White Mountains to the Sea

White Mountains to the Sea, August 20-25, 2017 This tour combines two days of riding in the White Mountains – with some serious climbing but also grand vistas, two days of easier riding in southwest Maine, and a free day in the great and lively city of Portland – with three day-ride options for those who don’t want to get off of their bikes. The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the Arts District (nee downtown), as well as the “happening” Old Port area – with a multitude of diversions The $710 tour fee includes five nights lodging (double occupancy), … Continue reading White Mountains to the Sea

Where’s Chester?

A North Shore Cyclists ride from Amesbury MA to Chester NH on mostly wooded roads past farms and through quaint historic towns. The short route goes to Newton and Plaistow, but not Chester. Start:  Amesbury Elementary School DOWNLOAD AND PRINT “WHERE’S CHESTER?” LONG ROUTE PDF CUE SHEET DOWNLOAD AND PRINT “WHERE’S CHESTER?” SHORT ROUTE PDF CUE SHEET 27 mile route Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course Print PDF cue sheet (requires RWGPS login) 54 mile route Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course Print PDF cue sheet (Requires … Continue reading Where’s Chester?

Granite State Grind and Roll

All proceeds from the Granite State Grind and Roll benefit Honduras Hope. Ammonoosuc Run,  45.5 miles; 2,780 feet elevation gain Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course North Country Century; 6,641 feet elevation gain Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Granite State Grind and Roll

NEMBA mountain bike rides

The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)  a recreational trails advocacy organization with 27 chapters throughout New England and about 5,000 members NEMBA Rides by State Connecticut Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire Rhode Island Vermont NEMBA alphabetical list of rides Abrams Rock Adams Farm Ames Nowell State Park Bare Cove / Great Esker Beaver Brook North Beebe Woods / Peterson Farm Beverly Commons Blue Hills Reservation Borderland State Park Bradley Palmer State Forest Burrage Pond Callahan State Park Carolina Hills Catamount State Forest Charlemont Trails Charles W. Ward Reservation Copicut Woods – Bioreserve Cranberry Preserve Cutler Park Needham/Newton Destruction Brook Woods Preserve Dighton Rock State Park Dogtown Douglas State Forest Dow Brook Conservation Area Eaton’s Pond Erving State Forest F. Gilbert Hills … Continue reading NEMBA mountain bike rides

Bicycle trails in New Hampshire

Trailink.com Ammonoosuc Rail Trail 19 miles Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand Appel Way Trail 1.3 miles Asphalt Ashuelot Rail-Trail 21.2 miles Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt Black Pond Trail 0.8 miles Dirt Bobby Woodman Rail Trail 1.7 miles Dirt, Gravel Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail) 32.8 miles Ballast, Cinder, Dirt Common Pathway 6.5 miles Asphalt, Crushed Stone Conway Branch 21 miles Ballast, Gravel Cotton Valley Rail-Trail 8.1 miles Crushed Stone Derry Rail Trail 3 miles Asphalt Dover Community Trail 3.8 miles Asphalt, Crushed Stone Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail 6 miles Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand Fort Hill Branch Rail-Trail 8.9 … Continue reading Bicycle trails in New Hampshire

Northampton MA to Rockland ME

This requested tour was designed to start in Northampton Massachusetts and ended in Rockland Maine. Other persons using these routes will need to find alternative overnight locations.The route takes a mix of local roads and highways to Westford and Newburyport MA, then follows generally follows the New Hampshire and Maine coast to Rockland. Roads are selected to optimize safety and scenic value, based on my own experience where available, club rides and other available sources. In some cases highways with shoulders are chosen rather than use a mix of local roads with excessive turns. Traffic is unavoidable and road conditions are unpredictable. Make … Continue reading Northampton MA to Rockland ME

Exeter to Great Bay

What to expect: The rides go through the scenic farm country of southern New Hampshire. The terrain is rolling hills with old barns, scenic vistas, and lots of quiet roads. All the loops go by historic Kingston NH common,  picturesque Newfields, Great Bay, Newmarket, and the lively college town of Durham. This ride is marked with a yellow arrow with a hook, from the Amesbury start option. Exeter Start: Me & Ollie’s Cafe at the intersection of Routes 108, 111, and 27 (Water Street) in the center of Exeter, NH. Use available street parking and please do not park at … Continue reading Exeter to Great Bay

