Summer is coming on fast here in New England. There's a steady stream of cyclists rolling along the popular bike route in front of our house.
Registrations continue to roll along for the 2016 tour, too. Our state count is up to 20. New England and much of the east coast is represented along with the entire west coast and much of the southwest. Women riders have taken a commanding lead in the gender comparison. Women make up nearly 60% of registrants to date.
Early Bird Registration Ending Soon
If you haven't registered for the 2016 tour, you may want to act soon if you'd like to save a few dollars. Our early registration pricing will end on May 31, 2016.
Also, note the story below that Berkshires to Boston will move to a biennial schedule after 2016. If you want to participate in this ride before 2018, jump in this year.
Along the Way: Quabbin Reservoir
As we spin along the Route 122 Scenic Byway towards Petersham on Friday, riders get views of the northern reaches of Quabbin Reservoir, the largest inland body of water in the state. The reservoir was built in the 1930's to serve as the primary water supply for Boston, some 65 miles to the east.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation manages over 82,000 acres surrounding the reservoir. The extensive forests, fields and wetlands are home to abundant wildlife including moose, deer, bear, coyote and bald eagles. Keep your eyes open for some of these local residents.
Our route across Massachusetts is full of wonderful sights and experiences. Check out the Scene From the Saddle Page to learn more about the experiences along the way during the Berkshires to Boston Tour.
Rider News: Fun Girl Cycling Group
As mentioned above, women are currently outnumbering men in our registrations for the 2016 tour. There's a group of women riding with us this year that we are really looking forward to meeting, the Fun Girl Cycling Group from Rochester, New York.
The Fun Girl Cycling Group began 5 years ago when Stephanie Ayer and her friends needed a name for their team participating in the Diabetes Association Tour De Cure. After assessing the collective spirit of her cycling friends, Stephanie proposed "the Fun Girl Group". The group embraced the name and have been sharing and growing that cycling spirit ever since.
The normal routine is a Wednesday night ride from a local park. The fifteen members ride together and then enjoy some post-ride "tailgating" to catch up on the things that happen between bike rides - kids (high school to post college), work, and family. These women have other options for their regular training rides but they prefer the supportive and social spirit of the Fun Girl Group.
How did they choose to participate in Berkshires to Boston? Each year the group meets in January for dinner and dreaming about the summer riding season. (Winter riding on the shores of Lake Ontario is ...less fun.) Each member brings an idea for a ride the group can participate in. Someone suggested Berkshires to Boston and the vote was unanimous. They marked their calendars and registered on opening day.
We're looking forward to sharing the cross-Massachusetts tour with Stephanie, Laura, Alice, Bernadette, Deanna, Germaine, Kathleen and Susan.
Berkshires to Boston Moves to Biennial Schedule After 2016!
As we watch our calendar filling with new events and tours for 2017, we're recognizing that we've come to a crossroads. We need to create some space in the calendar to dedicate to these exciting new cycling adventures. Therefore, we're moving Berkshires to Boston to a biennial schedule after the 2016 tour. So if you're thinking about this tour and don't want to wait until 2018 to join in, you may want to register soon.
We'll be running the weekend Riverway Ride again in 2017 (still some room in the August, 2016 tour) and adding the 8-day, 4-state, 300-mile inn to inn Back Roads and Main Streets Tour. In addition, we're excited to be supporting Adventure Cycling Association in the introduction of a new western New England Tour in 2017 and working with Historic Deerfield to produce 2, week-long educational bicycle tours offered through Road Scholar. And, of course, there's always the River Valley Ice Cream Ride. Explore all these tours and events at River's Edge Cycling.com
So, we'll be offering plenty of opportunities to explore Massachusetts by bicycle in 2017. Berkshires to Boston will return to the calendar in 2018.
We're looking forward to riding and speaking at the Great Finger Lakes Bike tour in Watkins Glen New York in June. The Southern Tier Bicycle Club hosts this annual tour of some of the gorgeous cycling in western New York. We appreciate Berkshires to Boston rider Greg Laskowski's invitation to participate in this great event.
We'll see some of you on the June Riverway Ride to help us celebrate Adventure Cycling Association's National Bike Travel Weekend. There are hundreds of rides occurring all over the country that weekend. You can learn more at Bike Travel Weekend. Participate in a ride or create you own early June cycling adventure.