Monday, May 25, 2015

Big Lakes, Big Lakes!

Oh, we had a great ride around Vassalboro and China last Sunday.  Beautiful weather, a fine group, and a splendid post-ride gathering!  Our thanks to the Lipmans for leading the ride and opening up their home to us and providing a wonderful meal.  Hopefully the fine cycling weather will continue into this Saturday as we close out Bike Month with a classic tour around the Big Lakes, starting from Tom's Bike Boutique in East Winthrop.  As always, we hope you can make it!

Saturday, May 30th - EAST WINTHROP
"The Big Lakes Tour" - a ride along the shorelines of Lakes Maranacook, Annabessacook, and Cobbosseecontee.
START: 9:00 AM at the parking lot of Tom's Bike Boutique, 2208 Rt.202 in East Winthrop, across from D.R Struck's Nursery.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: Some nice lakeside runs along backroads through Winthrop, Monmouth, and Manchester.
LEADER: Denise Crowell,
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Vassalboro Again!

What?  Vassalboro again?  Yes! Vassalboro again!  Sure, we had a great ride last Sunday from Vassalboro (thanks Jeanine!), but I missed it.  If you missed it, too, here's another chance!  We will meet again in Vassalboro this Sunday for another route, led by our own David Lipman.  As a bonus, we will be joined by the folks from BikeMaine, and we'll have a post-ride gathering at the Lipmans.  So don't miss it!  See you then!

Sunday, May 24th - VASSALBORO
"Velo Vassalboro" - a scenic tour around the China Lake region
START:  9am  at the home of David and Laura Lipman.  Condo is after Natanis Golf Course on ARROWHEAD DRIVE heading north. (Not to be confused with Fairway Drive. Use Barrows Road on your GPS and we are the next road on the  left after that)  Please park after the garages in the large dirt parking lot after the condo buildings.
DISTANCE: 28 miles
TERRAIN:  Moderate to Hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: Views of China Lake and Webber Pond,  gentleman farms and country homes along the Neck Road.   Stay afterwards for a light lunch and to socialize with fellow bikers, including representatives from BikeMaine who will update us on this year's tour!  Please RVSP to so we can get an idea of how many will be staying for lunch.
LEADER:  David Lipman,

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784,, or keep up to date via our Facebook page.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Go Fish.

We had a cool, misty, foggy start to last Saturday's ride over the Back 40 in Windsor, but we had a good group of a dozen riders who rewarded for their troubles when it dried up and the sun even came out for a bit.  Many thanks to Leanne for another fine ride.  Here's hoping it continues to warm up for our next Spring venture, checking in with the Spring Alewife Run in Benton.  Go Fish!

Sunday, May 17th, EAST VASSALBORO
"Biking with the Alewives" - a tour along the banks of the Sebasticook River to the Spring Alewife Run at the Benton Dam.
START: 9:00 AM at Vassalboro Elementary School, 1116 Webber Pond Road, East Vassalboro.
DISTANCE: approx. 25 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with some hills and flat sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic river views and a stop at the site of the Benton Alewife Festival celebrating the return of the historic alewife spring run.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby,
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sculptures on the Back 40

May is Bike Month, and we got off to a fine start last Saturday in Livermore, led by John Lanoue (thanks John!). We had great weather - and there's more in store for this week, they say. Hopefully it will last right into the weekend when we have another great ride planned for Saturday in Windsor. One of the highlights of the Windsor ride is a stop at the "Iron Horse" to view the sculpture gardens of Roger Majorowitz, who passed away late last year at age 83 - his massive steel sculptures are definitely worth a visit while they still stand in his open field. Hope to see you Saturday!

May 9th, Saturday:  WINDSOR
"Tour of the Back 40":  a tour up and down the banks of the Sheepscot River from Windsor to Alna.
START:  9:00 A.M., at the Windsor Elementary School on Rt. 32, about a mile north from the junction of Rt. 17 and Rt. 32.  The school is on the left, northbound.
DISTANCE:  40 miles.
TERRAIN:  moderate to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS:  scenic back roads with fine straight runs, the R. Majorowitz Sculpture Garden, and nice views of the Sheepscot, one of the most pristine rivers in the Northeast.
LEADER:  Leanne Moll.

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KVBC Membership dues: if you haven't sent in your current dues this year, you can download the KVBC membership form on our Facebook page (it is in the "About" section, hidden under "Products" - you don't need a Facebook account to access it). Your dues help pay for our Club insurance, and support local and national bike advocacy through our membership in the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the League of American Bicyclists. As always, we thank you for your support!

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