Wednesday Morning Lunch Ride

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

The picture is of the inaugural Wednesday Lunch riders from five years ago on  April 17, 2019.

This Wednesday we will dedicate the FIFTH Anniversary of the Wednesday Lunch Ride to Lenny Ortins.   

On April 17, 2019 Lenny and eleven other fine folks listed below joined at Hammatt Street parking lot in Ipswich and rode the 37.4 mile Best of Ipswich ride.  As they say, the rest is history.

I hope you can join us this Wednesday at Hammatt for the 32.4 mile Ipswich/Topsfield Figure 8 route created a few years ago for the winter riding season.  Compared to 2019 the route is 5 miles shorter because we're all five years older and one of us is 5 pounds heavier. 

9:50 kicks off the safety and route speech.  We'll ride through Ipswich, Topsfield, Boxford but on some of the best roads.  If you've not ridden this route or with the Wednesday bunch then you owe yourself a day off to join. 

With Lenny's passing, the ride will be dedicated to him.  A few words will be said before the ride.  A little extra pre-ride time is the least we can do. And without Lenny pulling a slightly slower pace can be expected. 

Lunch will be at Fox Creek on route 1A/133

So who were those trailblazers on April 17, 2019?  John Gibson, Tom Swanson, Steve Tgettis, Jenn Parkos, Dan Krechmer, Lenny Ortins, Amy Ellis, Jen Peat, Beverly Tangvik, Jim Goldberg, Karen Ontell and Ray Best (playing photographer)


North to Newburyport

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

Enjoy some of the nicest cycling in our area. Generally quiet, scenic country roads in Hamilton, Topsfield, Ipswich, Georgetown and Boxford. Long ride adds Newbury and Newburyport. Generally flat to rolling, with a few small hills.


Wednesday Morning Lunch Ride

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

An April ramble thru the ever scenic and ever popular salt marsh in Rowley and Newburyport.  


Topsfield-Boston Rail Trails

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 9:30am
Gravel ride

Best of Ipswich

Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

The Best of Ipswich ride features wonderful cycling roads from downtown Ipswich with a great mix of historic sites, state forests, cycling along the Ipswich River, farm lands and scenic ocean vistas. EXTRA SHORT heads west to go through Bradley Palmer State Park, rides along the side of Appleton Farms on Cutler Road-with about a half mile of gravel-use caution, nice local roads of Hamilton, over to Argilla Road then out to and around Great Neck before returning through the historic district of Ipswich. SHORT adds the Great Neck loop to the extra short MEDIUM PROVIDES A TOUR OF IPSWICH INCLUDING URL LINKS has a quick in and out at Bradley Palmer to see the estate (that you can choose to skip) and by-passes going through Bradley Palmer by staying on scenic Asbury Road to pass the Patton Homestead (yes, General Patton), adds a short trip to Essex, then off to the Crane Estate (and Crane Beach if you wish) before continuing back to Argilla Road, you have a chance to stop at Russell Orchards twice then off to Great Neck then back through the Ipswich historic district. LONG is the medium plus about 13 scenic miles through Topsfield including Perkins Row, past Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, the Topsfield Linear Common rail trail and Linebrook Rd. After recrossing Route 1 it takes a right on Brookside then a left on Perkins (avoiding a tough part of Ipswich Rd) before heading back to join the medium on Asbury Road. EXTRA-LONG adds 10 miles to the long in Topsfield by-passing the rail trail with a left turn onto 97, then across Rte 1 for incredible farm views and a few hill, through town for a nice loop before returning to the other routes. The extra-long ride is a mile shy of a metric century.


Amy and Mickey's Gravel Ride

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

30.1 miles (52% paved / 48% unpaved)

Fairly flat mixed terrain route along the Topsfield rail trail and thru Willowdale, Bradley Palmer State Park, Pingree Woods, Appleton Farms, and Gordon Woods.  Large amount of wide double track with lesser amount of single track. Some roots and loose rocks.  


Stone Walls from Hamilton

Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

The Stone Wall Ride is a great early spring ride offering many distance options that fit wherever you are at in your mileage training and also great for new riders. The yellow forsythia and daffodils brighten up all the stone walls along the way. The beginning of the ride uses roads in Hamilton that we do not travel on often and then the roads become more familiar in Topsfield, Boxford, Georgetown and Groveland. The XS (15miles) ride splits coming out of Bradley Palmer taking a left onto Asbury. All other distances go right. The S (28 miles) splits at River Road and Washington taking a right. All others stay straight. The M (36) splits in Boxford Center taking a right onto Depot. The others continue straight. The L (44) splits from the XL (54) at 133 and West Street in Georgetown with the XL taking a left onto West Street and the L continuing straight. 

There are no bathroom facilities at the school. Cumberland Farms at 121 Bay St, S. Hamilton is a 3 minute drive from the school.

