April, May & June 2000

Please note: HELMETS are now MANDATORY for all rides!

TERRAIN F = Flat with a few easy grades
R = Rolling hills with enough flat places to provide relief
H = Hilly, steep grades with some relief
S = Steep, for strong riders
PACE L = Leisurely with plenty of rest stops. Riding speed 10 to 12 mph
M = Moderate with occasional rest stops. Riding speed 12 to 16 mph
B = Brisk with fewer rest stops. Riding speed greater than 16 mph
Please note: If there is a question of bad weather, call the ride coordinator whose number is listed with the ride description [only the printed copies of the ride schedule contain phone numbers - web ed]. If you get no answer, (s)he is at the designated meeting area!!!


APRIL 2 (Sun) - BOOKMILL BONANZA; F-R/L-M/25 miles. We'll ride to the Montague Bookmill, which has books and a little cafe where we can buy juices, pastries, sandwiches & coffee. Meet at Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right 1/4 mile north of the church at the lights.) at 1:00 PM Bring drinking water and DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER!
COORDINATORS: Bob Kowaleski & Sally Peters - Cue sheet available online.
A nice day, sunny, windy.

APRIL 9 (Sun) - RYAN ROAD RAMBLE; F-R/L-M/19 miles. We are going to ride on familiar roads in the Williamsburg-Westhampton-Northampton area. There will be a rolling hill or 2. Bring lunch and water and meet in the parking lot of the Anne T. Dunphy school in Williamsburg - behind the W'burg Historical Society. (Take Left off Rt. 9 just after the Williamsburg General Store.)
COORDINATORS: Marthe & David Young
Cold, wet. Light rain changing to snow! No ride.

APRIL 16 (Sun) - UP & DOWN THE RIVER & POET'S SEAT CLIMB; R/L-M/25 miles, with a climb up to Poet's Seat! The view will be worth the effort. Meet at 1:00 PM in the Mt. Sugarloaf parking lot in South Deerfield on Rt. 116 just across the Connecticut River from Sunderland center. Bring water & munchies for the stop at the top of Poet's Seat. This will be a multi-club ride.
COORDINATORS: Al Shane & Marion Gorham - Cue sheet available online.
Warm, humid, 70°, partly sunny.

APRIL 23 (Sun) - DOUBLE DOWN; F-R/L-M/21 miles. This ride starts and ends with a DOWN hill! Meet at the Whately Town Hall (in the center of Whately across from the Whately Inn) at 11:00 AM. To get to Whately, from Rt. 5 North or South go West on Christian Lane following Whately Inn signs. We'll travel DOWN into Northampton to Look Park for a brief tour and then proceed through Leeds and Haydenville back DOWN to Whately. Bring snacks and water and DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER!
COORDINATORS: Eileen & Charlie Meyers
Damp, wet roads, 40's.

APRIL 30 (Sun) - DON MAYNARD'S MEMORIAL GUILFORD CONNECTION; R/L-M/45 miles. This ride is a tribute to Don Maynard who led it every spring before he was murdered in 1994. This year we will pass the hat to accept voluntary contributions for a charity to benefit Greenfield's kids. Come join fellow cyclists who will carry on the Guilford Connection in Don's memory. Meet at 10:00 AM at Greenfield Community College parking lot, which is off Colrain Road just north of the I-91/Rt. 2 interchange. From I-91, take exit 26 - Follow signs for Rt. 2 West (Mohawk Trail). Colrain Road is the FIRST right. We'll cycle through Guilford and Vernon Vermont encountering a few "good" hills and 2 miles of Vermont DIRT (which is better than some Mass. pavement). Lunch will be at the Schoolhouse Grocery in Vernon, VT.
COORDINATORS: Bob Kowaleski & Sally Peters - Cue sheet available online.
Sunny, cool breeze out of the NW, low 60's. A great turnout as usual, over fifty riders (including a dozen or so riders from the Greenfield area who ride together every Thursday night from Bicycles Unlimited on High St.). We raised over $300 which will be donated to the Greenfield Bike Way in Don's memory. Although the day was a bit cool, it was better than what we've been seeing so far this April, however, it did make for shorter than average rest stops.

