“Unofficial” Wheeler Lot

10/14/2018 10:00 am - 10/14/2018 10:01 am
Wheeler Natural Area (dirt parking lot)
1707-1713 Swift St, South Burlington, VT 05403, USA

Unofficial touring rides have no designated leaders or route. Route is determined by riders who show up that day at the suggested starting location and time.

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    04/27/2019 All day

    The GMBC Saturday (VP) rides are longer rides compared to the evening training rides. Routes vary each week and often have significant climbs. Groups (12 or fewer) form based on estimated average speed. The emphasis is on sharing the road and riding responsibly while getting a good workout on the bike. Specifics for each ride (e.g. start time, weather, parking) are announced through the GMBC email list.

    Are these rides for me? These rides are recommended for people with some experience riding in a group. Serious effort (within each individual's ability) is expected, but these rides are for anyone who likes a good workout and is able to maintain at least a 15 mph average, i.e. non-racers welcome! The riders regroup at a few key points and usually try to avoid leaving anyone behind. If you want a faster, strictly racer/hammerhead ride, consider the Tuesday Evening Training Ride.  Another alternative for both fast riders who want a break from climbing App Gap, as well as riders who prefer a more moderate pace and distance are the Touring Rides (usually on Sundays). Touring rides typically become longer and have more climbing as the season progresses.

    Start times vary during the year. Riding with front and rear lights is recommended all season.

    Disclaimer: Ride at your own risk.  GMBC provides guidance on safe group riding and sharing the road, but assumes no liability.  It is your responsibility to know and adhere to Vermont laws.

    GMBC is volunteer-based and sometimes volunteers cannot make the ride.  This may lead to groups not being formed and the lack of regrouping points on the ride.  We encourage you to talk before the ride, form groups, talk about safety and have a great ride!

    • Questions? Send John an email
  • 04/28/2019 10:00 am - 04/28/2019 10:01 am

    Unofficial touring rides have no designated leaders or route. Route is determined by riders who show up that day at the suggested starting location and time.

  • 05/01/2019 6:00 pm - 05/01/2019 8:00 pm

    The GMBC Wednesday evening rides start and finish in South Burlington, Wheeler Dirt Lot (see map) and travel through Shelburne and Charlotte. Groups (12 or fewer) form based on estimated average speed. The emphasis is on sharing the road and riding responsibly while getting a good workout on the bike. All groups ride the same route each week; the fastest group starts first. Specifics for each ride (e.g. start time, weather, parking) are announced through the GMBC email list.

    Are these rides for me? These rides are recommended for people with some experience riding in a group. Serious effort (within each individual's ability) is expected, but these rides are for anyone who likes a good workout and is able to maintain at least a 15 mph average, i.e. non-racers welcome! Faster groups are likely to have some individuals driving the pace and they may not regroup. Riders off the pace may drop back and ride with the following group. The last group will usually regroup at a few key points and usually tries to avoid leaving anyone behind. If you want a faster, strictly racer/hammerhead ride, consider the Tuesday Evening Training Ride.

    Average speed guidelines:

    • Group A:  average speed 20-22+ mph
    • Group B:  average speed 17-20+ mph
    • Group C:  average speed 15-17 mph with regrouping at key locations

    Route28.1 mi / 450 ft ascent. Route may be shortened or changed in early and late seasons.

    Start times vary during the year (because of the sunset)!! Riding with front and rear lights is recommended all season.

    • Early season (through April): on the road at 5:30 PM or earlier
    • Prime season (May through August): on the road at 6:00 PM
    • Late season (September until 24 October): on the road at 5:30 PM or earlier
    • Bad weather (current or imminent): most likely cancels ride

    Disclaimer: Ride at your own risk.  GMBC provides guidance on safe group riding and sharing the road, but assumes no liability.  It is your responsibility to know and adhere to Vermont laws.

    GMBC is volunteer-based and sometimes volunteers cannot make the ride.  This may lead to groups not being formed and the lack of regrouping points on the ride.  We encourage you to talk before the ride, form groups, talk about safety and have a great ride!

    • Start: Wheeler Dirt Lot on Swift St, South Burlington (see map)
    • Park: Usually in the lot unless another event moves us closer to Cairn's Arena

    Questions? Send John an email

  • 05/05/2019 9:45 am - 05/05/2019 9:46 am

    Cue sheet

    Leader: Dorothy; Co-leader: Brian; Social Ride Leader: Donna

    Covered Bridges of Chittenden County – 23 (E), 30 (E/M) and 36 (M) mile options of rolling hills through Shelburne and Charlotte with the longer ride going through Ferrisburgh.  Possible food stops include the Old Brick Store in Charlotte (no bathrooms) or a convenience store in Ferrisburgh for the long ride. Visit up to four of the five covered bridges in Chittenden County - the Shelburne Covered Bridge and the Holmes, Sequin and Quinlin bridges in Charlotte.

