Welcome Fellow Riders!
The Crack O' Dawn (COD) Riders invite you to join us on our daily
We leave every week day at 5:45am, and at other times on weekends. We
obey two simple rules. First, "Be there [on time] or ride alone" and,
second, always wear a helmet. Safety of the group is paramount. Rides
start promptly at 5:45am. There is always a ride, weather permitting. It
may be anywhere from 2 - 60+ riders of varying abilities. Everyone is
welcome! These are fitness rides, so the pace is often brisk. Typically,
they are "no drop" rides, and we have designated places to regroup.
There are several "standard" rides each week day and on weekends.
- On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (MWF), the ride leaves from Newton
City Hall (NCH) Commonwealth Avenue side, at 5:45am and heads
west through Weston Center (about 6:05am). The standard ride is about
25 miles from NCH. A racing group that evolved from COD, 545
Velo, typically goes very fast for the whole ride, but there are
likely to be others who proceed at a more moderate pace.
- On Tuesday and Thursday (TU/TH) (and often on other days when plans
allow), a ride leaves from Weston Center (WC) at 5:45. There are three
variations of this ride, Regular (15 miles), Medium (20 miles) and
Long (25 miles). The MacGregors, a sub-group of COD (long story!),
coordinate this ride.
- On TU/TH, a ride also leaves from Cutler
Park on Kendrick Street. Typically this ride is broken up into
three paces - A, B, and C group depending on attendance. Riders go out
according to their expected/desired speed.
- On MWF, a ride also leaves from PTC
adjacent to Cutler Park on Kendrick Street. This ride is the same
route as the TU/TH Cutler Park ride. This group ride is typically
slower than the one that leaves from NCH on MWF.
- On Saturday, there is a warm-up ride at moderate pace from NCH
through WC, leaving NCH at 7:00am, passing through WC about 7:25am and
Wellesley Hills (7:50am) with a coffee stop at either the Starbucks
Newton Lower Falls or at the Needham
Panera Bread on Highland Avenue. After coffee, the group
typically meets other riders at 8:30am at Nahanton
Park 384 Nahanton Street for the Saturday Morning Fitness Ride
(f/k/a "the CRW Saturday Morning Fitness Ride"). At Nahanton Park,
there are many rides of varying abilities and choices of distances,
e.g., 19, 28, 33, 42, etc. The distances of these rides are
self-explanatory, and the route is marked with a white upside down
- On almost every Sunday, we leave from the Waban
Starbucks on Beacon Street at 7:00am for a ride that goes to the
Nashoba Brook Bakery in West
Concord. There are additional routes from there, e.g., the
Concord-Carlisle loop (same as the Charlie Baker Time Trial route).
Typically on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we get word via the Grand
Derailleur that this Sunday ride will start at 8:00am for the winter,
returning to 7:00am on April 12, 2015.
If you want to be sure what is happening on Saturday or Sunday, join
our email list. There are often multiple other rides posted.
To join our email list, send your request to the email
list. You must mention the name of at least one COD rider who
knows you. It is a closed email list so it gets no spam, but there are
often frequent emails about equipment/maintenance, etiquette, for sale
bike equipment, safety and road conditions, promotion of cycling, among
other related topics. If you do not mention one rider in your email
request, you can not join the list. If you do not know anyone in the
group, come out on a ride and meet us.
"All humans realize they are loved when witnessing the dawn: early morning
is the triumph of good over evil. Absolved by light we decide to go on."