Green Mountain Bicycle Club invites cyclists to join spring rides

The Green Mountain Bicycle Club welcomes spring with scheduled rides in northwest Vermont and invites new riders to join in.

• All riders must wear helmets and obey the rules of the road. Do not ride two abreast if there is traffic in either direction.

• If the weather is questionable, please call the leader to make sure the ride is still taking place. Ride leaders are obligated to go to the starting point and provide maps but may choose not to ride if the weather is miserable.

• Rides begin promptly 15 minutes after the meeting time.

• Riders under age 18 must have a signed waiver from a parent.

• Social Rides are shorter more leisurely versions of the mapped ride with longer food breaks. Contact the leader beforehand to confirm details. Additional Social Rides will be scheduled as weather permits. Email lightspd@comcast.net to be added to the Social Riders email list, the only guaranteed notification for these rides. Weekend Social Rides are usually announced by Thursday.

In the following list, E indicates an easy ride, M is for moderate, and S is for strenuous.

Sunday, May 13
Kingsland Bay: The 35-mile (E/M) ride rolls from Shelburne through Charlotte to Kingsland Bay Park and returns. The 46-mile (M) ride heads toward Vergennes and climbs to Monkton Ridge, returning through Hinesburg and a 65 (M/S) option heads into Huntington

• Time: 9:45 a.m.

• Meeeting place: Shelburne Village Shopping Center

• Leader: Amy Otten – 878-4070 / amyotten@netscape.com

• Co-Leader: Ralph Kilmoyer – 878-4070 / ralphkilmoyer@comcast.net

Saturday, May 19
Introductory Ride for new riders.

• Time: 10 a.m.

• Meeting place: Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington, Wheeler lot

• Leader: Chris Johnson – 373-9015/ cajohnson42@gmail.com

• Co-Leader: John Bertelsen – 864-0101 / jo.bertel@gmail.com

Sunday, May 20
Vergennes Voyager: 26-mile rolling (E) or 39-mile flat to rolling
(E/M) rural ride running along Otter Creek to Middlebury for a bakery stop.
The longer ride rolls out by Kingsland Bay State Park before heading south to Middlebury. There are no big hills on this ride.

• Time: 9:45 a.m.

• Meeting place: Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Road, east parking lot

• Leader: John Bertelsen – 864-0101 / jo.bertel@gmail.com Co-Leader/Social

• Ride Leader: Karla Ferrelli – 864-0101 / karla.ferrelli@gmail.com

Saturday, May 26
St. Albans Explorer: Light, rolling hills with beautiful views by the lake. The 35-mile (E/M) route goes out to Kill Kare Park and returns while the 50-mile (M) route continues on to Swanton and back. Both rides can break for food at St. Albans Bay.

• Time: 9:45 a.m.

• Meeting place: Georgia park and ride. For those coming from the Burlington area, we suggest carpooling at the Colchester park and ride at Exit 17 of Interstate 89.

• Leader: Kerry Crosby – 578-3249 / crosbykn@comcast.net Co-Leader/Social Ride

• Leader: George Thabault – 598-3409 / gthabault@gmail.com

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