Welcome to The 2020 Endurance Training Page

2020 CX / MTB Endurance Training Sessions

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This is the 45 Mile CX 201 route. (Phase 4 Training - Final)

 

Shown: This is the Goal... and the Final Training Ride ADA will offer in June 2020.  

This is the 45 Mile version of the Cyclo-Cross 201 North Shore Challenge.  

If you can ride this Route, you can ride any Route.


This is the final training ride and our goal we will  strive to hit by JUNE 2020.  If you attend all the training rides, you will be able to ride this route.  Even if you are not racing, or  planning an epic ride adventure this year, there are plenty of epic  rides here in the Great Boston area that may interest you.


3 Example Rides for 2020: 


The Fully Flat 50 / Boston - Salem Bike Path Fun Ride

The CX/MTB 40 Mile Boston to Salem Trail Adventure Ride,

 Mid Summer CX 72 Mile All Day Adventure Ride, with 70% of the  ride on dirt trails. 

All of these rides can be seen with details on  this CX ride page.   "Adventure Routes" 

All  of these rides, can be done on MTB's and sometimes we do, but are  designed for CX / (Gravel) Bikes.  Also View the MTB ride page for  similar MTB Only ride adventures.

"MTB Adventure Routes"


2020 CX/MTB Endurance Training Series:

Phase 1 Training: Starting with MTB/CX 101 training in the Greater Salem area, this is the first route you will learn. It is a  gentle and mostly flat 20 mile route.  It has an exact balance of trails, roads, and bike paths in a circular route that  takes you on the Marblehead Rail Trails,  and the great trail system at  Spring Pond. The connecting roads in between can consist of optional hill climb training as the riders progress in their training.

This  ride is appropriate for CX or MTB's but your MTB should have cross-country style tires, and hardtails are best.  Will offer this ride often because it is also my regular training route.


Phase 2 Training: You will be invited to join the First Half of MTB/CX 201 after you have attended at least 1 or 2 outings on the CX 101 route.  The full 45 mile CX 201 route is  the route shown above.  There are (2) versions of this CX 201 ride.   CX 201 First Half: CX 201 is limited to the first 17 miles of the route shown, followed with a 7  mile return on the Danvers Rail Trail.  While the return is a 7 mile flat ride, it is carefully planned to help with the Endurance aspect of  your training.  The first 17 miles of the ride will have worn your down,  and the 7 mile return is a bit tougher than you would think.  Helps  build your endurance. I will hold this 1/2 ride version a few times, at least once  per month till June.


Phase 3 Training: CX Hill Climb Training:   (Greater Salem Area) This ride is designed for any time of year when you know you will need to step up your game a bit.  We will ride this as a group at least once. You will be expected to attend this ride when I hold it. If you cannot complete this route, you will never be able to do the full 45 mile ride.  If you finish this route on (2 trips) 1 week apart, you will  have a lot of confidence in any other ride you are about to hit.  This route is carefully designed to burn your legs, and get you ready for any ride you have coming up. 

This ride is a short 25 miles, but has over 2400 feet of total climbing.  

18+ Hill Climbs

 (6) 15% Grade Climbs

(4) 18% Grade Climbs

(1) 20% Grade Climb   

(cars have trouble with this one)


Phase 4 Training: CX 201 Full: You get the full 45 miles on this one.  This is the graduation test.  I do not hold this ride very  often, it is a tough one. CX bike is your best bet, I have had folks on MTB's but they have also done Leadville 100 such rides.... You should have a CX bike for this ride. Even in peak  training, I sometimes have trouble finishing this ride but always  finish.


LOANER CX Bikes: If you are qualified and have joined us for all of your ride training on a MTB Bike, I have a couple of LOANER CX Bikes if you want to join us for this 45 mile route. I have to loan:  (1) Medium CX Bike, (1) Large CX Bike, and (1) X-Large CX Bike. Good for anyone from 5'5" in height, to 6'0" in height, Gender Neutral. 

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18 Mile CX/MTB 101 (Phase 1)


Will Offer this ride once each week, on Saturdays or Sundays.  This route is a standard local training route and can be finished in less than 2 1/2 hours. 


Must have TRAIL RATED CX TIRES for this ride and for all rides. Must have good climbing gears for all of these rides.

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25 Mile CX/MTB First 1/2 CX 201 (Phase 2)

This ride is specially designed to wear you out in the first 17 miles on fun and twisty single-track, then force you on a 7 mile flat rail trail return.  The return ride is more difficult than you may think, mostly because of the restive compressed dirt of the Danvers Rail Trail. A great way to prove your endurance is getting better. Or to show you how much further you have to go.

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2020 CX Hill Climb Training (Phase 3)

This is the Hill Climb Training Route.  

This is for a CX bike only. Can be done on MTB but highly discourage it. This route is 2400 feet of climbing on very steep ascents. Look at the Hill Climb Profiles in this photo.  Blue parts of the route in this photo are the Climbing Hills, or the parts of Lynn Woods.  This ride does hit some rugged trails in Lynn Woods for a couple of miles, so you will need Trail Rated CX tires and really good climbing gears.

2020 Tentative CX/MTB Endurance Training Ride Calendar

Saturdays - Sundays April 2020

CX/MTB 101 18 Mile Training (Phase 1)

9:00am - 12:00pm

Salem Commons

Saturdays - Sundays April 2020

CX/MTB 101 18 Mile Training (Phase 1)

CX-MTB 18+ mile training ride. Must have Trail Rated CX Tires.

The purpose of this ride is to introduce you to the types of terrain we will b...

