Cyclonauts Bicycle Club
Springfield, Massachusetts

Ride/Hike Descriptions Help

The following instructions are provided to assist ride and hike leaders and coordinators in developing concise and consistent event descriptions.

Ride and Hike Coordinators:

  • Complete the specified schedules for each season:​

                  ​Season                             Months                                        Submit by

    • Spring Rides:                    April and May                                  March 19

    • Summer Rides:                June, July & August                          May 19 

    • Autumn Rides:                 September and October                August 19

    • Autumn/Winter Hikes:   November, December & January  October 19

    • Winter/Spring Hikes:      February & March                            January 19

  • ​Submit completed schedules to Betty Siwinski at bettrad@msn.com. If there are open dates just list them as such. A shared Google.doc or e-mail text is preferred.

​Ride and Hike Leaders submit descriptions to the appropriate Coordinators.

  • Sunday and Saturday Traditional Rides - Betty Siwinski, bettrad@msn.com

  • Saturday Alternate Rides - Janet Parslow, janetparslow5@gmail.com

  • Wednesday Rides - Chuck Allsop, hi2sam@comcast.net

  • Saturday Hikes - James DeSellier, jed7516@charter.net

  • ​Wednesday Hikes - MaryAnn Siron, ottertails8@gmail.com

Each scheduled ride or hike should contain the following information: 

  • ​Wednesday Rides:  The date (month spelled out and date, ie September 17), the restaurant for breakfast with the address for gps, location at which the ride will depart if not from the breakfast restaurant, brief ride description with approximate distance, and the name of the leader or leaders with contact information (phone and/or email address). Wednesday rides generally start with breakfast followed by the ride. If this is not the case please specify. Ride lengths are generally 25 to 35 miles.

  • ​Saturday Alternate and Traditional Rides: The date (month spelled out and date, ie September 17), the starting location with address for gps, the restaurant for breakfast, a brief ride description with the approximate distance, and the name of the leader or leaders with contact information. Traditional rides are generally between 25 and 35 miles. Alternate rides are generally between 35 and 45 miles.

  • ​Sunday Rides:  The date (month spelled out and date, ie September 17) and time that the ride will depart, the starting location with address, a brief ride description with approximate distance and the name of the leader or leaders with contact information. Breakfast and/or lunch stops may be part of the Sunday ride but are not required. Sunday rides can be up to 50 miles or longer.

  • ​Wednesday and Saturday Hikes: The date, the restaurant for breakfast with the address for gps, location at which the hike will start if not from the breakfast restaurant, brief hike description with approximate distance, equipment needed such as microspikes, snowshoes or skis, whether or not dogs are allowed, and the name of the leader or leaders with contact information.

  • Notes: 

    • ​The ride and hike coordinators are responsible for having complete ride/hike details.  If the ride leader does not provide complete information, call or send them an email to clarify.

    • ​It is not necessary to specify elevation gains, hills, etc. If a ride is particularly hilly (ie Mt Greylock) simply state “hilly ride”. It should be assumed that all rides in our area contain hills.                                             

    • ​The Webmaster reserves the right to edit ride and hike descriptions for consistency and clarity.   

    • ​Coordinators may use email to request ride or hike leaders.  Emails should include a note letting recipients know that they can opt off of your list by replying and requesting to be removed.

    • ​Ride and hike descriptions should use the following format for consistency:

      • ​​EXAMPLE: ​​​November 4: "Robert Frost Trail Hike" - Meet at Atkins Farms, 1151 West St, Amherst, MA for breakfast. Hike from the Notch Visitor Center, 1500 West St.  Hike the Robert Frost Trail to Rattlesnake Knob and then to the Horse Caves, about 4 miles round trip. Dog Friendly. A shorter and flatter option is available. Leader:  Betty and Ray Siwinski (413) 427-6095, bettrad@msn.com