The annual Mass Bike Summer Century and Family Ride was Saturday, July 30, 2011, starting from Lexington High School, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA map. All rides (12, 22, 45, 62 and 100 miles) traverse the heart of American Revolutionary history, from Paul Revere’s Ride through Lexington and Concord and to nearby battlefields. Longer rides visit the towns and villages that sent the first Minutemen.Century (100 Miles): The Century follows the Metric Century route to the rest stop in Groton, then adds a forty-mile loop through West Groton and Hickory Hills Lake to Townsend. Food and restrooms are available in Townsend Center at Cliff’s Café or other venues.
The Century hits the only climb as you leave Townsend and head for Hollis, NH through more state forest land. Shops are available in Hollis, but the preferred stop is at the Monument Square Market (mile 62). The route then winds along beautiful freshly-paved Depot Road to the bridge over the Nashua River, then passes by the rail trail along the river near Pepperell, MA. We then follow some real woods roads returning to the rest stop in Groton at mile 74. From Groton, the Century and Metric Century routes merge again and continue through Westford and Chelmsford, past Kate’s Corner (food) into Carlisle to the last official rest stop at Great Brook Farm State Park (mile 89). The route stays in the woods until we merge with Routes 4 and 225 in Bedford, then skirt the Hanscom area to reach Route 2A and take Mass Ave back to the Lexington High School.