West Hill Shop Group Rides
PBC Tuesday Night Rides - 5:30pm
The Putney Putney Bike Club (PBC) coordinates the Tuesday Night Ride schedule.
Please check out the PBC website for more information on upcoming events and
the TNR schedule.
Go to their Facebook page to see what's going on.
Wednesday Night Women's Rides - 5:30pm
Once again, the Wednesday Night Women's Rides are underway! Women from our local cycling community will be ride leader volunteers bringing additional energy and spirit to our evening rides. Here's the ride description:
We are a group of relaxed women riders who chat as we ride. We welcome new riders, riders who are re-conditioning, and seasoned riders. Our most casual pace is 10-12 mph average speed; our moderate pace is 13-15 mph; and our challenge pace is 15-17 mph. We will usually have two leaders so that we will have the option to split up into two groups: casual pace and moderate pace. Later in the season we may choose to add the challenge pace.
Our rides are mostly on pavement with some dirt road sections. Road bikes and hybrids are appropriate but mountain bikes are discouraged. Don't have a road bike? Want to try one? We have women's road bike rentals for $10 on Wednesday nights, but you must reserve in advanced.
We meet at West Hill Shop every Wednesday at 5:15pm and are ready to roll at 5:30pm sharp for about 1.5 hours. Please contact us if you are running late and we can choose a rendezvous location. If it is raining at 6pm, we won't ride. Sometimes we get back after sunset, so please wear brightly colored clothing and bring lights. Occasionally, we go out afterwards for "nourishment."
Join us for our new fall gravel grinder for 2016. We have three loops: The 4-Gap Ride for advanced riders (37 miles with an estimated 4,800 feet of climbing) and the 2-Gap Ride intermediate-advanced riders (32 miles and an estimated 3,800 feet of climbing) start at 9am, and the Sweet-n-Steep for intermediate riders (19 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing) leaves at 10am.
These aventurous, off-the-beaten-path gravel road rides will leave from Bunker Farm in Dummerston, VT and wind through Putney, Dummerston, Brookline and Westminster. They are relaxed and scenic moderate to challenging loops that include several bail out points to shorten the ride, if need be.
We recommend a cyclocross bike, mountain bike, or gravel road worthy bike with at least 700x32c tires. Most of the riding will be on packed gravel roads with some old wood roads and as little pavement as possible. There will be a ride leader and maps but no support so please come prepared. Cell service is not reliable.
Our celebratory feed following the ride is a special Grinder Buffet with locally grown meats from Bunker Farm. The Gleanery will be providing a spread of local vegetables, homemade rolls, cheeses and all the additions for a delicious grinder.
You must register through BikeReg in advance. Questions? - Please call 802-387-5717 or email Jim Sweitzer.
Annual Rides We Sponsor
Tour of the Valleys Ride May 21, 2016 - 11am
This historic 60 mile race loop through Windham County Vermont is now a scenic show-n-go ride.
There's a 32+/- mile option leaving from West Hill at 12:00pm. Don't be shy, there is usually lots of interest in this ride to Saxtons River, east on Route 121 to Back Westminster Road over Kurn Hattin and back to Putney on Westminster West Road heading south.
All TOV rides leave from West Hill Shop, finishing with an apres ride feast with comrades back at The Shop. Maps are available, but there's no support. PLEASE sign in before you ride. Your donation helps pay for your meal.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Hey parents! Bring your kids and join the national movement to take a kid mountain biking. Everyone is welcome! Some trail riding experience is helpful since you'll be riding single track mountain bike trails through the Putney School. We will have two groups of skill level if necessary. Mountain bikes in good working order with trail gearing and a proper fitting helmet is a must. If you don't have a mountain bike lets us know. We have some rentals. There is no fee for this event but please register.
Tour de Heifer
Sunday, June 5th 2016
The tremendous success of Strolling of the Heifers's Tour de Heifer ride has brought back a trio of scenic farm-to-farm bicycle rides. These mostly dirt road rides are tailored to experienced cyclists able to ride 30 or 60 mile moderate to very hilly terrain. The routes feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages, covered bridges and much more. There is also a milder 15 mile mixed paved and dirt out-n-back. For more information, please visit Tour de Heifer.
Going The Distance Ride
Saturday, June 25th 2016
The 6th Annual Going the Distance Ride for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro is on Saturday, June 27th. This benefit ride is a one day, fully supported ride that follows a scenic route along the Connecticut River with a start and finish in Brattleboro. Choose the Century ride or shorter loops of 40 and 60 miles. Riders set a goal (but not committed) to raise $350 or more to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Help with fundraising is available and every rider gets a T shirt and other goodies, including some prizes for the top fundraisers.
Some of our favorite GRAVEL ROAD rides:
Stop In and See Us: Monday to Saturday 10-6 Closed Sundays.
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