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CENTURIES and other special events

 

Our centuries (100-mile road rides) are scenic, challenging and social. A century is an achievable goal, even for a first-year rider, and there are always shorter options. A century is not a race.
Another special event: the George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor


Sunday, June 11, 2017

 

King's Tour of the Quabbin
 

Bike 62, 100 or 125 miles from Rutland, Mass., around the Quabbin Reservoir, a pristine jewel in the heart of Massachusetts. Not much traffic; plenty of hills. This is not a race.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
... and the answers

Please read this 2017 FAQ if you're doing the ride.

 

The King's Tour of the Quabbin is a MassBike Partner Ride.

Seven Hills Wheelmen donates a portion of the ride proceeds to MassBike, which promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. During online registration, Quabbin riders can join MassBike for just $30 --  a $10 discount.

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION

 

$15 for Seven Hills Wheelmen members,
$25 for nonmembers.

 


ON-SITE REGISTRATION
  6:45-8:45 a.m. June 11, 2017

  Naquag Elementary School
  285 Main St. (Route 122A)
  Rutland, Mass.
$20 for Seven Hills Wheelmen members,
$30 for nonmembers
Map & directions to start

START TIMES:
7:00 double metric
8:00 century
9:00 metric

 

 

 

 

2017 RideWithGPS routes
  Metric   
  Century   
  Double Metric

 

Quab Cam -- webcam view of Quabbin Reservoir from the Visitor Center

 

For ride info (if you can't find it here), or to volunteer,
contact Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301, LTolman@LTolman.org
or Steve Plays, splays2003@gmail.com

 


IN THE NEWS:

 

Things to Do
(Telegram & Gazette, 2016)

 

10 Things to Do
(Telegram & Gazette, 2015)

 

Great cycling events
(Telegram & Gazette, 2015)


 

10 Things to Do
(Telegram & Gazette, 2012)

 

Picturesque Quabbin ride
(Telegram & Gazette, 2012)

 

Bicycling magazine selected this ride in 1998 as one of the best in Massachusetts.

The century route goes northwest to Barre, then clockwise around the Quabbin Reservoir. NEW IN 2015: The metric century will go into the Quabbin Reservation for a stunning view of the reservoir. The metric century then retraces to Ware and returns via the Gilbertville covered bridge, with a rest stop in New Braintree. Riders on the longer routes climb within the Quabbin Reservation to the summit tower, then descend and exit over Winsor Dam. The double metric goes into North Amherst, and the 100-miler goes up roller-coaster Route 202 to New Salem. The two long routes converge shortly before the Petersham rest stop, about 26 miles from the finish. All routes are very hilly.

The routes have variations from year to year to adjust for road conditions and just for fun.

 

2015 cue sheets 
-- not valid for 2016 or later
  Metric Century
  Century
  Double Metric Century

Routes were revised for 2015.
Everything below is about PREVIOUS routes.


Elevation profiles from past routes: Note that the vertical scale exaggerates the hills a bit.
100 miles
125 miles


All three UNOFFICIAL maps are here:

2014:
http://www.mapmyride.com/events/583406


Also UNOFFICIAL for 2014:
century
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2650569
metric
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2651358

 

 

Cue sheets from the past

 

2000

2006

2010

2012

Century

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map

 

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Metric

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Double Metric

 

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1995 article
2000 photos
2003 photos
2004 article
2004 photos
2005 photos
2007 photos
2008 Leslie's photos (Winsor Dam)

2009 Pete B's photos

2009 Mike's photos
2009 Karen's photos (Winsor Dam)

2010 photos by Pete B.
More 2010 photos, by Oliver.

2011 photos  
2012 photos


2013 PHOTOS by Pete B.
2013 photos by Oliver
2014 photos by Dick G. & others

(2014) Shirley's blog entry  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

 

George Street Bike Challenge


See how fast you can pedal up one of Worcester's steepest streets. Presented by Barney's Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association.

 

Entry fee is $20. Open to riders age 12 & up.

Win a bike! Grand prize in the 2017 George Street raffle is a Fuji Sportif 2.3 road bike from Barney's Bicycle. Lots of other cool prizes, too.

 


Click here for links to 2016 results, course records, photos, videos, raffle winners and news coverage.

 

 

Contacts:

Lynne Tolman, info@majortaylorassociation.org
and Peter Howard,
508-799-BIKE (2453)
 

 

 


Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

 

The
Major Taylor Century
was backin 2016 as part of
Gran Fondo New England,
with the start/finish in
Thompson, Conn.,
at KMC Cross Fest


 

 

Gran Fondo New England
2016 ROUTES
35, 39, 65 or 103 miles
(35 and 65 are completely on paved roads; 39 and 103 are mostly paved, with about 15 percent on hard-packed gravel segments rideable on a road bike) 

 

Entry fee $75,
with online registration open
until 5 p.m. Sept. 27, 2016.
Day-of-ride registration
 is $20 more.
 

REGISTER HERE
(scroll way down,
past the races)
 

Entry fee includes

  ►a T-shirt

  ►a souvenir New Belgium beer glass

  ►and a nourishing post-ride meal

at Thompson Speedway, where you can enjoy UCI pro-level cyclo-cross races and the New England Builders' Ball, all part of the KMC Cross Fest.

 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Major Taylor Association.

 

 

WHO WAS MAJOR TAYLOR? Marshall W. “Major” Taylor (1878-1932), who lived in Worcester, 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 Major Taylor monument in Worcester: www.majortaylorassociation.org

 

MAJOR TAYLOR CENTURY
HISTORY

10th Gear / Venture Crew 1010, a group based in Whitinsville and affiliated with the Boy Scouts, coordinated the Major Taylor Century for Seven Hills Wheelmen for 11 years. Proceeds benefited 10th Gear/Venture Crew 1010, Seven Hills Wheelmen, and the Major Taylor Association.

2012-2014 route maps:
The last 23 miles or so of the century and metric were completely different from 2011.
  Century .
     Metric Century .
       Quarter Century .

2011 route maps
Century .
  Metric Century .
    Quarter Century .
Note: We think MapMyRide underestimates the amount of climbing. One rider's GPS logged 3,744 feet of climbing on the metric.

Bob W.'s map & profile on RideWithGPS  for the 2010 century show 6,408 feet of climbing. MapMyRide showed much less.

 


Todd D. mapped the 2005 route and measured 6,700 feet of climbing. Todd's map & profile

 


2012 PHOTOS
 
2010 PHOTOS

2008 PHOTOS

Comments and pictures about previous Major Taylor centuries.
 

 

 

 

Major Taylor Century
 

 

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