9:00am - 12:00pm

Salem Commons

Sunday April 19th

CX/MTB Marathon Day 26 Mile Adventure Ride (Fun-Ride)

8:30 am - 1:00pm

Cooper St Parking, Waltham Mass

Sunday April 19th

CX/MTB Marathon Day 26 Mile Adventure Ride (Fun-Ride)

This is a great ride I have been holding for many years.  This will be the 15th outing of the 26 Mile Boston Marathon Fun Ride.  CX/MTB ride...

8:30 am - 1:00pm

Cooper St Parking, Waltham Mass

Saturdays - Sundays May 2020

CX/MTB 201 25 Mile First Half (Phase 2)

8:00am - 12:00pm

Danvers High School

Saturdays - Sundays May 2020

CX/MTB 201 25 Mile First Half (Phase 2)

This is the first half of the CX201 ride.  This 1/2 version is a lot easier than the full 45 mile version, and most folks can complete this ...

8:00am - 12:00pm

Danvers High School

Late May - Early June

CX Hill Climb Training 25 Miles (Phase 3)

9:00am - 12:00pm

Salem Commons

Late May - Early June

CX Hill Climb Training 25 Miles (Phase 3)

Only holding this ride (2) times this spring.  Hope you can make it to one of them. Your bike will need Trail Rated Tires and really good cl...

9:00am - 12:00pm

Salem Commons

A Saturday or Sunday in JUNE 2020

CX 201 Full 45 Mile Version (Phase 4)

8:00am - 2:00pm

Danvers High School

A Saturday or Sunday in JUNE 2020

CX 201 Full 45 Mile Version (Phase 4)

This is the ride you have been training for.  A lot more difficult than a 100 mile road ride. The restive dirt of the trails really start to...

8:00am - 2:00pm

Danvers High School

Boston Marathon Day Fun Ride

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This is the 26 Mile Boston Marathon Day Fun Ride

Sunday April 19th 2020: Have been holding this ride since the Late 1990's. In 2020 this will be my 15th year leading this ride. Always held on Sunday (the day before the race) This is a CX/MTB ride on dirt trails and bike paths. Must have Trail Rated CX tires or you will get a flat. 

GROUP RIDES in 2020. See the RIDE-BLOG for Ride Info.

Paths/Roads/Dirt Boston to Salem 38 Mile Cyclo-Cross

Paths/Roads/Dirt Boston to Salem 38 Mile Cyclo-Cross

Paths/Roads/Dirt Boston to Salem 38 Mile Cyclo-Cross

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This is ADA's #1 Cyclo-Cross Ride

Everyone that has been on this ride loves it. Average ride time last year was about 4 hours.

Hits 7 Parks: Charles River/Fresh Pond/Mystic Lakes / The Fells / Breakheart / Lynn Woods / Spring Pond.

We hold this Ride ONCE Each Month in 2020.

May/June/July/August/Sept 2018


Cyclo-Cross / MTB 201: North Shore Challenge

Paths/Roads/Dirt Boston to Salem 38 Mile Cyclo-Cross

Paths/Roads/Dirt Boston to Salem 38 Mile Cyclo-Cross

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Cyclo-Cross/MTB 201: This route is a 45 Mile CX Route. Can also be done on a Mountain Bike


Look for this Ride (or 1/2 of this ride) in May/June/July/August/Sept 2020. This is a good ride to go on if you want to discover if Group Cyclo-Cross riding is the thing for you. Bail-out at Mile 17 for a 10 mile Rail-Trail return. Must have TRAIL RATED CX Tires, or you will need lots of tubes.


Cyclo-Cross 70+ Mile Tarzan Adventure Boston - Salem

Paths/Roads/Dirt Boston to Salem 38 Mile Cyclo-Cross

Cyclo-Cross 70+ Mile Tarzan Adventure Boston - Salem

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 If you do this 70+ Mile Road/Dirt Ride, you can call yourself Tarzan because this ride will really test your Urban-Jungle endurance.  

10 Parks and 14 Cities, all back-roads/trails/and paths.Not the same as riding on the road for the same distance. This is 6000+ Calorie ride. 


Look for this in Group Ride in July 2020. Must have TRAIL RATED CX Tires with good Road Speed

11 Mile Explore Lynn Woods Advanced Level MTB Ride

Ipswich to Salem Mini Bad-Ass Mountain Bike Adventure

Cyclo-Cross 70+ Mile Tarzan Adventure Boston - Salem

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This Reoccurring Ride is a good Training-Ride for any-other park you want to ride in. If you can ride Lynn Woods, you can ride anywhere. 

This ride will be held on Weekend Mornings periodically through the ride season.

 

This is an Advanced-Level Mountain Bike Ride on very rugged trails. Please read the warnings on the ride page link below.

Ipswich to Salem Mini Bad-Ass Mountain Bike Adventure

Ipswich to Salem Mini Bad-Ass Mountain Bike Adventure

Ipswich to Salem Mini Bad-Ass Mountain Bike Adventure

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We will be holding this ride again in 2020. 


Please try to be ready for this 4+ Hour mountain bike ride.  This ride is a lot harder than it sounds, many do not make it to Greenwood Ave (85% through the end of the ride) and still have energy for the trails.



North Shore's Major BAD-ASS Mountain Bike Adventure

Ipswich to Salem Mini Bad-Ass Mountain Bike Adventure

Ipswich to Salem Mini Bad-Ass Mountain Bike Adventure

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This ride will be held in 2020 

 Must be in good shape for this 6+ Hour mountain bike ride on rugged trails.


Except a few road links, this ride is almost entirely in the woods in some of the toughest parks in the area. You must Ride  Ipswich to Salem MTB First for an invite to this one.