Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cutler Park Opening Day Ride

The group assembles. Heading up Winchester St.. Colin and PVB. Leaving Nahanton Park.

Wednesday was the official opening day of the oft overlooked, yet conveniently located Cutler Park in Needham. This was also the first of International Bike's Wednesday Mountain Bike Rides. I won't call it a night ride because lights are not required. All you need is a bike, a helmet, and a hankerin' for some fun.

The ride was well-attended, eight folks showed up, which might not sound like a lot, but it's a good sized crew once you're out on the trail. We rode right out the door of the shop, cut through The Book Fair parking lot, hit the road for just a couple minutes, and we were in Nahanton Park, on the dirt. Nahanton is limited but boasts a couple pretty fun obstacles in the from of large log hops in quick succession. Great place to practice your log-hurdling technique...or brush up on your Cyclocross Transitons.

Nahanton actually serves as a short cut to Cutler Park, dumping you out right across from a trailhead which leads into Wells Ave. and to Millenium Park beyond.

Whipping through the trees. Beauty of Semi-Urban riding. Plank bridge. Balancing act.

The pace was steady with several re-grouping and socializing stops. We were out there for about an hour and a quarter, getting back to the shop as the sun was about to set.

Technical stop. Re-group. Chasing GTL at high-speed. Sun on its way down.

The island in Cutler has a finite section of awesomely twisty-fast singletrack, great for cornering practice.

We'll be doing these rides every Wednesday throughout the season unless otherwise noted. Check our ride calendar for more info.

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