NSC Blazing Saddles Century, Byfield MA

North Shore Cyclists' Blazing Saddles Century travels through the rural towns of the North Shore and southern New Hampshire.

Hamilton MA “Hey you, get off my road!”

Hamilton Get Off My Road bicycle ride

Start: Hamilton-Wenham Regional School, 775 Bay Rd, 01982 South Hamilton , MA See map: Google Maps Routes Miles Elevation (ft) Print Download 30 1,276 Cue sheet, Map GPX, TCX 40 1,760 Cue sheet, Map GPX, TCX 30 miles 40 miles

Haverhill riding north

Haverhill bicycle ride

Start: Northern Essex Community College 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA (View map) Meet in the Technology center Parking Lot. Description: This ride takes us on familiar roads, some a bit hilly, and travels north of the Merrimack River into Merrimac and Amesbury, with longer rides continuing through Newton, Kingston and South Hampton in New Hampshire. Distance… Continue reading Haverhill riding north

Exeter to Great Bay

Exeter Great Bay bicycle ride

What to expect: The rides go through the scenic farm country of southern New Hampshire. The terrain is rolling hills with old barns, scenic vistas, and lots of quiet roads. All the loops go by historic Kingston NH common,  picturesque Newfields, Great Bay, Newmarket, and the lively college town of Durham. This ride is marked… Continue reading Exeter to Great Bay

NSC Saturday ride, Boxford

Topsfield to Merrimack River bicycle ride

Start: Masconomet Regional High School, Boxford MA map to start. Directions: From Route 95 take exit 51 (Endicott St) east towards Topsfield. The school is 1/4 mile on right. The ride leaves from the parking lot closest to I-95). What to expect: The North Shore Cyclists Saturday Fitness Ride meanders through Middleton, Boxford, Georgetown, Byfield, Newbury… Continue reading NSC Saturday ride, Boxford

NSC Hamilton to Newburyport

Hamilton to Newburyport MA bicycle ride

Start: Cutler Elementary School, Asbury St., South Hamilton, MA map to start Description: Enjoy some of the nicest cycling in our area. Generally quiet, scenic country roads in Hamilton, Topsfield, Ipswich, Georgetown and Boxford. Long ride adds Newbury and Newburyport. Generally flat to rolling, with a few small hills. Ride created by Arnold Nadler. Combined NSC… Continue reading NSC Hamilton to Newburyport

Tyngsborough Pepper and Maple

Tyngsborough Pepperell Hollis bicycle ride

Start: Tyngsborough Elementary School, 205 Westford Rd, Tyngsborough, MA (map). Arrow Shape: White T. Description: The ride is remarkable for staying on so many low-traffic roads with excellent pavement. The short ride goes through Tyngsborough, Pepperell, Hollis NH, Nashua NH, and Dunstable; the long ride adds Townsend and Brookline NH. The short route has 0.5 miles of packed gravel,… Continue reading Tyngsborough Pepper and Maple

NSC Over Hill and Dale from Ballardvale

Ballardvale Andover bicycle ride

Start locations: Ballardvale MBTA Station, Andover is the traditional start. map to start ($4 parking charge is enforced. There is some parking available on side streets off of Tewksbury St, where the ride stats, up the hill from the Ballardvale T-Station. ) Directions: Rte 93 to Dascomb Road, take the ramp towards Andover, turn right… Continue reading NSC Over Hill and Dale from Ballardvale

NSC North Reading pigs, ponds and potholes

North Reading MA bicycle ride

A North Shore Cyclists ride Start: Ipswich River Park, North Reading map to start Description: Serene back roads, farm stands, ponds, pigs (plus sheep, chickens, and bunnies), and lots of potholes of the northern burbs. Have iced coffee at Smolak Farm (on the short ride) or a picnic lunch at Ingaldsby Farm. Terrain is moderately… Continue reading NSC North Reading pigs, ponds and potholes

NSC pothole inspection tour, Topsfield

Topsfield Ipswich North Andover bicycle ride

Start: Topsfield Plaza, Main Street, Topsfield, MA. map to start Directions: From Rte 95 N, take Exit 50 to Route 1 North. In Topsfield, turn left onto Rte 97 North. At stop sign, go left (Rt. 97 continues right). Topsfield Plaza is 1/4 mile on right. Description: Flat to rolling terrain on some of our favorite… Continue reading NSC pothole inspection tour, Topsfield