May 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.

NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Sunday, May 8, is the deadline for the June newsletter.
If you can lead a bike ride, hike or other activity in June, submit the details by midnight May 8 to Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org , 508-831-0301.

Volunteers are needed to help with the King's Tour of the Quabbin.


Recurring Rides

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


Sunday, May 1
Activity: Road ride, 31/47 miles, C+
Location: Naquag School, Route 122A, Rutland
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Laurie Martinelli, martinel@hla-inc.org , 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, May 7
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

A scenic ride into Woodstock, Conn., on rolling hills with a new 7HW member who's enthusiastic and sociable.


Friday, May 13
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.


Saturday, May 14
Activity: Road ride, 25 miles, B/C
Location: Rochdale Park, Stafford Street, Rochdale section of Leicester
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Roxanne Robert, soxie_1@yahoo.com , 508-248-1837

A nice ride in Leicester, Charlton and Spencer. The leader says: "I don't intend to wait for stragglers, but I don't ride very fast anyway." No go if it's raining.

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Saturday, May 14
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: Sue Hall & Paul Miller, shall7@earthlink.net , 508-886-4061

We'll stop at Meadowbrook Orchards or Rota Spring Dairy for rest and refreshments. No go if it's raining.


Sunday, May 15
Activity: Mountain bike ride, intermediate
Location: Meet at playground parking lot, Route 140 & Leominster Road, East Princeton, to bike in Leominster State Forest
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Bill Dobson, binaryengineering@charter.net , 508-885-2004. RSVP required.

This is Bill's favorite mtb route in Leominster State Forest. All the serious climbing is done in the first half on fire roads, and the rest of the trail is singletrack and "flat" (and if you believe that ...) or downhill, with one long technical downhill romp that will leave your thighs burning worse than if you had ridden up! Meet at the playground parking area in East Princeton on Route 140 at Leominster Road (just south on 140 from the center of East Princeton). We may have to carpool to the start, as parking at the entrance gate is limited. We will start at the rarely used East Princeton entrance to the state forest. This ride is "intermediate" difficulty. Be comfortable with roots, rock gardens, and mud holes. Some rock walls, bomb holes, and log piles along the way will keep it interesting. We'll stop and teach "technique" at interesting points if anybody wants it. The route skirts the Leominster Sportsmen’s Club, and ducking small arms fire is all part of the fun. You must contact the leader if you plan to go. Rain or unusually wet trail conditions will cancel the ride.


Thursday, May 19
Activity: Road ride, 17 miles, C
Location: Dresser Hill Dairy, Route 31, Dudley
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Leader: Nick Dawidjan, 508 793-2058, nick.de@verizon.net

This is a joint ride with the Worcester chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club: scenic roads in Dudley, and great ice cream (or other eats) at Dresser Hill afterward. For other AMC bike rides, visit www.amcworcester.org/activities/biking.htm .

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Saturday, May 21
Activity: Road ride, 30/45 miles, C
Location: Village Congregational Church, 25 Church St., Whitinsville
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Arlen Hall, arlen@10thgear.com , 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 raining heavily.


Saturday, May 21
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: Sue Hall & Paul Miller, shall7@earthlink.net , 508-886-4061

We'll stop at Meadowbrook Orchards or Rota Spring Dairy for rest and refreshments. No go if it's raining.

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Sunday, May 22
Activity: Road ride, 35 miles, C
Location: Thomas Prince School, Route 62, Princeton
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: John Pare, john_pare@charter.net , 508-835-4357

This ride takes us all the way around Mt. Wachusett, without actually going up the mountain.


Saturday, May 28
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: Sue Hall & Paul Miller, shall7@earthlink.net , 508-886-4061

We'll stop at Meadowbrook Orchards or Rota Spring Dairy for rest and refreshments. No go if it's raining.

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