Monday, August 7, 2017

Cellar Doors in Youngtown

Come join us this Sunday for a special Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club ride in Camden and Lincolnville. This is one of several superb rides scoped out and led by KVBC member Ray Giglio, and it is part of our tribute to Ray that we continue to celebrate his many contributions to the club. Described as a little bit of French wine country in mid-coast Maine, the ride will feature a stop at the Cellardoor Winery, and some back roads in a area that we don't get a chance to ride in (as a group) that often. Part of the route will trace part of the East Coast Greenway, and the ride will have other treats in store. Hope to see you on Sunday!

August 13th, Sunday: Lincolnville  
“Out Through the Cellar Door” – a circuit of Megunticook Lake, including Camden and the Cellardoor Winery and vineyard in Youngtown (Lincolnville).  
START: 10:00 A.M., at the Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Rd, one mile east of Route 52. Please park along the winery driveway leading up the hill across from the store, and not in the customer parking lot behind the winery store.The folks at the winery have graciously allowed us access to restrooms and water before the ride, but please no cleats in the building. Thank you.
DIRECTIONS: From Camden, take Rt. 52 north for 5 miles and turn right onto the Youngtown Rd for one mile. See the Cellardoor Winery website for map and detailed directions: http://mainewine.com.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles, depending if a loop from Camden to Rockport is taken and if we return to the winery via Rt. 52 or via Rts. 1 and 173. The route is moderately hilly, and some of the road surfaces are showing wear although many have been resurfaced recently.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the winery store and take a walk through the vineyards. Numerous lake views during the ride. Camden (& Rockport). Part of the route is the official East Coast Greenway interim on-road coastal route.
LUNCH: The picnic tables outside the winery store are available for us to use after our ride. We can bring a bag lunch, or they sell beverages, local cheeses, breads, and other goodies. And of course, they sell wine and have wine tasting. LEADER: Tammy Jones, tjjones@colby.edu.   
LINK to RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6800276

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or follow our Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Odyssey to Cobbossee

We had spectacular weather for the ride from Gardiner to Bowdoinham last Sunday. Bright blue skies, nice roads - some with new pavement, and marked with nifty "KV" arrows - even a nice tailwind. Many thanks to Joe for leading (and arrowing!). Hey, we're in August already! Time for a ride around Cobbossee Lake. We'll meet on Sunday next to Fielders' Choice Ice Cream in Manchester. Hope to see you then!

Sunday, August 6th - MANCHESTER
"A Cobbossee Odyssey": a tour around Cobbosseecontee Lake.
START: 9:00 A.M., at the parking lot on McArdle Street, just off Rt. 202W past the junction of Rt. 202 & Rt.17, between the Manchester Grange Hall and Fielders' Choice Ice Cream Stand. The parking lot is the first right after you turn on McArdle Street.
DISTANCE: 27.5 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling with some challenging hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: views of Cobbossee Lake, back roads of Winthrop, Manchester, West Gardiner, Litchfield, and Monmouth, and an ice cream stop conveniently at the end!
LEADER: John Lanoue, john.lanoue@avid.com.
Link to Ride Map (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6801528

For more info on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, check out the club blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or follow us on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A GUSTAtorial Adventure

We had a terrific ride from Norridgewock on Sunday, exploring some roads that many of us had not ridden before. In keeping with tradition, we also had a fine hot dog roast after the ride - many thanks to Denise and Brian for hosting, and for the various culinary contributions by other riders. It was all greatly appreciated! This Saturday we will do breakfast, meeting in Augusta at the Hussey Elementary School at 8:30 am for a 27-mile ride through the rural side of Augusta and Chelsea, stopping at Rebecca's on Rt. 17. Should be a nice tune-up for those doing the BCM Lobster Ride on Sunday. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, July 22nd - AUGUSTA
"Capital Breakfast Ride" - a tour through the stately residential areas and outlying farms of our capital city.
START: 8:30 AM at the parking lot of the Hussey Elementary School on Quimby Street in Augusta. Quimby is right off Rt. 100 at the traffic light across from Auclair's Cycle heading north. The school is up the hill about a quarter mile on the left. 
DISTANCE: 27 miles. 
TERRAIN: moderate with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: An optional breakfast stop at Rebecca's on Rt.17, some really fine touring roads east of the capital, new and intriguing routes - and did we mention breakfast?
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, follow us on Facebook or check out the KVBC blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Hot Dogs Return

This Sunday's ride will be the ninth annual Ken's Hot Dog Ride, starting from an all new location. A bit of ride history:
2008 - Ken Louis suggests a ride from his house in Wings Mills with a post-ride hot dog roast, inspired (he says) by a running feature on the Weather Channel. The 1st year's turn-out is modest but appreciative.
2009 - The Weather Channel reacts with disdain to Ken's intrusion on their turf; the weather is cold and threatening, only two people show up, and neither are sure why they did.
2010-2012 - Ken does "something" and conditions and turn-outs improve. He eventually prints up a 5th anniversary t-shirt (some say it makes a great painting shirt - we'll have a hot dog for you, Roger).
2015 - Another setback, as the ride is officially condemned by the World Health Organization. Notwithstanding, the ride turnout increases.
2016 - Ken's ride hits a record number of riders, and runs out of hot dogs. Perhaps as a result, the Louis's sell their house and move to an undisclosed location in Portland. Does this spell the end of Ken's Hot Dog Ride? Not a chance!
2017 - we will hold the 9th annual Ken's Hot Dog Ride in Norridgewock.

