Sunday, May 20, 2018

KVBC Jerseys


We are placing another order for KVBC cycling jerseys. If you would like to order a new jersey, we will need to know: what size, what background color (either yellow or black), whether you want short sleeves, long sleeves, or sleeveless, and finally, whether the jersey should be in a woman's cut, or a man's club cut or a man's race cut. For information on Champion System's sizing, see here. We will also be ordering matching cycling socks, and you can find the sock sizing guide here. If you plan to order a jersey please contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com as soon as you can, as we hope to place the next order quickly.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Go Fish

We had a very nice ride from Skowhegan to Fairfield and all points in between last Sunday. The weather was a bit cool, but clear and sunny. We had some great scenery and a great group of folks on hand. Our thanks to John Lanoue for another fine ride. This Sunday the alewives return, and so shall the cyclists, so come join us as we go Biking with the Alewives! See you Sunday!

Sunday, May 20th, EAST VASSALBORO

"Biking with the Alewives" - a tour along the shores of Webber Pond, the Seven Mile Stream, and China Lake for the Spring Alewife Run.
START: 9:30 AM at Vassalboro Elementary School, 1116 Webber Pond Road, East Vassalboro.
DISTANCE: approx. 26 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with some hills and flat sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic river views and a stop at the dam to view the historic alewife spring run.
LEADER: Tammy Jones, tjones@colby.edu.
LINK TO ROUTE MAP (2016): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6864277

 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennebecValleyBicycleClub and the KVBC blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Monday, May 7, 2018

What's Brewing on the Kennebec?

Despite some overcast skies and a few raindrops we had a really fine ride from Readfield last Sunday. We had 23 riders set out on some of the best cycling roads in central Maine, culminating with a stop at the Apple Shed Bakery in Kents Hill. Thanks go to Lydia for leading us on another fine ride!  This Saturday we will venture north to Skowhegan to see what's brewing on the Kennebec. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, May 12 - SKOWHEGAN
"Acorns and Ales" - a skillfully fermented ride that hops through Canaan, Skowhegan, Waterville and Hinckley.
START: 10:00 am at the Oak Pond Brewery, 101 Oak Pond Road, near the Skowhegan/Canaan town line. Directions at their website: http://www.oakpondbrewery.com/contact.asp. Please park in the area behind the brewery.
DISTANCE: approx 39 miles
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: some little-traveled back roads, river views, and an optional brewery tour at the ride's end.
LEADER: John Lanoue, john.lanoue@avid.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP (2016): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7061836


For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennebecValleyBicycleClub and the KVBC blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Meandering to Maranacook

May and Bike Month are upon us, and they are even predicting some temperatures in the 80s this week!. We had a nice intro to warmer weather on the ride last Sunday around China Lake - many thanks to Jeanine and to everyone who turned out! This Sunday we will meet at the Maranacook School Superintendent's Office (well, his or her parking lot, anyway) in Readfield for a 27-mile ride. This ride is one that is currently featured on the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's new "Where to Ride" interactive ride finder - and that's no surprise to anyone who's done it!  See you Sunday!

Sunday, May 6th - READFIELD
"The Maranacook Meander" - a lakeside tour through Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne and Kents Hill
START: 10:00 am at the Maranacook School Superintendent's Office parking lot, 45 Millard Harrison Drive, off of Rt. 17 about one quarter mile north of Readfield Depot. The Superintendent's Office is the first left on the drive up to the High School.
DISTANCE: about 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many lakeside and hill top views; optional stop at the Apple Shed Bakery in Kents Hill..
LEADER: Lydia Leimbach, mrsl330@yahoo.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2017): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6864286
BCM Where to Ride Link: https://wheretoride.bikemaine.org/ride/maranacook-meander

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennebecValleyBicycleClub and the KVBC blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.



Monday, April 23, 2018

Everyone (Usually) Likes a Surprise

We had a superb "Wake Up the Earth" ride last Sunday. A great group of 22 riders turned out on April 22, and we had bright blue skies and warming temperatures, and the leftover patches of snow didn't do anything to diminish our "Wake Up" vibes. And the weather to start off the week is definitely following suit! Our thanks to Jim Floyd for leading, and for providing all who turned out with some fresh maple syrup to get us in sync with the change of the seasons! This Sunday's ride will start from East Vassalboro at 9:30 am as we set out in search of a China Surprise. See you Sunday!

SUNDAY, April 29th, EAST VASSALBORO
"China Surprise" - a delightful tour over the hills and dells of Vassalboro and China.
START: 9:30 AM at the Vassalboro Historical Society parking lot at 327 Main Street just north of the China Lake boat landing on Rt. 32 in East Vassalboro (not the boat landing in South China).
DISTANCE: 25 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with some hills and flat sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: a selection of great, scenic rural Maine roads with great views of China Lake and surroundings, with a surprise thrown in! (And there is a rumor that the Ice Cream Dairy Bar in South China is open!)
LEADER: Jeanine Libby, jjlibby13@roadrunner.com.
LINK to RIDE MAP (2016)http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6799647

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennebecValleyBicycleClub and the KVBC blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

KVBC Rides for May

Looking ahead to May? Here are the KVBC rides planned for Bike Month! Feel free to spread the word! The weather this weekend is looking to be a lot more May-like, so don't forget the Wake Up the Earth Ride on Sunday in Augusta at the Rail Trail at 10 am! And if you are down in Portland this Sunday and you need new wheels, check out the Bike Swap run by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Otherwise, hope to see you Sunday in Augusta, and even more often in May!

Bike Earth Day!

The weather did not cooperate for last Sunday's ride, and even took a turn for the worse to start off the week - at least for those of us for whom visions of Spring involve flowers, not ice pellets. The forecast for next Sunday, on the other hand, is mostly sunny and in the 50s - to which we say, "Yes! Sign us up!" Join us this Sunday, Earth Day, in Augusta at the Rail Trail for our annual "Wake Up the Earth Ride!" We may have to get a bit creative passing through the construction in Downtown Hallowell, but we hope to make a stop at Slate's bakery and congregate in their outdoor patio. Hope you can join us!

April 22nd, Sunday - AUGUSTA
"Wake Up the Earth" - an early Spring/Earth Day ride along the Kennebec River Rail Trail through Augusta, Hallowell, and Gardiner.
START: 10:00 AM at the Augusta trail head of the rail trail - the municipal parking lot off of Water Street adjacent to the Maine State Housing Authority (353 Water St.) in the shadow of Memorial Bridge.
DISTANCE: 20+ miles
TERRAIN: flat (and we mean flat)
HIGHLIGHTS: EARTH DAY! For many of us, the first ride of the season, a pleasant run along the Kennebec River, with some great natural scenery mixed with some urban vistas, kicking off another great year of cycling. Probable stop at Slate's Bakery in Hallowell!
LEADER: Jim Floyd, jimfloyd@fairpoint.net

LINK TO ROUTE MAP (2016): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6838283

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, check out our Facebook page or our club blog, "Posted Roads" - http://postedroads.blogspot.com.