Monday, August 13, 2018
This century ride is one I've ridden 15 of the last 17 years starting from my house in Manchaug (Sutton MA.) to Bristol RI and return (100.2 miles). Now that the Blackstone River Bike Path (BRBP) continues to be extended, 2/3 of the century is on bike paths including the new 3 mile section in Millville MA. and all of the East Bay Bike Path (EBBP). By using the bike paths, this route is darn close to flat except the few rolling hills between my house and the start of the BRBP in Millville. To celebrate the 100th Worcester Chapters anniversary, we will stop at convenient segments of the ride and talk about the history of the club. At the ride start, we'll talk about the club's founding and founders. At the 17 mile mark, and the northern end of the BRBP, we'll stop and talk about it's first 17 years of existence. At the end of the paved bike path in Central Falls RI, we'll go over the next 14 years in the club's history. Additional stops are planned at the start of the EBBP and at the 50 year/ 50 mile mark in Bristol RI. and then along the return route. We will celebrate the club's important milestones as we ride the equal number of miles of the century. The listing is for August 13th, but the plan is to wait for a perfect day, hopefully sometime that week. Unlike the bike club Centuries that tend to turn into a race, we will ride as a group, slow and easy, with lunch in Bristol and stops along the way. With a 6:45 meet, 7 AM start, we'll have 12 hours to ride 100 miles, no need to rush. There's an option to meet us en-route at the BRBP in Woonsocket for a metric century, around 60 miles, but think of all the history you'll miss. Signing of the liability waver form, helmets, water, tire repair, a few $$$, and strong legs required.