Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015 Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club Ride Calendar

Spokes and Leaves by Mia Nilsson

We had a great meeting last Sunday (Thank You to David Lipman for his office space and hospitality!) and we put together a full calendar of rides from April to October!  We have another great season of riding ahead, featuring some new rides with apple orchards, steam boats, wineries and breweries, and a weekend getaway to the coast!  Plus many of your favorite rides from years past - everything from hot dogs to apple pie!  Many thanks to all of our intrepid ride leaders who offered to lead rides and keep us moving forward.  If anyone would still like to lead a ride, let me know and I'll see what I can work out.  Meanwhile, have fun in the snow, and start thinking of Spring when the Winter starts getting old.  Our first scheduled ride isApril 18 - We'll see you on the road!
Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club 2015 Ride Calendar
April 18Saturday: “Wake Up the Earth Ride” – Augusta Rail Trail, 11 am, 20-25 mi., Jim Floyd
April 26, Sunday: “Big G’s and Bare Knees” – Winslow Elementary School10:30 am, 25-30 mi., Jeanine Libby
May 2Saturday: “Mid-Morning at the Oasis” – Pike’s Oasis, Livermore10 am, 30-35 mi., John Lanoue
May 9Saturday: “Tour of the Back 40” – Windsor Elementary School, 9 am, 40 mi., Leanne Moll
May 17, Sunday: “Biking with the Alewives” – Vassalboro Elementary School9 am, 25-30 mi., Jeanine Libby
May 24, Sunday: “Velo Vassalboro” – 6 Arrowhead Drive, Vassalboro, 9 am, 30-35 mi., David Lipman
May 30, Saturday: “Big Lakes Tour” – Tom’s Bike Boutique, East Winthrop9 am, 30-35 mi., Denise Crowell
June 6, Saturday: “Tour de Lacs” – Wayne Elementary School, 9 am, 25 mi., Jim Merrick
June 14Sunday: “Ken’s Hot Dog Ride” – 49 Marble Point Road, Wings Mills, Mount Vernon, 9 am, 25-30 mi., Ken Louis
June 20, Saturday: “Capitol Breakfast Ride” – Hussey Elementary School, Augusta,8 am, 25-30 mi., Jim Merrick
June 28, Sunday: “Greenville Bike & Boat” – Moosewood Marine Museum,Greenville10:30 am, 20 mi., $25 event registration fee, Jeanine Libby
July 4, Saturday: “Go Forth on the Fourth” – Bean Elementary School, Sidney, 9 am, 25-30 mi., Jim Putnam
July 11, Saturday: “Drafting through Damariscotta” – Hannaford Plaza, Damariscotta, 10 am, 30-35 mi., David Lipman
July 12, Sunday: “Biking through Boothbay” – Knickerbocker Boat Landing, Boothbay, 9 am, 25-30 mi., David Lipman
July 18, Saturday: “A Cobbossee Odyssey” – Fielder’s Choice, Manchester9 am, 30-35 mi., John Lanoue
July 25Saturday: “Bowdoinham by Bike” – Laura Richards Elementary, Gardiner, 8 am, 40 mi., Roger Rocque
August 2, Sunday: “Eleven Ponds” – Mount Vernon Post Office, 9 am, 14 or 30 mi., Jim Merrick
August 9, Sunday: “Ups and Downs of Industry” – Hannaford PlazaFarmington9 am, 25-30 mi., Larry Childs
August 16, Sunday: “Wheeling Down to Wiscassett” – Richmond Boat Landing, 9 am, 35-40 mi., David Lipman
August 23, Sunday: “Hills and Beans” – 6 Arrowhead Drive, Vassalboro, 9 am, 30-35 mi., David Lipman
August 30Sunday: “Out Through the Cellar Door” – Cellar Door Winery, Lincolnville,10 am, 25 or 35 mi., Tammy Jones
September 6, Sunday: “The Oxbow Incident” – Oxbow Brewing Company,Newcastle, 9 am, 28 or 50 mi., Leanne Moll
September 12-13 (Open; Lighthouse Ride and Pedal the Penobscot scheduled)
September 19, Saturday: “Boothbee’s Apple Ride” – Sand Pond, Chesterville, 9 am, 30-35 mi., John Lanoue
September 26, Saturday: “Monmouth a la Mode” – Winthrop Boat Landing, 9 am, 25-30 mi., Jim Merrick
October 3, Saturday: “Three Peaks and a Pontoon” – Sand Pond, Chesterville, 9 am, 30-35 mi., John Lanoue
October 11, Sunday: “A (Wire) Bridge Too Far” – 434 Fredericks Corner Road, Norridgewock, 9 am, 70 mi., Denise Crowell and Brian Bowker
October 17, Saturday: “Route 8 Figure 8” – Smithfield Town Office, 9 am, 19 or 25 mi., Dan Eccher
October 25Sunday: TBA (Hartland?)
October 31, Saturday: “Wicked Wayne” – Wayne Elementary School, 10 am, 20 mi., Jim Merrick

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ride Plans for Pizza Fans

It's time for our annual KVBC Ride Planning Meeting!  A number of members responded to my poll with a preference of avoiding any conflict if the Patriots were still playing (and after some tense moments last week it looks like they will playing again this Sunday).  So we will meet in Augusta the following week, on Sunday, January 25th, at 6 pm, at the offices of Lipman & Katz at 227 Water Street, thanks to a kind offer from David Lipman.  There is a public parking lot on Water Street just as you come off the circle.  The phone number at the office is 622-3711.
The agenda: ride planning, pizza, then followed by more ride planning.  It's fun!  Honest.  We will do our best to put together a full calendar of rides for the new season, and you can help!  If you can't make the meeting, and there is a ride you'd like to lead (or suggest) just let me know.  The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has reconfigured their online events calendar, allowing for additional ride descriptions, photos, etc., so you can get creative with ride promotion.  Their print calendar (probably not so creative) has a deadline of Feb. 6, so we'll try to get our definite rides in to them before then.
There is still a possibility for people interested to meet earlier for snowshoeing or x-country skiing in the Arboretum before the meeting.  I've heard from several people who are interested, so I'll try and set something up.  Hope to see you Sunday!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! May your cycling exploits in 2015 meet or exceed all of your expectations!

Don't forget our KVBC Ride Planning Meeting next month. We are looking at either Sunday, January 18, or Sunday, January 25, in Augusta at David Lipman's office on Water Street, around 6 pm. Any preference?