Tandem Riding: Mixed-Terrain

March 20, 2016

in Events, Ride Studio Cafe, Rides

Tandem Woods Riding - photo - Rob Vandermark

For the upcoming Massachusetts Tandem Rally hosted by Ride Studio Cafe, we’re putting together a mixed-terrain tandem ride.  As far as I can determine, it’s the first of its kind.  If you ride a tandem in the woods, I hope you can join us; it’s going to be an amazing day.

The Studio is also hosting two road tandem rides — for the more traditional tandemists.  For riders looking for some dirt and technical challenge, here’s the high level information about the mixed-terrain ride:

The Massachusetts Tandem Rally Mixed-Terrain Ride

This is an unusual tandem ride.  We’re riding mixed-terrain of singletrack, fire roads, and pavement.  We’ll see a bit of everything.  If you’d like to join us for this ride, and you’re not used to riding mixed-terrain on your tandem, please read the bike requirements below.  We expect a small group for this ride because most tandems aren’t designed for this kind of riding.

  • Start Time: 8:45 am
  • Distance: About 25 miles
  • Estimated Time: About 4 to 6 hours
  • Terrain: Suburban to rural, a true mix of singletrack, fire roads, and pavement.  99% rideable on a tandem.
  • Climbing: Average; about 70 feet per mile.
  • Food included:
    • Pre-ride Breakfast beginning at 7:00 am
    • On route snack stop
    • Post-ride Dinner beginning at 1:30 pm

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