First time riders are strongly encouraged to review the NSC First-Time Riders Q&A linked to at the bottom of the page.   


Rusty Can Gravel--18

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

A fairly easy ride with a fine selection of dirt and abandoned roads, single track, and rail trails. We will ride the entire length of the Groveland Community trail that was completed last year. 


 


Newburyport to Exeter

Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

From beautiful Newburyport, we’ll wind through some lovely back roads into Southern New Hampshire. Both rides 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.


All Mixed Up 2024

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 10pm
Gravel ride

A gentle trail ride thru the Georgetown/Rowley, Willowdale, and Bradley Palmer State Parks and a short stretch along the Topsfield rail trail. Suitable for beginner gravel riders, as well as advanced.  35 mm tires or wider recommended.  

The terrain is category 1+ - 2.  


Georgetown Ride

Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

Try out some new routes from Georgetown which head northwesterly through Haverhill and into southern New Hampshire.  The longer rides in particular incorporate some scenic roads not found on most North Shore rides.


NSC Evening Gravel Ride--Topsfield

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 6pm
Gravel ride

17.9 miles (62% paved / 38% unpaved)

An easy evening ride thru some of the trails around Topsfield:  Bradley Palmer SP, Willowdale, and the Topsfield Linear rail trail. The unpaved terrain is rolling, except for a short climb in at the start of the Bradley Palmer segment, and it includes wooded double track, meadow trail, and rail trail. 35 mm or wider tires are recommended.  

Parking available at MASSDOT Park and Ride at Main and Park Sts in Topsfield.


Minuteman from Tewksbury Library

Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

Ride into some different territory than most NSC rides.  These rides go west and south through a variety of scenic landscapes, including wooded areas, farms and the historic sites of Concord.  


Over Hill and Dale from Ballardvale

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

The short route goes through Andover and Tewksbury only; medium goes through Andover, Tewksbury, and North Andover; long adds Bradford, West Boxford, and Groveland. Quiet wooded roads throughout....


NSC Evening Gravel Ride--Topsfield

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 6pm
Gravel ride

17.9 miles (62% paved / 38% unpaved)

An easy evening ride thru some of the trails around Topsfield:  Bradley Palmer SP, Willowdale, and the Topsfield Linear rail trail. The unpaved terrain is rolling, except for a short climb in at the start of the Bradley Palmer segment, and it includes wooded double track, meadow trail, and rail trail. 35 mm or wider tires are recommended.  

Parking available at MASSDOT Park and Ride at Main and Park Sts in Topsfield.


Quiet Roads North of Boston

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Mostly flat to rolling, shady roads. All rides go through Harold Parker State Forest. Short ride goes through Reading, Wilmington, N. Reading, Middleton, and Lynnfield. Medium ride adds N. Andover, Boxford, and Topsfield. Long ride adds Groveland, W. Newbury, and Georgetown. Rest Stops at Food Mart in West Newbury and Richdale in Middleton.

Ride start can be reached from the MBTA Reading or Wakefield Commuter Rail Stations.


Maine Eastern Trail

Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

The Maine Eastern Trail is an easy, flat and scenic gravel trail that is ultimately planned to run between Kittery and Portland.  It is a key link in the Maine to Florida East Coast Greenway.  We'll be riding a largely finished stretch from Kennebunk to Bug Light on the coast of South Portland where one has a spectacular view of Portland Harbor and Casco Bay.  The total round trip is 58 miles with about 10 miles on roads including a couple of brief busy stretches.  Barring strong winds, it's about the easiest 58 miles you'll ever do.  We'll plan for lunch at SoPo Seafood in South Portland, which is 2 blocks off the trail.


Newburyport Gravel 16

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 6pm
Gravel ride

16. 2 miles (64% paved / 34% unpaved / 2% unspecified)

An early evening ride around Newburyport and Salisbury provides a good intro to gravel biking. Expect a mix of paved roads, easy bike paths, and about 3 miles of wide hardpack trail through Moseley Woods and Maudslay State Park.


NEK Ridge Views

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 9:30am
Gravel ride

NEK Ridge Views is a lovely gravel ride in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with approximately 60% dirt roads, including both maintained and about 5 miles of unmaintained/Class 4 roads.  These quiet, rural roads will be through wooded or farming areas, with frequent wonderful views - first up in Sutton, then Sheffield and later in Newark.  We will be climbing a lot, but it will be worth it. 


Graveling in Newark

Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 9:30am
Gravel ride

This ride has 2 lengths and takes us up onto the Newark VT ridge line. Both rides climb up to the ridge 80-90% on packed dirt roads and pass by two beautiful ponds Newark and Bald Hill. Bald Hill Pond is a great place for a rest stop or swim! There will be woods, farms, little traffic and lots of views - even of Burke Mountain. Although we will be climbing a lot, the beauty of this ride is that the last 11 miles are primarily downhill.