RIDE SCHEDULE

FOR
October & November 2002

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!!!

OCTOBER 5 & 6 (Sat & Sun) - MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMPING TRIP up To Molly Stark State Park in Wilmington VT. This will be a Bike camping trip that involves riding a fully loaded Mountain Bike 36 miles from Greenfield MA. on a dirt road along the Green River to Molly Stark State Park in Wilmington VT. -elevation gain = 2860 feet. MOUNTAIN BIKE REQUIRED FOR MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT. We'll ride UP to the Campground, pitch camp, eat dinner out, and go food shopping with empty panniers. Other possible activities include an ascent of Mt. Olga on foot, so bring off-bike footwear. We'll DEPART from the Greenfield Community College Parking lot at 10:00 AM on Saturday. Call coordinators ASAP with car's make, model, color & license plate #. GCC requires that we register every car parking for the weekend. The college lot is patrolled and registered cars are checked by Campus Police. NO registration info - car will be towed.
COORDINATORS: Sally Peters & Bob Kowaleski

MOUNTAIN BIKING SEASON IS HERE!. We'll offer organized mountain bike rides for the fall schedule because we have lots of interest and willing coordinators. The terrain covered will be single track, jeep roads, and some off-dirt (read pavement). We will make every effort to avoid muddy areas/trails that are easily eroded. Always bring plenty of water & food (we won't be near stores); wear layers of clothing suitable for the weather. Pack a wind shirt and tube, pump and patch kit. If rain is falling or even threatening we'll probably cancel to avoid riding on muddy trails. Call the listed coordinators with any questions.

OCT 5 (Saturday) KNIGHTVILLE RESERVOIR Mountain Bike Ride - This ride covers terrain on the eastern side of the reservoir. There will be steep trails, rocky trails and steep, rocky trails. This ride will be enjoyed most by Intermediate to advanced riders. Park on Goss Hill Road in Huntington: From Gateway Regional School, follow Littleville Road to Goss Hill road on RIGHT. Follow Goss Hill about a mile to on-road parking on the LEFT. Meet at 9:00 AM. Bring water, snacks & Lunch.
COORDINATORS: Jack Fitz-Gibbon and Walter Chudzik

OCT 6 (Sun) SHOW & GO ROAD RIDE. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right mile north of the church at the lights). Route and distance will be decided upon by those present.

OCT 13 (Sun) SHOW & GO ROAD RIDE/ Meet at 10:00 AM at the Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right mile north of the church at the lights). Route and distance will be decided upon by those present.

OCT 20 (Sun) - MT. BIKING IN ROBINSON STATE PARK - Meet at Robinson Park Elementary School on Begley Street in Agawam (call Jack or Walt for directions) at 10:00 AM for a ride in nearby Robinson State Park which borders the Westfield River. Bring snacks, lunch & water. We'll spend the day riding the abundant single track trails in the park.
COORDINATORS: Jack Fitz-Gibbon and Walter Chudzik

OCT 20 (Sun) SHOW & GO ROAD RIDE. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right mile north of the church at the lights). Route and distance will be decided upon by those present.

OCT 27 (Sun) HALLOWEEN IN HUNTINGTON; R/L-M/40-45 miles. Meet at Jack & Suzanne's house at 14 Westview Terrace in Easthampton at 10:00 AM We'll view the fall foliage in the hilltowns as we ride from Easthampton, through Southampton to Huntington, Bring lunch, although snacks and hot chocolate are available at the Huntington General Store. Halloween Refreshments will be served at our house following the ride.
COORDINATORS: Jack & Suzanne Fitz-Gibbon

NOV. 3 (Sun) SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE - 16 to 18 miles. This ride will cover a variety of terrain (dirt road, double track, single track & off-dirt) and include a stop at a monk's cave. Meet in the parking lot at Wendell State Forest at 10:00 AM. Bring lunch and water. From the South take I91 to exit 24. Follow Rt. 116 to Rt 47 in Sunderland, turn Left and follow Rt. 47 to Rt. 63. Go 4.1 miles on Rt. 63 and turn Right onto Highland St. Take a Right at the T and go UP for 1.8 miles to Wendell State Forest .
COORDINATORS: Bob Kowaleski & Sally Peters

