West Hill Wednesdays
2022 Summer Shop Rides
Pete's Pinnacle of Gravel Creativity
July 6 - Pete's Gravel and Grill PPGC Ride & Party!
Hear ye hear ye. Gravel ride preps for July 6th are underway, putting some extra effort to make this a memorable one, and here are the factors to make it sweet. *** the bike portion is only half the fun, we would like to gather after and enjoy some grill time and feisty conversations around the fire pit.
- I’d like to have the grill grilling early enough to enjoy some daylight, plus I’m usually asleep by 930 so the start time is 5.
-Route design that will be a bit conservative to get us back sooner, 20-25 ish miles. Not a ton of climbing but it is Vermont. Start is the usual west hill shop.
-No drop rule. If some of the crew wants to go out hard, I’ll kindly ask them to circle back.
-This is a potluck and BYOB. I’ll have some basic grub, burgers and salad etc… This would be a nice way to get rid of any extra July 4th holiday leftovers.
-Put this on your calendar early.
July 6th gravel ride at 5pm leaving from the West Hill Shop. An hour and half, moderate pace. Hang out and enjoy the food and bike community.
(more or less every other)
Alternating with MTB Wednesdays
|July 6||July 20|
|August 3||August 17|
Our own Pete Rose is organizing semi-weekly Wednesday gravel rides, aimed at intermediate to advanced riders with good fitness, or at least a willingness to suffer to keep up. Wheels rolling at 6:00PM prompt from the West Hill parking lot.
Ride plans will be announced in advance, and ridewithgps.com routes will be posted.
The pace may vary from relaxed to spicey. Pro-tip: if Amy is on the front as the group rolls over the 91 overpass, then buckle-up buttercup.
Pete is kind of a fair-weather guy, and he doesn't like to get mud on his new West Hill kit, so the ride might be cancelled if the forecast is bad. Keep an eye on this page, and on West Hill's social media for updates.
Descents Of Putney Enduro Series
Yeah. That spells DOPE. Get it?
that aren't PPGC Rides or
Bell Lap XC Events
The DOPE Series offers something for everybody. Descents are moderately technical, but can be negotiated on XC bikes (with ride-arounds provided for scary features).
Pick your race! Results will be compiled for descents-only, climbs only, and total elapsed time.
Our first venue is established. Objective is to develop additional venues as the summer goes on.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to get on an email list for updates and discussion.
June 29 DOPE Series Enduro Report
The second DOPE Series event came off by the skin of its teeth - dodging thunder and menacing weather radar blips. But it was really fun, with the biggest crowd of any Wednesday evening event in the past couple of years. Super fun! Results are here, but also archived on google drive at:
Todd Miller's photos from round 1 are available here:
Bell Lap Cross Country Series
May 18 June 15
The Bell Lap XC series returns for the third season, but it is now held once every four weeks.
The format is one short hot-lap during a qualifying window from 6:30 to 6:45pm. Then a 7:00PM mass start (seeded by qualifier results) two lap race on a new extended course.
Email email@example.com for details, and to get onto a mailing list for updates and discussion.
This relaxed road ride is for women riders who want to sharpen their group riding skills in a supportive group atmosphere. We welcome new riders, riders who are re-conditioning, and seasoned riders to share their skills. We ride for about 1.5 hours at a pace of 12-15 mph average speed. No one gets dropped! We will usually have two leaders so that we will have the option to split up into two groups.
Our routes are mostly on pavement with some dirt road sections. Road worthy bikes are best and mountain bikes are discouraged.
If it is raining we won't ride. Sometimes we get back after sunset, so please wear brightly colored clothing and bring lights.