Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
With temps predicted to be around 50-degrees Sunday it's very tempting.
Any takers? Leave the shop at 10am, ride the safety of Route 1 to at least Freeport, perhaps Brunswick, stop for coffee, and return the same way?
No hammering necessary. Just ride, enjoy the bike and the company of friends, with fingers crossed for an early spring.
What say you? (Comment here or send me an email.)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Most of us dressed as reindeer, some might call us Antler People, with Tracey posing as Santa, complete with sleigh and presents.
In addition to riding two-by-two around the boulevard we made our way to the Old Port and Arts District to wish shoppers a Merry Christmas.
Of course we had to stop at the tree for a photo.
We were greeted with smiles, cheers, and honking horns (this time in a good way). It seemed we were well received and hope to make this an annual event.
Thanks to Richard, Paul and Don for taking great photos that I've posted on our Flickr site and to Rocky for shooting the video below.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I have been very quiet concerning these weekend plans. Apparently I won an election. I have been nominated, elected, appointed, and drafted to be CCCP's "Santa Claus". I wasn't running for this role, and am not at all certain about accepting this unpaid position. At the very least, we should all go into this with open eyes, and all should be very clear about expectations.
First. Are you all out of your minds?
Second. I personally hold Tracey Merrill responsible for any and all damages or injuries to myself, or others around me, that may result from my operating a bike, wearing Santa gear, being pulled, I guess, in some sort of sleigh device put together by a couple of unsupervised kids. This is an accident waiting to happen. I want a complete film record of this mess; to be used as evidence in any subsequent legal proceeding. The last thing I want to do on Dec 6, is show up at a local emergency room, with a broken collarbone, wearing a bad combination of biking attire and a Santa Claus outfit, and having to explain what exactly I was thinking of, and being forced to take a sobriety test, for obvious reasons. And let's remember this. If I show up at that emergency room, with probably seven or eight more of you, all of us injured and maimed, blood flowing freely, spoiling our holiday and biking attire, we are making national news; I'm thinking The National Enquirer, The Drudge Report and any other tabloid wanting to have more fun at the expense of cyclists
Third. No one is getting on my lap. No exceptions. Don't even ask. Just because I'm sitting, isn't a reason to be jumping onto my lap, throwing a wrestle hold around my neck., and reciting your list of god awful trinkets that you want me to deliver on XMAS eve.
Fourth. No photos, or a least no photos linking me to this event. Any photo captions are to list Claus as being played by Will Ferrell. The sun glasses will stay on during the entire time I am wearing anything red colored and fur lined.
Fifth. Their will be only one single, very short, and not very loud "HO HO HO". I will determine when that single HO HO HO is said. Pay attention, Otherwise, this Santa is mute, and I will have the ACLU in your face should you ask for more. A mute Santa Claus is perfectly acceptable and politically correct. My version of Santa is best played by Bela Lugosi, not Tim Allen.
Sixth. This is most likely not a family event. If any of you are inclined to bring drooling and obese children looking for Photo Ops, go to Macy's. Most children are scared of me, and my wearing a dime store Santa Claus outfit, will be a horror movie event. XMAS is not a time for terrorizing your kids. Keep the kids at a distance. Explain "Santa Claus is sick today, he can't talk, and had a tough Friday night". Throw in something about Santa being seen leaving Forest Gardens early in the morning. Tell them Forest Gardens is a rehab center. Confuse the hell out of them, and start lecturing them about substance abuse. XMAS time is the right time to introduce your children to a dysfunctional Santa. This whole thing is beginning to sound like a good idea.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I was wondering if anyone would like to help me with a little project. I am thinking of putting together "Santa and his reindeer" (the cyclists version) for a ride and a photo op for a Christmas card. I am thinking reindeer antlers on our helmets, riding 2 by 2 with Rudolph up front, Santa in back. We would need a blinky red nose (wondering if my backlight might somehow hold to someone's nose). Jingle bells. Anyone have a tow along we could make into Santa's sleigh? I would love the photo op and anyone who wants can partake of the photo to share with others for your own Christmas card or something if you would like. Then we can ride around Back Cove, or longer depending how this whole thing turns out.
I know it sounds corny, but don't you think it would bring out a lot of smiles? :) We can do it some weekend in December, weather permitting. Please let me know if you would be interested. I am tired of writing my Christmas cards with "Nothing new. Work, bike, eat, sleep. Repeat."
