It’s that magical time of year when the air gets crisp, the freezing winds whistle through your helmet vents, your cycling tights are unpacked for the months ahead AND the best part … Registration opens for Bike MS: Ride the Rhode 2015.
This year’s MS150 ride begins and ends in our own backyard at the Narragansett Pier School. How lucky can we get! If you haven’t already ridden on all the roads in Little Rhody, here’s your chance to ride some of the finest and most scenic in our beautiful state! Overnight accommodations are at URI (if you prefer to stay with the group). And, as always, each rider must raise at least $300.
Sign up to join Team Stedman for the MS Bike Ride in June 2015. And, if you register BEFORE January 2, 2015, you will save $25 in fees by using the code ‘Holiday25’ and score some sweet Stedman gear as well!
The centerpiece of our late summer trip to Canada was a fantastic week-long bike tour of Prince Edward Island. With miles of quiet dirt roads and the extensive Confederation Trail system, PEI is ideal for touring. Throw in sandy beaches, Anne of Green Gables, lots of ice cream, and you have the perfect family cycling adventure.
Our plan was to ride a circuit of the north central portion of the island, following the Confederation Trail east then looping back west along the northern shore via rural roads and trails.
The trail is a converted railroad bed that affords easy travel on a flat cinder surface. It passes through small towns every few hours, but there are some long stretches without anything but fields and sky.
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We happened to be in Charlottetown for the Canadian 150th Anniversary celebration. It was a fun contrast to the open countryside, and of course, more ice cream!
From the city we headed northwest toward the Cavendish area, home to the island’s premier tourist destination: Green Gables. We’d been reading the books in anticipation of the trip, so it was a mandatory stop. The beaches were certainly a bonus.
The final portion of our route was all along the iconic red dirt roads of PEI. Unlike the bike trail, these rural farm roads rise and fall steeply over the central hills of the island. It was strenuous but rewarding.
Our first family bike tour outside the US, we’d recommend it to anyone.
A few tips:
Wide tires roll easier and more comfortably over the varied surfaces encountered on the island. Fenders keep the red dirt and mud off you and your gear even when it’s dry.
The Confederation Trail is relatively flat, but if you plan to venture off of it (recommended!), make sure your bike has low gears for loaded hill climbing.
Unless you have an international phone plan, you won’t be able to rely on your smartphone for directions. Be prepared to resort to good old fashion paper maps.
Carry cash for the many farm stands around the island.
Pack rain gear and swimsuits!
Maps of the island and the Confederation Trail are readily available at information centers on PEI. You can plan your trip beforehand by visiting the PEI tourism website.
Have more questions or care to chat about this trip or others? Stop by the shop and we’ll be happy to talk touring.
What are you doing Saturday at 730am? Instead of sleeping all day or sipping that macchiato in bed get up and join the Bandits for 28.1 miles of bliss through North Kingstown and Narragansett. Grab your bike and helmet and meet on the shop’s Woodruff Ave sidewalk!
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Route information and cue sheet can be found here:
Group rides meet every Saturday morning at 7:30 on the sidewalk outside the shop, with wheels typically rolling just before 7:40. Ride length ranges from 28 – 40 miles with the longer rides occurring during the summer when my fitness tends to be marginally better… Even the longest rides tend to get everyone back to the shop by 10:30.
These rides are of the “no rider left behind” variety. We have had a great, supportive bunch of folks riding together this year. The group begins together and may split into two groups, as necessary, based on rider fitness level. A typical Saturday morning has seen about a dozen or so riders, so if the group does split, there are still two nicely-sized bunches with whom to ride.