Sunday, July 16th - NORRIDGEWOCK
"Hot Dog! - The Hot Dog Ride" (not because we'll ride like one but because we will want one) - a tour through New Sharon, Starks, Anson, Madison and Norridgewock.
START: 9:00 AM at 434 Frederick Corner Road in Norridgewock,
about two miles from the junction of Rt.2 in Norridgewock. Park along the sides of the driveway wherever you can.
DISTANCE: 43 miles
TERRAIN: Moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: Little traveled back roads along the Sandy River, and a post-ride hot dog BBQ!
LEADERS: Brian Bowker, 485-6793, bbowk321@yahoo.com; and Denise Crowell, 213-8336, denisemcrowell@gmail.com.
 
For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, follow us on Facebook, or check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Back to Boothbay

The Boothbay ride on Sunday is back on again!  We will once again have a double-header along the coast this weekend, meeting in Damariscotta on Saturday at 10 am at Hannaford's Plaza, and again on Sunday in Boothbay at the Knickerbocker Boat Landing at 9 am.  The weather for the weekend is looking very nice, so hope to see a good number of you on one or both of the rides.  Once again, have a Happy Fourth!

Sunday, July 9th: BOOTHBAY
"Bicycling Through Boothbay" - a seaside tour around Boothbay, Barter, Sawyer, and Southport.
START: 9:00 AM at the Knickerbocker Boat Landing, off of Knickerbocker Road just north of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
DISTANCE: 20+ miles.
TERRAIN: easy to moderate.
HIGHLIGHTS: more ocean views and seaside villas, plus a possible stop for lobster rolls at the Trevett General Store.
LEADER:  Cynthia Snow, csnow@msad11.org.
LINK TO RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6802082
LINK TO BCM CALENDAR: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-bicycling-to-boothbay

For more information, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com or check out the KVBC Facebook page.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Only Damariscotta

We kicked off July with the 14th annual "Independence Day" ride in Sidney on Saturday. The weather was a bit sticky, but we had a great turn-out of 25 riders who set a brisk pace to avoid the forecast afternoon rains. Many thanks to Jim Putnam and company for a great ride! This Saturday we will revisit one of our popular rides on the coast, cycling from Damariscotta to Pemaquid Point. Please note the 10:00 am start. Also, please be advised that we will be riding from Damariscotta on Saturday and from Boothbay on Sunday this weekend. Hope you can join us, and have a Happy Fourth!

Saturday, July 8th; DAMARISCOTTA
"Drafting Through Damariscotta" - a tour through Bristol, Bremen, Pemaquid and Damariscotta.
START:  10:00 AM at Hannaford's supermarket, 469 Main Street (Business Rt. 1) in Damariscotta.
DISTANCE:  approx. 40 miles.
TERRAIN:  Moderate to rolling with no major hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic roads within the Pemaquid Peninsula, fresh and salt water views abound.
LEADER:  David Lipman,  dlipman@lipmankatz.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6791021
LINK TO BCM CALENDAR: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-drafting-through-damariscotta-2

For more information, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com or check out the KVBC Facebook page.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Independence Ride

We will start off July with our popular "Fourth of July Ride" starting from the Bean School on Middle Road in Sidney on this Saturday, July 1. Celebrate your Independence! And join us if you can!

Saturday, July 1st, SIDNEY
:
"Independence along Middle Road" - a mainstream  tour through the middle of Sidney & the middle of a prime farming district & the middle of Fourth of July preparations.
START:  9:00 AM at the James H. Bean Elementary School on Middle Road in Sidney.
Directions to the Bean School:
From south: I-95 North exit #120. Turn right at end of exit ramp onto Lyons Rd. Follow Lyons Rd. to stop sign. Turn left onto Middle Rd. Bean School is approximately one mile on the right.
From the north: I-95 South exit #120. Turn left at end of exit ramp onto Lyons Rd. Follow Lyons Rd. to stop sign. Turn left onto Middle Rd. Bean
School is approximately one mile on the right.
DISTANCE:  16 or 30 Miles.
TERRAIN:  moderate with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS:  some fine back roads and Kennebec River views, and some Fourth of July paraphernalia, most likely.
LEADER:  Jim Putnam, put@roadrunner.com.

