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CX + Gravel Bike Selection Videos
ADA / CX Boston-Salem First 15 Miles
ADA / CX Boston - Salem "The Fells"
ADA / Salem - Boston East Coast Greenway
CX Bike Skills Videos (Bike Skills Page)
CX Across Iceland Bike-Packing Ride
See this link for the CX/MTB Long Distance Training Page
All the information you need for this years training schedule.
This is the 27 Mile Advance Level CX Adventure Ride. While almost all the trails are mellow, there are a few locations where the ride is above an Intermediate level CX Ride. For a Mountain Bike, this is defiantly an Intermediate Level ride.
This is a really nice ride. Just a great feeling being in the Boxford Forest. Every time I visit Boxford, it feels spiritual.
Start / End is the Danvers High School
WHERE THE BUGS LIVE...!
There are a lot of Water Locations along this route.
The Danvers Rail Trail heads through 3 different marshes,
Boxford Forest is always a moist location,
The Middleton Connector trail is between 2 marsh lands the entire length.
Middleton pond is not that bad, and the highlands of the
Power Lines keeps you away from the swamp bugs, but as we all know, power lines have their own breed.
Peabody Rail Trail is also along wetlands.
Bring Your Bug Spray
Despite all that is written above, this is a really great ride. Just pick your day accordingly.
This trail connects Boxford Forest to Downtown Middleton.
Surprisingly, as soon as you exit the Boxford forest, you can right on this connector trail, and you are headed to Middleton Pond.
Looks like a long abandoned Rail-Road. It is between two wetlands almost the entire length.
This is Where the Bugs Live.
Midway through the Harold Parker Link is Middleton Pond.
Just some really great views, you are sure to stop and look.
The Power Lines trail is a lot of fun. As expected, a lot of loose rock chunk, but does not mean it is not fun. Few steep climbs few fun challenges, and it is over before you know it.
The reason this parcel is so important is it connects the Harold Parker Forest with the Peabody Rail Trail.
VIDEO LINK: See the Video directly below....
The 27 Mile CX Adventure Ride
2 Minute Video showing the Special Features of Middleton
Newest Intermediate-Advanced CX Adventure Ride on the North Shore.
Explore the very under-used Boxford Forest.
Not many folks have ventured into the Boxford Forest. I have spent the last few years exploring, and now I present this Adventure Ride to explore the park. These trails are suitable for a Cyclo-Cross Bike, or a Mountain Bike.
Full suspension is welcome, but not needed here.
Lack of direct access parking is the main reason this forest is not used. Using the Trinity H.S. (@Rt 95 and Endicott St) as a large capacity parking area, you can access the park with just a 1.5 mile trip to the trail head.
The trails are not technical and not well maintained with the exception of the Bay Circuit Trail.
The BCT is maintained by the BCT Trail Organization which does a wonderful job keeping the trails open and clear.
The 6 miles on the BCT is the best part of this whole ride. You will get the feeling you are in the deep woods and on a true adventure while in Boxford. You should not ride the route without a GPS. This is a scarcely used park and if you get yourself lost you maybe out there for a while.
Hit some great parks along the way. Starting in Salem through Spring Pond in Peabody try some trails at Lynn Woods and head straight to Breakheart Reservation. Then 4 miles in the Fells, + 8 miles of the Commuter Bike path, and 4 miles on the Marblehead Rail Trail.
An Advance-Intermediate rider will find this to be a fun ride. While you can ride your MTB on this route, it is designed for a CX Gravel Bike. Just a couple small sections where the trails are a little rough, but if you have been on my other rides this one is a piece of cake.
Bring Food, plan to stop at spots along the way.
A great place for an extended stop is Red Rocks Jetty on Lynn Shore Drive. at Mile 31.
A 20 mile 2 hour Intermediate Level route. This ride starts and ends in Downtown Salem. Or you can start your ride anywhere along the route. Also a good ride for Mountain Bikes.
