Throwing out the first pitch of the season…

Well, the cycling season has begun. While there is no beginning, middle, or end to the seaon for many, April brings with it a sense of hope, new beginnings, and some rays of sunshine.

There is a lot happening on the MA cycling scene. The first major race has taken place. The Michael Schott Memorial Circuit Race put on by CCB went off yesterday with Nerac Pro Cycling taking an impressive 1-2-3 sweep of the Pro race. There was lots of great racing among the other categories as well on a beautiful course along Marblehead Neck (which those of you with “the book” will find in chapter 16’s Marblehead Ramble).

Wells Ave racing is well under way, the NEBC racing clinic is gearing up for its first session, as is the Wompatuck State Park intro to racing clinic. Other great races coming up include the Myles Standish race on 4/22 and the race weekend out in Sturbridge at the end of the month. Also on the racing scene, news is “brewing” that racing may be revived in Salem, MA with a unique mid-week downtown criterium, The Witches Cup.

Many clubs are also ramping up regular rides. With CRW riding is always in session. The Saturday Fitness ride is well underway. In fact, it hasn’t missed a week since April 1, 1997. Many other rides at CRW are being added to the calendar as the weather warms. The North Shore Cyclists kicked off the season with their annual “season opener” on Sunday. Just about every club is ramping up rides. Check the links on the clubs page for more info on a ride near you.

Best of all, some folks decided to start their season with the Lunenburg Cruise from Road Biking Massachusetts and sent in this great April Fools Day ride photo.

So, if you haven’t done so already, get out and ride. Now is the time to get started. Hopefully you will have a better first outing than the Red Sox did today on their season opener.

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