Friday, December 2, 2022

==UPDATE==. 12/3 Saturday Ride?

I can’t see us staying dry with any route other than maybe the MNR to Cousins, which doesn’t appeal to me this morning. For those interested, I would recommend that, but I’m going to step out. Maybe next week.

Well, the weather woobies appear to be in disagreement about tomorrow's forecast, so it's best to post something, in case it all works out. 

Let's try the Pineland ride that we didn't do a few weeks back—if we do get caught by rain, we can be warm and enjoying coffee and muffins while we wait for rides home. There's the skinny way or the hilly way, depending on your whim and the rain. An 8:00 start gives us the best chance for success, I think, but, fair warning, if I wake and find rain expected by 9:00, I'm rolling over and pulling up the covers. See you at the school.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

2022 Turkey Burner

UPDATE: I was not satisfied with the previous courses, so I've created some new variations on an old reliable.

Gobble, Gobble, Pedal, Pedal—it's time for the 7th Annual Black Friday Ride!

We've had an extra day of turkey sandwiches and pie, so let's get to it! I have 3 distances for Saturday: a base of 42, an extra jog up to Limington for 52, and an extra loop down to OOB for 70. The weather will be sunny but breezy, so dress a little warmer than the 37°-44° might indicate. 

This follows the typical SMR moderate pace, but if you have a group that likes a quicker pace, or a slower one, we don't mind—many groups make for more fun! We'll see you at the end for coffee and a muffin (we'll be starting near The Daily Grind, and the Frog & Turtle and Roots Café are nearby).

Start time is 9:00 a.m. from the public parking lot on the corner of Bridge and Main Streets in Westbrook. 

42 Miles 52 Miles 70 Miles

Friday, November 18, 2022

11/19 Saturday Ride

So there I was getting ready to post a noon ride for tomorrow since it's going to be cold in the morning. I was going to suggest Pineland, so at least we know there's a hot coffee/cocoa waiting. And then Theresa reminded me the PVC Doppio Ciclo and Fondo are tomorrow.

Well, now I'm befuddled.

I do like the Fondo, there's still coffee, and you can quit after one loop or do both if you need the miles--just bring a non-perishable donation for the Preble Street Food Bank. I'm thinking this is where I'll be. Fair warning: it starts at 7:30 from Cyclemania, so dress warmly!

If you're looking for the noon ride, I still suggest Pineland for all the reasons mentioned above. Theresa says she might do both. There's the skinny way or the hilly way--you can choose up at ride time.
12:00 at the school.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

11/10 FRIDAY Ride

Saturday is looking soggy, so I’m going to take advantage of a day off and join the Coffee Ride tomorrow morning, with an option for more miles after the coffee! Feel free to join and respect the more relaxed pace, leaving from Gorham Bike & Ski at 8:00. I’ll check the weather tomorrow to see if Saturday looks any better.


Friday, November 4, 2022

11/5 Saturday Ride

Partly cloudy, 60° at start time, a little breezy—what's not to love? Diane wants to go to Wild Oats in Brunswick; I have a map that goes to Little Dog—we'll know where we're getting our coffee by whether we take School St or Bank.

Wheels roll at 8:00.

Friday, October 28, 2022

10/29 Saturday Ride

Tomorrow looks like a beautiful fall day. I've been wanting to do the Saco loop for a while now, but it never seemed to work out—so how about tomorrow?

I am still off my game a bit and will likely fall off the back (hint: it's a perfect day for the not-so-swift of us to join!), but it's all good: riding is the only thing I do now that doesn't hurt (much)!

Let's keep with the 9:00 start time; we should have a temperature window of 40°-53°.

Friday, October 21, 2022

10/22 Saturday Ride

It was a glorious reunion last Saturday, but the hard ground, old boots, and lack of foot-pounding activity for 9 years served to leave me a bit hobbled. The Old Girls are still undefeated, but the feet are not. 😕

I will not be riding in the Oxbow Metric this weekend, but am up for something a little more relaxed while I heal up. Seems wise to see who shows up and pick a course then, so think of something you’d like to do.

