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

Sunday, May 14, 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 May 14 to Lynne Tolman, , 508-831-0301.

Recurring Rides

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

Selected Saturdays or Sundays

Activity: Easy C Rides, 10-35 miles, C
Location: See
Time: See
Leader: Dick Goodman,

These are easy-paced Saturday or Sunday rides led by club member Dick Goodman. Time and location varies. Nothing over 35 miles, and Dick doesn’t go looking for hills. Check each week for the lowdown. Usually the weekend plan is there by Tuesday night, with full details by Thursday night. Dick discourages phone calls but can be reached at .

Saturday, May 6
Activity: Road ride, C, 24 miles

Location: Dudley District Court, Route 197 & Lyons Road, Dudley
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: David Liberty, , 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.

Sunday, May 7
Activity: Road ride, C, 22 miles
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-BIKE,

We’ll ride straight out Route 122 to Coldbrook Springs, about 3 miles short of Barre Center, and then straight back. This is one of the flattest stretches of road in Worcester County. Riders of all levels who can go the distance are encouraged to come along and go at your own pace. We’ll regroup every 6 miles or so, at the Long Pond boat ramp in Rutland and the Ware River rest stop in South Barre.

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Friday, May 12
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, May 13
Activity: Road ride, C, 36 miles
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Old Stone Church, Routes 12 & 140, West Boylston
Leader: John Pare, , 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.

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Sunday, May 14
Activity: Road ride, C, 32 miles
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Charles J. Buffone Skating Rink, 484 Lake Ave., Worcester
Leader: Ed Weber, , 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:

Wednesday, May 17
Activity: Ride of Silence, road ride, 12 miles
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Old Stone Church, Routes 12 & 140, West Boylston
Leaders: Kim McCoy, , 508-853-6477, and Sue Hall, , 508-886-4061

This is part of the Ride of Silence, Across the country and around the globe at 7:00 local time in more than 150 locations, people will bike silently and slowly (12 mph maximum) in memory of cyclists killed on the road, in honor of those injured on the road, and to promote awareness about cyclists and motorists sharing the road. The Seven Hills Wheelmen ride is in memory of Eugene D. Murphy, 76, of Worcester and Robert J. Wall Sr., 55, of Grafton, club members who were killed while cycling on Feb. 17, 1993, in Florida.Note: This is separate from our regular Wednesday night ride, which starts earlier at the same location and may be faster and not silent.

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Saturday, May 20
Activity: Road ride, B+/C, 50 or so miles
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Worcester State College, 486 Chandler St., Worcester
Leader: Ginny Wholley, 508-752-9886,

Meet at the guard shack in the main parking lot at May and Chandler streets. The leader promises the ride will be hilly. Destination: Come and find out!

Sunday, May 21
Activity: Road ride, C+, 35 miles
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Thomas Prince School, Route 62, Princeton
Leader: John Pare, , 508-835-4357

This ride goes completely around Mount Wachusett without actually going up the mountain roads. Lots of nice countryside and water views. Cue sheet:

Saturday, May 27
Activity: Road ride, C, 40 miles
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Naquag Elementary School, Route 122A, Rutland
Leader: Bill Dobson, , 508-885-2004

Another ride that circles Mount Wachusett, via Hubbardston, Westminster, Princeton and Holden. Pack a snack and we'll take a break by a giardia-laden babbling brook hidden away in a mosquito-infested wood in East Princeton.

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Saturday, May 27
Activity: Road ride, D, 18 miles
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Mass Central Rail Trail parking lot, Wachusett Street, Rutland
Leader: Sue Hall, , 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, May 28, 2006
Activity: Road ride, C, 38 or 51 miles
Time: 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and/or 9:30 a.m. to ride
Location: Vanilla Bean Cafe, Routes 44, 169 and 97, Pomfret, Conn.
Leader: Marty Twigg, 508-829-9893,

Connecticut's "Quiet Corner" is one of the prettiest places to ride, and Pomfret is only about 35 minutes by car from Worcester. The main bike ride is 38 miles, and there is an option to do a separate 13-mile loop afterward that starts and ends at Vanilla Bean. Bring lunch/beer money if you want to hang out at the Vanilla Bean for post-ride refreshments. See for directions, menu, etc. -- breakfast is a little pricey, but the omelets and pancakes are yummy.Note: Please don't park in the Vanilla Bean parking lot, so that other customers can come and go while we're out biking. Use the dirt parking area diagonally across the street from the cafe's driveway.

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
Activity: Road ride, B/C, 50-60 miles
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Village Congregational Church, 25 Church St., Whitinsville
Leader: Arlen Hall, , 508-234-9945.

Ride the back roads of Rhode Island and Connecticut. No go if it rains.

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Last-minute activities

If you want company when you bike, e-mail your plan (time, date, place, activity) to 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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