June 6th, 2013 03:57 PM
Monday Nite North Shore Chapter Willowdale Ride Beginners/Novice 6.15pm
By popular demand, we will have a second ride leaving 15 minutes after the main (Intermediate) ride. This ride is geared for the beginner or novice rider, and will be at a slower pace, with stops for do overs and regrouping. No on will be left behind.
For the last four years North Shore NEMBA leads a weekly mountain bike ride, it meets at Wllowdale Meadow parking lot in Topsfield. This location allows us the option to head in a different direction each week, access to the single track leaves right from the parking lot. Riders can enjoy the hills of Bradley Palmer SP, or some weeks itís the Bay Circuit trail to Hoods Pond. Pine Swamp sections of Willowdale SF offers great single track and Essex County Greenbelt also has trails on conservation land close by too. The terrain in this area of Cape Ann is mainly fast and smooth single track allowing the group to cover 10-15 miles in the two hour ride.
The ride is open to all, with some folks traveling from NH and other distant chapters to join in the fun. Some people come every week while others make it when their schedules allow. Many of the core group of riders started as beginners when the ride started a few years ago, the group as a whole has improved so much that the ride is now rated as intermediate. The diverse group of men and women, young to experienced stop and chat along the way, and no one is left behind. As the summer progresses the 12- 18 people that usually show each week start to get in good riding shape.
If you are looking for a group ride with a fun bunch of people, on terrain that is interesting but not too technical, just enough log rides and bridges to give you something to shoot for, then come out for Frank and Fredís Monday night ride at Willowdale Meadow departing Mondayís at 6:00 each week.
When: Ride Starts @ 6PM Ends @ Dusk, May until the end of Summer
Where: Willowdale Meadow Parking Lot, Ipswich Rd, Topsfield, MA