Riding the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
A bike riding footie fan living and riding in SouthCoast towns of Massachusetts.
My bicycle rides include commuting, day trips as well as long and short tours.
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FBC Fairhaven joined the New Bedford Bike Committee and Yesteryear cycle for a 9-11 memorial ride. An eleven mile spin from Yesteryear to the 9-11 memorial ceremony at the Acushnet, MA fire department. The department has memorabilia from all three 9-11 sites.
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All rides are open to anyone. No membership or fees required.
Thursday September 119/11 Memorial Ride Start at Yesteryear Cycles on Hathaway Rd. FBC Fairhaven, Wareham bike and Fall River Bike will join this New Bedford Bike ride This Thursday is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in PA, DC, and of course, the WTC in New York. We are doing an 11 mile ride to commemorate the date. Beginning at Yesteryear Cyclery @6pm, the turn around point will be at the Acushnet Fire Dept’s 9/11 Memorial for a stop, to pay our respects to those we lost on that day. If you haven’t seen the memorial yet, it’s worth the trip. It has artifacts from The Pentagon, the field near Shanksville, PA, and the center piece, a monument using a 6 foot beam from WTC. As this is later in the day, it is a short ride, giving anyone on the ride, the opportunity to spend as much time as they want at the memorial! All are invited!!!
Saturday September 13 East Bay Bike Path Cafe Ride. A casual ride beginning at Fort Hill in East Providence to Bristol R.I. We lollygag in Bristol over a light breakfast and coffee before returning to East Providence. (Fort Hill is the large parking lot closest to India Point).
The Buzzards Bay Coalition organized a series of bike rides leading up to the Buzzards Bay Coalition Watershed Ride on October 5th. Today was the fifth of six training rides taking the group on an 18 mile spin along the waterfronts of New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA.
The day started out misty with a strong easterly breeze. Actually it was a strong wind that stiffened any flag that dared to fly. Small craft warnings were posted for Buzzards Bay and Clarks Cove making half the ride a pretty good workout. Eventually the sun broke through and the humidity settled just in time to end the ride.
Mike K of Bike Fall River will be a group on part of the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen famous Chourico ride. Thursday – September 4, 2014 Meet up at the Bristol Community College far north parking lot (Near Valentine Street) at 5:15pm – ride starts at 5:30pm – the ride is approximately 18 miles and it will be all on-road. There are some hills. This ride is for experienced bike riders who are comfortable with on-road riding. Since the riders will be finishing up around sunset riders need to have reflectors, head lights and rear lights. Make sure to wear a helmet. Bring water. Rain cancels ride. ********************************************************************* Ride 2 – Friday night sunset ride – This Friday, September 5th at 6:30pm we will ride the East Bay Bike Path to view the sunset at Colt State Park at 7:15pm. We will meet at the parking lot that is located on the first left after Dels Lemonade in Warren on Route 103. Make sure to have headlights and rear lights, reflectors, helmet and water. If some don’t have lights attaching flashlight to handle bars is an option…be creative and be seen!!! This ride will be on flat ground. Beginners are welcomed. More experienced cyclists will lead and take up the rear of the group.
Saturday: The East Bay Bike Path cafe ride. Leaves Fort Hill in East Providence at 9AM. Ride to Bristol, have a light breakfast and/or coffee before returning on this flat easy paced 27 mile loop.
Option 2 on Saturday: Meet at Pope Park in New Bedford for the South Coast Bikeway Summer Series ride. An easy 15 mile spin though the city of New Bedford beginning at 10 AM.
It’s been a while since I did a 50 mile ride. Not since my tour in June. I thought about taking the 28 mile option, didn’t, and rued that decision many times during the extra 20 miles of hills and wind. In the end, like usual, I was glad I did it.
Well over a hundred riders showed for this popular club ride with it’s 18/29/52 mile options. There weren’t many there when I finished as the video shows but I do tend to stop a lot, usually to look at my map and turn around to get back on course.
The next local ride is Saturday, Sept, 6 with the New Bedford Bike group. Meet at Popes island early enough for a 10 AM start for a ride into and around the city.
Sunday is the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen’s weekly ride. Starting at Seakonk High School, NBW has arrowed 15/28/50 mile options. This is an relatively flat ride with arrows painted on the road giving clear directions. Riders leave in ability groups. If you ride a +20MPH pace there is a group for you. If you ride a 10 MPH pace, there is a group for you. If you haven’t gone out with the Wheelmen this is a great ride to give them a try. HERE is the ride schedule. Here is the map
If you like hills the Fall River Bike group is hosting a ride beginning in Somerset. Meet-up time 8:45am – Bike ride will start 9:00am – The group will meet in Somerset – at the Park and Ride across from Webster Bank – near the Old Brightman Street Bridge – corner of Route 138, and the former part of Route 6.
The ride will be all on-road – some minor hills – approximately 20 miles – not for beginners – make sure to bring water and a snack
South Coast Bikeway sponsored this ride that was organized by the Fall River, MA. bike gang. Basically the ride was from Whites restaurant to Faunce Corner Rd and back. It was a short 17 mile spin just to get together for a group ride. This is the kind of ride that needs to end near a Cafe or Pub to put a crown on the evening. This stuff is new to these groups and for now they get a pass.
The weekend has two ride choices. Saturday morning a group of older riders meet at the head of the East Bay Bike Path at Fort Hill in East Providence. It’s a casual ride to the town of Bristol, R.I. were everyone stops to socialize over a light breakfast before returning to East Providence. It’s a 27 mile round trip ride.
Sunday is the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen’s weekly ride. Starting at Seakonk High School, NBW has arrowed 15/28/50 mile options. Click HERE for the August Schedule of rides.CLICK HERE for the map and a little more info.
Bike Fall River will be hosting a Bike the Bay Ride tonight. Meet up at 5:40pm, ride starts promptly at 6:00pm. The ride is being headed up by Paul D., a member of Bike Fall River.
The ride will go from the ATMC parking lot on Martine St (Route 6) in Fall River to Faunce Corner Rd. in Dartmouth, via Old Bedford and Old Fall River Road, and then return to ATMC. Because of the late start riders should be there early for a prompt 6:00PM start. The ride is approximately 16 to 17 miles all on-road.
Make sure to bring water, snacks and please attach reflectors and lights to your bike. Sunset should be occurring at around the time the ride is ending. High visibility will be important. Rain cancels the ride.