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Cycling Events / Explore small-town Massachusetts this summer!
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:06:12 pm »
(here in Massachusetts, we're on our 3rd storm in 6 days and there's nothing nicer than thinking about relaxed summer touring)

Give us two vacation days – and we’ll give you a Massachusetts bicycle adventure!
What do you think of when you go for a ride? What do you think of when looking for a tour? We think it’s more than just going from point A to point B. We think it’s about scenic, well-marked routes through quaint New England towns, farms and forests, lakes and rivers. We think it’s also about lingering at lunch, eating ice cream, making new friends, taking a plunge into a pond, buying fruit from a farm, watching a sunset, pedaling at your own pace, climbing a mountain if you want, recharging, and chasing a dream. Welcome to the Mass BikePike Tour, a four-day event that celebrates cycling in Massachusetts.

With experience dating back to 2007, we are dedicated to differentiating ourselves from other tours. Over the years, we have fine-tuned the details and are proud to call ourselves “The Friendliest Ride in the East”.

This year we’ll start and end in Shirley, MA, and you’ll be amazed at the quiet paradise just an hour’s drive from Boston. Visit the apple country and 18th century utopia of Harvard, savor the all-day breakfast at old-fashioned classic diner in Oxford, or try to pick which town green is the most beautiful – our vote is for West Brookfield. Along with the beautiful scenery, you can look forward to the climb to the top of Purgatory Chasm. Beer-lovers will enjoy the chance to ride by the monastery that is the first and only certified Trappist Beer brewery in the United States!

Each evening features a pre-dinner “social hour”, a nightly campfire/stargazing, and optional field trips to local attractions. The Mass BikePike Tour is affordably priced – just over $400 if you sign up before March! – and proceeds go to Massbike. There are some volunteer opportunities that will allow you to join us for free. For more information please visit www.massbikepike.org.

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Cycling Events / See your tour on the big screen!
« on: January 16, 2014, 02:45:25 pm »
If there wasn’t enough reason to make a travel video for the Adventure Cycling Bike Travel Video contest…how about having your video on the big screen?

The 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2014 edition!  It is the only film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel.  It will take place May 28th, 2014 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, U.S.A.  For the second year, we’re working with Adventure Cycling to showcase the joy of bicycle travel, whether it’s around the world or to the next town. Last year, one of the crowd favorites followed a 10-mile rail trail journey full of mishaps - so you don't have to get on a plane to have an adventure!

We encourage people to submit directly to us, though we’ll also be working together with Adventure Cycling to select additional videos that fit our festival’s mission.

For more information on the Festival, please visit www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest. The event is a benefit for Massbike.

The Festival welcomes submissions from professional and amateur filmmakers. Films should be between 3-60 minutes and should feature bicycle travel of any type. As you can see, our maximum length is much longer than the Adventure Cycling contest, so if you have a somewhat longer film, please send it our way!

5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
Social Hour 6-7 PM; films 7-10 PM
A benefit for MassBike

Best regards,

Karin Turer
Festival Organizer

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New England / Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival - May 20th!
« on: April 29, 2013, 05:26:23 pm »
Hi Adventure Cycling friends

May is National Bike Month, and I’m inviting you to the most inspirational event of the month – the 4th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival on May 20th at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. It’s a benefit for Massbike.

It is the only film festival in the USA that will make you want to drop everything and ride off into the sunset (or at least head away for a weekend). This year, our Grand Jury Prize winner is a fascinating story of a 23-year old Boston mother of three who cycled the globe in just 15 months – in 1894!

In addition to this seriously “old-school” tour, we’ll see more recent explorations with destinations from Iran to Scotland to…Swampscott!

We'll also be featuring the winners of the Adventure Cycling Bike Travel Video Contest on the big screen where they belong :)

We are also the only film festival to feature a Cookie Showcase of the area’s best bakeries - which is what happens when event planners have a sweet tooth.

One lucky attendee will win an amazing door prize – a spot on one of Ciclismo Classico’s “More Miles for Less” tours – a $2600 value!  We’ll also be raffling off an eclectic collection of cool bike jerseys to outfit you for your next ride.  Hope to see you there!

Details:

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Regent Theatre, Arlington MA (7 Medford Street)

Social hour 6:00 PM; Films begin 7:00 PM

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest

Check us out on facebook!

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New England / Re: Bicycle friendly place to stay in Boston
« on: April 29, 2013, 05:23:00 pm »
The new Boston Hostel has a good amount of storage space and is easy to get to from the airport or train/bus station.  They have storage space.  They also have really nice private rooms and are in a fantastic location - close to everything.  It just opened last year so if you are picturing saggy mattresses and leaky bathrooms, you'd be very wrong :)

It's at www.bostonhostel.org iirc.

