Best of Ipswich (Sunday April 8, 2012)

Apr 8 2012 10:00 am

Leader: Gordon Harris (978) 979-6958

Start: Ipswich Hammatt St. parking lot, behind Market Street and Central Street map to start

Directions: From I-95, take Rt. 133 east to the center of Ipswich. Turn right one block before downtown center. Hammatt St. parking lot will be on your left. From Rt. 1, take Ipswich Rd. from Topsfield. Cross tracks and turn left at the Institution for Savings, then bear right. Parking lot will be on your right.

Time Sunday, April 8, 2012: 10:00 am

Distances: 24, 37, 50 and 62 miles

What to expect: The Best of Ipswich ride features our favorite cycling favorite roads from downtown Ipswich with a great mix of state forests, cycling along the Ipswich River, and scenic ocean vistas from Crane Beach and Jeffreys Neck, returning through the historic district of Ipswich. The medium ride heads west to Bradley Palmer State Park, then turns to some nice local roads in Hamilton and Essex. The long ride adds on Perkins Row, River Road in Topsfield and parts of Willowdale State Forest. The extra long ride is a metric century and adds on some great hills in Topsfield. The Short Ride eliminates all but the most modest hills and Jeffreys Neck, and takes a shortcut on the road through Bradley Palmer State Park.

Download cue sheets and map below and bring with you. Only a few cue sheets will be available at the ride. Download the GPX files for the Garmin Edge cycling computers under Export in the right navigation bar at the RideWithGPS map. Familiarize yourself with the route before arriving, or follow people who are familiar with the route.

Road Mark: A dotted letter I, turned in the direction of travel.

Ride developed by Gordon Harris

24 mile cue sheet 24 miles at RideWithGPS Print Map Flat to rolling, avoids climbs
37 mile cue sheet 37 miles at RideWithGPS Print Map Adds some climbs
50 mile cue sheet 50 miles at RideWithGPS Print Map Adds easy roads in Topsfield
62 mile cue sheet 62 miles at RideWithGPS Print Map Adds steep climbs in Topsfield
Route map for all rides      

The short ride is shown below: very nice riding with only 280 ft. of vertical climb over 22 miles

The 37 mile route is relatively flat, but offers a few short climbs for a total of 500 vertical feet.

This is the 50 mile route, with a mix of easy roads and a few nice climbs

The metric century features some of the best climbs in Topsfield