NOV 3 (Sun) SHOW & GO ROAD RIDE. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right mile north of the church at the lights). Route and distance will be decided upon by those present

NOV 10 (Sun)- WESTFIELD RIVER from Knightville Dam To Chesterfield Gorge MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE; 16 miles. We'll ride an out-and-back route along the Westfield river from Huntington to the Chesterfield Gorge. Meet at 10:00 AM on the dirt road along the river. (Kimball Hill Rd. E.) After passing intersection of Rt. 112 and Rt. 66, drive north about 1.2 miles and look for Blind Right Turn. Drive about 1.4 miles or until you see other cyclists. Bring lunch and water and $1.00 to visit the Chesterfield Gorge State Park.
COORDINATORS: Charlie & Eileen Meyers

NOV 10. (Sun) SHOW & GO ROAD RIDE. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right mile north of the church at the lights). Route and distance will be decided upon by those present.

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NOV. 16 (SAT) ANNUAL MEETING AND POTLUCK with a MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE FIRST. The ride will be mostly on dirt roads with significant elevation gain, and some (optional) single track. Meet at Al & Marion's house at NOON for the ride. There will be a HIKING option on local trails for those who don't own Mountain bikes - Meet for hike at NOON also. Otherwise:
      Happy Hour 5:00 PM or when bikers & hikers return
      Dinner at 6:00 PM
      Meeting at 7:00 PM
Meeting agenda will include election of a new slate of officers. Call Al or Marion and tell them what you are bringing to the potluck.
COORDINATORS: Al Shane & Marion Gorham

NOV 17 (Sun) A MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE DAY IN HAWLEY AND SAVOY. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Ashfield town park on Rt. 116 about a quarter mile from Rt. 112. (The park overlooks Ashfield lake.) We'll drive to Hawley and then ride towards Savoy on mainly dirt roads with optional single track. Bring snacks, water, lunch, and more snacks.
COORDINATORS: Sally Peters & Bob Kowaleski

NOV 24 (Sun) ASHLEY RESERVOIR New area with lots of variety - some rocky bits. Meet at 9:00 AM off Rt. 202 just North of Homestead Rd. in Holyoke. From the North, take I91 south to Exit 16. Go Right at the end of the ramp, take first Left onto Homestead Rd. Follow it to Rt. 202, take a Right & park on Left about 0.2 miles from intersection. From the South, take I91 north to Exit 15. Go Left onto Lower Westfield Rd. At 2nd light go Right onto Homestead Rd. Follow it to Rt. 202, take a Left & park on Left about 0.2 miles from intersection.
COORDINATORS: Jack Fitz-Gibbon and Walter Chudzik

FALL AND WINTER RIDING - This means YOU! With the days getting shorter and cooler, it is more difficult to maintain the cycling miles and form that you've worked hard for throughout the season. Although it is tempting to stop riding when the weather becomes colder, there are plenty of ways to continue riding in the off season. IF YOU DON'T CURRENTLY OWN A MOUNTAIN BIKE, INVEST IN ONE! There are quite a few cyclists yet to experience the benefits and fun of a mountain bike. We offer mountain bike rides in this schedule, and will continue to ride throughout the winter as long as there is no ice. As the temperature starts to drop, and the winds pick up, many road riders will seek cycling refuge on the trail. Woods trails are more sheltered than open black-top, and woods riding pace is considerably slower than road riding, so you are generating LESS wind chill on a mountain bike off road. If off-road riding is not part of your cycling plans, a mountain bike can still be a useful addition to your bike stable. When outfitted with the proper equipment, a mountain bike becomes the "road bike" of choice in cold weather on sandy-shouldered roads. By changing tires to a file-tread center/knobby edge design, you can increase the performance of the bike tremendously. You also get extra mud clearance, stability, and durability that makes the mountain bike a comfortable ride on winter roads. One season ends, another one may begin. There is no reason to waste away the mileage you rode throughout the year. Your season shouldn't end just because the summer has.

PLEASE NOTE: Helmets are REQUIRED for all FHF rides. Bring drinking water, a spare inner tube that fits your bike & snack food. Prospective club members are welcome on FHF rides.