Organizations and Web Sites

New England Bicycle Racing Association’s (NEBRA) mission is to preserve and improve competitive cycling in New England. Here you’ll find the latest news on bicycle racing in Massachusetts and throughout New England. The site is a hub of information for promoters, clubs and racers.

MassBike’s mission is to serve and protect the interests of the bicycling public in Massachusetts; promote the bicycle as a healthy, enjoyable, efficient, and environment-friendly means of transportation and recreation; promote a physical geographic context and vehicular traffic environment that enhance these qualities and ensure the safety of transportation by bicycle; and
help more people adopt the bicycle for transportation and recreation.

The Boston Cyclocross Association is dedicated to the promotion of the cyclocross tradition and way of life. Through instructive clinics, social events, and competitive races, Boston Cross seeks to build a community of cyclocross enthusiasts of every skill level from seasoned professional to supporters-club “cyclorazzi”.

Bikereg.com is the site to register for area road, offroad, cyclocross, recreational and other cycling related events. You can sort and filter events to help find what you’re looking for.

Leadcycling.com is the home site of the New England Velodrome, just north of the border in New Hampshire. A great track racing resource. Check out the web site for more deails, and check out this link to the Google satellite image of the track.

Massachusetts Cycling Clubs

Northeast Bicycle Club (NEBC)
Founded in 1957 by a small group of racers intent upon promoting and growing the sport of bicycle racing in Greater Boston, NEBC has outlived equipment fads and life-style changes, persisting as one of New England’s oldest racing clubs. The founders’ success is evident today in the proliferation of opportunities which range from a full calendar of Citizen races to national caliber competition such as the Fitchburg and Killington Stage races.

Charles River Wheelmen (CRW)
Charles River Wheelmen (CRW) is a group of active cyclists who get together for weekly rides and frequent social events in the Boston area. Their main objective is to provide a high quality year round recreational ride program with a friendly, social atmosphere. CRW rides are open to the general public. The rides start from various locations around the Boston area including the North Shore, South Shore and Metro West. With more than 1200 members there are enough riders of different abilities and interests so you can ride at any pace and still enjoy friendly company.

Boston Road Club (BRC)
The Boston Road Club has been in existence for over 20 years and has been conducting the Wells Avenue Training series non-stop since its inception, where the BRC has provided racers a training ground for both the most experienced racer to the utmost beginner for many years. This has been accomplished by providing for at least 3 level of races during the Sunday morning ritual at Wells Avenenue as well as through clinics of various types and levels.

CCB International
CCB is a racing team/club started on the north shore of Boston in about 1979. It was started by a group that included Jeff and Cindy Joiner, Larry Myers and British ex patriot and former pro bike racer John Ireland. The original thought was that the club be an elite team with very limited membership. This rapidly changed over the years because there was so much growth of enthusiast cycling in the region that more and more enthusiasts (and not racers) joined. The club continues to this day as an elite racing team coupled with a group of enthusiast cyclists… some of whom race and some who do not. Most club rides are in an energetic racing style, though.

North Shore Cyclists (NSC)
The North Shore Cyclists (NSC) is a recreational bike club which draws its membership primarily from the North Shore area of Massachusetts. Most NSC bike rides are routed along the back roads and shorelines north of Boston. In addition to our scheduled weekly rides, the club holds cookouts, weekend excursions, and special rides (including our century in August). The NSC’s 200 plus members span the spectrum from beginning cyclists who join to learn more about the sport to advanced cyclists who participate to be challenged by fast paceline riding. Regardless of skill level, NSC members share the desire to have fun, to cycle safely, and to meet other people who enjoy cycling as much as they do. Bring a friend, if you wish, because ALL RIDES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Fitchburg Cycling Club / Longsjo Classic
The Fitchburg Longsjo Classic is hosted by Fitchburg Cycling Club, anon-profit organization run by volunteers, who donate enormous effort and endless hours simply for the love of the race. From the core race committee to course marshals to caravan drivers to set-up and clean-up crews, we are dependent on the talent and energy of these individual volunteers to successfully run the race. Over the many years, the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic has developed a reputation as an excellent, well-run event characterized by a n extraordinarily warm community welcome.