Monday, November 17, 2008
If it goes ahead then we'll be looking at construction on that road all summer next year. The route might need to detour over Mountain Road for another season.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Please RSVP to Bryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) so he will know how many people to expect.
Thanks. See you Saturday!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Along the way back, Deke suggested a Sunday ride to Buck's Naked BBQ in Freeport for lunch.
Personally, I thought it was a GREAT idea! I hope you do too.
Let's plan on meeting at the shop at 10am Sunday, November 9th (weather permitting) and we'll make our way to Freeport. Bucks Naked opens at 11am so that will be perfect timing!
If you need more enticing, check out the MENU. Yummmmmmm!!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Feel free to make a route suggestion if you have a preference. Come prepared: water, possibly food, and money in the event there is a coffee stop along the way.
Don't forget that the clocks are set back Saturday night / Sunday morning. (Don't arrive at the shop an hour early because you forgot!)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Well, as it turns out the blogger celebrity was at Back Bay Bicycle Friday as part of dealer visits.
I only wish I could have been there to meet him in person. Masi guy rocks!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
We'd really like people to weigh in with their thoughts about it. Please make a comment here on the blog (then everyone can see the comment). If you'd prefer, you can send Kris or me an email with your comments.
Options with the new logo (Kris is also advocating for some beer glasses):
Thanks to Robert for his efforts!! Don't forget to comment!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
You can see all our photos here:
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Bryan and Janice Lewis have offered their home and 100-inch TV screen for an end of season movie night on Saturday, November 15th at 6:30pm. The feature presentation will be Road to Roubaix.
A subsequent feature may be shown after Road to Roubaix.
Home-made pizzas will be provided and you are encouraged to bring an appetizer or snack to share, as well as the beverage of your choice. There is seating for 9 as well as the floor that will hold more. It is recommended that you RSVP to Bryan so he knows how many to expect.
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Robert wasn't the only familiar face in the races throughout the day. We took pictures of Chris LaFlamme, Jurgen Nebelung (aka Spiderman), Dave Shedd and Jeff Dixon of Base36, Steve Bryant and Paul Neihoff of SMCC, Stephanie Chase of International Bicycle/Global, and Marianne Stover of Independent Fabrication/Cyclemania. There were also riders from PVC and Bikeman but I didn't know who they were.
You can check out all our photos from the day by clicking HERE. And if you see any of the above mentioned riders anytime soon, ask them about the race. I'm sure they will have some interesting stories to tell.
There is the Downeast Cyclocross Race at Pineland Farms next Saturday, October 18th. We'll be there to cheer on the local guys and gals. Hope to see you there!
Monday, October 6, 2008
This was our entertainment for the evening - a local bagpiper who plays Saturdays across from The Colony on a ledge overlooking the ocean:
Then it was time to grill some food, drink some beer and tell some stories. I think here Russ was explaining that he wouldn't be using a cue sheet for the ride the next day, but using his extraordinary powers of direction through the use of the celestial bodies. How did that work out for you, Russ??
Consider this eating by candlelight:
The morning of the ride was chilly, as you might deduce by the jackets worn by the riders. It was a hilly ride so thanks to the sun and the climbing, we all warmed up pretty quickly.
A few members approaching the first CCCP rest stop where the century riders and metric century riders would part ways:
Here are the metric century riders at their first official rest stop in Northeast Harbor:
Richard and John at the second rest stop for the century riders Northeast Harbor:
And the last few remaining riders at the top of Cadillac at the end of the day:
I think I speak for many when I say the the weekend was perfect - good food, friends, weather and scenery. What could be better??
Let's hope we can continue these fall rides starting this Sunday. Anyone up for a ride Sunday at 10am from the shop? (Weather permitting of course.)
Friday, October 3, 2008
A shame really. For any of you who know Matt, he's done wonders for these kids. I'm sure they are all going to truly miss him and this wonderful program.
Thanks to all of you who helped to make Matt's program a success over the years, either by volunteering or through donations.
Monday, September 29, 2008
The weather looks great for a terrific ride Sunday. The sun will be shining, the temperatures cool and comfortable, and the leaves will be colorful.