LINK TO RIDE MAP: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6799304
LINK to BCM CALENDAR: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-independence-day-ride-2
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Damariscotta Lake - Jefferson

We have a number of ride opportunities this weekend - on Saturday, we have an all new club ride planned starting in Jefferson and traveling around Damariscotta Lake (details below). Please note the 9:30 am start time.  On Sunday, there is the annual Greenville Bike and Boat Ride (details in previous post).  Hope you can get out and join us on the first bike rides of summer!

Saturday, June 24 - JEFFERSON
"Down Around Damariscotta" - a circumnavigation of Damariscotta Lake.
START: 9:30 am at the Jefferson Village School, 48 Washington Road, Jefferson.
DISTANCE: 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic back roads with a stop at the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder and the Bunker Hill Church overlook of the lake.
LEADER: Bryan Griffin, bjgriffin@roadrunner.com.

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

Greenville Hike, Bike, and Boat

There are several ride opportunities as we head into the first weekend of Summer!  On Sunday there is the Greenville Bike & Boat Ride - note that there is a $25 registration fee for this ride.  You can register online via the link below, or at the start of the event on Sunday - just show up early to register.  You can also make it a weekend trip as Jeanine still has space at the AMC Lodge - details below.  Contact Jeanine directly to sign up for the extended trip!

Sunday, June 25 - GREENVILLE
"Greenville Boat & Bike" - a tour from Greenville to Rockwood with a return trip across the lake on the historic steamboat Katahdin!
START: 10:30 am at the Greenville boat landing (earlier if registering on the day of the event)
DISTANCE: 19.5 miles
TERRAIN: moderate

REGISTRATION: $25 fee to benefit the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital; http://cadean.org/About-Us/News/2017/Annual-Bike-and-Boat-Ride-benefits-care-for-patien.aspx
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic 20-mile ride, followed by a lake cruise back to the start on the historic steamboat "Katahdin" including food and live music, and t-shirts for pre-registrants. There is also a weekend trip option at the AMC Lodge in Little Lyford - details below.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby, jjlibby13@roadrunner.com

 
WEEKEND TRIP DETAILS: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/95714&act=2
Hike, Bike and Boat Weekend June 23 - June 25.
Come join in on a fun filled weekend of hiking, biking and
boating.  We will be staying in the bunk house at Little Lyford for the
weekend’s events.  Friday night arrive in time to meet everyone prior to
sitting down for dinner – served at 6:00 p.m.  Saturday we will plan to hike
Gulf Hagas during the day and view the breathtaking waterfalls.  This is
known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.”  Then we may close the day with an
evening paddle on the pond followed by some storytelling around the camp
fire.  More fun to come as we rise the next morning to prepare for the 19.5
mile Bike and Boat ride to benefit Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital patient
care.  The bike ride will begin in Greenville and go to Rockwood and then we
will return aboard the historic Katahdin vessel.  While on the boat we will
enjoy lunch and music on our way back to Greenville.
To register for the weekend trip e-mail Jeanine Libby at jjlibby13@roadrunner.com
Weekend Trip at the Lodge totals: $160 per person plus tax to say in the co-ed bunk house.  Meals included.  Fun is Free.
Bike and Boat Benefit Ride: $25 pre-registration fee and must be done separately at: http://cadean.org/About-Us/News/2017/Annual-Bike-and-Boat-Ride-benefits-care-for-patien.aspx

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

KVBC Jerseys

 Are you feeling left out? Outside looking in? Not part of the "in crowd"? Lacking that one thing that will show the World that you belong - that you have arrived?

Well, money can't buy you happiness, but 44 bucks can get you a new KVBC jersey, and that might do the trick! Several people have asked about acquiring jerseys, and if we can get orders for about ten items together, we can submit a new order. We have designs for two jerseys: one mostly yellow and one mostly black, and we have in the past been able to combine orders for both. The entry-level (or least expensive) jersey is the CS Tech Lite at $44 each (minimum order of ten). There are a lot of jersey options, fabrics, and styles - men's jerseys are either "Club Cut" or "Race Cut." For descriptions and details refer to the Champion System website and their updated sizing charts 
A product price list can be downloaded here. In the past, some of our women members have ordered men's jerseys that best matched their size, as they preferred a longer cut. If you have questions it might be best to ask one of the women on a club ride for advice.