It's October now, so we can push the start times back to 9:00 and let the temps rise a bit for the rest of the season. If you're in for a tame ride tomorrow, I’ll see you at the school.

Friday, October 14, 2022

10/15 Saturday Ride

I am officially in need of a bunny wrangler, as I am most decidedly out of town for the weekend:

That’s right, sports fans, my collegiate rugby club—one of the oldest in the nation—is celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow when those of us still of sound body (if not mind) will take the field again in a match against the current collegiate side.

1989 or so

As usual, I will post the preferred route of any volunteer leader, so let me know if you’re interested. Also, think happy thoughts: we will be playing against 18-20-somethings in their athletic prime, two of which will be the daughters of one of the Olde Girls playing with me!

National Championships 
 Amherst, MA 1994 

Friday, October 7, 2022

10/8 Saturday Ride

Since the Merrymeeting Metric is tomorrow, I have no SMR planned. Hope to see you there!

Start/finish at Flight Deck Brewery in Brunswick. The ride is a clockwise loop of Merrymeeting Bay with a coffee-and-muffin stop in Richmond and an out-and-back climb of Blinn Hill at the far point. This is a beautiful ride—don’t miss it.

Friday, September 30, 2022

8/1 Saturday Ride


First weekend of October, and here we are. But you know what happens the first weekend of October every year? The Cadillac Challenge. Know what I've done the first weekend of October for the last 15 years? Yup; that.

But I learned last weekend that my training this season is insufficient to support me riding 35 miles the day before a century (the Dempsey Challenge was a bit more challenging than it should have been). Therefore, I will be spending my time off the bike tomorrow. If anyone has a preference, I am happy to post, but we have plenty of options from throughout the season to choose from. I can say that only two of us rode last weekend, so both of those courses are on the table.


Oct 8: Merrymeeting Metric Century

Oct 22: Oxbow Metric

Friday, September 23, 2022

9/24 Saturday Ride

I posted earlier in the week that I'm doing the Dempsey on Sunday, so I will be riding short and sweet Saturday. I offered the Saco loop and asked if anyone was willing to helm, but got crickets, so I'll offer the following. We'll keep the Saco loop (54 miles) as an option, but it's looking pretty windy. I'm favoring the Highland Lake loop (32 miles) for my short & sweet--we can do either or both, but I'll be doing Highland Lake. See you at 8:00.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

9/17 Saturday Ride

It's Theresa's birthday! I'm not going to say how old she is (that would be rude) but, as you know, we have to go a certain number of miles to celebrate, so I offer you a shell game, of sorts: three variations of our Roads Less Traveled route: 44, 53, and 61-miles. Pick the route that suits your legs or your time constraints. I can't tell you which is the Birthday Route, but there might be cake at the end of it!

Wheels roll at 8:00.

Friday, September 9, 2022

9/10 Saturday Ride

Last minute change in plans has me unable to ride tomorrow, so I will post two options for the day. I had intended to do the OOB loop, but Adam pointed out that the Lighthouse Ride is tomorrow and that’s a lot of extra traffic we don’t need, so we’ll push that off another week. 

One is a trip out towards Limington (54 miles) and the other is one of our newer additions (52 miles). They’re both about 52 miles and can get clipped in a couple of places to shorten the day, if necessary.

I have another new route in mind and will try to test-ride it this weekend. Wheels roll at 8:00.

Friday, September 2, 2022

9/3 Saturday Ride

I will be out of town tomorrow and in need of a bunny wrangler, but I suggest something towards Pineland, as we did Brunswick last week and will want to steer clear of the coast, both today (last blast of Tourist Season) and next weekend (Lighthouse Ride). Here are two variations:

Friday, August 26, 2022

8/26 Saturday Ride

Tomorrow is supposed to be perfect: mid-70s, low humidity, partly cloudy. I feel like we should go inland while it's cooler, but have this feeling that there might be interest in Freeport/Brunswick, so I'll post a pair and we can pick in the morning. See you at 8:00.