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Quabbin Reservoir Classic Road Race - Ware MA

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Written by Mike Benson Thursday, 28 April 2016 16:45

Saturday April 23rd marked another year for the Quabbin Reservoir Classic Road Race in Ware, Massachusetts. There were about 500 racers on this day. The weather was in the 40’s to start but warmed to about 60 degrees by the finish. Warm up for the race can be done on the parking lot loop and on a good hill to the tower at the top of the park. The 65 mile race makes a loop around beautiful Quabbin Reservoir. There is no shortage of hills. Strava recorded my elevation gain at 4,505 feet. I was racing in the Cat 5 group which ended up being around 70 riders. The beginning of the race started out following multiple Moto officials down the park loop road to Route 9 at 15 miles an hour. All you could smell was rubber from everyone’s brakes burning.


Ferry Roubaix 2016 - Kent’s Store, VA

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Written by Metro Williams Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00

What a great event! That’s what everyone was saying. The 2016 Ferry Roubaix marked the 3rd (or maybe 4th) year that the event was held west of New Kent Virginia. Oddly enough, this year’s start was from the Kent’s Store part of the state. The morning started off as Knee/Arm warmer kind of weather unless you like to suffer unnecessarily with cold tendons and ligaments. I didn’t catch the final count but I heard rumors that it was close to 45-50 riders which is the biggest turn out for such an underground hard man event. This year’s roster included the first two female riders to finish the entire course. Last year the weather went from bad to worse with most riders dropping out on the edge of hypothermia and hoping to catch the broom wagon. This year the high for the day was forecasted to be in the mid 70’s.