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Great River Ride, Westfield, MA

post #1 of 9
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Great River Ride has been rated as "one of the best century rides in the USA" by Bicycling Magazine and the League of American Bicyclists. The GRR wanders along the course of the "Wild and Scenic" Westfield River and the HillTowns of the Eastern Berkshires. Choose between 100, 62, and 35 mile routes. This is a hilly ride, you can expect about 7,000 ft. of climbing on the Century route, 3,500 ft. on the Metric Century, and 1,000 ft. on the 35 mile route. Commerative water bottles to the 1st 400 entrants.

There's the famous "Baked Potato" stop and a great feast with live music at the end.....

Give it a try

More info, http://newhorizonsbikes.com/page.cfm?PageID=161

Reg is here, http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=6078
post #2 of 9
I did this ride last year. Fabulous! I was planning on doing the full century, until we got to the turn in the road and had to decide, full or metric century. There wasn't enough daylight left to do the full, so the metric had to do.


and I've never had a potato taste as good as that!

We were planning on going back this year and starting earlier, but my total lack of riding this year would make that just a stupid thing to do.
post #3 of 9
I'll be there again this year, having participated in the ride for the past two years (both times the 170km distance - the "100-mile" version is actually closer to 112 miles). It's a great route: challenging hills, scenic beauty, and precious little car traffic. While it's not the hardest century I've ever done, it's definitely one of the most well-run and friendly rides of its kind, a model for others to follow.

Here is my write-up of the 2006 ride, and here is the same for 2007 (the latter has a link to pictures I snapped on the ride).

So I'll be there again (it helps that the ride takes place over the long Columbus Day weekend), and I hope that some Bears are there as well.
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Entry fee prior to September 20, 2008
$40.00 pre-registration fee includes post-ride buffet, water bottle.

Entry fee: Sept. 21 to Oct. 4 $45.00 includes post-ride buffet

Day of ride registration: $50.00 includes post-ride buffet

This is a Rain or Shine ride No Refunds!
post #5 of 9
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Weather looks to be Very Good
with sunny skies and temps in the upper 60's

post #6 of 9
I'll be there, riding my "backup" bike (i.e. my Jamis Eclipse, which lives at the not-in-laws' place in Connecticut), not sure of which jersey (I'll post that soon). I'll be riding the full 170km route.

Any other Bears gonna be there (other than Rossi Smash)?
post #7 of 9
I was planning on going, but then I got invited to do some hiking up in New Hampshire. Have fun! Post a TR.
post #8 of 9
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Perfect New England Fall day. Clear blue skies, temps reached up to the 60's, great foliage to be seen everywhere.

Recorded over 5000' of climbing, had a couple of the best baked potatos (since last year!) and a good feed with live music at the
finish. Plenty of stories to be told and new faces to meet.

Doesn't get much better than this.......
post #9 of 9
My Garmin had something like 8,900' for the 170k course - about right.

Yeah, great day. Tough for me, as I was at a wedding until the wee hours last night, which meant less-than-ideal nutrition going into sleep, and only four hours of sleep once I hit the sack.

But somehow I made it, and the beautiful foliage was a nice pain buffer.
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