Monday, October 19, 2020

Industrious Ventures

The weather started to turn frosty for our ride Sunday from Waterville to Canaan.  We did have some bright sunshine, some beautiful Fall colors, and a fine group of 18 riders to take it all in.  Many thanks to David for leading the ride, and to Camille for scoping it out!  This Sunday we will meet in Farmington for a ride to Clearwater Pond in Industry.  By now you should know all the COVID-19 protocols: please bring a mask and use it when in close quarters, maintain social distancing, and please stay home and get well if you are feeling sick.  Hope to see you Sunday!

Sunday, October 25th:  FARMINGTON
"The Ups and Downs of Industry":  a ride through the picturesque hills and hollows of Farmington, New Sharon, and Industry.
START:  9:30 A.M., at the Hannaford Plaza on Rt. 4 in Farmington, about a mile south from the junction of Rt. 4 and Rt. 27, towards Wilton.  Park near the entrance to the shopping plaza.
DISTANCE:  25-30 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to hilly; approx. one mile of gravel along the Sandy River, and 3 miles of cinder on the Rail Trail (optional)
HIGHLIGHTS:  quiet back roads along the Sandy River, spectacular panoramic views from the ridgetops of New Sharon & Industry, Clearwater Pond at Allens Mills, a possible stop at Java Joe's in Farmington, and an optional run along the Whistlestop Rail Trail.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, 293-3784,
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club and its rides contact Jim Merrick, 293-3784,, or check out the KVBC blog, "Posted Roads" at

Monday, October 12, 2020

Sorting Out Somerset

We got a taste of the late Fall approaching, with crisp, cool weather and some impressive headwinds on the ride from Winslow last Sunday. Despite a somewhat frosty start, we had a sparkling clear day with lots of sunshine, some very pretty roads and good company. Many thanks to Tom for leading! This Sunday we will start in Waterville for another popular ride up to Canaan and vicinity. Please remember to stay vigilant in the current pandemic - bring masks to wear in close quarters, spread out at the ride start and when regrouping on the route, and please stay home if you are feeling unwell. Hope to see you Sunday!

Sunday, October 18 - WATERVILLE
"A Somerset Sortie" - a scenic tour through Somerset County in peak Fall season.
START: 9:00am at the Alfond Youth & Community Center, 126 North Street, Waterville.
DISTANCES: 29 or 39 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: country roads along the Kennebec and inland from Canaan to Benton, with some fine ridge-top views.
LEADER: David Chiappetta,
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Short Ride)
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Long Ride):

Monday, October 5, 2020

Winsome Lose Some

 We had a nice, adventurous gravel ride last Saturday from New Sharon.  Despite the recent rains, most of the roads were in good shape.  It was a good opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore some little-traveled roads in foliage season.  On Sunday, a record number of 12 of us did all or parts of the Cadillac Challenge, the only Century ride in Maine this year.  This Sunday we will return to the pavement for another pretty ride on the roads east of the Kennebec through Winslow, Benton & Clinton.  There has been a recent spike in Covid cases (including you-know-who), so pandemic precautions are still in order: bring masks and use them when you can't distance, stay well apart, and stay home if you are feeling unwell.  Hope to see you Sunday!

Sunday, October 11 - WINSLOW
"Winsome Winslow" - a Fall tour around Winslow, Benton and Clinton
START: 9 am at the Winslow Elementary School, 285 Benton Avenue, Winslow
DISTANCE: Approx. 28 miles
TERRAIN: Moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: Back roads of Winslow, Benton, and Clinton
LEADER: Tom Michaud,

Monday, September 28, 2020

Don't Grovel on Gravel


Fall has arrived with a sudden explosion of color!  We had some spectacular riding last weekend on Saturday in Livermore and Sunday in Norridgewock and Madison.  Our thanks to John, and Brian & Denise, for leading  a pair of great rides.  We are going to kick off October with a (mostly) gravel ride from New Sharon exploring the back roads of Vienna and Chesterville.  The route can be done on 28mm tires, but be sure to bring bikes with good rubber.  Even though we will be off in the woods away from civilization, please remember to bring masks, maintain pandemic distancing, and stay home if you are feeling sick.  Hope to see you Saturday!