If you would like to order a jersey, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com.
KVBC Yellow Jersey
KVBC Black Jersey

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Property Pedal Tour with the Kennebec Land Trust

We had a superb ride from Brunswick to Cundy's Harbor last Sunday, with great scenery and an impressive turnout with really fine weather (turned out not as hot along the coast). We did have some adventure amidst the unmarked gravel roadways out on Cundy's Point, but everyone got back safely, and we had a great lunch stop at Wild Oats in Brunswick. Many thanks to Ken Louis for adapting the ride for us! This week we will explore many of the local conservation areas of the Kennebec Land Trust, expanding on the loops of the KVBC Eleven Ponds Ride. The KLT sponsors this free tour to publicize and promote their worthy conservation efforts - and they appreciate support in the form of new memberships. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, June 17 - FAYETTE
"Kennebec Land Trust Property Pedal" - a tour of some of the most scenic conservation properties of the Kennebec Land Trust.
START: 9 am at the KLT field at the corner of Sandy River Road and Fellows Farm Road in Fayette (see maps below).
DISTANCES: 13 and 35 miles.
TERRAIN: moderately hilly to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic back roads of Fayette, Chesterville, Vienna, and Mount Vernon (with Readfield and Wayne added on the long route) passing by many conservation properties of the Kennebec Land Trust.
LEADERS: Jim Floyd, jimfloyd@fairpoint.net, and Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cundy's on Sundaes

Last Saturday Steve Robe took us on a fun ride going counterclockwise (for a change) around China Lake.  Had to dodge a few raindrops at the start, but the sun came out and it did warm up to the point that it seemed like summer-like weather will soon be here (for a change). Perhaps this Sunday!  Ken Louis has an all-new ride in store for us, starting in Brunswick and stopping in Cundy's harbor.  Forecast says sunny and mid-70s, and we won't take issue with that.  Hope to see you Sunday!
Sunday, June 11 - BRUNSWICK
"Cundy's and Sundaes" - a scenic coastal tour around Brunswick and Cundy's Harbor.
START: 9:30 am at Merrymeeting Plaza, 142 Bath Road (Rt. 24) in Brunswick.  Park to the left, facing Shaw's, in the outer area of the parking lot.
DISTANCE: approx. 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic Cundy's Harbor with an optional stop at Holbrook's Lobster Wharf (where they have ice cream); on the return, a stretch along the Androscoggin River Trail and a lunch option at Wild Oats in Brunswick.
LEADER: Ken Louis, klouis17@hotmail.com.

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

From Waterville We'll Wend

We closed out May with a really beautiful ride Sunday in Vassalboro. It was sunny, calm, and cool, with lots of great roads and a great turnout of 25 riders, split into two groups for long and short rides. It was followed by another fine reception and lunch at the ride leaders' house - many thanks to the Lipmans! As we head into June we have a couple of new rides in store, starting this Saturday in Waterville. Things are warming up - hope you can join us!
Saturday, June 3rd - WATERVILLE
"China sans Green Bean's" - a ride in search of fine cycling and baked goods, through Waterville, Winslow, and China.
START: 9 am at the Waterville Junior High School located at 100 West River Road, south of Waterville. Park on the left side of the school lot.
DISTANCE: 32 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to easy hills
HIGHLIGHTS: China Lake and roads east of the Kennebec; possible stop at The Landing at the north end of China Lake.
LEADER: Steve Robe, steve.robe@hotmail.com.

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vassalboro, Vassalboro

As we approach Memorial Day we have been getting some superb riding weather (at last!), and last Sunday's ride in Vassalboro was first rate: cool, dry, calm and sunny. The roads were so nice that a number of us (including yours truly) went right past key turns and kept right on going - with little or no regret.  Our thanks to David for stepping up to lead the Alewives ride in Jeanine's absence (we all missed you, Jeanine).  It was so nice that David and company will take us back to Vassalboro this Sunday to explore some entirely different roads, followed by a post-ride gathering at his house.  Please RSVP below, if you would, and we'll see you Sunday!  If not, have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Sunday, May 28th - 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 off of Webber Pond Road 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: approx. 25 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.  Please RVSP to laura.lipman@roadrunner.com so Laura can get an idea of how many will be staying for lunch.
LEADER:  David Lipman, dlipman@lipmankatz.com


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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Alewives Run, We Bike

We had a fine ride in Readfield last Saturday, after a strategic rescheduling to avoid the rain on Sunday. Our gratitude to Lydia for rearranging her ride to suit the weather conditions, and all those who came out on short notice. If the weatherfolks are right, we are in for some sunny, warm (even hot!) weather ahead this week, and what better time to go biking with the alewives this Sunday! An always popular ride, and we hope you can join us!

Sunday, May 21st, EAST VASSALBORO
"Biking with the Alewives" - a tour along the shores of Webber Pond, the Seven Mile Stream, and China Lake for the Spring Alewife Run.
START: 9:00 AM at Vassalboro Elementary School, 1116 Webber Pond Road, East Vassalboro.
DISTANCE: approx. 26 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with some hills and flat sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic river views and a stop at the dam to view the historic alewife spring run.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby, jjlibby13@roadrunner.com.
LINK TO ROUTE MAP (2016): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6864277
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennebecValleyBicycleClub.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sunday's Ride in Readfield Switched to Saturday

RIDE ALERT!  Due to the forecast of steady rain on Sunday we will instead shoot for Saturday morning at 9:30 am at the same place, the Maranacook School Superintendent's Office off of Rt. 17 in Readfield.  If you forwarded the earlier ride announcement to friends, please let them know that the ride has been moved up a day to Saturday.  And have a Happy Mother's Day in any case!

