Ride Project: Mixed Terrain

November 5, 2014

in Ride Studio Cafe, Rides

The latest ride project I’ve been putting together is something a bit different from what I typically design.  For the 2015 season I’m working on a set of 24 rides of the mixed terrain variety, two rides per month.  All of these rides roll out from the Ride Studio Cafe.

I’m designing the rides in 12 pairs:  each clockwise ride has a near mirror that runs counterclockwise.  The mirrors will vary depending on how they flow.  And each of the 12/24 will be funner than the last!

Crunching leaves in the fall - photo - Rob Vandermark

For me, “mixed terrain” means between 50% and 75% dirt and 25% to 50% pavement.  It’s different than a cross ride in that these tend to be longer rides – most of these will be between 2 and 3 hours.

By “different” I mean the no ride will have more than 10% of the trails from the last ride.

doing the quick math:  12 rides of about 20-miles each is 240-miles.  If, on average, each ride is two-thirds trails that’s 160 miles of dirt – all within 10 miles of the Ride Studio.  That’s a challenge I find interesting.

A few of the rides I’m putting together include:

  • 20-miles within the borders of Lexington:  There’s so much great riding ride in our home town.
  • Staying within 3 miles of the Studio:  These are good routes when we drop into the single digit temperatures; it’s nice for people to have easy bailout points to head back to the Studio to warm up.
  • Riding as many miles in Woburn as possible.  And Arlington.  And Waltham.  And Lincoln.  You get the idea.
  • Avoiding the bike path when at all possible!  Always the way.

I’ve got a few other ideas for unique multi-terrain rides for RSC.  The first ride rolls out this weekend.  I hope people can join us.  These are going to be fun!

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