Saturday, October 3rd - NEW SHARON
"Sandy River Gravitas" - a mostly gravel ride on back roads around New Sharon, Vienna, and Chesterville.
START: 9:00 am at the junction of Rt. 2 and Rt.134 in New Sharon. Park along the old bridge access road (now a dead end) that parallels Rt. 2. Additional parking a short distance up Rt. 134 at the Congregational Church.
DISTANCE: 20 miles, approx. 12.5 gravel and 7.5 pavement.
TERRAIN: varied with some moderate climbs and fast descents.
HIGHLIGHTS: a sampling of local gravel roads, ranging from delightful to decrepit, and lots of Fall foliage up close. Paved alternatives abound to avoid some of the gravel.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-2784,

Sunday, September 27, 2020

KVBC Rides for October

 The Fall cycling season has arrived! Here are the KVBC ride offerings for October!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Why a Bridge?


Sunday's KVBC ride (part 2 of our weekend doubleheader) will be a revision of our popular Fall ride out to the historic Wire Bridge in New Portland. The Long Ride (53 mi.) will start in Norridgewock at 9 am, and connect up with the Short Ride (37 mi.) starting in Madison. We will have ride leaders at both starting locations. Please remember that we are still diligently observing pandemic protocols, so bring masks and be prepared to use them in close quarters, keep a healthy distance apart both at the start and when stopping to regroup enroute, and stay home and get well if you are feeling sick. Hope to see you out on Saturday or Sunday or both!

Sunday, September 27 - NORRIDGEWOCK and MADISON
"The Wire Bridge Ride" - a Fall Foliage tour along the scenic Carrabassett River, through Norridgewock, Madison, Anson, New Portland and New Vineyard.
START: Long Ride - 9:00 AM at Mill Stream Elementary School on Rt.2 in Norridgewock; Short Ride - 9:45 AM at the parking lot across from the former Madison Mill on Main St. in Madison, just before the bridge over the Kennebec.
DISTANCE: Long Ride - approx 53 miles; Short Ride - approx. 37 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: Fall foliage along the Carrabassett River, and the historic Wire Bridge in New Portland, a civil engineering landmark built in 1866, perhaps the only one of its kind still in existence.
LEADERS: Brian Bowker, 485-6793,; and Denise Crowell, 213-8336,

Link to long route (53 miles) starting at Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock

Link to short route (37 miles) starting from parking lot across the street from the former Madison Paper Mill, Madison

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784,, and check out the KVBC blog at, or the KVBC Facebook page.

An Apple a Day

 We had a beautiful, crisp, clear  Fall day for the ride in Augusta on Sunday. The ride saw a fine turnout, great scenery, and some sections of fresh new pavement. Many thanks to Duncan for leading and for reworking the start at a more spacious parking area. This weekend we will feature two popular rides: the first will be on Saturday in Livermore and will stop at Boothby's Apple Orchard. Sunday we will ride to the Wire Bridge in New Portland (details forthcoming). Remember that we are still observing pandemic protocols, and they are still concerned about a second surge of cases, so please bring masks and be prepared to use them, maintain social distancing, and please stay home if you are feeling sick. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, September 26 - LIVERMORE FALLS
"Boothby's Apple Ride" - a tour of the ponds and ridges around Livermore and Chesterville, with an apple orchard stop.
START: 9:00 am at the store formerly known as Pike's Corner Oasis (now Mallard Mart) at the junction of Rt.s 106, 133, and Campground Road in Livermore.
DISTANCE: 40 miles.
TERRAIN: moderately hilly with several good hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: great back roads with numerous scenic views, and a stop at Boothby's Orchard, a family-owned farm for seven generations going back to 1865. We may have a vehicle at the orchard to transport any apples you buy back to the start.
LEADER: John Lanoue,  

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784,, and check out the KVBC blog at, or the KVBC Facebook page.