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ACTIVITIES

As always, call the leader if the weather conditions are questionable, or if you have other questions. Wednesday night activities are listed here.  For info on the Easy C Rider schedule, mountain biking, or last-minute activities, scroll to the bottom of this page.  Ride categories are explained here.

 

NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Sunday, October 12, is the deadline for the November 2014 newsletter. If you can lead a bike ride, hike or any other activity in September, submit the details by midnight Oct. 12 to LTolman@LTolman.org. Check the ride schedule for remaining open dates in October as well.



Calendar
Fri, Oct 3 - Friday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm
Every Monday & Friday

Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.

 

 





Sat, Oct 4 - Road ride, 25 miles
Category : Road Rides      From : 1:00pm
 
Saturday, October 4

Activity:
Road ride, 25 miles
Location: Route 31 and Mill Street, Holden
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Leader: Bill Dobson, binaryengineering@charter.net, 508-885-2004

We'll ride to the summit of Mount Wachusett. The leader
rates this ride C for distance, B for climbing, and says "No rider left behind."
 




Sun, Oct 5 - Major Taylor Century
Category : Road Rides      From : 8:00am

Sunday, October 5, 2014
 
MAJOR TAYLOR CENTURY
 
Bicycle 25, 62 or 100 miles on quiet, rolling back roads of south central Massachusetts,
Rhode Island and Connecticut. It's not a race!
All routes start at River Bend Farm (visitor center for Blackstone River & Canal
Heritage State Park), 287 Oak St., Uxbridge.

Proceeds benefit 10th Gear/Venture Crew 1010, Seven Hills Wheelmen
and the Major Taylor Association.
Entry fees are $15 to $25. Online registration closes Oct. 2,
and day-of-ride registration costs more.
For details visit www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/centuries.htm,
and to register go to www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/majortaylor 

More Info



Mon, Oct 6 - Monday night rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm

 
Every Monday

 
Activity: Road ride, approx. 15 miles
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 582 Park Ave., Worcester, Mass.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-2453, barneysbicycle@rcn.com 

Ride around Holden Reservoir. Riders of all skill levels, on any type of bikes, are welcome.
Most riders will be on road bikes or hybrids. Lights are required this time of year.

We'll keep these rides going as late into the year as riders want.





Mon, Oct 6 - Monday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm

Every Monday & Friday

 
Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.





Fri, Oct 10 - Friday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm
Every Monday & Friday

Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.

 

 





Sat, Oct 11 - Road ride, 45 or 65 miles
Category : Road Rides      From : 9:30am

 

Saturday, October 11


Activity: Road ride, B, 45/65 miles


Time: 9:30 a.m.


Location: Book Mill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague, www.montaguebookmill.com
Cue sheet start/finish is at the Book Mill, www.montaguebookmill.com, but we will park and meet down the street
across from the former Montague Center School, School Street and Station Street, Montague,
because the cafe owner has asked us not to tie up parking spaces at the Book Mill. The old school is less than half a mile from the Book Mill.
Please use Google, MapQuest, Yahoo or the like to map the location ahead of time -- the roads are a bit tricky.
Allow 90 minutes driving time from Worcester.


Leaders: Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301, LTolman@LTolman.org, and Rick Krasnick, richard_krasnick@yahoo.com

 


RSVP required, to either leader, so we don't start without you.

 


This is a beautiful, HILLY ride with an option near the end to bike up Mount Sugarloaf,
approx. 1 very steep mile, for spectacular views of the Connecticut River Valley. Here are the cue sheets:


45-mile ride:
http://www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/cuesheet/2011-10-18_bookmill.pdf

65-mile ride:

http://www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/cuesheet/2011-10-18_bookmill-extended.pdf


Map and elevation profile:
http://www.ridewithgps.com/routes/771465

 
Photos (2013 and other years):
www.ltolman.org/BookMill2013/bookmill2013.html
Video (2008):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ViIU_4GXcM

 

 

Both routes have some short stretches of hard-packed dirt; road bike tires should suffice. The short route doesn't have many stores, so bring food.
The long route goes to the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, where we can get a nice lunch at McCusker's Deli and walk across the bridge to the glacial potholes. There is also an option to shave about 4 miles off the long route: You skip the long climb through Baptist Corner but still get to Shelburne Falls for lunch. The foliage should be colorful.
The Book Mill ("Books you don't need in a place you can't find") sells used books at half price and it also has a cafe, an antiques shop, a crafts shop and an artist’s studio. Optional post-ride food/beer at the attached Lady Killigrew Café, with seating overlooking the waterfall.

Even if
your average riding speed is quick, plan on this being an ALL-DAY OUTING, with
stops and sightseeing, and possibly a bite to eat and/or a beer at the Lady Killigrew
Café at the finish. The leaders really like the warm brown rice salad. Here's the recipe:
www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2009/04/22/warm_brown_rice_salad/
Here's an article about the café:
www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2009/04/22/the_lady_k_cafe_by_day_tavern_by_night/


Directions: ROUTE 2 west to ROUTE 63 south (left exit). Go 5 miles on Route 63, which takes three turns or bends in quick succession:
It goes LEFT over the Miller’s River onto Bridge Street through the village of Millers Falls,
RIGHT onto W. Main Street, then LEFT toward Montague. 
Take a RIGHT onto Center Street, and where it bends to the right, instead make a sharp left onto School Street.
A couple of blocks down, you'll see the old Montague Center School on your right. The school has no parking lot, so park on the left,
across the street from the school, just before Station Street. DO NOT park nose-in or park on the grass -- this is someone's lawn and he mows on weekends. Parallel park, or go farther down the street to park.