MAY 6 (Sat) - YELLOW SURPRISE RIDE; H/L-M/35 or 50 miles. Visit Litchfield, Bethlehem, Watertown and the Yellow Surprise, with lunch at Black Rock State Park. Dirt road. Meet at 9:30 AM at the Litchfield High School parking lot. Follow Rt. 202 west from the center of Litchfield, CT., take first left past Stop & Shop at light on Constitution Way, then 1st right and an immediate right into parking lot.
Mostly sunny, summer-like humidity.

MAY 7 (Sun) - AROUND THE RANGE; R/L-M/33 miles. Ride around the Holyoke Range with a chance to see "The Seven Sisters" from both sides. The route passes by an old water-powered GristMill and scenic Mill pond. The route has some nice roller-coaster hills on the south side of the range. Meet at 10:00 AM in the Robsham Visitor's Center parking lot on Mass. Ave. on the U. Mass. Campus. To get there follow Rt. 9 to Rt. 116 North. Follow signs for the U. Mass. exit off Rt. 116. Bear Right at the end of the exit ramp and you'll be on Mass. Ave. At the top of the hill, you will see a huge parking lot on the right.
COORDINATOR: Jack & Suzanne FitzGibbon
Sunny, hot, mid 80's, feels like Summer.

MAY 13 (Sat) - PEQUOT CYCLISTS SEAPORT METRIC CENTURY - 62 and 25 miles. Cue sheets & roads arrowed. Start time 7:30 - 10:00 A.M. Start: Groton Cyclery 1360 Rte. 184, Groton, CT. Cost is $10(100K)/$6(25m) before 5/1/99 and $12/8 after 5/1. Registration can be downloaded at http://www.ctol.net/~knrf or can be emailed to you (request registration from ~knrf@ctol.net)
Further info: Ray Foss, (860) 376-2717 rfoss@groton.k12.ct.us
Nice day, sunny, 70's.

MAY 20 (Sat) - CHESTER-BECKET ADVENTURE; H-S/M/45 or 65 miles. Enjoy very hilly back roads, the "Chester On Track" train festival and a couple new roads. The long ride will go over half the distance before lunch, similar to the last two years, and add Bancroft and Middlefield. Meet in Granville, MA, at the Elementary School parking lot, on Rt 57 just east of the intersection of Rt. 189 and 57.

May 20 (Sat)

Pat & Mike Viskey's House
  • 5:30 PM for the Social Hour
  • 6:00 PM for the Potluck Dinner
  • 7:00 PM for the Meeting

Call Pat or Mike for directions and tell him what you are bringing for the potluck.

MAY 21 (Sun) - 23rd ANNUAL BLOOMIN' METRIC - Ride 25 miles, 75 km or 100 km along the beautiful scenic roads of Fairfield County Connecticut.
Start time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Location: Westport Railroad Station Luciano Park, exit 17 off I-95. Westport, CT.
Provided: Map & cue sheet, food, water, restrooms, sag wagon and (for the first 1200 pre-registered riders) a Bloomin' Metric T-shirt.
Fee: $15.00 or $20.00 after 5/10/99.
Required: ANSI or SNELL approved helmet.
Bloomin' Metric Homepage

Wet day.

MAY 27 to MAY 29 (Sat, Sun, & Mon) MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BIKING & CAMPING ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD. Ride to historic Oak Bluffs, Gay Head Cliffs, Menemsha fishing village Edgartown, and Chilmark or just be a beach bum. There is no set schedule, and people are free to do their own rides using maps readily available at the ferry landing. We will be camping in Vineyard Haven at Martha's Vineyard Family Camp-ground which has a group site in a nice wooded area away from RV's. Last year their group rate was $7.00/person/night, however, they require a minimum of ten persons, and advanced reservations with a 50% advance deposit.
Some people cook all their meals at the campground while others eat out at nearby restaurants. We generally cook breakfast in camp each morning and this year we'll continue the Outback Oven bake-off. Expect gooey pastries in the morning and gloppy desserts in the evening. Every year we have a great time!
Reservations and an advance deposit are required. Deadline for reservations and $$$ to Bob & Sally is May 3rd.
COORDINATORS: Sally Peters & Bob Kowaleski
Sounds like they had an excellent time. After, what seems like, several weeks of rain, the weather cleared for the whole weekend. Only 6 campers this year. The rest stayed at B&B's. Sounds like the better day was Saturday, a 50-mile ride to Gay Head. Sunday was a 40-mile ride to Edgartown, with some riders taking the "On Time" ferry to Chappaquiddick.

