September 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 Categories explanation.

Sunday, September 3, is the deadline for the October newsletter. It's a week early because of vacations.If you can lead a bike ride, hike, or other activity in October, submit the details by midnight September 3 to Lynne Tolman, , 508-831-0301.

Autumn means hunting season, and the presence of hunters in the woods means hikers and mountain bikers need to use extra caution. Most hunting seasons in Massachusetts run between mid-October and mid-December. While hunting accidents are rare (statistics show that hunting is safer than many sports, including cycling), cyclists can enhance their safety by wearing, a hunter's orange vest. These are available in the sporting goods departments of most department stores. Avoid white or brown clothing (you don't want to look like a deer). Hunting is not allowed on Sundays in Massachusetts.

Recurring Rides

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

Friday, September 8
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. No refreshments this time.

Saturday, September 16, 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.

Sunday, September 17
Activity: Road ride, 36 miles, B/C
Location: Burgess Elementary School, 45 Burgess Road, Sturbridge
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Dave Aho, 508-347-2080,

We'll ride through Sturbridge, the Brookfields and some of Warren. The terrain is kind of hilly, mostly back roads, with a rest stop around mile 20. Directions to the start: From Mass. Pike, take Route 20 west to the third set of lights. Go right up Cedar Street about half a mile to Burgess Road on the right. The start is in the parking lot on top of the hill on the right.

Sunday, September 24

Bicycle 25, 62 or 100 miles on the scenic roads of south-central Massachusetts during Blackstone Valley Heritage Homecoming Weekend with the Seven Hills Wheelmen and 10th Gear Christian Youth Cycling.

All rides leave from the Whitin Community Center, 60 Main St., Whitinsville, Mass. Directions are below.

CENTURY (100 miles) -- check-in 7:15-8 a.m., depart 8 a.m.
METRIC CENTURY (62 miles) -- check in 8:30-9 a.m., depart 9 a.m.
QUARTER CENTURY (25 miles) -- check-in 9:30-10 a.m., depart 10 a.m.


Preregistration (before Sept. 17):
Seven Hills Wheelmen & 10th Gear members $12; nonmembers $15
Day of event: Seven Hills Wheelmen & 10th Gear members $15; nonmembers $20
Preregister online at

Or make checks payable to 10thGear and mail to:
10thGear/MTC, c/o Village Congregational Church, P.O. Box 217,
Whitinsville, MA 01588

Entry fee covers continental breakfast, cue sheet, arrowed route and snacks. Helmets are required.

Whitinsville is part of the town of Northbridge.
-- FROM THE NORTH: Take I-290 west and connect to Route 146 south in the center of Worcester at Brosnihan Square. Follow Route 146 south to the Purgatory Road exit. Turn left at the end of the ramp. Follow this road about 3 miles into the center of Whitinsville. The Whitin Community Center will be on your left. Turn left at the next traffic light on Hill Street. The entrance is 100 feet ahead on the left.
-- FROM THE EAST OR WEST: Take Mass. Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 10A (Worcester/Route 146). Follow Route 146 south 8 miles to the Purgatory Road exit. Turn left at the end of the ramp. Follow this road about 3 miles into the center of Whitinsville. The Whitin Community Center will be on your left. Turn left at the next traffic light on Hill Street. The entrance is 100 feet ahead on the left.
-- FROM RHODE ISLAND: Follow Route 146 north to the Lackey Dam Road exit in Mass. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Follow this road 3 miles to the center of Whitinsville (traffic light). The Whitin Community Center entrance is straight ahead 100 feet on the left, on Hill Street.

WHO WAS MAJOR TAYLOR? Marshall W. "Major" Taylor (1878-1932), who lived in Worcester, Mass., was world cycling champion in 1899 and American sprint champion in 1900. Known as "the Worcester Whirlwind" and "the colored cyclone," he was the second black world champion in any sport (the first was bantamweight boxer George Dixon in 1891). More about Major Taylor and the effort in Worcester to put up a Major Taylor statue:

Century information: Arlen & Rose Hall, (508) 234-9945,

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Saturday, September 30
Activity: Paul Anderson Hike, Mount Thumb, 5 miles
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Harris Center for Conservation Education, 83 King's Highway,
Hancock, N.H.,
Leader: Mark Anderson,

Mark will lead this hike in memory of his father, Paul Anderson of Hubbardston, a Seven Hills Wheelmen member who died on Mount Thumb on April 7, 2001. The hike is about three hours round trip, on moderate terrain with nice views.

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