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Gravel Road Ride Series
For 2015, we are planning a monthly ride on the second Sunday of each month with a 2PM start time; rain date will be the following Sunday. Rides will start in April and continue into the fall until the snow flies. Preliminary dates will be: April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, and November 8.
Next ride: Sunday, May 10th at 2PM
We ask that you SIGN UP in advance for all gravel road rides. We will launch from the West Hill Shop at 2PM. We will ride the local loops; one 30+/- miles and one 15+/- miles. Please sign-up by the Saturday before each ride so we know how many leaders to provide. Maps and cue sheets will be available for anyone who signs-up in advance. Call The Shop 802-387-5718 or email Jim.
Series description - These rides are monthly through the spring, summer and early fall! They are adventurous, off-the-beaten-path gravel road rides usually leaving from West Hill Shop and winding through Putney, Dummerston, Saxtons River, Chester or Westminster. They are relaxed and scenic, featuring moderate to challenging loops that include several bail out points to shorten the ride, if need be. There will be more then one group based on riding speed.
We recommend a cyclocross bike, mountain bike, or gravel road worthy bike with at least 700x32c tires. Most of the riding will be on packed gravel roads with some old woods roads and as little pavement as possible. The rides are free, but no support. Cell service is not reliable so come prepared. You must sign up in advance. Please call 802-387-5718 or email Jim Sweitzer.
Wednesday Night Women's Rides
Begins Wednesday, April 8th
Once again, the Wednesday Night Women's Rides are underway! Women from our local cycling community will be ride leader volunteers bringing additional energy and spirit to our evening rides. Here's the ride description:
We are a group of relaxed women riders who chat as we ride. We welcome new riders, riders who are re-conditioning, and seasoned riders. Our most casual pace is 10-12 mph average speed; our moderate pace is 13-15 mph; and our challenge pace is 15-17 mph. We will usually have two leaders so that we will have the option to split up into two groups: casual pace and moderate pace. Later in the season we may choose to add the challenge pace.
Our rides are mostly on pavement with some dirt road sections. Road bikes and hybrids are appropriate but mountain bikes are discouraged. Don't have a road bike? Want to try one? We have women's road bike rentals for $10 on Wednesday nights, but you must reserve in advanced.
We meet at West Hill Shop every Wednesday at 5:45pm and are ready to roll at 6:00pm sharp for about 1.5 hours. Please contact us if you are running late and we can choose a rendezvous location. If it is raining at 6pm, we won't ride. Sometimes we get back after sunset, so please wear brightly colored clothing and bring lights. Occasionally, we go out afterwards for "nourishment."
Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Ride Series
Stay tuned for the plan for 2015.
Some of our favorite GRAVEL ROAD rides:
Some of our favorite PAVED ROAD rides:
Annual Rides We Sponsor
Spring Tour of the Valleys Ride May 16, 2015
This historic 60 mile race loop through Windham County Vermont is now a scenic show-n-go ride. For the Spring edition, we are riding Saturday, May 16th at 11am, with a shorter ride option starting at 12pm.
! Shorter Ride Option ! - There's a 32+/- mile option leaving from West Hill at 12:00pm. Don't be shy, there is usually lots of interest in this ride to Saxtons River, east on Route 121 to Back Westminster Road over Kurn Hattin and back to Putney on Westminster West Road heading south.
All TOV rides leave from West Hill Shop, finishing with an apres ride feast with comrades back at The Shop. Maps are available, but there's no support. PLEASE sign in before you ride.
2015 ride to be announced. Hey parents! Bring your kids and join the national movement to take a kid mountain biking. Everyone is welcome! Some trail riding experience is helpful since you'll be riding single track mountain bike trails through the Putney School. We will have two groups of skill level if necessary. Mountain bikes in good working order with trail gearing and a proper fitting helmet is a must. If you don't have a mountain bike lets us know. We have some rentals. There is no fee for this event but please register. West Hill Shop - 802-387-5718.
Tour de Heifer
Sunday, June 7th 2015
The tremendous success of Strolling of the Heifers's Tour de Heifer ride has brought back a trio of scenic farm-to-farm bicycle rides. These mostly dirt road rides are tailored to experienced cyclists able to ride 30 or 60 mile moderate to very hilly terrain. The routes feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages, covered bridges and much more. There is also a milder 15 mile mixed paved and dirt out-n-back. For more information, please visit Tour de Heifer.
Going The Distance Ride
Saturday, June 27th 2015
The 6th Annual Going the Distance Ride for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro is on Saturday, June 27th. This benefit ride is a one day, fully supported ride that follows a scenic route along the Connecticut River with a start and finish in Brattleboro. Choose the Century ride or shorter loops of 40 and 60 miles. They plan on having sixty or more riders, who each set a goal (but not a committment) to raise $500 or more to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Help with fundraising is available and every rider gets a T shirt and other goodies, including some prizes for the top fundraisers.