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I am a longtime ACA member and I work on the Mass BikePike Tour, an annual bike tour celebrating our state and raising money for Massbike.  (we are their #1 donor the past few years).
This past summer I actually got to work at the event, and I truly fell in love - it offered a great mix of super riding that was as challenging as you'd wish, the friendliest riders, and just a wonderful "summer vacation" vibe.  I hope you'll join me at the 2013 edition - the early bird discount ends at the end of the month, and the ride will sell out, so sign up asap.  Here's more information below:

Give us two vacation days – and we’ll give you a Massachusetts bicycle adventure!

The Mass BikePike Tour is a scenic bicycle tour celebrating all the best that Massachusetts has to offer!  Taking place from August 1st to 4th, it is “The Friendliest Ride in the East” and is suitable for novice to experienced cyclists. If you live nearby, it's a GREAT use of limited vacation time - join us after work on Wednesday and we’ll enjoy the next four days of exploring on two wheels. You’ll return home Sunday afternoon with new friends and fun memories.

2013’s ride features the rolling hills and picturesque towns of north-central Massachusetts, from the Johnny Appleseed Trail to the Connecticut River Valley. The ride will also head north into Keene, NH, and (long ride only) Brattleboro, VT.

The Mass BikePike Tour offers two routes each day. The shorter route is between 25 and 45 miles and the longer route is between 45 and 70 miles.

Each evening features a pre-dinner “social hour”, and optional nightly field trips to local attractions. The Mass BikePike Tour is affordably priced – less than $400 if you sign up before March! – and proceeds go to the MassBike Coalition.  There are some volunteer options that allow you join us for free. For more information please visit www.massbikepike.org.

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General Discussion / Re: Need advice - NJ
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:32:55 pm »
I have done many short tours on my mountain bike!  Definitely for a starter tour I would consider some of the areas near the Delaware River.  It's just lovely; I particularly love the area just north of Delaware Water Gap. 
(obie, originally from Bergen County)

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General Discussion / Seeking bike travel films for Film Festival!
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:29:41 pm »
Dear Adventure Cyclists,
Get those reels and wheels moving - professional and aspiring filmmakers are invited to enter the 4th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival! The Festival is a highlight of Bike Month 2013, and is the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel.
New for 2013, the Festival will be partnering with Adventure Cycling and will feature the winning entries from their first-ever Bicycle Travel Film Contest, which is sponsored by Adventure Cycling and World Cycle Videos.

CALL FOR ENTRIES INFORMATION
The 4th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival invites professional and amateur filmmakers to submit for consideration films ranging from 3 to 60 minutes.
Films must feature bicycle travel of any type: organized tour or informal travel, domestic or international.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE is March 1, 2013
Submission regulations, where to send and more info is available at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest
Filmmakers will be notified of Selection Committee’s decision by April 1st.

About The 4th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
Social Hour 6-7 PM; films 7-10 PM
A benefit for MassBike
http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest

Whether across the globe or a few towns away, there’s nothing that recharges and expands horizons like bicycle travel.  The Festival will increase awareness and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth that happens on a two-wheeled journey.  We seek films that portray a broad range of experiences – destinations ranging from small Italian hamlets to a campground 30 miles from home; solo travel or a family reunion on bicycles; an organized tour from inn to inn or a shoestring jaunt with tent and sleeping bag. 

Want to see our 2012 Film Festival winners?
Grand Jury Prize: Asiemut
Audience Prize: Cyclo Diaries



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This is an amazingly fun and affordable tour - sign up before early bird rates expire on February 29th!

Looking for an adventure less than a day’s drive from home?  Join “The Friendliest Ride in the East” this summer – the 6th Annual Mass BikePike Tour!  From August 2nd through 5th, riders will explore the back roads of the famous Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.  Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, which promotes a bicycle-friendly environment statewide.

With a diverse group of riders and rides of differing lengths available, the Mass BikePike Tour is especially appropriate if your cycling companions ride at different speeds.

“The combination of freedom to choose your own route and ride at your own pace while still being part of a group was great. The Mass BikePike Tour’s perfectly marked routes and quiet roads let cyclists of the same skill level ride together during the day, and regroup with everyone in the evenings.”
     -rider David Benninga of Israel

Daily rides are longer (40-75 miles) and shorter (20-45 miles) with a free “Head Start Drop-Off” option to shave additional miles off the ride.  Western Massachusetts is characterized by quiet, scenic roads and challenging hills.  There are plenty of attractions en route and many participants enjoy combining tourism or ice cream stops with the great riding.

