Climbing and Riding in New England and Beyond

Mark Nicholson Smack Down

Ride leaves from: De Pasquale Square

Mark Nicholson created the Rhode Island Smack Down ride in February of 2008. In the summer of 2009, Mark died after a long battle with brain cancer. Since then, his teammates have kept up the tradition of his Tuesday night rides, though not at the blistering pace Mark set when he led them. The ride leaves from De Pasquale Square on Federal Hill at 5:30 and loops out of Providence to the northwest. The terrain is hilly, but not too hilly. The pace is competitive and there are four sprint points, including one at the top of Tourtellot Hill Road. Riders who show up should be familiar enough with the route and area to find their way home, since even competitive racers have been known to get dropped during the sprints.

Hill NameLoc.DistanceAvg.MaxGainBRENTACOLCompare
Austin RoadRI2.1 KM35.563.746
Douglas Hook EastRI1 KM3.68.937.839
Greenville AveRI0.2 KM510.69.515
Nicholson HillRI0.3 KM6.414.717.637
Tourtellot Hill RoadRI1.8 KM3.66.864.863