Check the Link My Ride (LMR) app for ride times, locations, and routes. The LMR app is updated with rides throughout each week.

Please choose rides that are at your level. Generally speaking:

  • Introductory Rides/D Rides – 12 to 14 mph average speed on flatter routes
  • C Rides = 13 to 18 mph average speed on flatter routes
  • B- Rides = 18 to 22 mph average speed on flatter routes
  • B Rides = 19 to 23 mph average speed on flatter routes
  • A Rides = 24mph and above average speed on flatter routes

If in doubt, start with a ride that initially looks slower than you think fits. You can always choose a faster one the following week. We don’t want you to get too tired while several miles from the start!

Introductory Ride: The introductory rides are led by some of our most experienced and supportive riders. The approximately 15 mile rides proceed at a comfortable pace of about 12 to 14 mph. It’s a great chance to meet people, learn ride etiquette, and get comfortable with group rides. The Introductory Ride typically starts and ends at Sheldon Field in Northampton at 5:30 PM on Monday evenings.

D Rides: The NCC occasionally offers D rides. These rides are typically less than 30 miles and are no-drop rides.

C Rides: There are both weekday and weekend C rides. The weekday versions typically cover 25 to 40 miles, while the weekend versions can ride anywhere from 30 to 60 miles. Both versions of the ride typically have opportunities to cut the ride short or go longer. Most routes have at least one rest stop. Expect a conversational and supportive pace. These are no drop rides (within reason), but please arrive prepared with at least a cell phone and supplies to fix a flat.

B- Rides: The B- ride is intended for those who want a faster pace than the C Ride – about 20 mph on flat sections – but can be a great middle ground between the pace of the C and B rides. We typically work on pace line skills. Our focus is safety and trust as we ride closer to each other to take advantage of the draft. Arrive prepared with a cell phone and supplies to fix a flat. We usually have multiple meet up points on the ride, but you may be dropped if the wait is too long.

B Rides: The normal B ride occurs on weekends and is a longer distance ride focusing on building endurance and showcasing the beautiful, remote areas of Western Mass (17-20 MPH average due to hills). We can ride anywhere from 40 to 80 miles with plenty of opportunities to cut the ride short or go longer. Expect a conversational pace for about five miles as we roll out.  Strong C paced riders are welcome, but will respectively either need to be patient or be prepared to ride solo if too large of a gap opens up.  So long as riders are generally matched we aim to work together and wait on selected hills to regroup.  Speaking of hills, plan to do some climbing on this ride as we often patch together a series of climbs that can total anywhere from 2000-6000 feet of climbing. Within reason, we won’t drop, but communication is essential to ensure everyone’s safety and to develop a plan to get everyone back home.  Please ride with supplies to fix a flat and minor mechanical issues, as well as a cell phone.  The route changes each week and we encourage you to load it into your bike computer/GPS or cell phone.

A/B Ride: The A/B ride has been a staple of the NCC for decades. Typically, this Wednesday evening ride departs from downtown Northampton. We will ride up Route 9 and over to the center of Hatfield via River Rd as a combined group at a conversational pace (15-18 MPH) then stop and let the A group go. The route continues on River Road into Sunderland and then to the Montague Book Mill and back following the Connecticut River. We return on Route 47 for a rousing finish. The Book Mill run goes a little over 37 miles with a single hill in the middle. The B ride usually finishes about 18-20 mph. The A ride goes much faster, but enjoys the scenery less. All riders must be self-sufficient as they may get dropped. The Route 47 portion of the ride tends to speed up. There is no sprint race at the end (Cemetery Rd) for safety reasons. All riders are expected to be respectful to others, follow the rules of the road, and most of all, have fun.

Time Trials and Hill Climbs: See the Tuesday Night TT/HC page.

Gravel Rides: The NCC offers gravel rides for riders of different abilities. It often hosts a weekday C paced gravel rides that covers 20 miles through Hatfield, Whately, and Williamsburg. On weekends, the NCC may also host longer gravel rides in varying locations for different skill levels. Typically, the recommended set up for gravel rides includes a dropbar bike with at least 35mm tires and climbing gears.

Mountain Bike Rides: The NCC sporadically hosts mountain bike rides from a variety of trails in Western Mass.

 

If you are interested in leading a new ride, please complete this form.