Off the bike, enjoy a nightly social hour.  Then, join your new friends for impromptu excursions to Tanglewood or other local attractions – or stay at camp and roast marshmallows at the evening campfire.

The Mass BikePike Tour includes a hearty breakfast and dinner, luggage transport, hot showers, rest stops, SAG support, and camping.  For an additional fee, you can camp in style using the “Comfy Campers” service.

Whatever your experience level, you will be welcomed onto the Mass BikePike Tour– to sign up or find out more, please visit www.massbikepike.org

“The staff of the Mass BikePike Tour consistently went above and beyond the call of duty. On the second day of the tour, my partner realized that her saddle just wasn't going to work--she'd never used it on multi-day tours before, and it was causing her a lot of pain. A couple of the staff drove with her down to the bike shop in Great Barrington that evening so that she could buy a new saddle. For us it made all the difference between a really miserable and a really enjoyable tour.”
     -rider John-Paul Ferguson of California

QUICK FACTS

Dates: Thursday, August 2nd thru Sunday, August 5th.
The route: 2012’s ride features the rolling hills and picturesque towns of the Berkshires, including Great Barrington, Williamstown, Lenox, North Adams, and Chatham, NY
How long? The Mass BikePike Tour offers two routes each day. The shorter route is between 25 and 45 miles and the longer route is between 45 and 70 miles. 
  • For riders getting back in the saddle: Riders who want to shorten their distance can use the free “Head Start Drop-Off” service that allows you to start up to 20 miles into the route.
    For riders seeking an extra challenge: The 2012 route features a ride into scenic Bennington, VT, and an optional ride up Mount Greylock to the highest point in Massachusetts.
The food: We provide hearty breakfasts and dinners each day and strive to serve the best of what is local.  The ride has frequent rest stops and lists other options for lunch on your own.
Creature comforts: This is a camping tour that includes hot showers.  We provide motel/B&B suggestions as well as the very-popular “Comfy Campers” service for those who prefer to camp in style
Included: luggage transport, camping privileges, support vehicles, rest stops every 15 miles, excellent route marking, and a tour t-shirt.
The fee: $415 registration fee – all proceeds go to the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.
Start/finish location: Simon’s Rock College, Great Barrington, MA. Transportation from Boston to and from the start is available for an addition $85.
Leap to it: The last day for the early-bird discount is February 29th, and the Mass BikePike Tour is limited to 150 riders!

•   One of Bicycling Magazine’s “Top ten multi-day tours”
•   Named to spryliving.com’s “America’s best bike rides”
•   Featured in Adventure Cycling Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Hartford Courant, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Springfield Republican, and the Berkshire Eagle

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Dear touring friends,

Get the reels and wheels moving - professional and aspiring filmmakers are invited to enter The World on Wheels:  The 3rd Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival.

This year’s Festival celebrates Bike Week 2012, and is the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel.

CALL FOR ENTRIES INFORMATION
The World on Wheels: 3rd Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival invites professional and amateur filmmakers to submit for consideration films ranging from 3 to 60 minutes.

Films should feature bicycle travel of any type: organized tour or informal travel, domestic or international.

Grand jury prize: A space for one on a Ciclismo Classico More Miles For Less tour (retail value $2,600).  An audience prize will also be awarded.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE is April 1st, 2012

Submission regulations, where to send and more info is available at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest
Filmmakers will be notified of Selection Committee’s decision by May 1st.

About The World on Wheels: 3rd Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
Social Hour 6-7 PM; films 7-10 PM
A benefit for MassBike
http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest

Whether across the globe or a few towns away, there’s nothing that recharges and expands horizons like bicycle travel.  The Festival will increase awareness and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth that happens on a two-wheeled journey.  We seek films that portray a broad range of experiences – destinations ranging from small Italian hamlets to a campground 30 miles from home; solo travel or a family reunion on bicycles; an organized tour from inn to inn or a shoestring jaunt with tent and sleeping bag. 


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Hi all,
Hard to figure out where to post this, but we are looking for some great biking films of all lengths.  If you have one, please read further and contact Cat (info@bostonbikefilmfest.org) for more information!

Call for Entries - 7th Annual Boston Bike Film Festival
Deadline – September 1, 2011
Organizers of the 7th Annual Boston Bike Film Festival have asked filmmakers with a cycling habit to submit their work to be shown October 14-15, 2011, at the historic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.  Film submissions are due September 1, 2011. The event is a fundraiser for local cycling advocacy groups, including MassBike and Bikes Not Bombs. Film concepts from last year's festival ranged from a sad little trike looking for love, to a cycling view of Copenhagen, to a tricked out tour of Wales.  Among the benefits for acclaimed and amateur filmmakers, the Festival offers a chance to get their films in front of audiences who are intrigued and influential to the quality of cycling nationwide. "Based on audience polls, we have definitely found our niche.  We keep tweaking the festival every year," said Cat Bryant, director of the BBFF. "The Boston bike community has shown so much enthusiasm for this event." Types of films shown at the BBFF include animated shorts, narrative stories, and feature length documentaries. Festival information and details for submissions can be found at  www.bostonbikefilmfest.org, which will soon include clips from last year's festival.
 
