Friday, June 24, 2022

6/25 Saturday Ride

I have some options for tomorrow, our first warm day in a while. Mitchell Hill will give us some coastal breezes on the way home, even though it may be common ground for many. The traditional route is 44 miles; the Ash Swamp variant is 48:

 


The other, well, I took another look at this invention of mine. I don't know if I can get lucky twice with a new route, but I still think this might be a decent ride. It goes out to Cumberland, Windham, and Gorham:



Wheels roll at 8:00 from Glickman Academy.

Friday, June 17, 2022

6/18 Saturday Ride

Let's try something a little different. 52 miles, climbing front-loaded, and a few pathways we don't normally visit.

Wheels roll at 8:00.



Friday, June 10, 2022

6/11 Saturday Ride

I tried--I did--I wanted to come up with something new, but it's been a hell of a week, So the official post will feature the Highland Lake Loop that we never got to, but I am feeling susceptible to peer pressure if the group has other thoughts by morning.



I kinda made this up, too--never tried it, can't say how it will be, but if you're looking for adventure...


Wheels roll at 8:00.






Friday, June 3, 2022

6/4 Saturday Ride

We are back to normal days, friends--the mountains were calling, and we went, but now we're back, and I need a break from hills! So how about we go out to Salmon falls? There are two options for the day, one is 49 miles and one is 43 (the start point keeps getting farther away, so the miles increase). We follow the same route for 32 miles, so you have a good 90 minutes to decide.

We start from 587 Ocean Ave; wheels roll at 8:00




Wednesday, May 25, 2022

5/28 No Official Ride

I only got two replies, so there is no official ride this weekend. I will leave this available for anyone who wants it.


Monday, however, is looking simply wonderful for our mountain ride! It was pointed out to me that I was only publishing the Hurricane Bypass route; allow me to correct that error; here is the extra 600' of climbing on a Cat 2 hill:


Hurricane Bypass Hurricane Road

Meetup is at 8:30 at Weston’s Beach in Fryeburg; wheels roll at 9:00.

We do not have SAG this year, so pack accordingly. You need to carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump and/or cartridge; no SAG means no help, maybe for hours, depending on where you are (cell service is very spotty). Water bottles can be refilled at Pinkham Notch (mile 27), Gorham, NH (37), and at the Basin Campground (61), on the far side of Evans Notch. The Pinkham Notch stop has a café where you can buy lunch, and there are food options in Gorham, but it's a retail desert afterwards, so be sure to pack some calories.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

5/21 Saturday Ride

 Memorial Day Tune-up Ride 5

This weekend we have the ever-challenging Raymond Hills loop, featuring six Cat-5 climbs totaling 4000' of climbing. The temps look to top out around 86° in Raymond, but the breezes will increase with the temps (at press time, @ 10 mph). Plan well, as refueling stops are few and far between. The Intervale Market at New Gloucester Rd and the Dunkin before we climb White Oak Hill Rd (small detour down Rte 26) are the best options I have.


You May Now Freak Out
Ok, not really. This is a destination ride (we have to drive there), so I don't have vetted alternate routes, but this appears to be a possibility. It is untested and offered without warrantee, either expressed or implied, but it offers 44 miles, 2200 ft of climbing, and you still get to tackle Valley Road.
Be sure your phone is charged—I have no idea what's out there (Outlet/Quarry Rds).

If you have not been with us on our recent series of longer and hillier rides (or just want something shorter/flatter this week), you should take a look at the rides we did in May/June 2015--there are a lot here (in old-school MapMyRide format), and something should spark your interest.

Wheels roll at 8:30 from Mabel Wilson School in Cumberland Center.

See the Tech Tips link above for help downloading maps to your Garmin.

 

Memorial Day Tune-up Series
5 Rides to Legs of Steel!


May 21

Alternate

 

Memorial Day
 
The Big Kahuna!
82 miles, 4,000 ft of climbing!


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

5/14 Saturday Ride

 Memorial Day Tune-up Ride 4

We have another 61-mile ride this weekend, going the hilly way to Pinelands and wandering back via Freeport (map below--the 64 on the image reflects the old starting point). We’ve had a great turnout the last few weeks, but the B group kinda got shelled out the back and broken into 3 separate pods last weekend, so we’ll have the A group start out first and the B will follow. If you start with the As and feel overmatched, just dial it back a bit—the B group will be along shortly.

Again, Don't Freak Out
You can select a 44-mile or 50-mile loop if you’re short on time. Most of the climbing is front-loaded on this course, so you’ll still get the hills in on the shorter options.

