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Gravel Road Ride Series
Next ride Sunday, August 31st
We ask that you SIGN UP in advance for the 8/31 gravel road ride. This ride has three loops - 15, 30 and 60 miles leaving at 9:30am from Lilac Ridge Farm (264 Ames Hill Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301). The Thurbers ask that we park in the hay field on the left as you approach the farm, just before the veggie field. We will be riding the 2014 Tour de Heifer loops. Please sign-up by Friday 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
Started May 7, 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."
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:
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Annual Rides We Sponsor
Bill Sam Caldwell Memorial
Tour of the Valleys Ride 2014
This historic 60 mile race loop through Windham County Vermont is now a scenic show-n-go ride. Due to the fussy weather on Saturday, we have opted for SUNDAY, MAY 18TH AT 11AM with 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.
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.