Wednesday, August 3, 2022

ECGA Gravel Goodness

On Saturday July 30,  Noah Leavitt and Dan Tieger, along with some other folks, worked with the Essex County Greenbelt Association to host an informal gravel ride starting in West Newbury.

The roughly 25-mile loop included a mix of road and off-road accessing Maudslay State Park, the Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area, the abandoned J.B. Little Road, trails around the Indian Hill Reservoir, and some quiet paved roads.

About 30 riders set out in multiple groups broken down by an estimated average speed. I tried to go back and forth between everyone, but the fast riders were long gone. That being said, I was able to snap a bunch of shots of the majority of the participants, and from the smiling faces, it seemed like everyone was having a good time. 

It was hotter than I anticipated, but clear and sunny, and overall a great ride. I got to hit some spots that are in my proverbial backyard that I've never seen before, so that's always exciting, and it was fun to see many friends, old and new. 

The ride was a great teaser for the Tour de Greenbelt coming up in September which offers a fun gravel course in addition to road loops. See you there! 

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