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West Hill Shop Group Rides

 

West Hill Shop Rides

REGULAR RIDES

 

PBC Tuesday Night Rides
The Putney Putney Bike Club (PBC) coordinates the Tuesday Night Ride schedule. Please check out the
PBC website for more information on upcoming events and the TNR schedule.

Go to their Facebook page to see what's going on. 

 

Gravel Road Ride Series

Next ride Saturday, October 4th

We ask that you SIGN UP in advance for the 10/4 gravel road ride.  We will launch from the West Hill Shop at 11am. We will ride again the local loops; one 30+/- miles and one 15+/- miles.  Please sign-up by Wednesday, October 2nd 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 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 advanced.  Please call 802-387-5718 or email Jim Sweitzer.

 

Wednesday Night Women's Rides
Ended for 2014

There has been a Wednesday Night Women's Ride makeover! Several women from our local cycling community have joined in as volunteers bringing additional energy and spirit to our evening rides.  Here's the new 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."


Be part of the women's ride planning dialogue on the Facebook group Putney Women Riders.  Contact Diny or Cynthia for more information. Come join the fun!

 

Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Ride Series

How fast can you ride the new Putney mountain bike race course.  Each Wednesday through August 20th, come ride the new Putney Ciderhouse Classic race course.   Meet in the Putney School main parking lot with time to sign-up and warm-up for a 6:00PM mass start.  For questions, email Jim.

 

Some of our favorite GRAVEL ROAD rides:

Tamer Tour (12.7 miles)

Steep but Sweet Tour (19 miles)

Putney - Westminster West Loop (1/2 dirt & 1/2 paved) (22 miles)

21 Mile Gravel Road Tour

34 Mile Gravel Road Tour

Some of our favorite PAVED ROAD rides:

Putney - Westminster West Loop (1/2 dirt & 1/2 paved) (22 miles)

Saxton's River - Kurn Hattin Clockwise Loop (32 miles)

Kurn Hattin via River Road (23 miles)

Putney-Walpole-Westmoreland-Brattleboro Loop (42 miles)

Tour of the Valleys (Alternate) (58 miles)

 

Annual Rides We Sponsor

 

FALL Tour of the Valleys Ride 2014

This historic 60 mile race loop through Windham County Vermont is now a scenic show-n-go ride.  This fall we are riding Saturday, October 4th 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.

Tour of the Valleys (Alternate) (58 miles)

 

Take a Kid Mountain Biking

2014 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 8th 2014
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 all levels of cycling ability, with routes ranging from 15, 30 and 60 miles. The routes feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages, covered bridges and much more. For more information, please visit Tour de Heifer.

 

Going The Distance Ride

Saturday, June 28th 2014
The 5th Annual Going the Distance Ride for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro is on Saturday, June 28th.  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.

To join the Ride or if you have questions, contact Bob Nassau.  More info about the GTD2014 and the Boys and Girls Club.