Sunday, February 23, 2020

Leap Into It

Hey, Look!  A ride announcement?  Yes, it's 2020, a Leap Year, which means we get an extra day to ride bikes!  Leap Day also falls on a Saturday, which has to be good luck - and good luck will come in handy, because it's also February, when weather, temperatures, and road conditions might make things (d)icey.  The ride itself is 23 miles, but might be shortened or canceled depending on conditions - stay tuned for last-minute updates.  Last Leap Day we had a nice mild day with a great turnout, considering that it fell on a Monday.  Let's hope for more of the same on Saturday!  See you then!

Saturday, February 29 - HALLOWELL
"Take a Leap" - the 5th Quadrennial KVBC Leap Day Ride, through Hallowell, Litchfield, and West Gardiner.
START: 11:00 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: riding on Leap Day; the Kennebec Rail Trail; possible stop at Slate's Bakery.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784,

Sunday, February 16, 2020

KVBC 2020 Ride Calendar

Here is the preliminary, draft, not-written-in-stone, Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club Ride Calendar for 2020!  Subject to change, other options might apply, not responsible for misrepresentations, void where prohibited by law.  And a heck of a lot of fun, by the looks of it.  Thanks again to all of our intrepid ride leaders!  Our first ride is less than two weeks away - the Leap Day Ride on Saturday, February 29.  See you then!
KVBC 2020 Ride Calendar

February 29 – HALLOWELL: Leap Day Ride (Jim Merrick)

March 22 – OAKLAND: Maine Maple Sidney (Jim Merrick)

April 19 – AUGUSTA: Wake Up the Earth Ride (Jim Merrick)
April 26 – WATERVILLE: Retro Ride (Larry Childs)

May 3 – EAST VASSALBORO: China Surprise (Jeanine Libby)
May 9 – READFIELD: Maranacook Meander (Lydia Leimbach)
May 17 – NORRIDGEWOCK: Bigelow by Bike (Denise Crowell and Brian Bowker)
May 23 – JAY: May in Jay (Jim Merrick)
May 30 – VASSALBORO: Velo Vassalboro (David Lipman)

June 7 – WATERVILLE: The Colby Loop (Duncan Tate)
June 14 – JEFFERSON: Lupine the Lakes (Bryan and Holly Griffin)
June 21 – MOUNT VERNON: Eleven Ponds (Jim Merrick)
June 26-28 – GREENVILLE: Greenville Bike and Boat (Jeanine Libby)

July 4 – SIDNEY: Independence Day Ride (Jim Putnam)
July 11 – KENTS HILL: Ken(t)’s Hill Hotdog Ride (Jim Merrick)
July 18 – VASSALBORO: The Martyrs’ Ride (Peggy Horner)
July 26 – GARDINER: Biking to Bowdoinham (Joe Renda)

August 1 – RICHMOND: Wheeling to Wiscassett (David Lipman)
August 2 – SMITHFIELD: Looping the Lakes (Larry Childs)
August 8 – WHITEFIELD: Tour de Whitefield (Bryan and Holly Griffin)
August 23 – LINCOLNVILLE: Out Through the Cellar Door (David Chiappetta)
August 30 – OAKLAND: Barreling Through Oakland (Tammy Jones)

September 6 – WAYNE: Which Way to Wayne? (Fritz and Susan Onion)
September 12 – DAMARISCOTTA: Drafting to Damariscotta (David Lipman)
September 20 – AUGUSTA: Capitol Breakfast Ride (Duncan Tate)
September 27 – NORRIDGEWOCK: The Wire Bridge Ride (Denise Crowell and Brian Bowker)

October 3 – LIVERMORE FALLS: Boothby’s Apple Ride (John Lanoue)
October 11 – WINSLOW: Winsome Winslow (Tom Michaud)
October 18 – WATERVILLE: Somerset Sortie (Camille Chamberland)
October 25 – FARMINGTON: Ups and Downs of Industry (Jim Merrick)
October 31 – WAYNE: Wicked Wayne (Jim Merrick)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Spin Those Ride Plans

REMINDER - we are one week away from the KVBC Ride Planning Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12! If you would like to come to check out their up-to-date spinning equipment and the free spin session, you are more than welcome to.  You need not stay to help us eat pizza afterwards, but you're welcome to do that as well!

The Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club 2020 Ride Planning Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12 (snow date Feb. 26). We will meet at the Alfond Youth and Community Center, 126 North Street, in Waterville to plan out the KVBC Ride Calendar for the year. Jeanine Libby has offered to lead a free spin class to all interested members from 5 to 6 pm, followed by pizza and our ride planning meeting from 6 to 8 pm. To top it off, Jeanine will give us all a tour of the AYCC following the meeting. All are welcome, and if you cannot make the meeting but you would still like to lead a ride, please let me know all the details (if you have any).  Hope to see many of you there!