MAY 28 (Sun) - SHOW & GO RIDE - For those who didn't go to the Vineyard, meet at 10:00 AM at Mill River Recreation area on Rt. 63 in North Amherst. (A quarter mile north of the light). Participants present will decide upon route and distance.

JUNE 2 - 5 L.A.B. Covered Bridge Rally At Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania Visit the league's website at www.bikeleague.org for more information.

JUNE 4 (Sun) Biking to Bear's Den; R-H/L-M/50 miles. We'll bike from Sunderland UP to Leverett & Wendell, then DOWN to New Salem. Then back UP to Wendell and DOWN to Millers Falls and Sunderland. Bring a lunch or buy something at the Leverett Co-op or the Wendell country store, where we'll re-group. Lunch will be at the Bear's Den reservation in New Salem, a picturesque waterfall/wading pool in the woods just off the road. If it's a hot day, we'll plan an afternoon ice cream re-group at the Country Creemee in Millers Falls. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Mount Sugarloaf parking lot in South Deerfield. (Shorter ride options will be available)
COORDINATORS: John & Karen Gustin
Nice day, sunny, 70's. Twenty riders, including two tandems. This was a hillier ride than most people expected, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I counted two casualties. One rider crashed after slipping in some sand on the side of the road. His right shin was scraped in several places, but his new Klein Quantum appeared none the worse for wear. After lunch, on the way back UP to Wendell, another rider broke his rear derailler cable, converting his 21-speed bike into a 3-speed model. After the ride, Joyce, Jack and another rider opted to challenge Mount Sugarloaf and ride their bikes to the top. The entire group escaped the impending downpour as we pulled in to the parking lot with at least 15 minutes to spare before the skies opened.

As a reminder: A bunch of us are still meeting at the Mill River Recreation Area every Tuesday and Thursday night at 5:15 PM (weather permitting) for bike rides.

See the proposed new Club Jersey.

JUNE 11 (Sun) - ANNUAL NEW BELCHERTOWN RIDE from Fred and Joyce; F-R/M/30-35 miles. This ride will meet at the CVS parking lot in Belchertown at the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 202 at 10:30 AM. Bring water and munchies to provide enough energy to get you to the lunch stop.
COORDINATORS: Fred & Joyce Morris
Remember: Get there early if you want to find out what size jersey you'll want to order. Jack should have a trunk load full of "club cut" jersey samples to try on.

Upcoming Events

July 29 (Sat) - Mt. Ascutney State Park Bike Climb; This will be a fun and challenging event for all bikers as well as an excellent warm up for cyclists gearing up for the Mt. Washington Hill Climb.

The race will consist of biking up the 3.8 mile Ascutney Mountain Road. Although the total distance is about half of that at Mt. Washington, the average gradient of 12% is similar and there are extended sections of 19%. Riders who have done both feel that the first 1.25 miles of Mt. Ascutney is harder than any comparable length on Mt. Washington. The road starts at an elevation of 550 feet and ends at 2800 feet. Fast times hover around 30 minutes.

The entry fee will be $20. for early registration and $30. the day of the race. The race will be limited to 200 riders. All racers will receive a t-shirt and top finishers will receive prizes. Refreshments will be provided.

Proceeds from the race will go to the Okemo Mountain School and Vermont State Parks Naturalist Programs and is sponsored by Vermont State Parks, Okemo Mountain School, WNNE-TV, Pepsi, and Mountain Cycology Bike Shop.

For more information, event registration, or a camping reservation, please call 802-674-2060.

PLEASE NOTE: Helmets are REQUIRED for all FHF rides. Please make sure that your bike and your body are in good condition. Bring drinking water, a spare inner tube or tubular tire that fits your bike, snack food and clothing appropriate for the actual weather, NOT JUST THE FORECAST! Prospective club members are welcome on FHF rides. For more information call the ride coordinator, or e-mail this website.

Phone numbers and e-mail addresses appear only on the printed version of the rides schedule.