Seven Hills Wheelmen
The Seven Hills Wheelmen is a recreational group for adults in the Worcester, Mass., area who enjoy bicycling and other outdoor activities. Bike rides are for all abilities and are not competitive. Off-season activities include hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. There are activities scheduled almost every Saturday and Sunday, year-round, and some weekdays and holidays too.

Nashoba Valley Pedalers
Founded in 1978, NVP is a club of recreational, fitness and touring riders located in the Nashoba Valley area. NVP is primarily a road club, but also offer off-road rides and weekend trips. NVP offers rides for all abilities, from 10 miles to 100 miles. In the off-season, members offer occasional walks, hikes and cross-country skiing.

Minuteman Road Club (MRC)
The Minuteman Road Club is a cycling / multisport club located in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. The MRC has been in existence since 1985 and is organized to provide a structure by which it’s members may participate in cycling and multisport activities, either competitively or recreational. MRC athletes compete in United States Cycling Federation (USCF) cycling, National Of-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) mountain bike, and regional / national Multisport (du/triathlon ) events. Approximately 40% of MRC member base competes actively in these events while the balance is comprised of recreational cyclists.

Northampton Cycling Club (NCC)
The Northampton Cycling Club is a Northampton-based organization dedicated to the growth and development of cycling in and around the Pioneer Valley. The club is open to riders of all abilities and interests, both competitive and recreational.

Franklin-Hampshire Freewheelers
Franklin-Hampshire Freewheelers sponsors organized bike rides each week during the riding season (roughly April thru November). Prospective club members are welcome on all FHF rides. Many of of the club’s rides are held in the Franklin and Hampshire counties of western Massachusetts (hence the name), but the club also has rides through other areas of Massachusetts as well as southern Vermont and New Hampshire, and northern Connecticut.

Berkshire Cycling Association
The Berkshire Cycling Association (BCA) is a grassroots bicycle racing club. Based in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, the Club has over 250 members, many scattered throughout New England and nearby New York. Membership ranges from serious amateur racers to hardcore tourists. BCA’s primary focus is to promote bike racing and increase participation by women and juniors in the sport.

Cyclonauts Bicycle Club
is based in Springfield. Established in 1965 to promote and active interest in cycling, Cyclonauts is not a racing club. Cyclonauts attempts to offer rides to satisfy the various riding abilities of their membership with a bicycling season that runs April through October.

Essex County Velo is a nonprofit, volunteer organization whose mission is to enhance the opportunities for members to enjoy the numerous benefits derived from the simple, youthful act of riding a bike. Membership and alumni cover a broad range of the cycling community and interests. Some ECV members are avid and committed competitors, from junior to masters levels that represent the “blue and white” as members of teams and individually, in events around the region. Essex County Velo is also about enjoying the abundance of scenic roads, wooded trails and seaside vistas with a fun and supportive group of riders that promote safe and courteous cycling.

The Mass Bay Road Club was organized in 1975 for the purpose of promoting all forms of cycling, to develop junior and senior racers for local, national and international competition and, to conduct a series of tours for riders of all abilities, on and off road, throughout the year.

The Sharon Road Bike Club meets regularly on Sunday @7:30am at the Unitarian Church in Sharon. They are advid cyclists who do this for fun. Rides are 30-40 miles and average 17-19MPH. The club also features 4 time trials. If you are interested in joining, just show up one Sunday. Membership is absolutely free.

The Monsters In The Basement is a small, but ever-growing cycling club based in West Concord with an expressed goal of inclusiveness. They have three groups of riders to accommodate different speeds of riders:
Spinsters: 18-20 mph, Cranksters: 16-18 mph, and Spokesters: 15-16 mph. All rides depart from “The Chicken” (i.e. the White Hen Pantry) in West Concord at 7:30 AM on Saturdays and usually one or two other times during the week (arranged via email by ride coordinators).

The Cycling Club of Martha’s Vineyard is a new club started in 2007 to provide local and seasonal cyclists a network to meet for training, racing, education, and fun on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Cyclists of all levels and a variety of disciplines (road, mountain, cyclocross, etc.) are encouraged to participate.

The Book

Road Biking Massachusetts: A Guide to the Greatest Bike Rides in Massachusetts (Road Biking Series)

Massachusetts is magnificent for cycling. You don’t have to look very far to find an active cycling group for guidance and companionship, interesting sites to visit, or appealing terrain to navigate. Challenges abound among the mountains of western Massachusetts and the hills of central Massachusetts, and of course the abundant seacoast of Eastern Massachusetts.

