Digression Ride 2017, Saturday, April 29

“I keep expecting to see a dinosaur.  Instead it's lots of waterways and quiet trails.” - Bobbie V.

Overland Base Camp's Digression Ride:  OBC's most primordial ride -- because of the hidden paths, abandoned routes, and primitive trails.

We've added more beneficiaries for this simple fundraiser. Read on to learn more.

Logistics

  • Ride:  Two routes:
  1. About 45 miles of pavement, gravel, dirt, and rocks.  About half of the ride is unpaved.  We expect the ride to take between 3.5 - 6 hours.  See the "Pacing Description" table below for details.
  2. About 22 miles of the same terrain as the longer ride.  We expect this ride to take between 2.5 - 4 hours.  See the "Pacing Description" table for details.
  • When:  Saturday, April 29, 2017 departing every 15 minutes from 8:30 am through 10:30 am.
  • Where:  Departing from Ride Headquarters
  • How:  On mixed-terrain bikes – or cyclocross bikes – see details below.
  • How Much:  The 2017 Digression Ride is $25.  However, all funds go to trail stewards to help keep the trails protected and open for us all.  Overland Base Camp is not taking any funds from your registration fee.
  • Food: Pre-ride oatmeal and some light fare post-ride is included and is free. Gluten-free and vegan options will be available.

If you're not sure this ride is for you, read about our previous diverged ride; it was an amazing day of riding, eating, and fun.

If you have any questions and want to speak to us, give us a call, (617) 991-0640, or email us.

Bike Requirements

  • 32c knobby tires, minimum size.  If you don’t have 32c or wider, you’ll be riding alone after you get a flat.
  • Clipless pedals:  This ride isn't for everyone; we ride at a fair pace and aren't stopping a lot.
  • Spare tube or two – with all the tools required to fix a flat – or two.
  • Basic tool kit:  Self sufficiency is the phrase of the day.  The group will wait for you if you have a mechanical – in fact we’ll even help – but you don’t want people waiting trail-side too long on a chilly morning.

If you don’t have one or more of these items contact Overland Base Camp.

Registration

The deadline to register for the ride is Friday, April 28th at midnight.  The deadline to order the event t-shirt $35 ($15 dollars of each t-shirt sale goes to the donation) is Tuesday, April 25th at midnight.  Visit our provisions page to register.  The investment is $25. However, it's well worth it; read on:

Use of Funds

Aside from credit processing fees, every single dollar of your registration goes directly to the groups that work hard to keep the local trails open.  Overland Base Camp is taking zero dollars from your registration.  We're covering all the costs of this project -- including food, RSC's time, rider leader support, and coordinating with the conservation stewards.

Here are the two groups that will be receiving your registration investment:

  • The Sherborn Forest & Trail Association: founded in March, 1967, is a family-oriented volunteer organization whose objective is to promote enjoyment and appreciation of the considerable natural open spaces and diverse wildlife in the town of Sherborn and surrounding areas.
  • MassBike:  The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.

There are dozens of trail, path, and open space groups worth donating money to.  We decided to limit our list to two so that we can donate a meaningful amount to each.  We chose these specific two because Digression Ride relies on the trails and roads these groups steward.


Ride Option Descriptions

Guided Group:  We've got the OBC Navigators ready to take groups of about 10 riders through the endless twists and turns of Digression Ride.  You'll get to roll with, and meet, new riders while not worrying about when the next turn is.  New friends, guided trails, and rider support.  What's better than that?

Indy:  You ride independently and depart anytime between 8:30 and 10:00 am.  You're sure to see other Digression Ride Riders out on the trails and you can join them or continue your solo ride.  Your pace, your internal conversation, your freedom.  That's the ride we look forward to.

Team:  A group of 3-8 riders that you put together.  At least one person has to have a Garmin GPS unit, although we strongly recommend two or more Garmins.  You depart at anytime between 8:30 and 10:00 am.  You ride at whatever pace you desire.  You, your friends, whizzing through the trails with unexpected turns; what could be more fun?

Pacing Descriptions

The following times, speeds, and distances are all estimated.  A flat tire, evolving trail conditions, weather, and your group are all variables you'll want to appreciate.  We're having fun on Digression Ride; we're not winning.

CategoryDistanceEstimated Ride TimeAverage PaceAverage Pace On RoadAverage Pace Off RoadSpirit of the Ride
Fun22 MilesAbout 2 Hours8-10 mph14 mph5 mph"No Drop Ride", enjoying an early season mixed-terrain ride, taking scenic photographs, having fun and easing into the season
Moderate Group 122 Miles1.7 - 2.2 Hours10-13 mph16 mph6 mph"No Drop Ride", pushing the pace in some sections, taking a few blurry photos, not overdoing the distance on an early season ride
Moderate Group 222 Miles1.7 - 2.2 Hours10-13 mph16 mph6 mph"No Drop Ride", pushing the pace in some sections, taking a few blurry photos, not overdoing the distance on an early season ride
Moderate Group 145 Miles4.5 - 6.0 Hours10-13 mph16 mph6 mph"No Drop Ride", riding hard at times but not over your head, getting your heart rate near maximum a few times, taking a few blurry photos
Moderate Group 245 Miles4.5 - 6.0 Hours10-13 mph16 mph6 mph"No Drop Ride", riding hard at times but not over your head, getting your heart rate near maximum a few times, taking a few blurry photos
Fast45 MilesAbout 4.5 Hours13-15 mph18+ mph8+ mph"Drop Ride", riding at your threshold, no time for photos, the trees seem to be a blur

Definitions

No Drop Ride:  The fun and medium pace rides are no drop.  This means that the ride leader will not let you get dropped off the back of the group.  If you have a flat, a mechanical, or are simply having trouble keeping up, the ride will wait for you.  If you're riding with a medium pace group you can wait, if you'd like, for the fun group to catch up to you so you can ride with them.

Drop Ride:  The Fast paced rides are drop rides.  This means that if you have a flat, mechanical, or are having trouble keeping up, you will be on your own.  Fortunately, if you stop on the route and wait for a bit another group will be coming up to you and you can join that group.

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