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A sampling of other groups' activities. Seven Hills Wheelmen has no association with these rides unless specified, but posts notice of them as a public service. Locations are in Massachusetts unless specified otherwise. Send listings to LTolman@LTolman.org.

Selected local groups

Weekly/monthly  rides

Around the region

   

APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB
Worcester Chapter www.amcworcester.org  

Bicycle committee chairs: Neil Schutzman, nschutzman@gmail.com, and Janice Melchiore, janicemelch0@gmail.com. Tuesday & Thursday rides are at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

 

WACHUSETT GREENWAYS 

Keepers of the Mass Central Rail Trail in Sterling, West Boylston, Holden, Rutland, Oakham.
See www.wachusettgreenways.org/wgcal.html for details on snowshoeing, XC skiing, bike rides and nature/history walks, birding, hikes, trail maintenance and other activities, on the rail trail and elsewhere. Contact: Colleen Abrams, colleen.abrams@verizon.net, 508-829-3954. 


FRIENDS OF THE WARE RIVER WATERSHED
Advocates for sustainable trail access for non-motorized uses (read: mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking); trail stewardship and maintenance; and education on protecting cultural, environmental and historic resources in the Ware River Watershed (Rutland, Barre, Hubbardston, Oakham, Phillipston, Templeton, Princeton). See  NEMBA trails proposal to state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and NEMBA updates
 

ASSABET RIVER RAIL TRAIL
The trail, partly built and partly still in the planning stages, is 12.5 miles on an old rail bed from Marlboro to Acton. Oct. 18,   7 p.m. meeting, Marlboro City Hall, 140 Main St., Marlboro. Contacts: Duncan Power, duncan@arrtinc.org or duncan.power@verizon.net, or Tom Kelleher, tom@arrtinc.org. More info: www.ARRTinc.org 
 
WALKBIKE WORCESTER
WalkBike Worcester is a project of the Worcester Food and Active Living Policy Council. Its aim is to make walking and biking in the city more safe, pleasant, and convenient. Monthly meetings, first Thursday of the month.  Contacts: walkbikewoo@gmail.com, Karin Valentine Goins, kvgoins@gmail.com, 508-752-9742, and Jerry Powers, gerald.powers@charter.net . More info at www.walkbikeworcester.org and on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/YMNVhT or follow @FoodActiveLivin on Twitter. 
 
WORCESTER EARN-A-BIKE
Part-time bike shop with learning programs for youth and others, 4 King St., Worcester. Contact: info@worcesterearnabike.org, 508-614-9322. 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, adult open shop. Learn-A-Bike, starting Sept. 5, nine-week bike maintenance workshop; see https://www.facebook.com/events/1801235386620295 and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-a-bike-tickets-48227805665Second Saturday of the month (usually): Slow Roll Worcester community bike ride, meet at 5:30 for 6 p.m. rollout; locations vary; details at http://worcesterearnabike.org/slowrollwstr/
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY RIDES

Call ahead if possible to confirm the following rides -- we don't always get timely updates:

6:00 p.m. Mondays -- SEVEN HILLS WHEELMEN,
15-18 miles, Barney's Bicycle, 582 Park Ave., Worcester. Contact: Peter Howard, barneysbicycle@rcn.com, 508-799-BIKE (508-799-2453)

 

6:00 p.m. Mondays -- SOUTHBRIDGE BICYCLES, 30-35 miles, separate leaders for A, B, and C groups, 100 Central St., Southbridge. Contact: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657, jsteppic.bicycles@outlook.com, http://southbridgebicycles.com/events/

6 p.m. Mondays -- QUINEBAUG VALLEY VELO, 17 or 21 miles (two groups), Danielson Adventure Sports, 21 Furance St., Danielson, Conn., 860-774-6010. http://qvvelo.com/rides.aspx#road   

6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays -- APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB, various Central Mass. locations. See www.amcworcester.org

 

6 p.m. Tuesdays -- WORCESTER COUNTY WOMEN'S CYCLING and SEVEN HILLS WHEELMEN, Show 'n' Go, 27 miles, Lalajava, 290 West Main St., Northboro. Show 'n' Go means no leader; possible route around Wachusett Reservoir is shown at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13551396. All are welcome; we can split into two or more groups at different paces.

6:15 p.m. Tuesdays -- VMPS Time Trial Training Series, 9.2 miles, from West Main Street and Harris Avenue, Millbury, around Lake Singletary; $5-$10 per race or $100 for 15-week series ($50 for members), May 1-Aug. 14, 2018.  Details: https://www.mpstraining.com/mobile/time-trial-series.html

 

6 p.m. Wednesdays -- SOUTHBRIDGE BICYCLES, fast pace, average 19-23 mph, 100 Central St., Southbridge. No tri bikes, no clip-on bars. Contact: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657, jsteppic.bicycles@outlook.com .   