Road Biking Massachusetts is a compilation of forty great routes of varying lenghth, terrain and difficulty. Each route includes a detailed description, turn by turn directions, and a complete and detailed map.

The forty routes in Road Biking Massachusetts are divided into four categories according to degree of difficulty. These classifications are subjective, taking into account the combination of distance, road grade, and bike-handling skills necessary to negotiate the full tour. Each route’s name indicates its relative degree of difficulty.

Rambles are the easiest and shortest rides in the book, accessible to almost all riders, and should be easily completed in one day. They are usually less than 35 miles long and are generally on flat to slightly rolling terrain.

Cruises are intermediate in difficulty and distance. They are generally 25 to 50 miles long and may include some moderate climbs. Cruises generally will be completed easily by an experienced rider in one day, but inexperienced or out-of-shape riders may want to take two days with an overnight stop.

Challenges are difficult, designed especially for experienced riders in good condition. They are usually 40 to 60 miles long and may include some steep climbs. They should be a challenge even for fairly fit riders attempting to complete them in one day. Less experienced or fit riders should expect to take two days.

Classics are long and hard. They are more than 60 miles and may be more than 100. They can include steep climbs and high-speed descents. Even fit and experienced riders will want to take two days. These rides are not recommended for less fit and experienced riders unless they are done in shorter stages.

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MassBike Wins Bike/Ped Liasions at MassHighway

From Mass Bike:

Is there a dangerous pothole you ride by on a state road? A bicycle detector
at a traffic light that doesn’t work? A rumble strip that’s hazardous to
bicyclists? MassBike has been working with MassHighway to set up a procedure
for reporting and correcting these hazards. MassHighway has just appointed
bicycle/pedestrian liaisons at all their district offices, thanks to the
efforts of Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky. If there is a situation on a state
road that concerns you, please contact the appropriate liaison for your
district to report it. The liaisons are:

District 1: Thomas Galvagni, (413)-637-5700
District 2: Meryl Mandell, 413-584-1611 ext. 251
District 3: Cordis Thompson, (508) 754-7204
District 4: Jeff Cullen, (781) 641-8300
District 5: Pam Haznar, (508) 824-6633

To determine which district your town or city is in, click here
Districts

"Wired To Win" a big dissapointment…

Why bother? This film was orginally designed around Massachusetts native Tyler Hamilton and followed him throughout his epic 2003 Tour de France ride. They chose the right guy to follow that year.. broken collar bone, mountain stage win, 4th place overall.. talk about wired to win, pushing through the pain, etc…

However, due to his testing positive for blood doping at the 2004 Olympics and the 2004 Vuelta, they COMPLETELY REMOVED him from the entire movie. You notice him in a couple of shots, but his name is never mentioned… And, they replaced the story of his ride with a hodge-podge, diconnected story about Jimmy Casper, and Baden Cooke’s Green Jersey win.. and threw in the middle some stuff about Lance Armstrong… In order to do this they replaced the IMAX footate of Tyler with standard footage that appeared tiny and out of place on the big IMAX screen. To try to pull the story together, they went back and re-enacted many, many scenes… what a joke.

All they needed to do to address the doping issue with Tyler was to add on a segment about the positive tests and resulting appeals, and maybe introduce some science on performance enhancing drugs and the testing process… That would have made for a far more interesting movie.

"Wired to Win" Boston Premeire

A larger than life IMAX film about professional cycling is debuting in Boston next week (Dec 9th) at the Museum of Science, albeit dramatically altered from the original concept and over a year later than orginally planned.

The project was orginally conceived to follow a pro cyclist through the Tour de France, studying the effect of such an event on the human body and brain. And they couldn’t have chosen a better protagonist or year to do it. As you may recall our own Tyler Hamilton of Massachusetts rode a fantastic TdF in 2003 with an epic solo stage win in the Pyrénées on stage 16 and overall 4th place finish. The project was apparently radically altered after Tyler was banned from cycling for two years for blood doping during the 2004 Vuelta, a charge he has been vigorously fighting ever since. It’ll be interesting to see how the movie turns out…

For more info, follow this link and scroll down to the part titled “Distributor plays down Hamilton role in IMAX movie”

Here’s the MOS link… only showtimes in 2005 are on Dec 9th…