This is your opportunity to see what a CX bike can really do. This ride is a step above a gravel trail ride. This ride is designed to show how well a CX bike can handle real dirt singletracks.
This ride is 50% in the dirt with a mix of 5 miles of Dirt Trails and 6 miles of Gravel Rail Trails, 9 miles of Roads. Also worked in a few hill climbs.
Need Trail Rated CX Tires and good climbing gears. MTB's are also welcome, and can try a few optional trails. This ride is not suitable for a Road Bike. There are lots of local woods for your next CX/MTB adventure, come out and see for yourself.
Cyclo-Cross or Mountain Bike Ride: This ride is like none you have been on before. Road Riding / Rail Trails / and Real Singletrack riding over multiple hours. The realization of riding a Fully Rigid CX Bike with very skinny tires on Real Singletracks is where you get schooled. Recently renamed this ride to CX-201. CX 101 was a misleading statement.
This is an ADVANCED LEVEL CX Ride.
The Full Ride is 46 miles. This ride is also designed for (2) shorter rides of about 25 miles each. The First 1/2 of this ride is a great introduction to CX Group riding. Been holding the First Half of this ride a few times this season. Will be holding this ride (or 1/2 of this ride) at least 1 time each month. The CX-201 Second Half ride is a lot tougher than the 45 Mile version.
The CX-201 Second Half Ride (below) has very rugged terrain, and is considered an EXPERT LEVEL CX Ride. This 45 Mile Version does not use those same trails and is an Advance Level CX ride.
Cyclo-Cross 201. North Shore Challenge. This 45 mile (total) ride consists of 19 miles of REAL Single Tracks, 12 miles of Rail Trail, and 12 miles on quiet back roads. This is not a ride for a novice.
Places on this ride (in order): Danvers Rail Trail , Choate Farm, Perkens Row (Road), Bradley Palmer, Willowdale, Pinegree Estates, Perkins Woods, Backroads of Boxford, Boxford Forest, Harold Parker Forest, North Peabody Rail Trail, return on the Danvers Rail Trail.
Advanced Level Cyclo-Cross Bike Ride.
or Intermediate level MTB Ride.
This is a great CX ride of 25 miles, with fewer than 4 miles of road riding in 2 small segments.
This is a Round-Trip ride starting and ending at the Danvers High School. See some great trails some you never knew existed. Nothing super technical on this ride, but lots of twisty trails, fun downhills, and a visit to 4 different MTB parks. CX-201 is Advanced Level, because you are on a CX bike. This ride is Advanced Level because MTB's have suspension, while a CX bike is fully rigid.
WHY 25 MILES???
I put a lot of rail-trail in this version so Intermediate Level MTB Bikers can try some longer distance riding. This is a great route to advance your endurance level. This route is well thought out so you can experience different aspects of longer mountain bike rides. Some fun stuff, followed by more fun stuff, followed by more fun stuff, followed by a gentle rail-trail dirt ride return. Great training if you want to attend some of All Day Adventures Advance Level CX Bike Rides.
Ride time is less than 3-1/2 hours.
33 Mile round trip loop starting at Danvers High School.
Because of the difficulty of the terrain and the distance involved, this ride is considered an
EXPERT LEVEL CYCLO-CROSS RIDE.
Strongly suggest you use a Hardtail MTB for this ride until you are sure about the terrain.
This ride has 15+ miles of Really fun singletrack, 11 miles of gravel rail trails and a few short road ride segments.
Expect 4+ hours on this adventure, and expect to have a lot of fun. Either a trail rated CX bike or a mountain bike, you will have a great time. The Boxford Forest experience is intense, and you will feel like you are lost in the woods.
This is a very Satisfying Adventure Ride
Just to be clear, there is a CX-201 45 Mile version in the ride library that is easier than this 33 mile version.
This is an EXPERT Level CX Ride, or an Advance-Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride.