Petersborough hill ride

This 46 mile road bike ride is on quiet back roads in the Monadnock region. with 4500 ft.of vertical rise with approximately 2 miles of well packed dirt roads. Offered through the Appalachian Mountain Club, participants must be able to maintain an overall 12.5 on winding mountainous roads. Created by Mike Barry. View at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/235357 Route at RideWithGPS Viewand print cue sheet View andprint map GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Petersborough hill ride

Newburyport to Exeter

Newburyport to Exeter This is a Charles River Wheelmen (CRW) ride Start: Nock Middle School, 70 Low Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 (map) Description: From beautiful Newburyport, we’ll wind through some lovely back roads into Southern New Hampshire. Both rides will follow stretches of quiet roads along the Merrimack River with the longer ride heading as far north as Exeter, where you can stop for lunch. Terrain: Mostly gentle rolling, no real challenging hills. Arrow: white Y Download 2015 cue sheets, maps and GPS files below. Note: PDF cue sheets are saved in your downloads folder. 25 miles at RideWithGPS CRW short cue … Continue reading Newburyport to Exeter

Lincoln-Franconia Notch ride

Most of the roads on this ride are excellent. Route 302 had some traffic but the other roads have very little. I went long stretches at times with seeing no cars. The Kinsman Notch section has a 13% grade going up, and 9% going down. Route 117 (Sugar Hill Road) is quiet and picturesque.There’s a fairly significant climb on 302 coming into Bethlehem from the western side, with a steep descent. View Route at RideWithGPS View Cue Sheet from Browser Print Map from Browser GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Lincoln-Franconia Notch ride

Cycling Trails in New Hampshire

  Cycling Trails in New Hampshire Musquash, Londonderry, 750 acres Nashua Heritage Rail Trail 1.3 Miles Northwood Meadows State Park Northwood, 5.5 miles Odiorne State Park Rye Pawtuckaway State Park Raymond/Nottingham 15 miles Pilsbury State Park , Washington 51-mile trail Pisgah State Park Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Winchester 13,500 acre state park Rockingham Recreational Trail Manchester, 18 miles Salem Town Forest Salem , 200 acres Sugar River Recreational Trail , Connects Newport and Claremont, Length: 8 miles UNH Bike Trails Durham Windham Rail Trail 4.1 Miles Continue reading Cycling Trails in New Hampshire

Sugar Hill, Franconia Notch ride

Most of the roads on this ride are excellent. Route 302 had some traffic but the other roads have very little. I went long stretches at times with seeing no cars. The Kinsman Notch section has a 13% grade going up, and 9% going down. Route 117 (Sugar Hill Road) is quiet and picturesque.There’s a fairly significant climb on 302 coming into Bethlehem from the western side, with a steep descent. View Route at RideWithGPS View Cue Sheet from Browser Print Map from Browser GPX file TCX Course Thanks to Jason Bartlett for the ride description. Continue reading Sugar Hill, Franconia Notch ride

NSC Let’s Go Coastal from Newburyport, MA

Start: Cushing Park, Newburyport map to start Directions: From Route 95, take Exit 57 for Route 113 East. Go for 2 miles and take a left onto Kent Street. Parking lot is 2 blocks on right. From Route 1 go onto Merrimac Street (at the Newburyport end of the bridge over the Merrimack). Go 1/4 mile west towards Amesbury. Take a left at the gas station lot 1 block on left. Description: Beautiful ocean views and Portsmouth NH. Mostly flat with a few small hills. All rides feature NH coastline on the first half. The return from Portsmouth has options for coastline and NH … Continue reading NSC Let’s Go Coastal from Newburyport, MA

NSC New Hampshire Coast from Hampton, NH

Start: Town of Hampton, NH municipal parking lot. Hampton is on Rt. 1, about 10 miles north of Newburyport. (This is not Hampton Beach, which is on Rt. 1A). Map to start Directions: Take Rt. 1 North to Hampton NH. Turn right on Rt. 27, High Street. The large (free) parking lot will be immediately on your right. Description: The ride heads to the ocean north of Hampton Beach on a scenic stretch of Rt. 1A along the New Hampshire coast. The return routes are on quiet local roads. We do not ride through Hampton Beach. The 19 mile ride … Continue reading NSC New Hampshire Coast from Hampton, NH