Shown: This is the Goal... and the Final Training Ride ADA will offer in June 2021.
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 2021. 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 You:
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.
2021 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) 24% 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Sunday (Day before the Marathon): Have been holding this ride since the Late 1990's.
2021 was 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. MTB's are another option.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Summer. Must have TRAIL RATED CX Tires with good Road Speed
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.
We will be holding this ride again in 2021.
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.
This ride will be held in 2021
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.
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