Saturday, May 13th - READFIELD
"The Maranacook Meander" - a lakeside tour through Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne and Kents Hill
START: 9:30 am at the Maranacook School Superintendent's Office parking lot, 45 Millard Harrison Drive, off of Rt. 17 about one quarter mile north of Readfield Depot. The Superintendent's Office is the first left on the drive up to the High School.
DISTANCE: about 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many lakeside and hill top views; optional stop at Tubby's Ice Cream in Wayne.
LEADER: Lydia Leimbach, mrsl330@yahoo.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6864286

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Mother's Day Meander

 
 
May and Bike Month are upon us, and while it has been a challenge to avoid the raindrops, we did manage to get in a great ride in Skowhegan last Sunday. Many thanks to John Lanoue and everyone who participated. This Sunday is Mother's Day and we will meet at the Maranacook School Superintendent's Office (well, his parking lot, anyway) in Readfield for a 27-mile ride. Please note that this ride has been moved up a week from the original KVBC Ride Calendar listing, and that we will be biking with the alewives in Vassalboro the following Sunday. Meanwhile we will hope for less rain and even fewer blackflies, and another great group of people on Sunday in Readfield! See you then!

Sunday, May 14th - READFIELD
"The Maranacook Meander" - a lakeside tour through Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne and Kents Hill
START: 10:00 am at the Maranacook School Superintendent's Office parking lot, 45 Millard Harrison Drive, off of Rt. 17 about one quarter mile north of Readfield Depot. The Superintendent's Office is the first left on the drive up to the High School.
DISTANCE: about 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many lakeside and hill top views; optional stop at Tubby's Ice Cream in Wayne.
LEADER: Lydia Leimbach.
LINK to ROUTE MAP: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6864286
BCM Calendar Link: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-maranacook-meander

Friday, May 5, 2017

Saturday's Ride Rescheduled for Sunday

Saturday's Ride from the Oak Pond Brewery in Skowhegan POSTPONED to SUNDAY instead due to rain.
Message from John Lanoue:
Unfortunately tomorrow’s forecast is for rain, so we’re going to switch the ride to Sunday, 10:00am at the same location, Oak Pond Brewery. I called and they’re closed on Sunday, so it’s unlikely we can get a tour… however, I do need to run in and stock up on beer on Saturday for my annual 500 miler, so please email me off-list if you want me to get a few growlers filled for you and I can bring them with me on Sunday. A few hours in the car won’t hurt the beer.
Oak Pond Brewery: http://www.oakpondbrewery.com/default.asp
Selection: http://www.oakpondbrewery.com/products.asp
Thanks, and see you Sunday!

Sunday, May 7 - SKOWHEGAN
"Acorns, no Ales" - a not-quite Cinco de Mayo ride through Canaan, Skowhegan, Waterville and Hinckley.
START: 10:00 am at the Oak Pond Brewery, 101 Oak Pond Road, near the Skowhegan/Canaan town line. Directions at their website: http://www.oakpondbrewery.com/contact.asp. Please park in the area behind the brewery.
DISTANCE: approx 39 miles
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: some little-traveled back roads and river views.
LEADER: John Lanoue, john.lanoue@avid.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP (2016): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7061836

Monday, May 1, 2017

From Little Acorns

We had a great ride in China last Sunday with bright sunshine and a fine turnout of 20 riders - thanks to Jeanine for leading, and to Jim Floyd who had some extra maple syrup to hand out to anyone who missed out the week before. May is Bike Month, and we have more great riding in store, starting this Saturday in Skowhegan. Although it isn't exactly Cinco de Mayo, we may still have a tour of the Oak Pond Brewery after the ride. Please note the 10:00 am start. Hope to see you then!

Saturday, May 6 - SKOWHEGAN
"Ales and Acorns" - a not-quite Cinco de Mayo ride through Canaan, Skowhegan, Waterville and Hinckley.
START: 10:00 am at the Oak Pond Brewery, 101 Oak Pond Road, near the Skowhegan/Canaan town line. Directions at their website: http://www.oakpondbrewery.com/contact.asp. Please park in the area behind the brewery.
DISTANCE: approx 39 miles
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: some little-traveled back roads, river views, and an optional brewery tour at the ride's end.
LEADER: John Lanoue, john.lanoue@avid.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP (2016): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7061836
BCM Calendar Link: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-acorns-and-ales

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fine China

We had a nice "rebound" ride last Sunday after the rains on Saturday, and Jeanine and Jim combined their two rides to "Wake Up the Bare Knees." Jim brought some maple syrup for everyone to symbolize the Spring awakening, and Jeanine had one rider with bare knees - that all counts. Many thanks to them both! This Sunday is looking sunny and dry after all the April showers this week - a pleasant surprise - so Jeanine has offered to lead her "China Surprise" ride from East Vassalboro on Sunday. Hope to see you then!

