Stow Bike for the Woods is a family-friendly bike ride on the roads of Stow and surrounding towns, in lengths ranging from 5 to 64 miles. Most rides are marked on the road and all include cue sheets. The shorter rides tend to be easier and the longer ones more challenging. Proceeds go to the Stow Conservation Trust which helps preserve open space in this beautiful town.
Bike for the Woods has a new starting location at the Center School, 403 Great Road, Stow, MA. Parking is available at that entrance. Bike for the Woods will leave from the school’s Hartley Rd entrance and registration tables will be set up there. Restrooms are available inside the school. The school has asked us to make sure cleats are not worn in the building, so you will be asked to remove your cleats before entering the school to use the restroom. You can view the location on OpenStreetMap.
On-site registration starts at 8:15am and the ride starts at 9:00am. Snacks and drinks are provided at the start, all donated by local businesses. Plus the lemonade stand in Littleton is back!
Advance registration is $20 per rider over 12, $15 per child, $50 family maximum. Sunday registration is $25/$20, with $50 maximum. To register, print this form and send in with your check before the event, or pay by credit card at one of 2 sites: Active.com or BikeReg.com. If not pre-registered, cash and checks will be accepted at the registration table. Sorry, no debit or credit cards accepted on the day of the ride.
Please follow the latest state and federal guidelines on masking and distancing.
We’ve created many loops starting in Stow, so everyone can find a ride that suits their ability. The shorter rides are fairly flat and are great for families with kids. The longer courses are more challenging, going over hills in Harvard and more by many local conservation areas.
- The 5-mile loop is flat and kid-friendly, going on South Acton Road which has a wide shoulder, and back down Red Acre Road. RideWithGPS
- The 14-mile route heads up a sharp hill on Taylor Road then into Harvard. Not for children under 10. RideWithGPS
- The 37-mile route loops north with challenging hills in Stow and Harvard. Not recommended for kids under 12 as it is hilly and requires requires multiple gears. Ride through Stow, Harvard, Littleton, and Acton. You can cut off 10 miles by taking a right at the Lemonade Stand on Foster Street, mile at mile 13. RideWithGPS This is the first half of the 64-mile route.
- Our metric century (64 miles) starts with the hilly 37-mile route and then follows a southern loop. Ride through Stow, Harvard, Littleton, Bolton, Acton, and Hudson. RideWithGPS
Weather policy: In the event of dangerous weather, the ride will be cancelled. A cancellation notice will be posted on this web site by 6am on the day of the ride.
Please see https://bikeforthewoods.org/ for more information.