August 2006
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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September
ACTIVITIES
As always, call the leader if the weather conditions are questionable, or if you have other questions. Ride category explanation.

NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Sunday, August 13, is the deadline for the September newsletter.
If you can lead a bike ride, hike, or other activity in September, submit the details by midnight August 13 to Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org , 508-831-0301.


Recurring Rides

Easy Monday Evening Rides, Tuesday Mornings, Wednesday Outdoor Workouts, Friday Morning Rides, Easy C rides.

Any morning -- the Paxton Posse
8 a.m. A/B performance rides starting in Paxton, most mornings, all summer long. E-mail Peter Howard, barneysbicycle@rcn.com, to confirm. Average speed 17+ mph. Slightly slower but aspiring performance riders are welcome. Get faster by riding with faster riders!


Saturday, August 5
Activity: Road ride, D, approximately 15-20 miles round trip
Time: 5:35 a.m.
Location: Shaw's Supermarket, Gold Star Boulevard, Worcester
Leader: Kim McCoy, 508-853-6477, mcbstone@yahoo.com

We'll ride south through the city, then onto the Blackstone River Bikeway in Millbury to Sutton, to cheer the Pan-Mass Challenge riders as they come through Sutton Center. They'll be on their way from Sturbridge to Provincetown, raising money for the Jimmy Fund to help Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Sunrise is at 5:44 so we should be OK without bike lights.


Saturday, August 5
Activity: Road ride, B/C, 53 miles
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Lancaster Middle School, Routes 70 & 117, Lancaster
Leader: John Pare, john_pare@charter.net , 508-835-4357

We'll ride to Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, N.H., for a hearty breakfast at mile 25.www.parkersmaplebarn.com They serve breakfast all day, and lunch from 11:30 on.

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Sunday, August 6
Activity: Road Ride, C-, 25+ miles
Location: Cahill's Tire Center, 33 Sutton Ave., Oxford
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: Denny LaForce, 508-476-7081, jadehill@infionline.net

A leisurely ride from Oxford through parts of Webster, Dudley and Charlton, with a stop at Dresser Hill Dairy for ice cream. The first half is mostly flat, the second half has a good climb to the dairy and moderately rolling hills back to Oxford. The leader's pace tends to be steady, but slow. Rain will cancel. The starting point is just off Exit 3W from Interstate 395.


Sunday, August 13 -- DOUBLE FEATURE
Part 1

Activity: Road ride, D, 10 miles
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-BIKE, barneysbicycle@rcn.com

Ride to Rutland State Park. This is the ride for first-timers and folks who just haven't been able to get out much this year. No excuses, no fears, no intimidation, no worries. It's flat, easy and fun. Mountain bikes, hybrids, 3-speeds, tricycles, let's roll! If you're not a beginner yourself, tell your beginner friends. Advanced riders, come and socialize with new riders to encourage them, and you can ride Part 2 upon our return.

Part 2
Activity: Road ride, B/C, 28 miles
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-BIKE, barneysbicycle@rcn.com

We'll take Route 122 straight out to Barre Center and back. One of the best cycling stretches in the land.


Sunday, August 13
Activity: Road ride, B, 60 miles
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Naquag Elementary School, Route 122A, Rutland
Leader: Bill Meduski, 508-853-4774, meduski2@charter.net

A ride to Templeton, Petersham and Hardwick. A detailed cue sheet and map are provided, so you can ride at whatever pace you like. No go if it rains.

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August 19-20 WEEKEND TOUR
** RSVP by Aug. 4 **

BIKE & CAMP OUT: Saturday night campout at scenic Tully Lake Campground in Royalston. http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/30_tully_lake_campground.cfm

Join leader Peter Howard in biking to the campground on Saturday from Paxton, approx. 43 miles, and bike back the next day. Or, bike or drive to the campground on your own and meet us there. We have two campsites reserved, for 16 people maximum. Tully has canoe and kayak rentals, too.

Campers, you MUST RSVP by Aug. 4 to Peter Howard at Barney's Bicycle, 508-799-2453, with $8 camper fee payable to Peter Howard. And please cc LTolman@LTolman.org . Depending on the number of campers, we may have extra money to spend on group firewood, ice, etc. Bikers, plan on carrying your gear on your bike unless you get another camper who's driving to take your luggage.


Sunday, August 20
Activity: Road ride, B-, 47 miles,
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Pete Banach, banach331@charter.net , 508-887-2656

The leader calls this one the Tour de Route 67: We'll go through the Brookfields, up to South Barre and back. This is a hilly not-so-flat ride with the return going by Browning Pond in Spencer and Thompson Pond in Paxton. There is an optional flatter return by staying on Route 122.

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Last-minute activities
If you want company when you bike, e-mail your plan (time, date, place, activity) to LTolman@LTolman.org and Lynne will forward it to everyone in the club. It's best to contact Lynne by noontime Thursday for weekend activities.

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