New name, even better adventure: the Mass BikePike Tour is now Cycle Massachusetts!
Cambridge, MA – June 5, 2015. Sign up now – registration closes July 15th! After 8 years of guiding hundreds of bicyclists through the best of the Bay State, the Mass BikePike Tour is now Cycle Massachusetts!
The name may have changed, but we’re still proud to be the Friendliest Ride in the East. Here’s what makes Cycle Massachusetts a fantastic vacation option for anyone interested in an active adventure this summer:
- From ice cream shops to friendly farmstands to roadside museums, Massachusetts is best enjoyed at a bicycling pace. See the Pioneer Valley, the Berkshire foothills, and the mighty Quabbin Reservoir from a unique perspective.
- There’s an option for just about every schedule – join us for a weekend, or 4, 5, or 7 days!
- Two nights in each spectacular overnight location means more riding, less packing. We’ve selected amazing destinations that you won’t want to leave!
- Beautifully-designed routes feature quiet roads, and you’ll have many options of how far to ride.
It’s all available for one low fee – and even better, all proceeds go to support the Massbike. Your vacation will help everyone in Massachusetts enjoy safer bicycling!
Ride director Bruce Lederer says, “We’ve built on 8 years of experience with a shorter tour, and we’re now ready to provide the same great experiences across a full week. We are also proud that by running this tour, we can have a positive economic impact on the cities, towns and villages we visit along the way. For example, we’ll spend two nights in Hardwick (population 2,622) and we’re excited for riders to not only discover its classic town common and farming heritage, but also to eat at the incredible Rose 32 Bakery Cafe, grab a slice at Lazy Mary’s Pizza, and tour the Hardwick Winery.”
Lederer continues, “In addition to creating an enjoyable vacation experience, we’re delighted that this ride reinforces the fact that bicycle tourism is a viable – and low-impact – income stream for small-town Massachusetts!”
This year’s new expanded 7-day edition starts and finishes in eclectic Northampton, known to many as “Paradise City.” Two days of beautiful rides – and an optional 100-mile “century” ride – in the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire foothills will be capped by nights out to enjoy Northampton’s thriving dining scene. The tour then heads eastward to the peaceful farming community of Hardwick, where the Eagle Hill School will provide hilltop hospitality on an impeccable yet welcoming campus. While there, motivated riders can challenge themselves with an epic and hilly ride around the mighty Quabbin Reservoir. Finally, we return to the Connecticut River Valley, where our final home base is the beautiful Stoneleigh-Burnham School with rides that take you through picturesque Sherburne Falls with its famous Bridge of Flowers.
Due to popular demand, we’ve even added a riding option (the 5-day Monday thru Friday ride) that allows people to do the Pan-Mass Challenge and then join us for more fun! Anyone doing both tours will be declared a “Massachusetts Miracle” and we’ll present you with an ice cream sundae or beer in our appreciation for your dedication to ending cancer.
Cycle Massachusetts isn’t just about the bike – it’s the unique camaraderie that keeps riders returning year after year. From a daily “social hour”, to sharing stories over delicious hearty meals, to nightly entertainment or excursions to local attractions, to s’mores at the campfire – it’s like summer camp for adults and families!
“On our last night the weather was great and the live music even better. Sitting outside, tired and happy, having a private concert as the sun set and the stars came out around us…it was just heaven. And then we toasted marshmallows. Best night ever.”
-rider Dave Barker of Dorchester
Dates: August 1 through 7, 2015
One ride, many choices!
7 day (Sat-Fri) $795
Visit http://www.cyclema.com for more information!