“Unofficial” Wheeler Lot

04/07/2019 10:00 am - 04/07/2019 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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  • 08/21/2019 6:00 pm - 08/21/2019 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

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    08/24/2019 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
  • 08/24/2019 9:30 am - 08/24/2019 9:31 am

    Leaders: Pat Stabler and Tom Evers

     

    Join us for a mellower gravel ride from Cafe Lotti in East Burke, VT. Ride winds around on a lovely ridge mostly in Newark VT with gorgeous views. 2 Lengths - M and L. Enjoy wonderful food and coffee/tea etc. at Cafe Lotti before and after.

    Cue Sheets:

    Shorter (moderate) loop: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27799168

    Longer loop: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27799121

  • 08/25/2019 8:45 am - 08/25/2019 8:46 am

    Leader: Joyce McCutcheon; Co-Leader: Dave Merchant

    The 40-mile (M) route goes north to Fairfax, through Buck Hollow into Fairfield, returning via St. Albans. The longer loop (58 M/S) continues into Sheldon. There are potential food stops in St. Albans, Georgia and Fairfax.

  • 08/31/2019 8:45 am - 08/31/2019 8:46 am

    Leader: Bryan Harrington; Co-Leader: Phyl Newbeck; Social Ride Leader: Donna Leban

    Enjoy a scenic tour through the countryside of Waitsfield and Warren with a visit to Moss Glen Falls south of Warren (not the one in Stowe). Turn around at the falls for a 35 mile (M) ride or continue up Middlebury Gap with a stop at Texas Falls before turning around for a 60 mile (M/S) ride.  A stop at the Warren Store is always popular and the general store in Hancock provides an additional respite for those on the long ride.

    Meeting at: Waitsfield Elementary School (on the left traveling south on Route 100). For those coming from the Burlington area, we suggest carpooling at the Richmond Park and Ride at Exit 11 off I-89.

  • 09/07/2019 9:30 am - 09/07/2019 9:31 am

    Leaders: Pat Stabler and Tom Evers -- Day 1 of the NEK Weekend

    67 (S) loop up through Norton and Canaan on routes 114, 102 and 105 with (hopefully) more moose than cars. For the short ride we will do the new Kingdom Lakeview Loop which is a 50-mile ride which passes three lakes, one pond and one river.

    Camping is available at Pat and Tom's house just outside East Burke; early birds get beds or floor space in the house. BYOB drinks and/or potluck BBQ for anyone who is interested on Saturday afternoon/evening. There is also the Tiki Bar in East Burke which is not to be missed.

    Meet at the Island Pond fishing access or along Route 195 in front of the Irving store.

  • 09/08/2019 9:15 am - 09/08/2019 9:16 am

    Leaders: Pat Stabler and Tom Evers

    Enjoy a weekend of bike touring in the Northeast Kingdom. You may ride on either Saturday (Moose Country Meandering) or Sunday (Willoughby Wanderings) or do both rides. After the Saturday ride, camping is available at Pat and Tom's house just outside East Burke; early birds get beds or floor space in the house.   BYOB drinks and/or potluck BBQ for anyone who is interested on Saturday afternoon/evening.  There is also the Tiki Bar in East Burke which is not to be missed.

    47-mile (M/S) ride up through Sutton and Barton, along the shore of Lake Willoughby and through part of Willoughby State Forest. A 30-mile version of the ride returns to Burke via Route 5.

    Start: Kingdom Trails parking area on VT-114

  • 09/08/2019 9:15 am - 09/08/2019 9:16 am

    Leader: Matt Kuivinen; Co-leader: Brian Howard

    The 50-mile route (M/S) travels through Jericho into Underhill and then via Pleasant Valley Road into Cambridge. This ride is an extension of the old Pleasant Valley Voyager.

  • 09/15/2019 7:30 am - 09/15/2019 7:31 am

    Leader: Kevin Batson; Metric Century Leader: Phil Littler

    Three rides, all following the same route for the first 25 miles with a food stop in Bristol. The Metric Century is 62 miles (M) via Bristol and Vergennes. The full Century is 100 miles (S) traveling down to the Crown Point Bridge and returning through the Champlain Valley. Those looking for an extra challenge can do the Double Gap Century which is 113 miles and includes the Middlebury and Appalachian Gaps.

  • 09/22/2019 9:45 am - 09/22/2019 10:00 am

    Leader: John Bertelsen; Co-leader: Karla Ferrelli

    Ride 40 (E/M) miles from Alburgh across the border through farmland to Venice en Quebec, a summer resort on Mississquoi Bay. We will stop for lunch in Venice. There are stores and restaurants there or you can bring your own lunch.

    The return is through Alburgh Springs border crossing. Bring your passport or the required customs documents.

    Start: Alburgh Community Education Center

  • 09/29/2019 9:45 am - 09/29/2019 9:46 am

    Leader: Brian Howard; Co-Leader: Matt Kuivinen

    Ride 50 or 60 (M/S) miles through the rolling hills around Eden with your choice of a long, gradual climb up Route 105 or a shorter, steeper route on Route 242 up to Jay Peak.

    Start: Eden Elementary School on Route 100, about ½ mile south of Route 118