Spring is in the air! Start planning your first century.

Well, the sun is finally shining steadily here in Massachusetts, and the temperatures are certainly spring-like. Spring, in fact, is just hours away at this point.

So, time for more outside riding! My training program was mostly indoors this year, so I am ready to ride on real roads more frequently. And also to ride outside without tons of layers of clothing.

It’s also time for goal-setting. And a good one to start the season off is planning for the first century ride. A great one to start with might be the CRW Spring Century. It takes place this year on May 16th. That leaves just enough time for training, even if you haven’t begun riding yet this year.

The route starts in Wakefield and travels along the relatively flat northeast section of Massachusetts. The route travel through some great roads in Harold Parker State Forest, Boxboro, and Topsfield. The sections furthest north in southern New Hampshire aren’t quite as good. Still, the ride is usually well-attended so they’ll be pacelines and groups for all levels present. And, hopefully the torrential rain that dampened last year’s ride won’t return. It seems we’ve had quite enough rain for a while.

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