CRW Ride Sunday with Post-Ride BBQ & Raffle in Lexington

Fun Ride Sunday, August 19: Al Bolea Memorial Ride and BBQ


We like cool bike rides and those with features like lemonade stands and post-ride BBQs. One such cool ride coming up this Sunday. It starts right across the street from us (in the Lexington parking lot) and ends in a BBQ next to the Lexington Green, about a 30-second ride from here. It's for a good cause, lots of people from our community are organizing and riding in it so we figured you'd want to know about it and join in. There is no cost to ride, post-ride food is ~$12 for a tasty BBQ (eating is not required) and there is a raffle where proceeds will be donated to the MPD Foundation.

The following information is found on the CRW website, but we thought we'd make it even easier for you to find. We hope you join the fine folks of the CRW who are putting this ride together!


Start Times and Routes: 9:00 am for a 53-mile route & 10 am for the 20 and 38 mile routes

Leaders: Rita Cramer (781-257-5024), Harry Manasewich (781-643-1812)

Description: In September of 2006 Al Bolea, one of the co-founders of the CRW Wednesday night Ice Cream Ride, lost a long battle with myelofibrosis (a degenerative bone marrow disease). The purpose of this ride is to remember Al, raise awareness of the disease, and encourage donations to the MPD Foundation (, which is working on a cure (this is not a fundraising ride). Both rides will travel scenic back roads of Concord, Acton, Carlisle, and Bedford, including a special lemonade stand.

The long ride will also visit Boxborough and Littleton. Two of Al's close friends, Tom and Carla Fortmann,will host an after-ride barbecue at their home on Lexington Green (a short walk from the parking lot).

Food from the Blue Ribbon Barbecue, one of Al's favorite places, will be ordered prior to the party and provided at a modest cost (estimated $12 and collected at the party). Drinks are being subsidized by CRW.

RESERVATIONS FOR THE MEAL ARE REQUIRED AND MUST BE MADE BEFORE 6 PM ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, and can be made through Please indicate if you require a vegetarian meal. All are welcome without reservations for beer, wine, and soft drinks. Organizers need a firm number of food reservations, no exceptions.

There will be a raffle with jerseys, bike shop certificates and more from a variety of donors. We've contributed numerous items so chances of winning something is very high. We hope you choose to participate in the raffle.

Our contribution to the raffle includes over 100 items:

  • RSC BPA-free, 26oz Custom Waterbottles - 20
  • Voucher for Buy 1 Tire, Get the 2nd one Free. Tires of Excellent Ride Quality (including Schwalbe & Conti GP 4000s) - 25
  • $25 Studio Gift Certificates - 25
  • $25 voucher with a purchase of Rapha cycling Apparel - 25
  • 1/2 Off a Full Bike Tune-Up - 15

Starting Location: Meriam Street Municipal Lot, Lexington Center

Directions: From the Ride Studio Cafe, go west on Massachusetts Ave, go through the light & take a quick right at Depot Square, pass the tollbooth & park to the right.

See you on the ride Sunday!