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 "T".
- 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.
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, find crackodawn
on Google Groups, then click on Join
Group. 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."