Roundabout Rutland Cruise

Paxton, Massachusetts

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Even though Rutland lies in the exact geographical center of Massachusetts, still no one knows about it. Which is precisely its appeal to cyclists. Mount Wachusett is a few miles northeast of this ride. A state reservation, it's a popular place for hiking, skiing, and cycling to its summit on a paved road. In the nearby countryside, though, it's gentler riding on rolling rural highways and shady lanes, passing hardwood forests, farms, the occasional pond, and several picturesque small towns. Terrain: rolling rural roads with no major climbs. Pavement conditions alternate between smoother rural highways, usually with wide shoulders, and narrow lanes with occasional patchier sections. Traffic/Safety: ride single file on the narrower, more winding roads, watching for occasional soft shoulders and approaching traffic. And be sure to stay in control of your bike on the steeper descents.
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by Paul Thomas (The Globe Pequot Press)

Even though Rutland lies in the exact geographical center of Massachusetts, still no one knows about it. Which is precisely its appeal to cyclists. Mount Wachusett is a few miles northeast of this ride. A state reservation, it's a popular place for hiking, skiing, and cycling to its summit on a paved road. In the nearby countryside, though, it's gentler riding on rolling rural highways and shady lanes, passing hardwood forests, farms, the occasional pond, and several picturesque small towns.

Terrain: rolling rural roads with no major climbs. Pavement conditions alternate between smoother rural highways, usually with wide shoulders, and narrow lanes with occasional patchier sections. Traffic/Safety: ride single file on the narrower, more winding roads, watching for occasional soft shoulders and approaching traffic. And be sure to stay in control of your bike on the steeper descents.

©  Paul Thomas/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Paxton
Distance: 38
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Driving Directions: Directions to Roundabout Rutland Cruise

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10/16/2004
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I live about an hour away from Rutland and I've done this ride twice - e.g. it's enjoyable enough to repeat. The description of the ride is pretty accurate although I'd beg to differ a bit about there being no major climbs. There may not be any of the 5-mile, 14%-grade variety but you do climb about 400' over five miles beginning at about mile 28. For those wanting more details, my CicloSport reported these statistics: 38.05 miles, 2,300' ascent, 2 hrs 15 min averaging 17.5MPH - it categorized it as a "3" and gave it a "4" for difficulty. The majority of the ride is on very pretty territory via back roads. Meanwhile, you do spend a portion of the ride on arterial roads. The only drawback I found is that I couldn't spot anywhere to park. I parked in the Town Hall's parking lot (next to the Police Station) but there was a sign that said I would be towed unless I parked there for town business. Fortunately it was a Saturday and they were closed so I assume I was ignored. I recommend the ride. I'm looking forward to doing it again when the weather is warmer.


10/16/2004
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I live about an hour away from Rutland and I've done this ride twice - e.g. it's enjoyable enough to repeat. The description of the ride is pretty accurate although I'd beg to differ a bit about there being no major climbs. There may not be any of the 5-mile, 14%-grade variety but you do climb about 400' over five miles beginning at about mile 28. For those wanting more details, my CicloSport reported these statistics: 38.05 miles, 2,300' ascent, 2 hrs 15 min averaging 17.5MPH - it categorized it as a "3" and gave it a "4" for difficulty. The majority of the ride is on very pretty territory via back roads. Meanwhile, you do spend a portion of the ride on arterial roads. The only drawback I found is that I couldn 't spot anywhere to park (from the 38-mile ride's start in Paxton). I parked in the Town Hall 's parking lot (next to the Police Station) but there was a sign that said I would be towed unless I parked there for town business. Fortunately it was a Saturday and they were closed so I assume I was ignored. I recommend the ride. I 'm looking forward to doing it again when the weather is warmer.



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