Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wayne Ramble

Hope you all enjoyed the heat wave over the weekend and are now psyched to get some summer cycling underway. Can't promise more 80 degree weather for this weekend, but we are heading into May and Frank has a great ride planned, starting in Wayne on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 2nd - WAYNE
"The Wayne Ramble" - a tour of the lakes and waterfalls around Wayne, Leeds, Livermore, and Wayne.
START: 10:00 AM at the Wayne Elementary School, 48 Pond Road, Wayne.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with some surprisingly flat sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: some very nice scenic shore roads, meadows, and waterfalls.
LEADER: Frank Rosen.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wake Up The Earth - Ride Report

Despite ominous dark clouds (and a kite up a tree) an intrepid group of cyclists - including nine new, first-time riders - ignored the ill omens and gathered at the start to Wake Up The Earth at the KVBC ride in Manchester.

The threatened showers never materialized. The sun actually broke through the clouds but the temperatures remained cool.

It was great to see so many new riders and meet new people. We had several new folks sign up as members. Even better, two people even offered to lead new rides!

It was a fine ride to kick off the season. Stay in touch for details on upcoming rides. The next Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club ride is scheduled for May 2nd in Wayne. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Manchester Ride Announcement

Snack Break at Wings Mills

Saturday, April 18th - MANCHESTER
"Wake up the Earth Ride" - a Posted Roads tour from Manchester to Wings Mills.
START: 10:00 AM, at the Manchester Elementary School parking lot on Rt. 17, near the junction of Rt. 17 & Rt. 202. The school is on the left next to the fire station just after you turn off Rt. 202 onto Rt. 17 West.
DISTANCE: 23 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with one long hill.
HIGHLIGHTS: Hopefully some dry pavement, and hold the pot-holes! We'll ride some paved (albeit sandy) back roads along some streams in and out of Wings Mills, and take in some pre-foliage hilltop views in anticipation of Earth Day (on Wednesday this year) and the coming of Spring.
LEADER: Jim Merrick.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Manchester to Wings Mills

Ride Start - Manchester Elementary School

Come join us on the first KVBC ride of the season! On Saturday, April 18th, at 10:00 AM we will meet at the parking lot of the Manchester Elementary School on Rt. 17 just past the junction with Rt. 202 (next to the fire station). We will ride the back roads, about 23 miles, to Wings Mills and back. This will be a leisurely group ride with a few good hills to get everyone into the swing of things. Last year the ride fell on Earth Day and we had a nice turnout - even a local photographer from the Kennebec Journal. I will post some ride maps and more photos in the week ahead. Mark your calendars - the first KVBC ride is little more than a week away!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Secrets of Cycling Revealed - Kneesocks!

In the interests of furthering the knowledge of the lost arts of our sport, here some of the ancient secrets of cycling are revealed! In this installment - the power of Kneesocks!

Secret Number One - they make you lighter!
Yes, of course. Kneesocks are smaller than their bulkier cousins, tights, leggings, knickers, etc. Since they are smaller, it stands to reason that they are unquestionably lighter. And as every cyclist knows, anything that makes you lighter, also makes you faster!

Secret Number Two - they ward off dogs!Man's best friend, swept up in the chase, prepares to sink its teeth in a tender calf only to be mesmerized, confused or distracted by the swirl of bright colors, and breaks off the attack. The spinning defense of kneesocks proves to be too powerful!

Secret Number Three - they let you dress-down motorists!Seriously now, motorists do not dress like this, and even if they did, they could never carry it off with this much style, no?

Secret Number Four - they attract the ladies!Yessir, you can be old and fat and bald and prone to face-plants, but a colorful pair of kneesocks will never fail to draw the attention of the fair sex! (It is certain that there are women out there who exhibit this tendency. They don't read this blog, of course, but that doesn't mean they're not out there. Somewhere.)