SUNDAY, April 30th, EAST VASSALBORO
"China Surprise" - a delightful tour over the hills and dells of Vassalboro and China.
START: 9:30 AM at the Vassalboro Historical Society parking lot at 327 Main Street just north of the China Lake boat landing on Rt. 32 in East Vassalboro (not the boat landing in South China).
DISTANCE: 25 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with some hills and flat sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: a selection of great, scenic rural Maine roads with great views of China Lake and surroundings, with a surprise thrown in!
LEADER: Jeanine Libby, jjlibby13@roadrunner.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2014): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6799647


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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

KVBC Ride This Mornimg in Augusta CANCELED,

Good Morning, everyone.  Due to poor weather this morning, our scheduled KVBC ride in Augusta at 10:00 am is canceled.  Tomorrow's ride in Winslow is still on, and we look forward to seeing you then!  Meanwhile, Happy Earth Day!  (The Weather is always part of the Day.)

April 23rd, Sunday - WINSLOW
"Wake up the Bare Knees, By Gee" - a riverside tour through Winslow, Benton, and Clinton.
START: 9:30 AM at Winslow Elementary School, 285 Benton Avenue, Winslow.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate.
HIGHLIGHTS: an early Spring ride along the Kennebec and Sebasticook rivers. Optional lunch stop at "Big G's" in Winslow.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby, jjlibby13@roadrunner.com.
LINK TO BCM CALENDAR: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-big-gs-and-bare-knees-2
LINK TO ROUTE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6799300


For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, check out our Facebook page or our club blog, "Posted Roads" - http://postedroads.blogspot.com.
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wake Up!


Next weekend is Earth Day, and we have a double-header lined up!  Saturday will be our annual Wake Up The Earth Ride along the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta, a reasonably flat, mostly off-road route that is a perfect warm-up if you haven't been able to get your bike out much - and it falls on Earth Day this year!  It is a fun ride and features a stop at Slate's Bakery in Hallowell.  Sunday we will head up river to Winslow for another popular early ride, Big G's and Bare Knees, intended to warm things up to shed some layers - plus an optional stop at Big G's for lunch.  Hope you can join us on one ride, or both!

April 22nd, Saturday - AUGUSTA
"Wake Up the Earth" - an early Spring/Earth Day ride along the Kennebec River Rail Trail through Augusta, Hallowell, and Gardiner.
START: 10:00 AM at the Augusta trail head of the rail trail - the municipal parking lot off of Water Street adjacent to the Maine State Housing Authority (353 Water St.) in the shadow of Memorial Bridge.
DISTANCE: 20+ miles
TERRAIN: flat (and we mean flat)
HIGHLIGHTS: EARTH DAY! For many of us, the first ride of the season, a pleasant run along the Kennebec River, with some great natural scenery mixed with some urban vistas, kicking off another great year of cycling. Probable stop at Slate's Bakery in Hallowell!
LEADER: Jim Floyd, jimfloyd@fairpoint.net.
LINK TO BCM CALENDAR: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-wake-up-the-earth-ride-2
LINK TO ROUTE MAP (2016): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6838283
 
 

April 23rd, Sunday - WINSLOW
"Big G's and Bare Knees" - a riverside tour through Winslow, Benton, and Clinton.
START: 9:30 AM at Winslow Elementary School, 285 Benton Avenue, Winslow.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate.
HIGHLIGHTS: an early Spring ride along the Kennebec and Sebasticook rivers. Optional lunch stop at "Big G's" in Winslow.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby, jjlibby13@roadrunner.com.
LINK TO BCM CALENDAR: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-big-gs-and-bare-knees-2
LINK TO ROUTE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6799300

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, check out our Facebook page or our club blog, "Posted Roads" - http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

We Are Fifteen!

 
The KVBC is turning 15, and we have a 15-mile ride planned to start things rolling!  We will meet at the Vassalboro Town Office in North Vassalboro on Rt.32.  If it is raining and below 50 degrees we may cancel, so be looking for last-minute alerts.  Let's hope for some warmer and dryer weather as I, for one, am looking forward to getting my bike out and putting the snow shovel away.  See You Saturday!

