59 mile road bike ride on mostly quiet back roads in the Mondanock region between Fitchburgh and Peterborough. Stamina a must, but high speed not required for this ride of 3815' vertical rise. There are some hardpack gravel road sections. Ability to maintain overall 12.5-13.0 mph moving speed in hilly terrain and good bike handling on winding roads required. This will be a self-guided tour, even though we will try to stay together as a group; this ride will be co-listed with the Charles River Wheelers.
Bring your GPS device, smartphone with navigation Apps,or cue sheets/maps for the routes you plan to ride as the leaders aren't providing them. For gear bring patch kit/tube, frame pump, tool kit, rain gear, extra clothes, snacks, USB battery/juice pack, lights and two water bottles or hydration flask. Weather may be variable, colder and intermittently wetter than in metro Boston; though sustained, heavy rain will cancel though. Lunch will be at a cafe in Peterborough, but carry some snacks. Dinner/snacks/ambience in Fitchburgh may follow!
Ride the MBTA commuter rail and meet at Fitchburgh MBTA station; morning train from Boston arrives at 10:01 am, or drive and park in MBTA station garage ($3). See www.mbta.com for details. Afternoon train departs at 6:18 pm; there is an earlier train at 3:48 pm for very fast riders.
Click on the links for the rides in Ride with GPS; no cue sheets or maps are provided. There is a self guided, 42-mile "bail-out" ride that splits at mile 15. Lunch/food options for this ride are in New Ipswich, NH at mile 24.5. This ride isn't led after the split at 15 miles.
"T Time rides are those that combine train & ferry public transport service around Boston. T could mean train, tour, or just a cup of tea. The idea is to reach routes far from city centre or take one-way routes. These rides are often leisurely tours for a full day that allow several stops to take pictures, rest on the town green, dip in the water, & sample bakeries."Directions:
See train and driving directions to start at Fitchburgh, MA MBTA Commuter Rail Station and Garage at www.mbta.com
Mike has been biking since junior high and has been leading rides with the AMC since he moved here in the 1990's. He leads rides from evening rides to local day trips to regional weekends to week long tours in New England and in Tuscany and the Czech Republic for AMCs Adventure Travel Program.