 





Sun, Oct 12 - Road ride, 43, 63 or 84 miles
Category : Road Rides      From : 10:00am
 
Sunday, October 12

Activity:
Road ride, 43, 63 or 84 miles
Location: Robert E. Melican Middle School, 145 Lincoln St., Northboro
Time: 9:00 a.m. CHANGED TO 10:00 A.M.
Leader: Mike Cavaretta, mike_cavaretta@yahoo.com, 774-275-4708

This is an interclub ride with Charles River Wheelmen and Nashoba Valley Pedalers.
The ride leader calls this ride Frankenstein (pronounced Fronk-en-steen)
because it's stitched together from parts of several of his favorite rides,
and because it has some monster climbs. While it's true that this ride has an Abby Normal amount
of climbing, it features beautiful vistas, quiet country roads and long smooth descents, including a
4-mile coast to the finish. All three routes circumnavigate Wachusett Reservoir. The 63-miler and the
84-miler include a loop through the Harvard hills. And the 85-miler adds a segment to the summit of Mount
Wachusett. Afterward, socializing and refueling will be at LaLaJava coffee house, 290 West Main St.,
Northboro. So warm up your legs, put some chamois cream on your schwanzstucker, and join us
as we ascend to the heavens!

GPS maps
84 miles - The Monster - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5731694
63 miles - Frau Blucher - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5917946




Mon, Oct 13 - Monday night rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm

 
Every Monday

 
Activity: Road ride, approx. 15 miles
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 582 Park Ave., Worcester, Mass.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-2453, barneysbicycle@rcn.com 

Ride around Holden Reservoir. Riders of all skill levels, on any type of bikes, are welcome.
Most riders will be on road bikes or hybrids. Lights are required this time of year.

We'll keep these rides going as late into the year as riders want.





Mon, Oct 13 - Monday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm

Every Monday & Friday

 
Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.





Fri, Oct 17 - Friday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm
Every Monday & Friday

Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.

 

 





Sat, Oct 18 - Road ride, 25 miles
Category : Road Rides      From : 9:00am
 
Saturday, October 18

Activity:
Road ride, 25 miles
Location: Route 31 and Mill Street, Holden
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Bill Dobson, binaryengineering@charter.net, 508-885-2004

We'll ride to the summit of Mount Wachusett. The leader
rates this ride C for distance, B for climbing, and says "No rider left behind."

No calls or e-mails Friday night, please; just show up if you want.
 




Mon, Oct 20 - Monday night rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm

 
Every Monday

 
Activity: Road ride, approx. 15 miles
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 582 Park Ave., Worcester, Mass.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-2453, barneysbicycle@rcn.com 

Ride around Holden Reservoir. Riders of all skill levels, on any type of bikes, are welcome.
Most riders will be on road bikes or hybrids. Lights are required this time of year.

We'll keep these rides going as late into the year as riders want.





Mon, Oct 20 - Monday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm

Every Monday & Friday

 
Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.





Fri, Oct 24 - Friday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm
Every Monday & Friday

Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.

 

 





Mon, Oct 27 - Monday night rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm

 
Every Monday

 
Activity: Road ride, approx. 15 miles
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 582 Park Ave., Worcester, Mass.

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Leader: Peter Howard, 508-799-2453, barneysbicycle@rcn.com 

Ride around Holden Reservoir. Riders of all skill levels, on any type of bikes, are welcome.
Most riders will be on road bikes or hybrids. Lights are required this time of year.

We'll keep these rides going as late into the year as riders want.





Mon, Oct 27 - Monday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm

Every Monday & Friday

 
Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.





Fri, Oct 31 - Friday Southbridge rides
Category : Road Rides      From : 6:00pm
Every Monday & Friday

Activity: Road ride, 30-35 miles miles
Location: Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St., Southbridge
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Leader: Jon Steppic, 508-764-3657 business, 774-230-7741 cell, qkvic@live.com

 

Easy to moderate pace, average 14-17 mph.
Lights are required this time of year.
Call ahead to make sure the ride is a go.

 

 




 

Mountain biking, year-round

An informal group of Seven Hills members goes mountain biking. We don't plan far ahead, and we keep people posted by e-mail. To get in the loop, contact Rich Sanborn at chainringrat@charter.net


Selected Saturdays or Sundays

EASY C RIDER

Activity: Road rides, mostly 15-35 miles, C
Location & Time: See www.easycrider.com  
Leader: Dick Goodman, leader@easycrider.com

These are easy-paced Saturday or Sunday rides led by club member Dick Goodman. Time and location varies. Rarely over 35 miles, and Dick doesn't go looking for hills. Check www.easycrider.com each week for the lowdown. Usually the weekend plan is online by Thursday night. Dick discourages phone calls but can be reached at leader@easycrider.com and requests RSVP by 10 p.m. Friday, via e-mail or Facebook group, so he knows who's coming.

 


Last-minute activities

 

 

If you want company when you bike, e-mail your plan (time, date, place, activity) to LTolman@LTolman.org and Lynne will forward it to everyone in the club. It’s best to contact Lynne by noontime Thursday for weekend activities.

 


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