Registrations have been rolling in this month as riders look to get in ahead of our registration cap and save a little money. Prices increase for the 2015 Berkshires to Boston Tour on Wednesday, July 1. You can save up to $60 by registering for the tour before then.
Along the Way: Massachusetts Scenic Byways
During the tour, our riders travel along four of Western Massachusetts' designated scenic byways. Wednesday, riders who choose to climb Mt. Greylock will approach the summit along the Mount Greylock Scenic Byway. The Department of Conservation and Recreation invested over $15 million to create this spectacular access road.
On Thursday, riders travel along the Route 116 Scenic Byway through some of the Commonwealth's most picturesque communities and landscapes.
On Friday, it's the Connecticut River Scenic Byway where you'll find more tractors than traffic. The Connecticut River routes is also designated as a National Scenic Byway. Friday's ride to Devens will also roll along the Route 122 Scenic Byway as it passes along the banks of the state's largest body of water, Quabbin Reservoir.
The scenic byway system was established to help protect the natural and cultural resources that make these areas so special. The system also promotes tourism in these scenic areas and thus helps support the rural economies that preserve these working landscapes.
There's no better way to experience the Massachusetts scenic byway system than on a bicycle and no better time of year to ride them than the early fall.
This month we want to give a special shoutout to 2014 rider Michelle Murphy. We're hoping that Michelle will be able to join us for this year's tour, but we recognize that she has a lot going on in her life right now.
This past winter, Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer. This spring, she's endured 10 weeks of chemotheraphy and she's only half way through. She'll resume her treatments over the summer. She's making good progress though and the future looks bright.
Among the bright spots on the horizon for Michelle is her August wedding. We wish Michelle and her new husband all the best. And, of course, she continues her work for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau where she shares her knowledge of social technology with Berkshire businesses to help them translate the beauty and hospitality of the region into tweets, pins, posts and instagrams.
Michelle was an inspiration to us last year. She had never tackled a ride like Berkshires to Boston before; but, she set her mind to it and what she lacked in experience she made up in the "grit" that pulled her over hills and through valleys all the way to Boston. Newfound friends like Josee and others helped as well. We know that characteristic determination, her strong family and the many friends in her life will carry her through this challenge too.
Michelle and her colleagues will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk next October. They've already hit their fundraising goal but you can help crush that goal with a small donation. Support Michelle in her fight and help others in theirs with a small donation to Making Strides
Great Riding Coming Your Way
We're less than a month away from the second annual Women's Bike Ride and Festival in Boston, Saturday, July 18th. The City of Boston, River's Edge Cycling, Ciclismo Classico and a pannier full of partners are working together to produce the event. Hundreds of women are already signed up for riding and snacking on fun and healthy food provided by some of Boston's top women chefs.
The day will include 10, 30 and 50 mile rides plus opportunities to lear a wide range of bike-related skills from maintenance to commuting. And, there will be music, delicious food and an expo of businesses that promote healthy lifestyles. Learn more about Bikes and Bites; Women's Bike Ride and Festival.
If you're thinking about adding another cross-state ride to your summer, you'll want to consider the Great Big FANY Ride. Karen Empie and her crew lead riders across New York July 12 - July 18, 2015.
Registration closes on July 1 so act quickly.