Monday, April 15, 2019

KVBC 2019 Ride Calendar

Here is the revised KVBC 2019 Ride Calendar!  Our thanks, once again, to all of our volunteer ride leaders, without whom we would be lost (or at least on our own).  There are still a few dates in the calendar to fill in, and there may be some revisions along the way.  In fact, we are looking at some potential wet weather for the ride scheduled for this Saturday, so watch for alerts!  Meanwhile lets hope that these April showers will flower into some great riding in May and beyond.  Hope to see you all out on the road!

KVBC 2019 Ride Calendar

March 24 – Sunday, OAKLAND: Maine Maple Sidney (Jim Merrick)

April 20 – Saturday, BELGRADE: Wake Up the Earth Ride (Jim Floyd)

May 5 – Sunday, GARDINER: Coffee Grindstone Crank (Jim Merrick)
May 11 – Saturday, READFIELD: Maranacook Meander (Lydia Leimbach)
May 18 – Saturday, NORRIDGEWOCK: Bigelow by Bike (Brian Bowker & Denise Crowell)
May 26 – Sunday, JAY: May in Jay (Jim Merrick)

June 1 – Saturday, VASSALBORO: Velo Vassalboro (David Lipman)
June 9 – Sunday, NORRIDGEWOCK: Over the Colby Loop (Brian Bowker & Denise Crowell)
June 15 – Saturday, JEFFERSON: Around Damariscotta Lake (Bryan & Holly Griffin)
June 22 – Saturday, TBD, WAYNE?: Property Pedal Tour (Jean-Luc Theriault and Jim Floyd)

July 6 – Saturday, SIDNEY: Independence Day Ride (Jim Putman)
July 13 – Saturday, DAMARISCOTTA: Drafting through Damariscotta (David Lipman)
July 20 – Saturday, TBD, KENTS’ HILL
July 28 – Sunday, GARDINER: Biking to Bowdoinham (Joe Renda)

August 3 – Saturday, RICHMOND: Wheeling to Wiscasset (David Lipman)
August 10 – Saturday, WHITEFIELD: Tour de Whitefield (Bryan & Holly Griffin)
August 17 – Saturday, WAYNE: Which Way to Wayne? (Fritz Onion)
August 25 – Sunday, LINCOLNVILLE: Out through the Cellar Door (Tammy Jones)
August 31 – Saturday, SMITHFIELD: Looping the Lakes (Larry Childs)

September 14 – Saturday, PITTSTON: Benedictine Pathways (Joe Renda) 
September 21 – Saturday, LIVERMORE: Boothby’s Orchard Ride (John Lanoue)
September 28 – Saturday, WINTHROP: Monmouth a la Mode (Jim Merrick)

October 13 – Sunday, CHESTERVILLE: Three Peaks and a Pontoon (John Lanoue)
October 19 – Saturday, EAST WINTHROP: Bicycle Repairman (Brian Bowker & Denise Crowell)
October 27 – Sunday, WAYNE: Wicked Wayne (Jim Merrick)

November 3 – Sunday, WATERVILLE: (Camille Chamberland)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Hie Onto Hussey's




Sorry for the late notice - checking the weather closely for optimum weekend riding conditions, and with temperatures into the 60s forecast for Saturday, Saturday it is!  We'll meet at Cony High School in Augusta and head out to Windsor past Hussey's General Store and the Windsor Fairgrounds and return through Chelsea.  We might make a late breakfast (brunch?) stop at Rebecca's Cafe.  Hope to see you tomorrow - Spring may actually be coming!

Saturday, April 13 - AUGUSTA
"Hie onto Hussey's" - a precursor of Spring rides to come, out through Augusta, Windsor, and Chelsea.
START: 10 am at Cony High School, 60 Pierce Street off of Rt.105 in Augusta.
DISTANCE: 24 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate.
HIGHLIGHTS: back roads past melting ponds and lakes, Hussey's General Store, 60-degree weather, and a possible stop at Rebecca's Cafe.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK TO ROUTE MAP: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7354718

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April in Hallowell

Yes, it's April, and yes, it's still snowing - but hey, Sunday is supposed to be sunny and maybe in the 50s, so lets try for another early season ride, starting in Hallowell at the Hall Dale School.  We'll head out toward Litchfield and West Gardiner and return via the Kennebec Rail Trail with a potential stop at Slate's Bakery!  See you Sunday!

Sunday, April 7 - HALLOWELL
"Over Hill and Hall-Dale" - an early Spring ride through Hallowell, Litchfield, and West Gardiner.
START: 10:00 am at the Hall-Dale Elementary School at 26 Garden Lane off of Winthrop Street in Hallowell.
DISTANCE: 23 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling with some good climbs; flat along the rail trail.
HIGHLIGHTS: a bike ride in April; the Kennebec Rail Trail; possible stop at Slate's Bakery.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6763231

Monday, April 1, 2019

Cars of the Future

Errol McCarthy in CARtoons Magazine, circa 1973.
It was 1973. Geopolitical turmoil and fossil fuel dependency had led to a world-wide fuel shortage. In response some forward-thinking inventors and visionaries proposed that future cars should be human-powered or run on passive energy systems. Politicians, world leaders, and industry pace-setters quickly adopted these designs with unbridled enthusiasm, and the planet was saved!
And that's how we got to where we are today.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Maine Maple Sidney

The weather forecast this week is for more spring thaw, and it is looking good for Maine Maple Sunday this weekend!  We will hope to get out before we enter full Mud Season with an early ride from Oakland to the Bacon Maple Farm in Sidney.  The ride season is shaping up nicely, although we still have some open dates in the calendar, so if you have a ride you'd like to lead, let Jim know.  Many thanks to all of our ride leaders who have volunteered to lead rides!  We could not do it without you!  Hope everyone can join us on Sunday, and on the warmer days ahead!

