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The "Allis Loop"(4 posts)

The "Allis Loop"Djudd
Jul 5, 2001 7:40 PM
There is a somewhat famous ride named after a John Allis an early road biking Olympian. Apparently he used the loop to train in his competitive riding days. "Winning" magazine did a piece on the loop and it's namesake some years ago. Does anyone know the exact route of the loop?, can send me details? I know it's in Massachusetts and goes by Walden Pond. I heard it's pretty challenging... I would like to try it.
re: The "Allis Loop"graham22
Jul 5, 2001 8:15 PM
Call the Belmont Wheelworks in Belmont Massachusetts and ask for John A. himself. He owns the place...Excellent bike shop, one of the best in the country. The "loop" goes from the Waverley Square section of Belmont and through the greasy city of Waltham into the super snooty town of Linclon and return via historic Concord and Walden pond. Anybody at the shop can give you the directions when they are not busy. The shop folks might want to join you.
re: The "Allis Loop"Djudd
Jul 5, 2001 10:20 PM
Thank you for the help. Have you ridden the loop? I heard it's worth the time to get there(I'm in Wash. D.C.). Again, thanks
re: The "Allis Loop"zelig1
Jul 6, 2001 3:40 AM
I've ridden it, and its many variations, for years, once with Allis (who I believe is Co-Owner of Wheelworks along with Peter Mooney), and with Rob Butler who Allis trained to the '79 MA-RI State Championships. IMHO, the loop itself is not worth the trip from DC. Its not particularly hilly, long or scenic plus there are areas with heavy traffic. It incorporates part of the roads in Concord and Carlisle where the NEBC used to run its Wednesday night TT and where I frequently saw Mooney going rocketing by. If you branch off the loop and continue out to Harvard (the town) and Littleton, you will be rewarded with some decent gradients and beautiful scenery. FWIW, Allis and others used to ride out to Mt. Wachusetts, up and down, and back for training. That ride would really make the legs burn.