MassBike Announces First "MassBike Summer Century & Family Ride”

MassBike is pleased to announce the first MassBike Summer Century & Family Ride on Saturday, August 14, 2010, starting from Lexington High School. “The event is designed to offer something for every type of bicyclist from the serious roadie to families and casual riders,” said Bob Dangel, the event coordinator and MassBike’s Treasurer. “It’s a celebration of bicycling that gives bicyclists of all types an opportunity to enjoy riding together,” he said.

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All rides (10, 20, 40, 62 and 100 miles) will traverse the heart of American Revolutionary history, from Paul Revere’s Ride through Lexington and Concord and to nearby battlefields. Longer rides visit the towns and villages that sent the first Minutemen. After the rides, everyone is invited to stay at Lexington High School for lunch and socializing.

All rides have rolling start times for the convenience and safety of riders. The start window for Century (100 miles) riders will be 7-8:30 A.M., Metric century (62 miles) riders 8-9:30 A.M and 40 mile riders 9-10:30 A.M.. These rides feature arrowed routes with rest stops and cue sheets. Family rides of 10 and 20 miles will start in guided groups from 10-11 A.M., although families are welcome to follow the routes on their own. Bike mechanics will be on hand before the rides to check riders’ bikes, and MassBike’s certified bicycling safety instructors will give quick tips on safe riding for children and their parents.

Pricing for the event is $15 for MassBike members in advance and $20 for non-members in advance (advance sales through Wednesday, August 11). Day-of-event registration is $25 for all. There is no charge for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.

Although not required, riders are encouraged to raise additional funds for MassBike’s advocacy and outreach programs through a special VIP registration or by gathering donations using MassBike’s online fundraising system. “As a non-profit organization, MassBike is completely supported by members and voluntary contributions,” said John Siemiatkoski, MassBike President. “MassBike receives no government funding to do the important work we do. Every day, our professional staff in Boston is watching out for the interests of bicyclists throughout the Commonwealth. We need the support of all bike-minded people to help continue our important work.”

Dangel encourages all bicyclists to participate: “We’re looking forward to seeing fellow bicyclists on August 14 and hope everyone comes out to enjoy a nice summer bike ride, have fun, and support MassBike.”

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For more information, contact MassBike at 617-542-2453 or [email protected].

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