Sunday, March 24 - OAKLAND
"Maine Maple Sidney" - a sweet, spring ride from Oakland to Sidney.
START: 10:00 am at the Oakland Post Office at the corner of Water Street (Rt.11) and East School Street.
DISTANCE: about 20 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: fine back roads with lakeside views and a stop at a Maple Sugar shack on Maine Maple Sunday..
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6813910

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim at 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, find us on Facebook, or check out our blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Preliminary KVBC 2019 Ride Calendar

Biking on the Frozen Swan Boat Pond, Boston Public Garden, circa 1940s (Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)
With the first day of Spring just a week away, it looks like there is finally some melting in progress, so we may yet have some rides to come in 2019!  Here is a very preliminary ride calendar, with a number of dates to be confirmed and others to be filled in.  We have a couple of interesting new rides in the works, and we may even mix in a few gravel rides in among our regular road rides for a change of pace.  Our first ride is tentatively scheduled for March 24 - Maine Maple Sunday - about a week and half away, depending on conditions.  Our thanks to all of the ride leaders who have volunteered rides, and to those who are still scheduling theirs.  Please send me your ride info when you have it! Think Spring!

KVBC Ride Calendar 2019 Preliminary

March 24 – Sunday, OAKLAND: Maine Maple Sidney (Jim Merrick)

April 20 – Saturday, BELGRADE: Wake Up the Earth Ride (Jim Floyd)

May 11 – Saturday, READFIELD: Maranacook Meander (Lydia Leimbach)
May 26 – Sunday, JAY: May in Jay (Jim Merrick)

June 1 – Saturday, VASSALBORO: Velo Vassalboro (David Lipman)
June 9 – Sunday, NORRIDGEWOCK: Over the Colby Loop (Brian Bowker & Denise Crowell)
June 22 or 23 – (TBD, WAYNE?): Property Pedal Tour (Jean-Luc Theriault and Jim Floyd)

July 6 – Saturday, SIDNEY: Independence Day Ride (Jim Putman)
July 13 – Saturday, DAMARISCOTTA: Drafting through Damariscotta (David Lipman)
July 28 – Sunday: GARDINER: Biking to Bowdoinham (Joe Renda)

August 3 – Saturday, RICHMOND: Wheeling to Wiscasset (David Lipman)
August 17 – Saturday, KENTS HILL: (TBD)
August 25 – Sunday, LINCOLNVILLE: Out through the Cellar Door (Tammy Jones)
August 31 – Saturday, SMITHFIELD: Looping the Lakes (Larry Childs)

September 21 – Saturday, LIVERMORE: Boothby’s Orchard Ride (John Lanoue)
September 28 – Saturday, WINTHROP: Monmouth a la Mode (Jim Merrick)

October 13 – Sunday, CHESTERVILLE: Three Peaks and a Pontoon (John Lanoue)
October 19 – Saturday, EAST WINTHROP: Bicycle Repairman (Brian Bowker and Denise Crowell)
October 20 – Sunday, WATERVILLE: (Camille Chamberland)
October 27 – Sunday, WAYNE: Wicked Wayne (Jim Merrick)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

KVBC Ride Planning Meeting Postponed Again

The Winter weather is not being kind or cooperative, and with another storm heading in on Thursday and a number of people saying they cannot make the scheduled meeting that night, we are once again postponing the KVBC Ride Planning Meeting.  Our meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 27, at the same time and place, 6:00 pm, Miller Library Room 208, at Colby College.  Sorry for the shifting of dates - let's hope that "third time's the charm" and hopefully we'll see you on Wednesday the 27th.  Meanwhile here is a very tentative, preliminary ride calendar of 2019 events, from what we know (or think we know):

2019 Potential Rides and Other Club’s Events

March 23/24: Maine Maple Sunday, Oakland/Sidney

April 14: BCM Bike Swap, Portland
April 21: Wake Up the Earth Ride, Belgrade (tentative)

May 11: Maranacook Meander, Readfield (tentative)

June 1: Velo Vassalboro, Vassalboro (tentative)
June 8: Millinocket 100, Millinocket
June 9: Colby Loop, Norridgewock
June 14-16: TREK Across Maine
June 15: Jefferson Jaunt, Jefferson (tentative)
June 22/23: Property Pedal Tour (joint ride with Kennebec Land Trust)
June 29/30: Greenville Bike and Boat

July 6: Independence Ride, Sidney
July 13: Drafting Through Damariscotta, Damariscotta (tentative)
July 20: Tour de Whitefield, Whitefield (tentative)

August 10: Which Way to Wayne?, Wayne (tentative)
August 10/11: Bike MS

September 7: Maine Lighthouse Ride
September 8: Pedal Penobscot
September 7-14: Bike Maine
September 14/15: Boothby’s Apple Ride, Livermore Falls (tentative)
September 20-22: Seacoast Century
September 28: Share the Road with Carol, Windsor (tentative)
September 28/29: Dempsey Challenge

October 6: Cadillac Challenge
October 12: Three Peaks and a Pontoon, Chesterville
October 19: Bicycle Repairman (TBD)
October 27: Wicked Wayne, Wayne