6 p.m. Wednesdays -- WOMEN'S RIDE from FRITZ'S BICYCLE SHOP, 328 West Boylston St., Worcester, 18-20 miles, 13-15 mph. Contact: 508-853-1799, http://fritzsbicycleshop.blogspot.com 

 

6 p.m. Wednesdays -- LANDRY'S ROAD RIDE,  20-24 miles, 20 Jolma Rd., Worcester; 14-15 mph pace. Contact Landry's Bicycles, 508-713-9695. Details: http://www.landrys.com/page.cfm?pageid=163

 

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays -- LANDRY'S HYBRID RIDE, 20 Jolma Road, Worcester;  9 miles, casual pace, around Lake Quinsigamond. Contact Landry's Bicycles, 508-713-9695.  Details: http://www.landrys.com/page.cfm?pageid=163

 

9:00 a.m. Thursdays -- TREK STOP, 49 North Main St. (Route 140), North Grafton. Call Dave Baumgartner at the shop the night before to confirm: 508-839-9199, www.trekstop.com


6 p.m. Thursdays -  BIKES AND LIFE RIDE, 22 miles, 3Cross Brewing Co., 26 Cambridge St., Worcester, 508-615-8195

 

6 p.m. Thursdays -- SOUTHBRIDGE BICYCLES WOMEN'S RIDE,  Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge. Contact: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657, jsteppic.bicycles@outlook.com 

 

6 p.m. Thursdays -- QUINEBAUG VALLEY VELO, 12 or 20 miles (two groups), Danielson Adventure Sports, 21 Furance St., Danielson, Conn., 860-774-6010. http://qvvelo.com/rides.aspx#road   

 

5:30 p.m.  Fridays -- SOUTHBRIDGE BICYCLES, 100 Central St., Southbridge. Mileage and pace depend on who shows up. Contact: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657, jsteppic.bicycles@outlook.com .
 
6:00 p.m. last Friday of the month - CRITICAL MASS. Meet at "Turtle Boy" (Burnside Fountain on Worcester Common), Church and Franklin streets, Worcester. 
 
7 a.m. Saturdays -- LANDRY'S WESTBORO ROAD RIDES, all speeds/abilities, 276 Turnpike Road (Route 9), Westboro. Contact: 508-836-3878. Details: http://www.landrys.com/page.cfm?pageid=163
 
7 a.m. Saturdays -- LANDRY'S WORCESTER ROAD RIDES, 25-30 miles, 20 Jolma Road, Worcester; 16-18 mph pace, through September. Contact: 508-713-9695. Details: http://www.landrys.com/page.cfm?pageid=163

9 a.m. Saturdays & Sundays -- SOUTHBRIDGE BICYCLES, Typically 25-30 miles, beginner/intermediate/advanced groups, 100 Central St., Southbridge. Contact: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657, Jon Steppic, jsteppic.bicycles@outlook.com . Details: http://www.southbridgebicycles.com/events.html
 
8 a.m. Sundays -- ROAD RIDES with Quinebaug Valley Velo, 15-18 mph, Stop & Shop, Route 44, Putnam, Conn. Contaact: Chris Gazzola, cgazzola@killinglyschools.org, www.qvvelo.com/Rides/tabid/57Default.aspx

9 a.m. Sundays -- ROAD RIDE, fast pace, usually 50 miles or more, Trek Stop, 49 North Main St. (Route 140), North Grafton; 508-839-9199, www.trekstop.com
 
9 a.m. Sundays -- MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE with Wachusett NEMBA, Leominster State Forest. Contact Jim Wrightson, jjwright@princeton-ma.us, 978-852-4800.
 
10 a.m. Sundays - ROAD RIDE with Blackstone Valley Bicyclists, Ocean State Job Lot, 161 Providence Road, Whitinsville section of Northbridge. https://www.facebook.com/BlackstoneValleyBicyclists
 
5:30 p.m. second Saturday of the month - SLOW ROLL WORCESTER with Worcester Earn-A-Bike. Locations vary.  Meet at 5:30 for 6 p.m. rollout March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8. More info: http://worcesterearnabike.org/slowrollwstr/
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AROUND THE REGION (2018) 
 
Oct. 23 -- GAS MAN COMETH, 8 p.m., Ralph's Diner parking lot, 148 Grove St., Worcester; ride to see Worcester's remaining gas street lamps. Bike lights are required. Someone associated with Worcester Historical Museum will provide context. Contact: Eric de Rivera, eric.derivera@gmail.com
 
Oct. 27 -- GRAND OPENING of BLACKSTONE HERITAGE CORRIDOR VISITOR CENTER, for GPS dirctions use 115 McKeon Road, Worcester. Ribbon cutting ceremony 9-10 a.m., celebration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1231131750371876/. More info: https://blackstoneheritagecorridor.org/exploring-the-blackstone-river-valley/visitor-centers/worcester-blackstone-visitor-center/ . Preview & photo gallery: https://www.telegram.com/news/20181022/blackstone-heritage-corridor-ready-to-unveil-worcester-visitor-center
 
Nov. 17 -- CRANKSGIVING, 20 miles or less, scavenger hunt/food drive to benefit Black Seed Farmers Market. Noon start at Worcester Earn-A-Bike, 4 King St., Worcester; bring a lock, panniers or other carriers for a few grocery items, and a bike light. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/254148365248567/ Contact: Ellen Gugel, emgugel@verizon.net. General info: http://cranksgiving.org 

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