June 2006
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Sunday, June 11, is the deadline for the July newsletter.
If you can lead a bike ride, hike, or other activity in July, submit the details by midnight June 11 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, June 3
Activity: Road ride, C, 36 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 and Bolton. Rest stop is at Bolton Orchards (farm stand and gourmet grocery) at mile 23. This ride got rained out May 13, so we've rescheduled it.


Saturday, June 3
Activity: Road ride, D, 18 miles
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Mass Central Rail Trail parking lot, Wachusett Street, Rutland
Leader: Sue Hall, shall7@earthlink.net , 508-886-4061

An easy-paced ride on paved roads with only two hills, and a rest stop at Calico & Creme in Hubbardston. The starting point on Wachusett Street in Rutland is 200-300 yards west of the blinking light on Route 68.

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Sunday, June 4
Activity: Road ride, C, 30 miles
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-BIKE, barneysbicycle@rcn.com

We'll ride straight out Route 122 to Barre Center, and then straight back. This is one of the flatter stretches of road in Worcester County, with the exception of a climb to Barre Common. Riders of all levels who can go the distance are encouraged to come along and go at your own pace -- and even your own distance if you choose to turn back early. We'll regroup at the Long Pond boat ramp in Rutland and at Barre Common.


Friday, June 9
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.

SPECIAL EVENT THIS MONTH ONLY: 6:45 p.m. raffle prize drawing. Holders of GEORGE STREET BIKE CHALLENGE raffle tickets are eligible to win the book "Tour Fever: The Armchair Cyclist's Guide to the Tour de France" by J.P. Partland. Five copies of the book will be awarded. Raffle tickets are on sale now - details at www.majortaylorassociation.org/events/raffle06.shtml - and will be sold at the Open Shop before the drawing.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006
KING'S TOUR OF THE QUABBIN
Activity: Road ride, 62, 100 or 125 miles
Location: Naquag Elementary School, Route 122A, Rutland
Time: 7:00 a.m. for double metric century, 8:00 a.m. for century, 9:00 a.m. for metric century
Cost is $10, payable at the start -- no preregistration. Entry fee covers cue sheet, arrowed route, and snacks. Helmets are required.

The King's Tour offers three challenging routes with views of the Quabbin Reservoir, a pristine jewel in the heart of Central Massachusetts. Not much traffic; plenty of hills. Snacks and cue sheets will be provided; roads will be arrowed; sag wagon is for emergencies only. Arrive early to allow time for check-in and preparation. Bathrooms at Naquag Elementary School will be open until 5:00 p.m. Details: www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/centuries.htm

To volunteer to help with registration, rest stops, food or other tasks, contact Andrea Kaufman, 508-752-8657, akaufman85@charter.net . For ride info contact Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301, LTolman@LTolman.org


Saturday, June 17
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 Connecticut's "Quiet Corner." The scenery includes West Thompson Dam and the quaint center of Woodstock. No go if it's raining. This is a repeat of the May 6 ride, which was the club's most popular of the season to date.

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Saturday, June 17
Activity: Road ride, D, 18 miles
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Mass Central Rail Trail parking lot, Wachusett Street, Rutland
Leader: Sue Hall, shall7@earthlink.net , 508-886-4061

An easy-paced ride on paved roads with only two hills, and a rest stop at Calico & Creme in Hubbardston. The starting point on Wachusett Street in Rutland is 200-300 yards west of the blinking light on Route 68.


Sunday, June 18 (Father's Day)
Activity: Road ride, B, 28 or 38 miles
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine,
Administration Building, Route 30, North Grafton
Leader: Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301, ltolman@ltolman.org

Grafton, Westboro, Northboro and Berlin, with an optional 10-mile extension into Bolton. Both routes feature the relentless Green Street hill in Northboro, followed by a snack stop at Tougas Farm, www.tougasfarm.com , about 10 miles from the end of the ride.


June 19 -- REDBONES ANNUAL BIKE PARTY, 5-10 p.m. block party at Redbones, 55 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville, to kick off Bike Week and to benefit MassBike and NEMBA; $15 including meal, 2 raffle tickets and bicycle valet parking. www.redbones.com/newsevents.html (Rescheduled from May 15. Rain date June 26.)


Sunday, June 25
Activity: Road ride, C, 38 miles
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Long Pond boat ramp, Routes 122 & 122A, Rutland
Leader: Pete Banach, banach331@charter.net , cell 508-887-2656

An easy-paced ride to West Brookfield, Hardwick and Barre Plains, with a rest stop near the Gilbertville Covered Bridge.

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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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