See you this weekend!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Scheduled for Wednesday, 9/24, at the home of Shannon and Rick Goduti, 20 Middle Road, Falmouth. There will be balloons on the mail box, making it easier for you to locate. The club will provide burgers/hot dogs/chicken, chips, and beverages. We ask everyone to contribute a salad, side dish, or dessert. All club members and friends of the club are invited. Party starts at 6pm and runs until approximately 9pm.
All Fall Mid-Week Rides
All mid week rides now start at 5pm. This applies to Monday and Thursday nights. The women's ride has been discontinued for the season. Saturday morning rides still depart at 8am.
Cadillac Mountain Challenge
We have about 20 club members planning to ride the Cadillac Mountain Challenge on October 5th, a 100-mile or 72-mile route in the Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Island are that include the climb up Cadillac Mountain.
If you are interested in riding it, the club is staying at The Colony in Hulls Cove Saturday night, less than a mile from the start/finish of the ride. Some are staying Sunday night as well.
Monday, September 22, 2008
(Jeff, Ralph, Ben, Chris, and Jurgen.)
And this photo of Cody Harris in action:
(Cody actually won the first prem available that day. Great job!)
Feel free to check out all the photos on our flickr page:
Men's Cat 4 race: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcewan/sets/72157607423041171/detail/
Women's race: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcewan/sets/72157607419691756/detail/
Men's Pro/1/2/3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcewan/sets/72157607421421754/detail/
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We have talked about this for a while now but it's never come to fruition for a couple reasons. Our intent was to make this blog a way for people to comment on news and information but it doesn't seem to be working that way.
The discussion board is for all riders to communicate more effectively with other members and perhaps non-members. Please feel free to use this discussion board to post news items or rides you'd like to organize. However, it is our intent that this be a positive form of communication. We are a community club and we want to make sure we keep that spirit in mind when posting.
There are a couple ways to stay informed of posting on the discussion board:
1.) Use the RSS feed in Google Reader. This is most effective and is updated readily with all your subscriptions. (I use this to digest a lot of sites throughout the day and it's very effective and efficient.)
2.) Subscribe through email notification. This isn't quite as effective but it will notify you once a day (midnight I think) on new messages that have been added to the site.
3.) Keep checking back regularly.
Keep in mind that this blog is not being replaced by the discussion board. This blog will still be updated regularly with pertinent information, newsletters. So don't forget to keep checking back here - or better yet, add it to your Google Reader if you haven't done so already!
Now, go look at the discussion board. You can find it here:
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 24th at 6pm. We are fortunate that Rick and Shannon Goduti have agreed to host this event and their home is located at 20 Middle Road, Falmouth. (This is right before the Rebecca Way granite sign when headed north on Route 9 from Portland to Falmouth. Everyone should know this from the group rides.)
The club will provide beverages (beer, wine & sodas) and burgers/hot dogs/chicken/veggie burgers. We request that everyone attending bring a salad or dessert to share.
Whether you are a club member or a friend of the club, all are invited to attend.
We do, however, respectfully request you reply to either Kris Clark or Dana McEwan so we can anticipate how many will be attending.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Greg Fisher and I announce the SUNDAY HILL ride for tomorrow, Sept 7. This is scheduled to start just after the deluge ends. Meet at the Back Bay shop at Noon, with bike in vehicle. We will car pool and drive to the Park and Ride area at the Gray turnpike exit. We expect to leave that park area on bikes between 12:45 to 1PM. We head to the Raymond hills, then Poland, E Poland, New Gloucester, Pownal, N Yarmouth and end back in Gray; see http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/me/gray/1205846035
If link doesn’t work, the route is mapped at Map My Ride under RussB rides labeled “Portland Velo Raymond Loop to/fr Gray Maine”. The ride is 51 plus miles, and hilly; no long climbs, but lots and lots of ups and downs, and some sweet steep spots. We regroup constantly.
Kris Clark, last fall, called this one of the best rides of 2007. For weather updates, questions, advice call Greg at 232-6871, or Russ at 807-6267. Ride, and start time, may be delayed for rain let-up.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Saturday morning rides will still leave at 8am.
The apres ride events have come to a close so post-ride consumption of recovery drinks (beer and wine) will return to Forest Gardens.