Wheels roll at 8:00.
All rides depart from Payson Park, except Raymond Hills and Memorial Day.

See the Tech Tips link above for help downloading maps to your Garmin.

 

Memorial Day Tune-up Series
5 Rides to Legs of Steel!


May 7

May 14

May 21

May 28

Memorial Day

The Big Kahuna!
82 miles, 4,000 ft of climbing!


Thursday, May 5, 2022

5/7 Saturday Ride

 Memorial Day Tune-up: Ride 3

This weekend, we'll be heading up to Brunswick on a 61-mile stretch of the legs (map below--the distance on the image reflects the old starting point).

DON'T FREAK OUT!
I also have 46-mile and 53-mile loops in case you're not sure you have it in you or don't have
the time. There's even the 30-mile Freeport loop if this is your first weekend out.
Lots of bailout points, so don't worry.

Wheels roll at 8:00.
All rides depart from Payson Park, except Raymond Hills and Memorial Day.

See the Tech Tips link above for help downloading maps to your Garmin.

 

Memorial Day Tune-up Series
5 Rides to Legs of Steel!


May 7

May 14

May 21

May 28

Memorial Day

The big kahuna!
82 miles, 4,000 ft elev gain!


Thursday, April 28, 2022

4/30 Saturday Ride

This weekend, we'll be heading up to Sebago Lake and back thru Gorham.
Wheels roll at 8:00.

All rides depart from Payson Park, except Raymond Hills and Memorial Day.
See the Tech Tips link above for help downloading maps to your Garmin.

 

Memorial Day Tune-up Series
5 Rides to Legs of Steel!


April 23
April 30

May 7

May 14

May 21

May 28

Memorial Day

The big kahuna!
82 miles, 4,000ft elev gain!


Friday, April 22, 2022

4/23 Saturday Ride

And so it begins...

We are six weeks out from Memorial Day Weekend, so it's time to start our annual tune-up series. We will steadily increase distance and climbing for the next five weeks, enjoy a lighter ride on the 28th, just to keep our legs loose, and arrive in Fryberg on Memorial Day with Legs Of Steel!

This weekend, let's try the OOB/Saco loop, as that will be off the table once the tourists get here. We'll plan to stop at Saco Variety for a snack along the way. The rest of the schedule is laid out below. It's a bit chilly in the morning, so let's start at 9:00 , since we'll be along the beaches.



 
April 30

May 7


May 14


May 21

May 28


Memorial Day



Friday, April 15, 2022

4/16 Saturday Ride

The weather looks to be cooperative for a morning ride: it should be about 50° at 8:00, and the rain is supposed to hold off until noon.

We'll be starting the Memorial Day Tune-up Series in the next week or two, and it's been a month since our last trip to Freeport, so let's go visit the BFI again. We have two courses: the regular, 31-mile course to Freeport, or a modified 41-mile course. Sorry, I don't have a Strava subscription, and they've closed all the route creation doorways.

Meet at the upper Payson lot; wheels roll at 8:00.







Friday, April 8, 2022

4/10 Sunday Ride UPDATE

A little rain might be sneaking in tomorrow noonish, so let’s go at 9:00 and plan of the Highland Lake loop; we can add some miles on the front end, if needed.

https://www.strava.com/routes/2821025760146153888


Friday, April 1, 2022

4/2 Saturday Ride

You know, we didn’t do Mitchell Hill even once last year—seems like we’re overdue to take on The Wall. Let’s try the traditional route, which should be about 44 miles, but we can shave a few if we don’t go to Prout’s Neck. If you cut off the tour of Cape, it will save about 14 miles. Download both routes in case you’re indecisive. FAIR WARNING: I may not be able to go tomorrow, so I need a Bunny Wrangler…

It looks like the temp will get favorable around 10:00 tomorrow, so let’s start then; remember, we’re meeting at the upper lot in Payson Park. 

FAIR WARNING: I may not be able to go tomorrow, so I need a Bunny Wrangler…




Friday, March 25, 2022

3/26 Saturday Ride

Weather is looking pretty darn reasonable for tomorrow, and a welcome change from the rain. I may not be able to make it myself, but I have one commitment for a 10:00 start. We did not go to Pineland last weekend, so I offer last week’s posted route for tomorrow. Check back here or on FB in case times change.

NOTE: We are not allowed to park at the church for now, so please meet up at the upper lot in Payson Park.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

3/20 Sunday Ride

The weather is looking very bicycley tomorrow, so let's give it an early-season go!

Two choices: Freeport (about 31-2 miles): https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/65944958

or Pineland (about 43): https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/95478255

Download them both and meet at the church for a 9:00 start.