Saturday, April 8 - VASSALBORO
"Let's Ride Fifteen" - a 15-mile ride to (hopefully) kick off the Great April Thaw and our club's 15th anniversary.
START: 10:00 am at the Vassalboro Town Office Building, 682 Main Street (Rt. 32) in Vassalboro.
DISTANCE: 15 miles.
TERRAIN: flat to rolling
HIGHLIGHTS: some early Spring-like weather (that's "Spring-like," as in "not-Winter-like") and some fine back roads in Vassalboro.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby.
LINK to BCM CALENDAR: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-lets-ride-fifteen

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Saturday, March 25, Ride in Sidney CANCELED

Winter does not seem to want to call it quits just yet, so due to possibly poor road conditions our planned KVBC ride tomorrow in Sidney will be canceled.  We will shoot for our next scheduled ride, Saturday April 8, in Vassalboro.  Stay warm, and see you in April!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Johnny B. Good(hu)e

According to the calendar, the Vernal Equinox is tomorrow, March 20, and this weekend is Maine Maple Sunday, and (if the weather holds up) we will have a ride on Saturday!  We will meet "Way back up in the woods among the evergreens" at Bacon Farm Maple Products in Sidney for a 20-mile ride. In case of rain (or worse) we may cancel and just "go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track." Hope to see you Saturday!

Saturday, March 25 - SIDNEY
"Johnny B. Good(hu)e, or Maine Maple Sidney" - a sweet ride to mark the alleged arrival of Spring and Maine Maple Sunday with a stop at a Sugar House on Goodhue Road in Sidney.
START: 10:00 AM, at Bacon Farm Maple Products at the corner of Goodhue Road and Rt. 23 (Pond Road) in Sidney. Parking may be limited to streetside, although there may be additional parking available at the New England Music Camp on Rt. 23 just north of the Sugar House.
DISTANCE: about 20 miles
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: Maple syrup! Maple products! Maple Sidney! Go Johnnie Go!
LEADER: John Lanoue
BCM Calendar Link: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kvbc-maine-maple-sidney

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2017 KVBC Ride Calendar

Here is the 2017 Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club Ride Calendar.  Many thanks to our volunteer ride leaders for offering to lead rides this year!  We have some really interesting rides planned for this season - a few of which are still in the planning stages, so some of the ride info will be updated later - and we may have some last-minute changes or additions.  Hopefully we will have some warmer and dryer weather coming up, and we'll need it, as our first ride is scheduled for two weeks from this Saturday, on March 25 in Sidney as part of Maine Maple Sunday weekend.  Note to Ride Leaders: if you notice any corrections to be made in the listings please let me know.  Thank you!  Hope to see you all out on the road this year.  We should have another great year of riding ahead!

Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club 2017 Ride Calendar

March 25, Saturday: SIDNEY - “Maine Maple Sidney.” Start: 10:00 AM, Bacon Farm Maple Products, 415 Goodhue Road, Sidney 04330. 20 mi. Leader: John Lanoue.

April 8, Saturday: VASSALBORO – “Let’s Ride Fifteen (KVBC 15th Anniversary).” Start: 10:00 AM, Vassalboro Town Office, 682 Main Street, Vassalboro 04989. 15 mi. Leader: Jeanine Libby.

April 22, Saturday: AUGUSTA – “Wake Up the Earth Ride.” Start: 10:00 AM, Kennebec River Rail Trail, Augusta 04330. 21 mi. Leader: Jim Floyd.

April 23, Sunday: WINSLOW – “Big Gs and Bare Knees.” Start: 9:30 AM, Winslow Elementary School, 285 Benton Avenue, Winslow 04901. 27 mi. Leader: Jeanine Libby.

May 6, Saturday: SKOWHEGAN – “Ales and Acorns.” Start: 10:00 AM, Oak Pond Brewery, 101 Oak Pond Road, Skowhegan 04976. 38 mi.  Leader: John Lanoue.

May 14, Sunday: VASSALBORO – “Biking with the Alewives.” Start: 9:00 AM, Vassalboro Elementary School, 1116 Webber Pond Road, Vassalboro 04989.  26 mi. Leader: Jeanine Libby.

May 21, Sunday: READFIELD – “Maranacook Meander.” Start: 10:00 AM, Maranacook School Superintendent’s Office, 45 Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield 04355. 27 mi. Leader: Lydia Leimbach.

May 28, Sunday: VASSALBORO – “Velo Vassalboro.” Start: 9:00 AM, Arrowhead Drive, Vassalboro 04989. 24 mi. Leader: David Lipman.

June 3, Saturday: WATERVILLE – “China sans Green Bean’s.” Start: 9:00 AM, Waterville Junior High School, 100 West River Road, Waterville 04901. Leader: Steve Robe.

June 11, Sunday: BRUNSWICK – “Cundy’s and Sundaes.” Start: 9:30 AM, TBD, Brunswick 04011. 27 mi. Leader: Ken Louis.

