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kellyrocheearly

Racing in Boston

Hi all,

I was wondering if any of you American posters out there can give me some info on the American racing scene as i will be moving to Boston in January and want to join a club and get racing.
Where are races held? What kind of catagories are there? Any good training routes around Boston starting out from the Somerville/Cambridge area?

Any info greatly appreciated[/b]
bbnaz

Okay Cape........here is someone who could use your locale information.
CapeRoadie

Re: Racing in Boston

kellyrocheearly wrote:
Hi all,

I was wondering if any of you American posters out there can give me some info on the American racing scene as i will be moving to Boston in January and want to join a club and get racing.
Where are races held? What kind of catagories are there? Any good training routes around Boston starting out from the Somerville/Cambridge area?

Any info greatly appreciated[/b]


Lots of teams in and around Boston:
Northeast Bicycle Club (Cycle Loft, Burlington)
Minuteman Road Club (Landry's, MetroWest area)
Boston Bicycle Club
Boston Road Club

...to name a few.

Come visit me on Cape Cod and we'll ride.
bbnaz

And when I get to Boston area we can all get together and have a pint Very Happy
CapeRoadie

bbnaz wrote:
And when I get to Boston area we can all get together and have a pint Very Happy


Yes!
CapeRoadie

Hey kellyrocheearly, almost forgot this link:

http://spokepost.com/calendar/?PH...=b075547214a5f34fe2668ff3fe810e80

That's just about every race I know. Wells Ave. in Newton, Massachusetts (abbreviated MA) has a weekly training crit starting in March on Sunday mornings, and it's a good place to train. Newton is just west of Cambridge along the Charles River.

You'll notice that there are crits, circuits, road races and a few stage races. There are also pure uphill single-day races like the Mount Washington Hill Climb where Tom Danielson of Discovery broke Tyler Hamilton's record two years ago. We have a healthy cycling community, but we get no respect from automobile drivers. Beware and wear bright colors!

The racing categories are Categories 1-5, men and women, with some races combining categories and others with over 35 or over 45 categories.

There are lots of routes beginning in Cambridge, and the folks at the bike shops or in the clubs I listed can help you. There is a bike map published and available in all the bike shops with suggested road routes through some quieter towns like Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Acton, etc. It's nice to be a road cyclist because you can get out of the city quickly, and enjoy the quieter rustic New England towns quite easily. No part of America will likely make you feel as much at home as New England if you're English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish.

Bike shops around:

Landry's Boston on Commonwealth Ave.
Cycle Loft Burlington (15 minutes from Boston)
Wheelworks Belmont (also in Somerville)
That place in Newton where there's a fantastic wheel builder in the basement...

Good luck!
kellyrocheearly

Thanks for all the info guys very helpful indeed.
Now i just gotta get the miles in before March so i can get started as should be moving over by the end of January.
I'm actually going to be living in Somerville and only 2 blocks down from Wheelworks bike shop which is handy. Planning on getting to know the roads around Concord/Lexington area quite well asap.
CapeRoadie

So, K-E-R, what races do you have planned? Have you registered at bikereg? Checked out the NEBRA site regularly? You appear to have met your earlier goal in this thread. How's it going, overall? Have you been to Cape Cod yet? When are you coming to visit?
kellyrocheearly

its going ok so far, i'm slowly getting stronger and definetly going to ride Cat 4 from beginning of next season. I missed a few races the last 2 weeks of April as i was getting married but have been doing all the races i can since then. Bit disappointed with the lack of road races in June & July and also what is the fascination with uphill finishes!?!?!?
Have registered for the Workingmans stage race in July and planning on doing well in the road race stage of that and also going to ride the Bow road race, Tour of the Hilltowns and Topsfield circuit race plus all the Wells Ave inbetween.
Have to miss a couple of weekends for a trip to Block Island last weekend of June and a wedding labour day weekend.
This year is a get fit again & enjoy racing again year. Next year when i know a few of the courses and have another winters work in me i will be going for results.
bbnaz

Congratulations on your nuptials KRE!

I remember when BG got married, she was STUNNING in her pictures.

How about you?
kellyrocheearly

i'd never call myself stunning but my wife certainly was
bbnaz

Mr. Green
forza_petacchi

Cat 4, eh? I'm 15 and am going to start at Cat 5 this summer. Very Happy
CapeRoadie

kellyrocheearly wrote:
its going ok so far, i'm slowly getting stronger and definetly going to ride Cat 4 from beginning of next season. I missed a few races the last 2 weeks of April as i was getting married but have been doing all the races i can since then. Bit disappointed with the lack of road races in June & July and also what is the fascination with uphill finishes!?!?!?
Have registered for the Workingmans stage race in July and planning on doing well in the road race stage of that and also going to ride the Bow road race, Tour of the Hilltowns and Topsfield circuit race plus all the Wells Ave inbetween.
Have to miss a couple of weekends for a trip to Block Island last weekend of June and a wedding labour day weekend.
This year is a get fit again & enjoy racing again year. Next year when i know a few of the courses and have another winters work in me i will be going for results.


So you're staying. Congratulations on getting married. No small task!

I was looking at BikeReg today and thinking about Bow and also Hilltowns. I'm tired of the uphill finishes as well. Good training I suppose. It would be nice to have a flatter road race around here. This is my first year racing ever, and I am getting to know these courses as well.

Block Island will be fun. Hope you have good weather.
kellyrocheearly

i think Bow has a short steep climb halfway round the circuit with a flat finish so that could be good. Just gte in first 10 at bottom of the climb each lap for a bit of sliding room.
I like Block Island, wife has been going there every summer since she was born and loves the place. Think i'll bring the bike too as theres a nice loop i can do while she's sitting on the beach with her friends.
bbnaz

Wife doesn't ride?
kellyrocheearly

No she cant as she has a dodgy hip after a car accident a few years ago. She swims & does pilates instead. But i have turned into a cycling fan, she watched her first Flanders & Roubaix this year and loves Voight, Sastre, Zabel & Boonen
CapeRoadie

kellyrocheearly wrote:
i think Bow has a short steep climb halfway round the circuit with a flat finish so that could be good. Just gte in first 10 at bottom of the climb each lap for a bit of sliding room.
I like Block Island, wife has been going there every summer since she was born and loves the place. Think i'll bring the bike too as theres a nice loop i can do while she's sitting on the beach with her friends.


That sounds good.

Your wife likes the same guys that bb likes...

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