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

Sunday, June 12, is the deadline for the July newsletter.

If you can lead a bike ride, hike or other activity in July, submit the
details by midnight June 12 to Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org , 508-831-0301.

Recurring Rides

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

Saturday, June 4

Activity: Road ride, 62, 100 or 125 miles
Location: Naquag Elementary School, Route 122A, Rutland
Time: 7:00 a.m. for double metric century, 8:00 a.m. for century, 9:00 a.m. for metric century
Cost: $10. No preregistration; pay at the start.
Coordinator: Andrea Kaufman, 508-752-8657, akaufman85@charter.net

The King's Tour offers three challenging routes with views of the Quabbin Reservoir, a pristine jewel in the heart of Central Massachusetts. Not much traffic; plenty of hills. Snacks and cue sheets will be provided; roads will be arrowed; sag wagon is for emergencies only. Arrive early to allow time for check-in and preparation. Bathrooms at Naquag Elementary School will be open until 5:00 p.m. Details: www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/centuries.htm

Printer friendly flier. Naquag School, Route 122A, Rutland, Mass.,

Friday, June 10
Activity: Open Shop & Club Social
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-BIKE, barneysbicycle@rcn.com

Bring your bike for free service and/or maintenance lessons and/or use of the work area and tools at Seven Hills Wheelmen president Pete Howard's bike store. Work space is limited to six bikes, but there's no limit on the number of people (Seven Hills Wheelmen MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS). Club members who know a thing or two about using a wrench are welcome to help teach as well. The usual Seven Hills member discount of 10 percent will be increased to 20 percent for over-the-counter parts on this night only. Refreshments will be served.

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Saturday, June 11
Activity: Road ride, 45 miles, C
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: Lorraine Stewart, lorr3333@aol.com , 508-756-9643

Paxton, Barre, North Brookfield. If it's raining, maybe we'll hike somewhere instead. As always, if the weather is iffy, call the leader.

Sunday, June 12
Activity: Road ride, C, 24 miles
Location: Dudley District Court, Route 197 & Lyons Road, Dudley
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: David Liberty, djl2150@msn.com , 508-943-2725

This ride got rained out May 7. It's a scenic ride into Woodstock, Conn., on rolling hills with a new 7HW member who's enthusiastic and sociable.

Wednesday, June 15
Activity: Blackstone Expedition '05 road ride
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Holden St., Worcester
Time: 7:10 a.m.
Leader: Kim McCoy, mcbstone@yahoo.com , 508-853-6477

Our man Kim has volunteered to lead a Seven Hills Wheelmen contingent to participate in RIDE TO WORK WEDNESDAY. This is part of Blackstone Expedition '05, an initiative of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, which on this date includes the Bike to Work event and a short ride on the completed portion of the new Blackstone River Bikeway. Groups of riders will follow (more or less) various Blackstone tributaries on early-morning road rides to Worcester City Hall to arrive for an 8:00 a.m. ceremony. Kim's ride will follow the Ararat/Weasel/Mill Brook from the Holden Street area of Worcester; to join Kim, contact him for details. At 9:00 a.m., a horse-drawn wagon will lead bicyclists from City Hall to the Blackstone River Bikeway. After a ceremonial event on the bikeway at 10:30 a.m. , the bike ride will continue on the 3-mile completed stretch of the bikeway parallel to Route 146 in Worcester and Millbury, then through downtown Millbury to Cordis Mill for lunch. More info: John LaPoint, 508-839-3367, GLFJL@aol.com , www.blackstoneexpedition05.com/

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Saturday, June 18
Activity: Road ride, 35 or 60 miles, B/C+
Location: Naquag Elementary School, Route 122A, Rutland
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Leader: Bill Dobson, binaryengineering@charter.net , 508-885-2004. RSVP required.

This is the RAIN DATE for the Quabbin metric century. So if it rained on June 4 (this is being written in May), we'll do a slight variation on that route from the King's Tour of the Quabbin -- but with no sag wagon and no food or other support provided. If the King's Tour wasn't on a rainy day, we'll do something shorter, on the order of 35 miles. This route is yet to be determined, maybe a loop involving Hubbardston, Barre and Oakham. Consider the shorter route a C+ ride, and the metric century a B ride.

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Saturday, June 25
Activity: Road ride, D, 18 miles
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Mass Central Rail Trail parking lot, Wachusett Street, Rutland
Leaders: Paul Miller, 508-853-5593, & Sue Hall, shall7@earthlink.net , 508-886-4061

An easy-paced ride on paved roads with one serious hill and a rest stop at Calico & Creme in Hubbardston. The starting point on Wachusett Street in Rutland is 200-300 yards west of the blinking light on Route 68. The start/finish is not far from Heifer International's Overlook Farm, 216 Wachusett St., which has its 2005 International Fair on this day, featuring farm animals, hay rides, sheepdog demonstrations, horse show, goat milking, spinning, crafts, and local organic food. You can check out the fair, on your own, before or after the bike ride. Admission is $5 per car. Details: www.heifer.org/Get_Involved/Cal/events/2005_06_3013.shtml

Sunday, June 26
Activity: Road ride, 52 miles, B
Location: Worcester State College, 486 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Bill Meduski, bmeduski@rcn.com , 508-756-2122

Meet in the college's south parking lot at May and Chandler streets. This ride goes out to New Braintree and back through the Brookfields -- hilly but worth it! A map will be provided along with the cue sheet so everyone can go at their own pace. If it's raining, no go.

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