June 17, Saturday: FAYETTE – “Kennebec Land Trust Property Pedal.” Start: 9:00 AM, David Pond Woodland Conservation Area, Sandy River Road, Fayette 04349. 14 or 36 mi. Leaders: Jim Floyd and Jim Merrick.

June 23-25, Friday-Sunday: GREENVILLE – “Greenville Hike, Bike, and Boat.” Start: 6 pm (Friday) at Little Lyford Pond Lodge and Cabins in Greenville (fee TBD), 10:30 am (Sunday) at Moosewood Maritime Museum for the Bike & Boat tour (fee: $25), Greenville 04441. Leader: Jeanine Libby.

June 24, Saturday: JEFFERSON – “Down Around Damariscotta.” Start: 9:00 AM, Jefferson Village School, 48 Washington Road, Jefferson 04348. 26 mi. Leader: Bryan Griffin.

July 1, Saturday: SIDNEY – “Fourth of July Ride.” Start: 9:00 AM, James H. Bean Elementary School, 2896 Middle Road, Sidney 04330. 29 mi. Leader: Jim Putnam.

July 8, Saturday: DAMARISCOTTA – “Drafting Through Damariscotta.” Start: 10:00 AM, Hannaford’s Plaza, 469 Main Street, Damariscotta 04543. 38 mi. Leader: David Lipman.

July 9, Sunday: BOOTHBAY – “Bicycling to Boothbay.” Start: 9:00 AM, Knickerbocker Boat Landing, Boothbay 04357. 22 mi. Leader: David Lipman.

July 16, Sunday: NORRIDGEWOCK – “Ken’s Hot Dog Ride.” Start: 9:00 AM, 434 Frederic Corner Road, Norridgewock 04957. 25 or 60 mi. Leaders: Denise “Ken” Crowell and Brian “Ken” Bowker.

July 22, Saturday: AUGUSTA – “Capitol Breakfast Ride.” Start: 8:30 AM, Lillian Parks Hussey Elementary School, 12 Gedney Street, Augusta 04330. 27 mi. Leader: Jim Merrick.

July 30, Sunday: GARDINER – “Biking to Bowdoinham.” Start: 9:00 AM, Laura Richards Elementary School, 279 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner 04345. 40 mi. Leader: Joe Renda.

August 6, Sunday: MANCHESTER – “Cobbossee Odyssey.” Start: 9:00 AM, Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream, McArdle Street, Manchester 04351. 29 mi. Leader: John Lanoue.

August 13, Sunday: LINCOLNVILLE - “Out through the Cellar Door.” Start: 10:00 AM, Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville 04849. 31 mi. Leader: Tammy Jones.

August 19, Saturday: WHITEFIELD – “Hills and Mills.” Start: 10:00 AM, 184 Hunts Meadow Road, Whitefield 04353. Leader: Bryan Griffin.

August 26, Saturday: BELGRADE LAKES – “Lakes Deep, Grades Steep.” Start: 9:00 AM, Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons, 1 Center Drive Rt 27, Belgrade 04917. Leader: Bud Newell.

September 3, Sunday: OAKLAND – “Barreling Through Oakland.” Start: 9:00 AM, Tree Spirits, 152 Fairfield Street, Oakland 04963. Leader: Tammy Jones.

September 17, Sunday: LIVERMORE – “Boothby’s Apple Ride.” Start: 9:00 AM, Pike’s Corner Oasis, 1247 Park Street, Livermore Falls 04254. 39 mi. Leader: John Lanoue.

September 24, Sunday: WAYNE – “Which Way to Wayne?” Start: 9:00 AM, Wayne Elementary School, 48 Pond Road, Wayne 04284. 37 mi. Leader: Fritz Onion.

September 30, Saturday: SMITHFIELD – “Route 8 Figure 8.” Start: 9:00 AM, Smithfield Town Office, 926 Village Road, Smithfield 04978. 31 mi. Leader: Larry Childs.

October 8, Sunday: NORRIDGEWOCK – “A Wire Bridge Too Far.” Start: 9:30 AM, 434 Frederic Corner Road, Norridgewock 04957. 65 mi. Leaders: Denise Crowell and Brian Bowker.

October 15, Sunday: FREEPORT – “Freewheeling around Freeport.” Start: 9:30 AM, Amtrak Station, 23 Depot Road, Freeport 04032 (or TBD). 26 or 35 mi. Leader: Ken Louis.

October 22, Sunday: FARMINGTON – “Ups and Downs of Industry.” Start: 9:30 AM, Hannaford’s Plaza, 131 Hannaford Drive, Farmington 04938. 30 mi. Leader: Jim Merrick.

October 29, Sunday: WAYNE – “Wicked Wayne.” Start: 9:30 AM, Wayne Elementary School, 48 Pond Road, Wayne 04284. 20 mi. Leader: Jim Merrick.