Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org, 508-831-0301, or Pete Howard, 508-799-BIKE, barneysbicycle@rcn.com

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Saturday, July 16
Activity: Road ride, C, 24 miles
Location: Dudley District Court, Route 197 & Lyons Road, Dudley
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Leader: David Liberty,
djl2150@msn.com , 508-943-2725

We had a good turnout and a good time on this ride into Connecticut on June 12, so we’re going to do it again, with an earlier start this time to beat the heat. The scenery includes West Thompson Dam and the quaint center of Woodstock. No go if it’s raining.

Saturday, July 16
Activity: Road ride, A/B, 25 miles
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Barney’s Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Leader: Peter Howard,
barneysbicycle@rcn.com , 508-799-BIKE

A fast-paced ride, averaging about 18 mph. We’ll do it again July 30.

Saturday, July 16, 2005 -- LIVE LOUD LARGE: TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 14. Watch the Outdoor Life Network's live coverage of the stage on the big screen at Regal Cinemas at Solomon Pond, 591 Donald J. Lynch Blvd., Marlboro, 8:30 a.m.; $20 to benefit Tyler Hamilton Foundation (to fight multiple sclerosis) and Davis Phinney Foundation (to fight Parkinson's disease). This event sold out last year, so it's advisable to buy tickets soon. www.bigscreenraces.com/tour_de_france/

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Sunday, July 17
Activity: Road ride, 35 miles, C
Location: Thomas Prince School, Route 62, Princeton
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: John Pare,
john_pare@charter.net , 508-835-4357

This ride got rained out May 22, so we’ve rescheduled it. This ride takes us all the way around Mt. Wachusett, without actually going up the mountain.

Saturday, July 23
Activity: Road ride, 62 miles, B/C
Location: Village Congregational Church, 25 Church St., Whitinsville
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Arlen Hall,
arlen@10thgear.com , 508-234-9945

We’ll follow the metric century route from last fall’s Major Taylor Century.

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Saturday, July 30
Activity: Road ride, C, 31 miles
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Charles J. Buffone Skating Rink, 484 Lake Ave., Worcester
Leader: Ed Weber,
edajjw@msn.com , 508-845-7553

Gentle to rolling terrain in Grafton, Upton and Westboro. The cue sheet is here: www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/cuesheet/upton.htm

Saturday, July 30
Activity: Road ride, A/B, 25 miles
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Barney’s Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Leader: Peter Howard,
barneysbicycle@rcn.com , 508-799-BIKE

A fast-paced ride, averaging about 18 mph.

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