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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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