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

Sunday, July 9, is the deadline for the August newsletter.
If you can lead a bike ride, hike, or other activity in August, submit the details by midnight July 9 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.

Saturday, July 1
Activity: Road ride, 38 miles, C+
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Leader: Pete Banach, cell 508-887-2656,

Ride up to Princeton Center to watch the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic bike race -- Stage 3 of 4, the Wachusett Mountain Road Race. Pro riders are starting at 12:30 p.m. We will take a roundabout way up to Princeton (about 20 miles) and spend as much time as you want watching the racers. The First Congregational Church of Princeton, on the Common, will have a food concession 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Longsjo T-shirts will be on sale. The return to Paxton will be about another 18 miles, featuring a climb to Alta Vista Farm (the buffalo farm) in Rutland.

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Sunday, July 9
Activity: Road ride, C, 47+ miles
Location: Wal-Mart, Route 122 and Church Street, Northbridge
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: Denny LaForce, 508-476-7081,

The leader likes to ride the number of miles in his age (59 this year) on or around his birthday, July 10. This will be a slow-paced meander along back roads and rolling hills of the Blackstone Valley in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and may venture into northeastern Connecticut. The leader's plan is to keep riding until his trip meter shows 59 miles or more. Hell start from his home in Manchaug, six miles from Wal-Mart, so the club ride from Wal-Mart will be 47+ miles. Contact the leader if you want to start with him in Manchaug; he has room for two or three cars there. No go if it rains.

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Friday, July 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,

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, July 15
Activity: Road ride, C, 30 miles
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Charles J. Buffone Skating Rink, 484 Lake Ave., Worcester
Leader: Ed Weber,
edajjw@msn.com , 508-839-4585

A ride to West Upton, past Upton State Forest, and back through Westboro and Grafton. An old cue sheet (we might modify a bit) is here: www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/cuesheet/upton.htm

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Sunday, July 16
Activity: Road ride, 52 miles, B
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Worcester State College, 486 Chandler St., Worcester
Leader: Bill Meduski,
meduski2@charter.net , 508-853-4774

Park near the guard shack at the colleges south entrance on May Street. Well ride out to New Braintree and back through some of the Brookfields. We have a detailed cue sheet, so go at your own pace. No go if it's raining.

Tuesday, July 18
Activity: George Street cleanup
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: George and Main streets, Worcester

Volunteers are needed to help remove litter and weeds, cut brush and clear the gutters on George Street in preparation for the fifth annual George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor. Bring work gloves, and, if you can, clippers, broom, rake or shovel.
The first 10 club members to SIGN UP and SHOW UP will receive a 2006 George Street T-shirt. Sign up by calling 508-831-0301 or e-mailing
LTolman@LTolman.org with your T-shirt size (M, L, XL).
The bicycle event, an uphill time trial, will take place July 23. For more information, visit
www.majortaylorassociation.org .

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Saturday, July 22
Activity: Road ride, C, 45 miles
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Old Stone Church, Routes 12 & 140, West Boylston
Leader: John Pare,
john_pare@charter.net , 508-835-4357

Rolling hills of West Boylston, Holden, Princeton, Sterling, Lancaster, Bolton and Harvard. Rest stop is at Bolton Orchards (farm stand and gourmet grocery). A shorter version of this ride got rained out May 13 and June 3; what are the odds that will happen again?

Sunday, July 23
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at George and Main streets, Worcester, and racing starts at 10:00 a.m.
This is a short, uphill time trial on a steep street where 1899 world champ Major Taylor used to train.
Preregister at
www.majortaylorassociation.org/events/georgestreet06.shtml or at Barney's Bicycle, 508-799-BIKE (2453). The web site also has a map and other details.
To volunteer (course marshall, raffle ticket seller, setup, cleanup) contact Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301,

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Saturday, July 29
Activity: Road ride, B/C, 55 miles
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Barre Common, Route 122, Barre
Leader: Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301,

Park near the Subway shop and Uptown Video. This ride combines highlights of the metric century and century routes from the King's Tour of the Quabbin, and eliminates some of the cruelest climbs, for a total of about 55 miles. Call it the "Quabbin Half Century." Sweet spots include the back roads of Hardwick, the Quabbin tower and the Gilbertville covered bridge. We will NOT ride on Route 202, nor Coldbrook Road in Oakham (two parts of the King's Tour that generate some grumbling). Bring food; there arent many stores, though we might find something to eat in Ware or Gilbertville.

Sunday, July 30
Activity: Road ride, B, 56 miles; C+ option, 39 miles
Time & Location: 8:30 a.m. at Maple Street School, 68 Maple St., Spencer, for 56 miles; 9:15 a.m. at Charlton Elementary School, 9 Burlingame Road, Charlton, for 39 miles
Leader: Pete Banach, Cell 508-887-2656, banach

This is a hilly ride. The B ride starts in Spencer and heads south to Charlton and meets up with the C Ride around 9:15. From Charlton both groups head south into Woodstock, Conn., and loop around and return through Thompson, Conn., and Dudley. Both rides return to Charlton, and the B ride continues back up to Spencer.
Note to C+ riders: Call the leader's cell number if the B riders are late. It's about 8 miles from Spencer to Charlton and if we leave on time we should be in Charlton by 9:15.

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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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