Boston’s Hub On Wheels Event – A Day of Cycling in The City

Last Sunday I rode in my first “Hub On Wheels” ride in Boston. The event has been around since 2005 and is designed to promote cycling and good health, showcase the various neighborhoods of the city, and to raise money for charity. About 6,000 riders participated in this unique event this year.

Storrow Drive

Boston’s busy Storrow Drive is closed to traffic and open only to cyclists on the morning of the event. This presents a unique opportunity to ride on a big, wide road with a bunch of cyclists while taking in a unique view of the city. Riding down Storrow Drive on a bike allows you to take in the Charles River and Boston skyline views in much more detail. The ride goes out to the end and then doubles back on the other side.

Touring the city streets and parks

Once off the cycling “highway” the route (if you’re taking the 30 or 50 mile version) takes you through the city streets of Boston, and through the Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park, and the Forest Hills Cemetery, before heading out to the coast. The ride comes back along the shoreline and ultimately via the Harborwalk and back into Downtown Boston.

Events on the Plaza

Once back from the ride, there are tons of things going on at City Hall Plaza. Bike stunt shows, beer and food tents, and professional racing. A great way to wrap up the ride.

For more information about the event, check out their website at www.hubonwheels.org.

CYCLE Kids fundraiser tomorrow

The First Annual Breakaway Bike Ride and luncheon is tomorrow. There are three routes to choose from:

Metric Century: register at 7:30 am, ride departs at 8 am
36 mile ride: register at 9:30 am, ride departs at 10 am
19 mile ride: register at 9:30 am, ride departs at 10:15 am

All rides leave from the deCordova scutplure park and museum (a really neat spot) in Lincoln, MA.

The ride raises money to get kids on bikes and on their way to living healthy, active lives – more info at http://www.cyclekids.org/.

Find out more about the ride and the fundraising requirements at their website.

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Cycle the Seacoast Charity Ride

On May 1, 2011 there is a one-day, multi=route charity ride out of Portsmouth, NH (great riding up there!) to benefit the American Lung Association.

There are three route options: 25, 50 or 100 miles. All have panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and historic homes and villages along the Seacoast. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Fundraising minimum of $250 required ($125 for ages 7-17).

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10th annual George Street Bike Challenge

Spring is here and summer will come before you know it. Have you set any goals for this season? This looks like a fun event to try.

Now in its 10th season, the George Street Challenge, run by the Major Taylor Association, will take place on July 24, 2011. Find out all the details on the event website. And check out this 1:10 YouTube promo video:

Learn to race, even if you’ll never race

The Northeast Bicycle Club (NEBC),  a developmental club with a variety of programs and events for riders of all ages and capabilities, is putting on their annual bike racing clinic.

It’s a great program that features two off-bike discussion sessions in March, and four on-bike clinics out at Fort Devens on Saturdays in April.

The “graduation” exercise is participation in an actual bike race, on a short and safe course in Newton, the Wells Ave racing series run by Boston Road Club.

Even if you’ll never race

Even if you have no intention of racing, this clinic is a fantastic way to learn to appreciate the sport of bike racing, and to seriously upgrade your skills for safe and fun riding in groups or with clubs.

Check out what is covered:

  • Bike handling: Cornering; pacelines & double pacelines; riding in close groups; incidental contact.
  • Racing skills: Sprinting; time trialing; climbing and descending; starting and finishing.
  • Tactics and strategies: Road racing as a team sport; applying team strategies and tactics in race situations; using the race course and your strengths to your advantage.
  • Training and equipment: Periodization and specificity; training effort zones; racing bicycles & equipment; maintaining and performance tuning your equipment; proper bike fit.

The instructors are great – patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the sport and educating riders. The price is cheap, too.

Find all the details on BikeReg here: http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=12615

And hurry! Registration closes on March 18th, but this class tends to fill up quickly.

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CYCLE Kid’s Second Annual Spin-A-Thon

This looks like a great way to work off some Valentine’s Day treats and help a good cause.

This Sunday, February 2oth at Wellbridge Athletic Club in Cambridge from 12:00 – 4:00PM. It looks like a fun event with a lot of residents pitching in to help expand the CYCLE Kids program.

Find out more details about the event here: CYCLE Kid’s Second Annual Spin-A-Thon!

and more about CYCLE Kids here: www.cyclekids.org

The race to the Harpoon ride

The Harpoon Brewery to Brewery (or “B2B”) Ride is a New England Classic. It’s tough and fun. A serious commitment for serious cyclists. And when you’ve done it, you feel a sense of achievement (and you get free beer and a t-shirt to memorialize the event).

It’s been a couple years since I’ve done the ride, here’s my post on the 2009 B2B Ride to give you a feel for some of the details. The good folks at Harpoon have continued to tweak and evolve this ride, and they continue along that path this year. The ride is not for the faint of heart, yet it’s always sold out. Alumni get first dibs at registering in subsequent years, but now they’ll have to register appropriately via the new electronic measurement system to verify that they’ve completed the ride, and at the pace they signed up for.

And even then, alumni status does not guarantee entry after this year:

Along with other qualifications, alumni status will be considered very favorably for ride admission.

You can get the entire low down on the event here: Harpoon Brewery to Brewery Ride

Registration opens next Tuesday, February 15th. Good luck on getting into the event. And if you get in – good luck with the ride!

It’s not just about the bike

Along with the renewed commitment to making/keeping this an event for serious cyclists, Harpoon is raising the bar on the charity aspect of the event:

$100 minimum donation, split evenly and paid directly to these two charities:

  • 50% of your donation will go to The Jim Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    • 50% of your donation will go to Team Psycho’s Elite Development Fund, 3 athletes are training to qualify for the 2012 Olympics!
    • Get Ready for the Tour Down Under

      Lance Armstrong One week from tomorrow we’ll get to see Lance Armstrong and the rest of Team RadioShack in their first race. It also mark’s the beginning of Lance’s 2010 program which he has planned carefully around this year’s Tour de France.

      In this article at Velonation.com, Armstrong explains the changes he’s making from 2009. He’ll be less visible this year, though he did announce plans this week to participate in some of the Spring and Ardennes Classics: Amstel Gold, Ronde van Vlaanderen, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

      The week long Tour Down Under should be fun to watch, though tracking these things down on TV or the internet seems to always be a last minute scramble. It looks like Versus has the rights to show the event in the US but I haven’t found any specific schedule just yet.

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