April 2006
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 9, 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 9 to Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org , 508-831-0301.

Note that we already have a volunteer for a 40-mile road ride May 7 out of Millbury.

Also, we will participate in the nationwide Ride of Silence on May 17. See www.rideofsilence.org .


Put your clocks one hour ahead and enjoy the extra daylight in the evening!

Monday night rides
Activity: Road ride, approx. 12 miles
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 6:15 p.m. Mondays
Leader: Peter Howard, barneysbicycle@rcn.com, 508-799-BIKE (2453)

Riders of all abilities are welcome.

Tuesday morning rides -- beginning April 11
Activity: Road ride, 25 miles
Location: CVS Pharmacy, 638 Chandler St., Tatnuck Square, Worcester
Time: 10:00 a.m. Tuesdays
Leader: Greg Patton, gfp1014@yahoo.com , 774-239-4700

Ride around the reservoirs. Greg promises not to lose anyone.

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Wednesday night rides
Activity: Road ride, 12-20 miles
Location: Old Stone Church, Routes 12 & 140, West Boylston
Time: 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays
Leader: Rick Krasnick, 508-852-7701, Richard_Krasnick@yahoo.com

Weather permitting. Check www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/weds.htm to see if there’s a change in plans.

Friday morning rides
Activity: Show ’n’ Go road ride, weather permitting
Location: Grafton Common, Route 140, Grafton.
Time: 10:00 a.m. Fridays

Show ’n’ Go means no leader -- just show up, and we’ll see where the road takes us. We’re likely to bag it if it’s below 45 degrees or the roads are too messy. We picked Grafton because it’s midway between Hopedale and Worcester, the hometowns of two riders who are usually free in the mornings. To get an idea of who might go, check in before 2 p.m. Thursday with Peter Simmons, PeteSim85@aol.com , 508-478-6589, or Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org , 508-831-0301.

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Friday, April 14
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.

Monday, April 17 (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, with a stop at Hopkinton Common as the starting line concessions are being dismantled, for a total of 28 bike miles for the day. No heartbreaking hills.

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Saturday, April 22
Activity: Hike, 5-7 miles
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Leader's house, 342 East County Road, Rutland
Leader: Sue Hall, shall7@earthlink.net , 508-886-4061

A hike on the Mid-State Trail to Barre Falls Dam and back. We'll spot cars so people will have the option of a shorter hike. This is a joint activity with Wachusett Greenways.

Sunday, April 23
Activity: Mountain bike ride, beginner
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Rutland State Park, Rutland
Leader: Bill Dobson, binaryengineering@charter.net , 508-885-2004

Weather and trail conditions permitting. RSVP to the leader to make sure the ride will go, and to find out the exact meeting place.

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Sunday, April 30
Activity: Mountain bike ride, intermediate
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Leominster State Forest, Leominster
Leader: Bill Dobson, binaryengineering@charter.net , 508-885-2004

Weather and trail conditions permitting. Register with the leader to make sure the ride will go, and to find out the exact meeting place.

Sunday, April 30
Activity: Road ride, B-/C+ 47 miles
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Leader: Pete Banach, banach331@charter.net , cell 508-887-2656

This ride was a hit last August and again in the fall. It features Route 67, with rest stops in West Brookfield and South Barre. There is an optional easier return if the hills around Browning Pond and Thompson Pond worry anyone.

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