Happy New Year!!
As we close out 2015, we're torn between savoring the great memories from last year's Berkshires to Boston Tour and other events and anticipating even more cycling adventures in 2016. We're looking forward to starting the new year on the tandem with the creative characters at Boston Bike Party on the New Year's Day Ride through Boston. If you're in the boston area tomorrow, meet at Copley Square at 12:30 PM. Ride departs at 1:00 PM. Learn more at New Year's Day Ride
Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour
We've just received dozens of new pictures from some riders who rode with us in the 2015 Berkshires to Boston Tour and we've added them to our Flickr page for the event. Thanks to Paul, Perky, Dan, Becky, Mike, Topm, "Nate", Paula and others who contributed their pictures to document the 2015 tour. If you're interested in seeing the tour through the eyes of our riders, check out their pictures there. They help explain why 2015 riders Jeremy and Vanessa Berse described the tour as "like summer camp for grownups on bikes!".
We recently updated the Berkshires to Boston Tour page to include pricing, Boston lodging details and other changes for this year. Over the next few weeks, we'll be adding more information as we prepare to open registration on Sunday, February 28th.
We're really excited about one change this year, our expanded riding options for the Wednesday Warm Up on September 14, 2016. In addition to the popular Mt. Greylock route, we'll be offering some leisurely rides through the beautiful country side along the Mass./New York border. We encourage riders to join us in the Berkshires on Tuesday night for a group dinner and overnight at the Village. You'll be on site Wednesday morning to get in an early ride and then explore the grounds and exhibits at Hancock Shaker Village.
We've heard from many of our past riders that are planning to join us for the 2016 tour and we're receiving a steady flow of inquiries from new riders who are looking to add the Massachusetts cross-state tour to the 2016 cycling calendar. We look forward to welcoming old and new friends when we meet in the Berkshires in September 2016.
Other River's Edge Cycling Tours and Events in 2016
In addition to the autumn Berkshires to Boston Tour, we're looking forward to an expanded menu of great cycling tours and events in 2016.
We're offering this weekend ride twice during the 2016 season, June 3- 5 and August 12 - 14. No camping on this trip; you'll have hotel accommodation in Northampton, MA and Brattleboro, VT and catered meals in both cities. Its less than 50 miles between these valley cities, but the relatively flat route is full of spectacular riverside scenery and classic New England communities and landscapes.
Each of the Riverway Ride events is limited to just 25 riders. The June event is currently full but we still have some space available in August.
We're excited to be working with the staff at Boston Bikes for the third annual Boston Women's Bike Ride and Festival. The date is yet to be finalized (but keep Saturday, July 16th open). We'll be adding more details to our website and at Boston Bikes soon.
Our 2016 event that seems to get the most enthusiastic response from occasional riders is the July 30th, 2016 River Valley Ice Cream Ride. We're partnering with our Bart's Homemade, our favorite ice cream, to produce this one day ride through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Three routes, the Kiddie Scoop Loop, the Single Scoop Loop and the Double Scoop Loop, provide options for varied rider levels including families with young children. Along the way, riders will stop at family farms in the area to visit with the cows that contribute the local ingredients for our favorite summertime treat.
Arizona Here We Come
Gary will be helping support Adventure Cycling Association's Southern Arizona Road Adventure March 12 - 18, 2016. This popular ACA tour is a great opportunity to get in some early season riding for those of us living in colder climates. The seven-day tour begins near Tucson and travels through iconic western towns like Tombstone and beautiful high-desert landscapes. The tour includes luggage support, catered meals, two nights of indoor lodging and moderate daily mileages to help ease back into the spin of things as you pedal beneath the blue Arizona sky. Only 60 riders for this tour and there's still some spaces available so sign up soon.
We wish you all a peaceful and joyful New Year. We hope to see some of you in Boston on New Year's Day and look forward to seeing many of you on one or more tours or events in the new year.