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!
    • 2 thoughts on “The race to the Harpoon ride

      1. I have been looking forward to the B2B ride all year only to be disappointed by the changes: no alum status and a $100 increase over last years fees, which after 2010’s increase almost doubles the fee. Look I know it has become an ever increasingly popular event, but part of it’s draw is the fellowship created by the alumni following. Ditch your base for more money and you will hurt the event. At the current rate, it will reach the “buy in” level of the PMC in short order. This is not a flat charity ride so don’t think you can cash in on it like it is. If you lose your base, you will severely hurt the main reason cyclists are drawn to it in the first place.

        • Hi Craig,

          Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It can be disappointing, but it seems to be a legitimate strategy for events that are overwhelmingly popular yet faced with very severe logistical constraints.

          As you pointed out, the PMC is in that same situation. I’ve got a strong personal connection to the cause it supports, yet after completing the ride 10 times I’ve “retired” due to the immense fundraising pressure and related costs. I’ll simply find another way to contribute to the cause.

          I do feel that I was part of the base that was important to making the PMC what it is today, and a bit snubbed by the changes to that event. But they are doing just fine without me. And probably so will the B2B.

          On the up side, I do think this speaks well to the vibrant cycling community in our area. Clearly there is room for someone to start up another similar event with different cost parameters. Let’s hope someone gets that going.

          -Tom

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