February 2015 Newsletter

Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour News

We don't know what the weather is where you are but it has been cold here in Massachusetts!  The month of January has been bitter and now we're digging out of a bit of a blizzard.

If you're like us, you've probably been hunkered down a bit and beginning to plan your riding season. We'll be riding in Indiana in June with Adventure Cycling and hopefullly riding with family and friends in Newport, RI and Quebec later in the summer.  

With all the local talk this week about footballs and just how hard they should be, I put my bike on the trainer to continue breaking in that new leather saddle.  Honestly, if there was a way to deflate it, I would but I think it is just going to take patient mileage to get the feel I would like for spring riding.

And, of course, we're deep into planning for another great Berkshires to Boston Tour across Massachusetts.  We hope you'll be joining us for the tour this September.

2015 Berkshires to Boston Tour Jersey: Made in Massachusetts

It's true that last year's jersey won national recognition and it's true that Primal has been a great partner for our tour wear;  but, we had the opportunity to work with a local Massachusetts company for the production of our jerseys for 2015.  We're really excited that VOmax, headquartered in Northampton, MA, will be producing our 2015 jerseys.  


We'll be revealing the design in the next few weeks. Once again, it'll feature an iconic location along the tour and once again, we'll be challenging riders in the "Picture Yourself Here" contest. Riders who submit a picture of themselves in the location that inspired the jersey will be entered into a drawing to receive free registration in the 2016 tour.  We're looking forward to having Bari Freeman, last year's winner, ride with us again this September.



Along the Way

Our Berkshires to Boston Tour route intersects with some of the Commonwealth's most scenic and historic sites.  On the short mileage day from Devens into Boston, our route follows the Minuteman Rail Trail which passes through the heart of the historic community of Lexington. Just off the path is the Buckman Tavern.

  2014 rider Linda Furlani at the Buckman Tavern in Lexington

2014 rider Linda Furlani at the Buckman Tavern in Lexington

The Lexington militia gathered here early on the morning of April 19, 1775 before confronting the British regular army on Lexington Green. You may want to hop off your bike for a little while to explore this historic site and others in town. For a small entry fee you can explore the restored tavern and artifacts from the time including the original front door complete with a bullet hole from the battle.   Learn more at  Lexington Historical Society







Rider News

2014 rider Craig Cox will be biking the Big Apple in this year's Five Boro Bicycle Tour.  If you haven't ridden the 5 boro tour, it should be on your cycling bucket list.  New York was recently named America's most bikable city by Bicycling magazine and what better way to experience the city than with 32,000 other cyclists. Do be prepared for some stopping along the way. Thirty-two thousand cyclists riding along the 40 mile route tends to create some challenges for law enforcement and organizers so be patient and enjoy this unique NYC experience. Registration will fill in the next few weeks so register early. Learn more: 5 Boro Bicycle Tour

Visit our brand new website, Berkshires to Boston Tour to learn more about the tour and mark your calendar for September 16 - 20, 2015. You'll also want to mark your calendar and your alarm clock for Sunday, March 1st, 2015. Registration for the 2015 tour opens at 8AM eastern time!


Gary and Maureen Briere

River's Edge Cycling and the Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour