January 2006
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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As always, call the leader if the weather or snow conditions are questionable, or if you have other questions.

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. Ride category explanation.

Sunday, January 8, is the deadline for the February newsletter.

If you can lead a bike ride, hike, ski or other activity in February, submit the details by midnight Jan. 8 to Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org, 508-831-0301.

Every Monday
Activity: Road ride, 10-14 miles
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Leader: Peter Howard, barneysbicycle@rcn.com , 508-799-BIKE
Tights and lights! Ridership remained high through the dark but fairly warm evenings in November, so let's keep going. These rides are for advanced beginners or fast riders taking a "recovery day" after a weekend of hard riding. Headlights are required this time of year.

Every Wednesday
Activity: Wednesday Outdoor Workouts
Location: See www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/weds.htm
Time: Usually 6:00 -- but always check the web page
Leader: Rick Krasnick, richard_krasnick@yahoo.com , 508-852-7701
Check www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/weds.htm each week for the game plan. Lately we've been meeting at the Oakdale entrance to the Mass Central Rail Trail, on Thomas Street in West Boylston, for mountain biking.

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Monday, January 2
Same thing 9:00 a.m. Saturday Jan. 14; 9:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16; 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22; and 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28
Activity: Cross-country skiing in Nick's Woods
Location: Meet at St. John's Episcopal Church, 166 Holden St., Worcester
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Kim McCoy, 508-853-6477, mcbstone@yahoo.com
If there's about 8 inches of snow on the ground and roads are plowed, we should be good to kick 'n' glide. Call or e-mail leader by 8:30 a.m. to confirm. St. John's Episcopal Church is near Brattle Street and the railroad tracks; meet in the church's rear parking lot. Access to Nick's Woods, a 60-acre conservation property owned by Greater Worcester Land Trust, is from Smith Lane, across Holden Street from the church. Kim is a GWLT ranger for thePark. Avoid the parking spaces nearest the church building if you can.

Sunday, January 15
Activity: Mountain bike ride, weather/conditions permitting
Location: Rutland State Park, Route 122, Rutland
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Paul Kreswick & Leslie Choquette, 508-799-6121, lesliechoquette@msn.com Let's get into the winter woods on wheels. Check with Leslie beforehand to make sure it's a go.

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Sunday, January 22
Activity: Mountain bike or snowshoe, depending on conditions
Location: Mid-State Trail at Route 122, Rutland
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Leader: Wes & Lydia Barter, lydiabarter@charter.net , 508-867-8941Meet where the Mid-State Trail crosses Route 122 in Rutland, a little bit north of Long Pond (Route 122A). We will go out and back on the Mid-State to Browning Pond Road in Spencer.

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