There are many club riders interesting in participating in the Cadillac Mountain Challenge in Bar Harbor on October 5th. If you are considering joining the club for this event, please email Kris Clark (email@example.com).
See you on the road!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The most important line in this article, in my opinion is: "Indeed, traffic flow is improved where cyclists do not come to a complete stop, for drivers need not wait long for the bikes to clear the intersection." Could you imagine the uproar by drivers who would have to wait for 35 - 50 cyclists to each stop at all the stop signs in Payson Park on a Monday or Thursday night ride?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I was riding south east down Rte 5, just outside Lyman, around 8AM this morning. I was enjoying the Rte 5 generous break down lane, the flat road ahead, and a bit of tail wind. The arm warmers were on, and the Fall season was in the air.
Coming up to me, going north west, in the opposite lane of traffic, was a sight to behold; never before seen by myself during my many biking miles in Maine. On the opposite side of Route 5 was a motorbike motor pacing a cyclist, both going at a clip of about 25-30 miles pre hour. The cyclist was wearing a team kit, which I couldn’t identify, with a lot of orange color. Their was no doubt this was a motor pace event. The motor bike was a few feet ahead of the cyclist, very deliberately in the break down lane, and they were a pair. They had come up from Biddeford [apparently], and were heading north west. I had sighted the biking equivalent of a mountain lion sighting. You’ll have to believe me, no photos are available. I was there, I saw it. Serious cycling has come to Maine.
The apres ride hosted by John Tabb was also well attended.
Thanks to all for making these apres rides happen. They were enjoyed by many this summer. Don't forget that next week it's back go Forest Gardens. (We hear we have been missed there!)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Russ found this great article in the current issue of Portland Magazine. It's been scanned, cropped and posted here for all to read. (If you have a hard time reading it, just click each section for a larger view.)
Friday, August 22, 2008
A poem by Al Carp:
Riding down the street one day I get a flat
Got it, changed it; that was that
Picked up some glass: pain in the ass
But heck, a flat is just a flat
Next day just a quick spin
Another day another flat
Was this one a rock, or maybe a pin?
Is Middle Road almost done?
Five weeks? Two weeks or maybe just one?
Well heck, a flat is just a flat
Tomorrow comes another day
What’s going to get in my way?
A broken spoke! What can I say
Get pissed off, throw my bottles in the bay!
Toss my bike across the lawn, not in the mood to play
Screw it, a flat is just a flat
Today nothing can go wrong
Put on my headphones, listen to my favorite song
Riding down 88, careful not to hate
Wankers yelling from their cars
Then just like that
Damn! My eighth friggin' flat!
New Mavic wheels, Vittoria Tires too
Five hundred bucks down the drain
No more feeling blue
Gonna save me some hurt and pain
Ain’t even gonna talk about the month of rain
What happens next?
I ride down Tuttle Road, some redneck throws crap at me out his window, get honked at, almost run off the road, hit damn unmarked new road construction and trash my new “indestructible ksyrium overpriced piece of crap rear wheel” have to go pay $225 for a new one plus buy a new cassette and chain, have to miss my ride today because it takes extra time to change them out 'cuz mavic ships with Japanese hubs (and who puts Japanese hubs on an Italian frame?), can’t get a date because I am pissed off all the time because I am spending so much money on my bike, have to go back to school next week and spend my time writing stupid poems about my flat tires!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here is how they work: each week a different club member designs a route and lead the ride. Usually they leave around 10 from the shop but they don't have to. Longer rides or departing from other locations are acceptable.
and Cadillac Challenge century on October 5th:
(A group of us are talking about going up to Bar Harbor Sat 4th and staying in a motel or rent a place then riding on Sunday. Let me know if you might be interested. These are the 2 prettiest centuries in Maine!)
A special thanks to Greg Fisher, Richard Hutchins, Russ Boisvert, Rick & Shannon Goduti, and Bryan Lewis for hosting the last several apres rides in their back yards. This has been a nice touch to our fun Monday night rides. This week ends the apres ride series and will be hosted by John Tabb. Meet at the shop after the ride and we'll ride together to John's, who doesn't live far from the shop. After Labor Day we'll head back to Forest Gardens for the apres ride festivities, where we hear we are missed by the bartender.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The folks at SMCC are looking for volunteers for the Saco Crit to be held Saturday, August 23rd. If you are interested in volunteering at all, either all day or part of the day, check out the information here:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
So we decided that this Sunday we should go check it out. We'll leave the shop at 8am and head that way via some method of Blackstrap Road, which might include Brook and Mountain Roads too but we'll see how everyone is feeling that morning.