About the Boston Bike Film Festival
If art exists in movement, then the bicycle becomes a vehicle for creativity. The Boston Bike Film Festival exists as a creative outlet for filmmakers to present their work in a personal yet professional format. Since its inception in 1997, the Boston Bike Film Festival has succeeded in bringing cycling-related topics to the silver screen and thus has given audiences a "bigger picture" of the culture of cycling through the medium of film.
Contact Information:  Cat Bryant, Director (info@bostonbikefilmfest.org)

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Cycling Events / Re: MassBikePike, an organized ride in W. MA
« on: June 09, 2011, 08:57:49 pm »
So an update - we have a great route set for this year's ride, and due to its popularity this year, we're seeking more volunteers than usual!

We have volunteer duties for both before and during the tour. Since we know many people would rather ride than work, we’ve set things up so that volunteers during the event work-a-day/ride-a-day, and people who help with route scouting and marking get to ride the whole tour.

For more information and to sign up, please visit our special volunteer page: http://www.massbikepike.org/volunteers.html

At the moment we also still have limited room for those who want to just ride! It is an extremely affordable tour – please sign up at www.massbikepike.org, and tell your friends!

If you have more questions, please contact Bruce at bruce@massbikepike.org - thank you and hope to see you out there!

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Hi all,
I'm 8+ years (I think!) Adventure Cycling member who is helping out with promoting the charity ride benefiting the MassBike Coalition (MA's advocacy organization) - the 5th Annual Mass BikePike Tour. Each year this 4-day tour explores a different part of our state, and this year we start in Northampton and go straight into the scenic Berkshires. I've pasted on some information - and feel free to ask questions here as well. Thanks for reading!!

PS: It is snowing in Boston as I post this, so it's clearly a perfect time to think about SUMMER!
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Tired of riding on your own or seeing the same roads every week? Join “The Friendliest Ride in the East” this summer – the Mass BikePike Tour! From August 11th to 14th, riders will explore the back roads of scenic (and challenging!) western Massachusetts. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, which promotes a bicycle-friendly environment in Massachusetts.

With a diverse group of riders and rides of differing lengths available, the Mass BikePike Tour is especially appropriate if your cycling companions ride at different speeds.

“We are both longtime cyclists with very different riding styles – the Mass BikePike Tour is a ride with enough challenges to keep us both happy”
-rider Tia Tilson about riding the MassBike Pike Tour with her partner

Daily rides are longer (40-75 miles) and shorter (20-45 miles) with a “head start” option to shave additional miles off the ride. Western Massachusetts is characterized by quiet, scenic roads and challenging hills. There are plenty of attractions en route if you enjoy combining tourism with a great ride.

The Mass BikePike Tour includes a hearty breakfast and dinner, luggage transport, hot showers, rest stops, SAG support, and camping. For an additional fee, you can camp in style using the “Comfy Campers” service.

Whatever your experience level, you will be welcomed onto the Mass BikePike Tour– to sign up or find out more, please visit www.massbikepike.org

“We always had an unofficial social hour before dinner – everyone catches up! Telling stories about the day’s ride, and about other rides and past experiences. I love talking with people from all over the country.”
-rider John Sullivan of Marshfield, MA

QUICK FACTS

Dates: Thursday, August 11th thru Sunday, August 14th.
The route: 2011’s ride features the rolling hills and picturesque towns of western Massachusetts, including Northampton, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Williamstown, Lenox, Lee, North Adams, and Pittsfield.
How long? We offer two routes each day. The shorter route is between 25 and 45 miles and the longer route is between 45 and 70 miles. Riders who want to shorten their distance can use our optional Head Start drop-off service that allows you to start up to 20 miles into the route.
The food: We provide hearty breakfasts and dinners each day and strive to serve the best of what is local. The ride has rest stops and lists other options for lunch on your own.
Creature comforts: This is a camping tour including hot showers. We provide motel/B&B suggestions as well as the very-popular “Comfy Campers” service.
Included: luggage transport, camping privileges, support vehicles, rest stops, excellent route marking, and a tour t-shirt.
Start/finish location: Tri-County Fairgrounds, Northampton, MA. Transportation from Boston to and from the start is available for a small fee.
Sign up early: The Mass BikePike Tour is limited to 125 riders!

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