7 Miles in Boxford Forest has great climbing trails, and that great feeling you are lost in the woods.
8 Miles in Harold Parker hits some of the toughest trails including Black Ops and a few others.
Download the ride below and go for it...!
This is ADA's #1 CX Ride. 39 Total Miles. This is a mix of touring Boston's Charles River bike paths and some great trails at the Mystic Lakes, to the really rugged trail systems of the Fells / Lynn Woods / Spring Pond that will test you and your bike.
This is an Advanced Level CX Ride. This ride is not for beginners. Everyone that has done this ride in the past loves it. Average ride time last year was 3 hours 45 minutes. (not including stops) Look for this as a Group Ride Once MONTHLY during the ride season. This ride is a bit easier than the CX/201 Adventure.
This is a Group Pace Ride and it is not a Race. Casual pace at times, stop to see the sites at times. Lunch Break at Spot Pond 1/2 way through the ride.
We use the MBTA to get to Boston and Start the ride. It is a One-Way trip back to Salem.
If you are interested in this ride or any other rides contact me on the Facebook Page
Get the GPX File for this ride at the Link Below
This is All Day Adventures Longest CX Adventure Ride.
I do not know of any other rides here in Eastern Mass that even come close to this one.
While it is a long distance ride, I was careful to keep you on the easier trails.
Does not mean the ride is easy. This is a great test/challenge for you and your bike.
This ride is on much easier trails than the CX201 ride, mostly because of the distance traveled. This ride is not designed to break you. I did not want to stretch this ride into the 10 hour mark.
If you are in Good Shape, this is an amazing and very fun ride on trails you never knew existed.
This is Advanced Level CX riding with more than 6+ hours in the saddle. Please read the ride description carefully before riding this route. This ride is part of the Tarzan Adventure Series Rides.
A few select rides that really dive deep into your fitness levels and biking abilities.
I will hold this as a lead ride ONCE each year.
Expanding the CX/Gravel Rides in the Greater Boston area.
This 50 Mile CX route is designed for the Intermediate Cyclo-Cross / Gravel Rider.
This is a relax and spin the wheels all day ride.
Max Elevation on this route is 40 feet. Slow incline to Waltham starting from 5 feet over the first 13 miles, and a slow descent back to Boston and sea-level. The return segment is also all at sea level.
Intermediate Rider Skills: This full 50 mile route is too many miles for a beginner, even though there are no technical skills required for this ride. Boston Traffic and street crossing do ad a level of challenge. There is (1) street crossing about every (1) mile on this route at Bridges and Intersections. This route is very easily broken up into (2) 25 mile rides.
As many of the CX riders showing up to my rides have experienced, my CX rides are Tough. This is a much easier CX tour ride of the Charles River Basin between Boston and Waltham. This first 25 miles is the very popular Charles River Fun Ride, and the second 25 miles is the Northern Strand of the East Coast Greenway. 2 Routes that are well traveled and well marked.
This ride is one of the most scenic rides offered by All Day Adventures. The Charles River portion of this ride offers 95% river views the entire journey. Amazing that you are on tree lined paths for 25 miles. This ride is also on both sides of the river for 75% ride, so there is very little overlap. The return to the North Shore Segment is also very scenic especially the Rumney Marshes of Revere. There are a few rough areas in Everett and Downtown Lynn, but midday on weekends they are much more pleasant.
This ride explores the Bike Paths of Boston including:
Boston Harbor-Walk / Neponset River Bike Path / Forest Hills / Muddy River Dirt Paths / Charles River Bike Path / ECG-Everett Bike Path / ECG-Saugus Dirt Path / Lynn / Swampscott Shorelines.
This ride uses the Commuter Rail to Start or End this ride. If you ride on a Weekday, there are Bike Block-out Hours in the morning for coming into Boston. Check the MBTA Website for your train.