  • 05/05/2019 9:45 am - 05/05/2019 9:46 am

    Leader: John Bertelsen

    Covered Bridges of Chittenden County – 38 (M) miles. Visit up to four of the five covered bridges in Chittenden County - the Shelburne Covered Bridge and the Holmes, Sequin and Quinlin bridges in Charlotte using mostly dirt roads.

  • 05/11/2019 10:00 am - 05/11/2019 10:01 am

    Introductory Ride for new riders. We will go 12-20 miles at a leisurely pace for folks new to road cycling. Our goal is to teach new cyclists the rules of the road and how to ride in a group.

    Event time listed is START TIME. Actual total event time varies depending on riders attending, routes used, daily weather events etc. Typical Introductory rides last approximately 2 hours.

    Leader: Holly Creeks, Co-leader: Cameron Russell

  • 05/12/2019 9:45 am - 05/12/2019 9:46 am

    Leader: John; Co-Leader/Co-Leader: Karla

    26-mile rolling (E) or 39-mile flat to rolling (E/M) rural ride running along Otter Creek to Middlebury for a bakery stop. The longer ride rolls out by Kingsland Bay State Park before heading south to Middlebury.

  • 05/19/2019 9:45 am - 05/19/2019 9:46 am

    Leader: Amy; Co-Leader: Ralph

    The 35 mile (EM) ride rolls from Shelburne through Charlotte to Kingsland Bay Park and returns.  The 51 mile (M) ride heads towards Vergennes and climbs to Monkton Ridge, returning through Hinesburg and a 65 (M/S) option heads into Huntington.

  • 05/25/2019 9:45 am - 05/25/2019 9:46 am

    NOTE: GMBC touring Ride is on SATURDAY this week due to Vermont City Marathon on Sunday!

    Leader: Matt Kuivinen, Co-leader: George Thabault

    Light, rolling hills with beautiful views by the lake.  The 35-mile (E/M) route goes out to Kill Kare Park and returns while the 50-mile (M) route continues on to Swanton and back.  Both rides can break for food at St. Albans Bay.

    Georgia Park and Ride - For those coming from the Burlington area, we suggest carpooling at the Colchester Park and Ride at Exit 17 off I-89 or perhaps meeting at UVM or Veterans Memorial Park in South Burlington.

  • 05/25/2019 10:00 am - 05/25/2019 10:01 am

    Introductory Ride for new riders. We will go 12-20 miles at a leisurely pace for folks new to road cycling. Our goal is to teach new cyclists the rules of the road and how to ride in a group.

    Event time listed is START TIME. Actual total event time varies depending on riders attending, routes used, daily weather events etc. Typical Introductory rides last approximately 2 hours.

    Leader: Brian Howard,  Co-leader: Stuart Bennett

  • 06/02/2019 9:15 am - 06/02/2019 9:16 am

    Leader: Amy Otten; Co-Leader: Ralph Kilmoyer

    **Please note: this cue sheet was updated in 2018! One of the flattest rides of the season.  The 28-mile ride (E/M) circles Grand Isle and includes some dirt.   Riders on the 58-mile (M) ride can visit St. Anne's Shrine (bathrooms and picnic tables but no food) and also a fossil bed.  This new cue sheet shows that the short and long rides will travel the same route north visiting the eastern shore of Grand Isle. The rides separate when the long ride heads over the bridge to North Hero and the 28-mile ride stays on Grand Isle.

    At the conclusion of the ride there will be a cook-out at a club member’s home on East Shore Road in South Hero.

    All rides start at Folsom School, South Street in South Hero - Those coming from the Burlington area may consider carpooling from the Colchester Park and Ride, Exit 17 off I-89, UVM or Veterans Memorial Park in South Burlington.

  • 06/08/2019 10:00 am - 06/08/2019 10:01 am

    Introductory Ride for new riders. We will go 12-20 miles at a leisurely pace for folks new to road cycling. Our goal is to teach new cyclists the rules of the road and how to ride in a group.

    Event time listed is START TIME. Actual total event time varies depending on riders attending, routes used, daily weather events etc. Typical Introductory rides last approximately 2 hours.

