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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:56 am 
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but not the critical kind. This is more of a hike report. Last week we were visiting my brother in Hopkinton, MA. I tried to find a rental for some rides back there, but no luck so I was left to hiking, which was pretty fun also.

Every year, the Major Taylor Association and the town of Worcester hosts the George Street Challenge ( http://www.majortaylorassociation.org/e ... et10.shtml ) and this year my sister in law decided she wanted to give it a shot so we went along to cheer her on. This is a 500 feet hill climb, but with an average grade of 18%. We watched from one of the steepest parts which turned out to be a great place to watch the riders really push themselves.

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My brother's neighbor. I think he did it around 31 seconds. Last year he broke the 30 second mark so he was pretty bummed. The winning time was 24 seconds

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A fun way to take the whole family.
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Sister-in-law
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Then it was on to "Vietnam" in nearby Milford. This place was amazing. I would love to spend some time in here exploring. I think they said there's around 30 miles of trails in this area. We only covered about 3 on our hike.

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Looks ready to ride to me
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Find the trail
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This one looked like it was going to roll down the hill any minute
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Fun roller
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looks like some fun terain on the hike, beautiful forest trails for sure! but that hill climb looks like :twisted: hell!!!

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If I was there I would have done everything possible to make that big rock roll down. Thats kind of like the hucking rocks off a cliff thing. You just have to do it!


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Los wrote:
If I was there I would have done everything possible to make that big rock roll down. Thats kind of like the hucking rocks off a cliff thing. You just have to do it!


Now that you mention it, after last year's Flagstaff trip, I'm surprised I didn't do that. I'm sure I could have drafted my 6'8" 300 lb brother to help. Must have been the humidity.


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Sweet TR!! :thumbsup:

That Land.."Vietnam" was purchased by the local Mountain Bike Advocacy/group....not too long ago, Im too lazy to google it, but it was in 2002 or 2003 I believe. The first Mt Bike Advocacy/Group in the US to do so.
So...who wants to chip in and buy some land?
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Heard/read a lot about Vietnam trail system back there. Reminds me of Tucson's Fantasy Island system.

BOTH are an example of a PROGRESSIVE municipalities approach towards trails.

Here, on the other hand, we can point to Flightline, and soon, DMM, and hang our heads in shame....

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Thanks for the report. My wife went to college in Worcester and her family still lives in Mass.

Now that I know there are some trails back there, next time we visit I'll try to bring the bike.

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Vietnam is a great place to ride. Not sure if you got to hike NEMBA Trail....
This is a friend in the "halfpipe" area
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Other side of Nam..Called Spiders
This is me from about 5yrs ago
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b5driver....Next time you head east....drop a line I've got a few bikes. I live in RI. 40mins away. :cheers:

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gleeke wrote:
Vietnam is a great place to ride. Not sure if you got to hike NEMBA Trail....

b5driver....Next time you head east....drop a line I've got a few bikes. I live in RI. 40mins away. :cheers:

Great shots.


Thanks! :cheers: I knew there was a lot more out there, but we didn't have a lot of time to explore. Next time for sure, I'm going to have to plan a day out there and bring a lot of pads if I make it even close to where you took those pictures. The trails are only about 5 minutes from my brother's house.


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b5driver wrote:
gleeke wrote:
Vietnam is a great place to ride. Not sure if you got to hike NEMBA Trail....

b5driver....Next time you head east....drop a line I've got a few bikes. I live in RI. 40mins away. :cheers:

Great shots.


Thanks! :cheers: I knew there was a lot more out there, but we didn't have a lot of time to explore. Next time for sure, I'm going to have to plan a day out there and bring a lot of pads if I make it even close to where you took those pictures. The trails are only about 5 minutes from my brother's house.


Keep me in the loop too! I'm always down for a little Nam lovin'.

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 Post subject: Re: Mass
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Grew up in Southern, Central Mass, so much good riding. Seeing those pics makes me wonder why I can't ride the little rocks we have here???? I gotta get my skillz back.


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