October & November '06

Please note: HELMETS are now MANDATORY for all rides!

PACE: For Mountain Biking: Cuesheets and/or maps may not be available. Everyone will try and stay together as a group. Let others know if you will be dropping back or going a different direction.
TERRAIN: For Mountain Biking: terrain may include single track, Jeep roads and pavement. See ride description for details.  

If there is a question of bad weather, call the ride coordinator whose number is listed with the ride description. If you get no answer, (s)he is at the designated meeting area!!!

OCT 1 (SUN) – CHESTERFIELD GORGE - A quintessential beginner mountain bike ride on a dirt road that runs beside the Westfield River. 16 miles. We’ll ride an out-and-back route along the Westfield river from Huntington to the Chesterfield Gorge. Meet at 11:00 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 Reservation. Post ride activity takes place at Outlook Farm where they offer hot beverages, food on the grill, and apples.
COORDINATORS: Charlie & Eileen Meyers (413) 527-5195

OCT 8 (SUN) - MTN BIKING IN ROBINSON STATE PARK; We'll be riding the abundant single-track trails in the park, which borders the Westfield River. Meet at Robinson Park Elementary School on Begley Street in Agawam at 9:30 AM. Bring snacks, lunch & water.
COORDINATORS: Jack & Suzanne Fitz-Gibbon (413) 527-4052
Wow! Beautiful weather. Perfect for Fall foliage.

OCT 15 (SUN) - MOUNTAIN BIKING IN HUNTINGTON; 12-13 miles. Ride around the Littleville Lake/reservoir in Huntington. Terrain is mostly fire roads or ATV trails with some rocky sections and limited single-track. Very nice ride. Intermediate skill level. Take Rt. 66 west from Northampton to Rt 112. Turn left on Rt 112 towards Huntington. Approx. 3-4 miles down you will see a sign and road on the left for Littleville Lake. Go past Gateway Regional School and take next left onto Goss Hill road and up hill to lake. There are signs. The parking area is closed, but there is space for cars by the gate. Ride leaves at 10:00 AM.
COORDINATOR: Walt Chudzik (413) 221-3748

OCT 22 (SUN) – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE MTN 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. Bring lunch and water. Meet in the parking lot at Wendell State Forest at 11:00 AM. From the South take I-91 to exit 24. Follow Rt. 116 east to Rt 47 in Sunderland, turn Left and follow Rt. 47 to Rt. 63. Turn Left and go 4.1 miles on Rt. 63 and turn Right onto Highland St. just before the RR tracks. Take a Right when you get to the T onto S. Prospect St. and a Right when you get to the Y onto Wendell Rd. Go UP for about a mile to Wendell State Forest. Post ride activity takes place at Bart's in Amherst where they offer hot soups & chili, sandwiches, ice cream, and if the weather is cold - HOT Fudge!
COORDINATORS: Bob Kowaleski & Sally Peters (413) 527-4877


OCT 29 (SUN) - MOUNTAIN BIKING ON THE HOLYOKE RANGE; Meet at the Notch Visitors Center at 9:00 AM for a delightful ride on trails that will vary from logging roads to single-track.
COORDINATOR: Walter Chudzik (413) 221-3748

NOV 5 (SUN) – MOUNTAIN BIKING in NONOTUCK PARK; Meet at 10:00 AM at Jack & Suzanne’s house, 14 Westview Terrace, Easthampton. Ride consists mostly of single-track, a short section of pavement, and some fire roads. Trails were groomed for the Competitive Edge night races and form a loop through the park. Moderate mountain biking ability required.
COORDINATORS: Jack & Suzanne Fitz-Gibbon (413) 527-4052

NOV 12 (SUN) - MOUNTAIN BIKING ON THE HOLYOKE RANGE; Meet at the Notch Visitors Center at 10:00 AM for a delightful ride on trails that will vary from logging roads to single-track.
COORDINATOR: Walter Chudzik (413) 221-3748

NOV 18 (SAT) – PRE-MEETING MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE; Meet at 12:00 Noon at Al & Marion’s House, 20 Two Mile Rd in Leverett, MA. Their property is adjacent to a large conservation area with plenty of trails.
COORDINATORS: Al Shane & Marion Gorham (413) 548-9435

NOV 18 (SAT) ANNUAL MEETING AND POTLUCK. Meet at Al & Marion's place in Leverett:
5:00 PM      --Happy Hour
6:00 PM      --Dinner
7:00 PM      --Meeting
Meeting agenda will include election of officers for the upcoming year and selecting the site for our Annual Banquet. Call Marion for directions and tell her what you are bringing to the potluck, or not. She will be providing beverages and hors d'oeuvres.
HOSTS: Al Shane & Marion Gorham (413) 548-9435

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.