    Leader: Amy Otten, Co-leader: Chris Johnson

  • 06/09/2019 9:15 am - 06/09/2019 9:16 am

    Leader: Tom Kennedy; Co-Leader: Kerry Crosby

    This route travels south through Huntington via the beautiful Hinesburg Hollow Road.  The short route is 25 miles (M) and returns to Williston via North Road while the long one is 47 miles (M/S) and continues through North Ferrisburgh to the lake and back through Hinesburg.

    Meet by the tennis courts at Williston Central School

     

  • 06/16/2019 9:15 am - 06/16/2019 9:16 am

    Leader: Amy Ross, Co-Leader: Mark Benton, Social Ride Leader: Donna Leban

    The 43- and 55-mile rides head out Lake Road and across the bicycle-friendly Champlain Bridge. The 43-mile route (M) stops at Crown Point while the 55-mile route (M) makes a loop on the New York side through Port Henry. The Social Ride begins at the Lake Champlain Maritime museum and finishes with lunch at the Red Mill. Riders planning to do the Social Ride should contact the leader to verify details;

  • 06/22/2019 10:00 am - 06/22/2019 10:01 am

    Introductory Ride for new riders. We will go 12-20 miles at a leisurely pace for folks new to road cycling. Our goal is to teach new cyclists the rules of the road and how to ride in a group.

    Event time listed is START TIME. Actual total event time varies depending on riders attending, routes used, daily weather events etc. Typical Introductory rides last approximately 2 hours.

    Leader: Dorothy Pumo, Co-leader: Stuart Bennett

  • 06/23/2019 9:15 am - 06/23/2019 9:16 am

    Leader: Dorothy; Co-Leader: Joyce

    This rolling hill ride (60 M/S) passes through Georgia and Milton before heading to St. Albans Bay for a lunch break and over to Swanton.  The shorter version (40 M) turns around after the lunch stop.  This ride has a short stretch along the shore of the Lamoille River and a longer stretch along Lake Champlain.

    Meet at Jasper Mine Road, off Route 2 heading towards Grand Isle. Parking is limited at the start. Overflow parking is available at the Colchester Park and Ride on Route 7, just north of Chimney Corner (junction of Routes 2 and 7). Allow a few minutes to ride from the Park and Ride to the GMBC ride start.

  • 06/30/2019 8:45 am - 06/30/2019 8:46 am

    Leader: Matt; Co-Leader: Holly; Social Ride Leader: Donna

    The mostly flat 60 mile (M) loop heads up from Grand Isle over the Rouse’s Point Bridge and down through scenic, low-traffic lakeside roads in New York and returns via the Grand Isle Ferry. The short ride (50 miles – E/M) circles Isle LaMotte and returns on the Vermont side.  The Social Ride will do the long ride, but at a slower pace.

    Meet at Grand Isle Ferry Parking Lot. Those coming from the Burlington area may consider carpooling from UVM or Dorset Park, South Burlington. Please park in the ferry lot, not the fishing access lot.

  • 07/07/2019 8:30 am - 07/07/2019 8:31 am

    Leader: Phyl; Co-Leader: Bryan

    Meet at 8:30 for the 9AM ferry. (E/M) and 55 (M/S) options of hilly terrain on low-traffic roads in New York. There are two potential stops for ice cream. Bring money for the ferry and food stops. The shorter version of this ride skips the big hill out of Willsboro.

  • 07/14/2019 8:45 am - 07/14/2019 8:46 am

    Leader: Brian; Co-Leader: Matt

    Three options; 23 (E), 38 (M) and 48 (M) miles will travel some familiar roads and some less traveled. The short ride will not ascend to Monkton Ridge but all rides will have some nice descents which, of course can only reached by some nice ascents, none of which are too hard. Lots of food stops available along the way.

  • 07/21/2019 8:45 pm - 07/21/2019 8:46 pm

    Leader: Kerry; Co-Leader: Joanna, Social Ride Leader: Donna

    Head north to Colchester and take the Local Motion bike ferry to the Islands, followed by the Grand Isle Ferry to Plattsburg and ending with the Burlington Ferry. The regular ride is 43 miles (E/M) with some packed gravel but another option is to skip the Local Motion Ferry and take a longer ride on routes 2 and 7 (50 M). Bring money for the ferries.

     

  • 07/28/2019 8:45 am - 07/28/2019 8:46 am

    Leader: Dave; Co-Leader: Joyce

    51 (M) and 64 (M/S) rides on low traffic roads near the Canadian border. The route  crosses the Missisquoi River twice and travels along the shore of Lake Carmi. Meet at the Tracker Supply Co. Parking Lot on Highgate Rd., at exit 20 off I-89.