Wednesday, April 28, 2010

5/1 Saturday Ride

This Saturday we we will have another split ride. The normal ride is a loop we did last fall that heads up to Freeport (MapMyRide route). The longer route is the next ride in our series intended to help people prepare for the CCCP Memorial day ride. This week the longer route will also head up to Freeport, but will then continue on up toward Brunswick (MapMyRide route). Both rides will leave the shop together around 8:00 am and then split once we get to S. Freeport Rd.

At a bit over 51 miles, the loop toward Brunswick is one of the longer rides that we do. The total time for the 51 miles will likely be in the neighborhood of just over three hours, so please plan accordingly. In three hours on the bike, the weather is certain to change during the ride, so make sure you are dressed appropriately. In addition, it is important to have enough liquids and preferably some solid food to consume. We highly recommend bringing two full water bottles and something to munch on like an energy bar or a bagel. We pass the Bow St. Market in Freeport at about mile 32, which will provide people a chance to refuel if needed.

Next week we will be taking a break from these longer rides to give people a chance to rest. But, the following two weeks will include lots of hills and then Memorial Day will be upon us. If you are interested in using the longer Saturday routes as way to prepare for the Memorial Day ride, here is the tentative ride schedule:
Please email me if you have any questions.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

4/24 Saturday Ride

It has been a bit of a roller coaster for spring weather so far. Kudos to Nathan and Richard for making last week's somewhat wintery ride:

Luckily, the snow from last Saturday seems to be behind us and things are looking good for Saturday, so this week we will head up Mountain Rd. and through Cumberland (MapMyRide route).

As we mentioned in last week's post, we are trying to incorporate the option of a longer route to allow people to prepare for the annual CCCP Memorial Day ride. So, when the group reaches Forest Lake Rd., riders interested in taking a longer ride can break off and head over Dutton Hill and up to Grey (MapMyRide route). Although, the longer route currently includes Sligo Rd., please note that we may shorten things a bit depending on time and other factors by cutting out Sligo.

As always, we will all leave the shop at just about 8:00 and will ride as one group until we reach the designated split point.

If you are interested in using the longer Saturday routes as way to prepare for the Memorial Day ride, here is the tentative ride schedule:
Please email me if you have any questions.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

4/17 Saturday Ride and Proposed Training Schedule

There has been some discussion about the prospect of using the Saturday morning rides as a training vehicle for the CCCP Memorial Day ride through the White Mountains. The good news is that the level of interest has convinced us that it's worth given the idea a try. The bad news is that in order to be effective, we really need to start adding some hillier terrain starting this week. The really bad news is that weather forecast for Saturday is not pretty.

I have convinced a very small contingent of folks to head out rain or shine. Therefore, I am planning on being at the shop on Saturday morning regardless of the weather. The route will be about 35 miles and include both Mountain Rd. and Dutton Hill (MapMyRide route). I'm not going to pretend that 40 degrees, 15 mph winds and rain/drizzle ranks high on my list of enjoyable biking conditions, but if you have a jacket and are willing to brave the elements I can promise it will be an adventure.

As for the rest of the training program, we are going to try to incorporate a long ride each Saturday for the folks interested in preparing for the Memorial Day ride. The tentative plan is as follows:
Each of these longer Saturday rides (with the exception of the Raymond Hill loop on 5/29) will be an extension of a regular route that is more in-line with the traditional Saturday rides. As we have done in the past, we will all ride out together and at a designated point the folks interested in the longer ride will break off.

We would like as much feedback as possible regarding this plan so we can anticipate exactly how many people are interested and tweak the schedule if need be. So, please either leave a comment or drop me and email with your thoughts.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

4/10 Saturday ride

In an attempt to switch things up a bit, this week we will be heading up Mast and down Mountain (MapMyRide route). We will leave the shop at 8:00.

Friday, April 2, 2010

4/3 Saturday Ride

After more than our share of rain, this weekend looks to be perfect riding weather. The route this week will have two options. The "standard" route will be the now familiar route up Mountain Rd, over to Cumberland and back Tuttle Rd. (MapMyRide route). However, we are also going to have a longer route that will break off in Cumberland Center and head over to Sligo Rd. in Yarmouth (MapMyRide route). Both rides will start out together and will stay together as a group until Cumberland Center. At Rte 9 in Cumberland, we will split.

We will be leaving the shop at 8:00. If you have any questions about the ride, please drop me an email.