So mark your calendars and plan to set your alarm (if you need one) to be up and ready to ride for some Sunday morning Joe!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
1.) Prout's Neck loop with a stop at Scratch Bakery, either before or after the loop ride. (The upside to Scratch is the pastries for breakfast - yummy! The downside is there is no seating.)
2.) Ride to Maine Roasters Coffee in Yarmouth. After fueling on caffeine we'll ride out Rt. 115, down Rt 9 to Blanchard and Skillings onto Blackstrap to Portland.
Feel free to chime in as to which direction you'd prefer to take. We can also take a poll at the shop in the morning. For those who are not up for a ride longer than to the coffee shop and back, you are not obligated to continue on for a longer ride.
Hope to see you in the morning!
Friday, August 8, 2008
And to think the Chinese government was offended when cyclists showed up wearing masks....
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So here is the plan for Thursday, a new, but actually old route for the ride that I have come up with. It is about the same distance, 37 miles, has plenty of climbing, much less traffic and fewer traffic lights, most of the same route including Dutton and a safer descent off of Blackstrap. (Regroups at top of Field Rd (brief), Cumberland Fair Grounds on Blanchard Road.)
Check attached map, but primary differences from original Thursday route is that we turn left off of Blanchard onto Skillins Road from Blanchard going out and coming back we take left off of Blackstrap down Mountain Rd instead of coming down Blackstrap. As usual, caution and group safety are strongly urged on this descent and especially the turn onto Brook Road.
Kris is planning on a 50+/- ride Sunday morning (8/03) at 10am from the shop . Drop him an email if you are interested.
It does not help the image of clubs, or cycling in general, when taking up the road on group rides. If we all gently remind each other now and again, we will allow cars to pass and we will all be safer.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Greg and Russ, after a day in the Whites on Saturday, are leading a coffee ride to Yarmouth on Sunday morn. Start time is 8AM, from the tennis courts at Payson Park, Portland. After the Yarmouth stop, any or all or none of us can decide to continue riding farther [but maybe not faster], or returning to Portland. This is an ideal ride for our Urban Epic riders, or anyone recovering from a long Saturday ride in the heat and sun.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The race kicks off with the swim at 7am. That should hopefully give us enough time to get to the East End. If not, perhaps we should set up closer to the Boulevard to watch the riders pass.
Please chime in and let me know what option you prefer. Be sure to wear your club kit so we’ll be noticeable to our friends!
Some of the club members rode to the Yarmouth Clam Festival Sunday to watch the bike race.Along the way we rode with a nice young man from Boston by the name of Colin who was headed to the race to participate. He had stayed in Portland and was on his way to the race when he came upon us in Falmouth. He rode with us from Falmouth to Yarmouth and we felt priveledged for his company and we hope he felt the same.
During the men's race there was a phenomenal solo break on the main field for many laps. He was a professional bike racer from Kelly Benefit by the name of Justin Spinelli. His finish was quite impressive and as you can imagine he won the race, and by a significant margin.
(Start line photo.)
Click here for more photos and here for video.
Monday, July 21, 2008
So we ask you: Would you have any interest in this event? We'd leave the shop at either 7:30 or 8am and ride someplace for coffee. We don't have to make it a long or hard ride. We can vary the coffee stop location and worst case we just go to Maine Roasters Coffee in Yarmouth. Another nice spot is to go to Scratch Bakery at Willard's Square, though this is best on a sunny day as there is no seating inside. Suggestions for other coffee spots are welcome.
So chime in and let us know your thoughts.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Two years ago this mountain top finish was included in the Tour. Who can forget the face of Frank Schlek as he crossed the line alone? Can he repeat and claim the stage win at the top of Alpe d'Huez again?
Wednesday evening there will be a group of people gathering for drinks and to watch this epic stage of the tour at Rivalries. Come join us - but no spoilers please. If you find out the winner early in the day, please keep the news to yourself as others might not know.
ADDENDUM: Meet at Rivalries at 8pm. That's when the coverage starts!