The Boston Portion: Start to Finish is a 35 mile loop. (Bring a Lunch) There will be a lot of stops to see the sites. This is a fun ride. Bring a camera. The Boston Portion to be about 3-1/2 to 4 hours with stops.
East Coast Greenway Portion: The ECG is an increasingly popular route between Boston and the North Shore. The 15 mile segment from Charlestown to the Lynn Shoreline is well traveled, and safe. Once we get to the Lynn Shoreline, there are a few options for the final 4 mile return to Salem. Expect 2 hours for the return ride.
Bike: CX Bike is Best, Hybrid / Gravel bikes too. Mountain bikes discouraged because of the miles. Road Bike discouraged because of the dirt trails, but should be OK.
Food: Bring Food, a sandwich and lots of water, 70oz. I am sure there are places to stop.
The 39 Mile CX Boston to Salem Ride.
Charles River, Alewife Corridor, + Mystic Lakes
This is All Day Adventures BEST RIDE...!
I hold this group ride once per month.
The First 15 miles of selected cuts shown in 15 Minutes.
Video Remastered 8/2019 (You Tube has horrible compression)
Music by Billy Cobham
Fells has a lot of Trail Restrictions for cyclist,.
This route stays on all the permissible paths.
This ride was done on Fully Rigid Cyclo-Cross bikes with 38c tires. These bikes are very fast on the loose and chunky fells trails.
The Fells Segment is a 6 Mile Trek.
Video Remastered 8/2019 (You Tube has horrible compression)
Segment 3: CX 39 Mile Ride.
A demonstration of Fully Rigid Bike Riding in very rugged parks. Also a lot of fun.
The Lynn Woods segment is at Mile 29.
Any screaming in this Video is real, 20mph downhill over baby-heads on a fully rigid bike brings that out in me....
Segment 4: CX 39 Mile Ride.
Final Segment of the great adventure ride, and some nicer trails at the end of the ride.
Also a lot of fun. The Spring Pond Segment starts near mile 33 of the CX/MTB ride.
This ride is FLAT / 40% Dirt Trails / 45% Bike Paths / 5% Road Riding. If you try a road bike on the dirt trails, it will be a painful ride. Unless you are with a large group, you should be able to travel end - end in about 2 hours.
This route is part of the <East Coast Greenway> The ECG runs from Maine to Florida. Most of the segments in Massachusetts are complete. Many of the CX + Mountain Bike rides on the North Shore often are on parts of the ECG.
Carefully selected MTB Trails for a CX Bike.
A Cyclo-Cross Ride that is a really a Mountain Bike Ride. I was careful to pick trails that are very rugged, but will not break your wrist with a fully rigid frame. It will be close though...Very tough sections on this ride, but lots of fun.
There is a North Shore Group that holds a similar version of this ride every year with 50+ CX Riders, so this is good training for that event.
CX Hill Climb Training / Lower North Shore.
This ride is designed for any time of year when you know you will need to step up your game. Just before the Fall mountain bike season is a good time to ride this route.
This route is designed to get you ready for any ride you have coming up. This ride is 25+ miles and over 2400 feet of total climbing.
18+ Hill Climbs, with rest intervals between climbs.
(6) 15% Grade Climbs
(4) 18% Grade Climbs
(1) 20% Grade Climb
This is a 110 mile segment of the Empire State Trail in upper state New York.
A one-way down hill adventure all on a Bike Path.
The entire length of the Empire State Trail is over 700 miles from The Great Lakes to NYC.
This segment should be the most beautiful portion of the Erie Canal portion with the Adirondacks to the North and the Catskills Mountains to the South.
Either paved bike path, or compressed gravel road.
100% off of the roads and travels through many small towns along the way.
Our plan is a 2 day bike packing trip taking a Bus ($40) from Boston to Utica, and catch a return bus in Albany the next day.
This is a new adventure. The Empire State Trail officially opened last October.
Be the first in your group to tell the story of all the fun you had on this All Day Adventure.
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