sunday funday

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Jess Schumann
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Boston

41

mi

km

Distance

distance

32

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

6

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

10

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

45mm

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

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intermédiaire

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sunday funday

by
par
Jess Schumann
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Distance

Distance

41

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

32

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

6.0

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

10

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

45mm

Difficulty

difficulté

Intermediate

description

la description

A little beast, a lot of beauty.

A nice laid back ride with some technical parts. Not very hilly, but it is gnarly in places. Be prepared to just get off and walk due to some rough spots in the woods. This ride is around 96% ride-able at an intermediate level. 

The first part of the ride has you taking the Bruce Freeman trail from end to end, starting in Lowell. This is long, scenic and very laid back. Don’t expect to go fast, and consider stopping to take in scenery. Along the way, there are two ponds you can swim in, one for a fee. Bathrooms are reasonably located in Chelmsford at Hart Pond, Acton at NARA park, and at the train depot cafe in West Concord (also a nice place to get breakfast if you start early). You should fill up on Water in West Concord. 

Once you get to the end of the Bruce, you start to mix it up between paved roads and well maintained fire-trails and single-track across several towns. Terrain ranges from nice dusty farm paths to deep woods with rocks and roots. 

In Lexington, you ride along Battle Road past major historical landmarks, and eventually you’ll end up in Lexington Center where there’s spots to get coffee, and public bathrooms. Parts of the ride also follow the Bay Circuit hiking trail. You will ride very close to the Old North Bridge, DeCordova, and other touristy spots along the way, so consider doing this in Fall or Spring, or on a weekday. There is a nice seasonal farmstand, where you can get snacks if you are running out in the last half of the ride!

route created on
12/21/20
  • Beautiful places to stop, relatively well spaced out along the ride. 
  • Some of the best scenery in Eastern MA.

  • The woods might be brutal in places. Be OK with doing hike a bike. 
  • Be aware of hikers and horse riders. If you encounter a horse, have a conversation from a distance with the rider to be sure they feel safe with you going past. 
  • Try to ride this outside of tourist times since it has you going through a popular National Park.

  • Old North Bridge
  • DeCordova Sculpture Park
  • Nara Park
  • Club Car Cafe

  • 3,000 calories,
  • 2500ml water (I bring a 1500ML pack and this is plenty to start). 


Rocky, rooty
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highlights

  • Beautiful places to stop, relatively well spaced out along the ride. 
  • Some of the best scenery in Eastern MA.

what to know

  • The woods might be brutal in places. Be OK with doing hike a bike. 
  • Be aware of hikers and horse riders. If you encounter a horse, have a conversation from a distance with the rider to be sure they feel safe with you going past. 
  • Try to ride this outside of tourist times since it has you going through a popular National Park.

points of interest

  • Old North Bridge
  • DeCordova Sculpture Park
  • Nara Park
  • Club Car Cafe

food / hydration

  • 3,000 calories,
  • 2500ml water (I bring a 1500ML pack and this is plenty to start). 


terrain

Rocky, rooty

route map

la plan de route

photos

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