"You, your staff and riders  were a welcome sight in our Town and the Police Department enjoyed our interactions with them.  I appreciate and welcome your continued use of the bucolic splendor many of us call home."  
I look forward to your ride's continued success and the partnership with the Town of Barre.

Chief Erik J. Demetropoulos
Barre, MA
Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour
September 16 - 20, 2015

Tour Route

The Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour route introduces riders to the best of Massachusetts cycling - lots of peaceful roads, good pavement and magnificent scenery and some fun, urban riding on bike paths, bike lanes and community streets.   

Past riders loved the route!  While route profiles look challenging, riders felt route difficulty was well within their range, giving it a 4.86 out of 5 on their satisfaction scale.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday Warm Up

For those looking for a little warm-up to the tour, we offer  a pre-tour ascent of the Commwealth's highest peak, Mt. Greylock.  The Massachusetts State Parks agency recently rebuilt the Scenic Byway up the mountain.  The 8 mile climb offers a great workout on beautiful pavement and rewards you with gorgeous views of five states from the summit.  You also get an invigorating descent.  

Looking for something a little less invigorating for your warm up? We're working with the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and the local cycling community to present a menu of fine riding along some of the region's best cycling roadways and pathways.   Wherever you ride in the Berkshires at this time of year, you'll experience amazing views, emerging fall colors and great low-traffic cycling.  Your biggest challenge of the day may be getting everyone in your group to agree on one choice.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Today we begin our trek across Massachusetts!  Our first day's route covers 59 miles between the New York border at Hancock, MA and Sunderland, MA in the Connecticut River Valley.   Along the way, riders will pass through Pittsfield, the Berkshire's largest citAshuwillticook Rail Traily and spin along the MassParks, Ashuwilticook Rail Trail with its great views of local lakes and the Mt. Greylock Range.  Riders then climb 1,000 feet to the top of the Hoosac Range and our first rest stop in Savoy.

Overall, the day includes 3,589 feet of climbing; but, riders are rewarded with over 4,600 feet of descent as they drop into the flat Valley farmlands.  

Rest stops are at the Savoy and Ashfield Fire Departments.  Our thanks to Chiefs Ordyna and Haskins for the wonderful assistance from their Departments.

See today's route at Ride with GPS at the link below.

Berkshires to Boston Tour, Thursday

Friday, September 18, 2015

Today is the longest day of the tour - 79 miles as we climb out of the Valley and ride through the Central Highlands to Devens, MA.  The day begins with flat riding through the fertile farmlands along the Connecticut River before riders begin a gradual 11-mile climb up to the town of Wendell, 1,000 feet higher than our Sunderland starting point.  

Petersham, MA

The next 40 miles feature quaint New England towns like Petersham and Princeton and a rolling route through the heart of Massachusetts.   The final 20 miles are nearly all downhill or flat as riders drop over 1,000 feet to Devens.
Kimball Farm Rest stops will be provided at the Wendell General Store, the Town Common in Barre, and the Sterling Fire Department.  We appreciate the great support we receive from each of our business and community partners along the route.

You won't want to miss Kimball's Ice Cream at mile 70 in Lancaster, MA. Celebrate your accomplishment today with one of the biggest ice cream cones or dishes you've ever seen.

See today's route at Ride with GPS at the link below.
Berkshires to Boston Tour, Friday
Saturday, September 19, 2015

 Today is the shortest and easiest day of the tour - only 50 miles and a net loss of 200 feet in elevation as we travel into Boston.  The route passes by the Minuteman National Historical Park and passes Minute Man National Parkthrough the historic towns of Lexington and Cambridge. The route also takes advantage of the popular Minuteman Bike Path to get into the City.  The short day is designed to let riders savor the rich history and scenic landscapes of this beautiful area of the state.   You'll also want to savor the tastes!  All along the way, you'll find farm stands, orchards, bakeries and ice cream.
Great Brook Farm

 While some may choose to explore the history of today's route, others may choose to get into Boston for the TD Bank Mayor's Cup Criterium.  Now in its seventh year, the 2015 TD Bank Mayor's Cup men's and women's bicycle races will feature nearly 200 top professional racers including Olympians and national champions, who will compete for $30,000 in prize money.  This Criterium is the final race of the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar.  Our thanks to 2013 rider Gideon Bein who captured the men's race in the photo below.

Tonight we're planning to stay in Boston's most vibrant neighborhood, the Innovation District.  The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is located at the edge of the water and a short ride from City Hall Plaza (for the TD Bank Mayor's Cup Criterium on Saturday and the start for Hub on Wheels on Sunday)

 Tonight you'll be on your own for dinner.  However, your challenge won't be finding food, it'll be choosing among the dozens of culinary options within walking distance of our camp.  We're in Boston's Innovation District and its' amazing array of restaurants and attractions.  You're also a short walk, bike ride or water taxi hop to Boston's full range of attractions.   While you're exploring, you may want to follow the Freedom Trail to some of the City's famous landmarks such as the Old North Church,  the USS Constitution and the Boston Common.

See today's route at Ride with GPS at the link below.

Berkshires to Boston Tour, Saturday

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Today, riders will celebrate cycling with 5,000 friends who enjoy riding as much as they do.  Hub-On-Wheels is Boston's annual cycling celebration.   Bicycles take over on a car-free roadways and other Boston thoroughfares.  

Hub on Wheels

You'll see Boston in a whole new light as you explore it's parks, neighborhoods and beaches by bicycle.  Riders choose between 10, 25, and 50 mile routes.

Rest stops are located along the way.

Learn more about Hub On Wheels.

Gary and Maureen Briere
River's Edge Cycling
Sunderland, Massachusetts
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