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

ToC Coverage Cut Short!?!?! Found the Fix Online!

Those of you watching the Tour of California coverage on Versus are probably appreciative, as I am, that there is extensive live coverage of this year’s event (thanks I’m sure to Lance Armstrong’s participation).

Well, if you were watching today’s stage, you were probably frustrated that coverage was interrupted for hockey just as the classic will they or won’t they catch the breakaway just before the finish line tension was building to a crescendo
Scrambling to the web for a fix, I was pleasantly surprised to find live coverage available online at It was great to be able to see the finish of the stage. I recognized Frankie Andreu as one of the commentators. Not sure who the other guy was. Certainly nobody compares to the dynamic duo of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin, but at least I was able to watch the race.
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After the race, I took some time to explore the “Tour Tracker” site further… and it is simply awesome. I’ve never seen such a great presentation of race data online. The site is well organized and jam packed with stats, live blog updates, stunning still photos of each stage, detailed profiles, maps, and satellite images of the routes, etc. etc. And it’s all laid out in an intuitive and streamlined fashion. Performance was also great. I’ve got to think that this is the future of bike racing coverage. Gone will be the days of getting all your cycling buddies to lobby the local cable companies, town by town, to get a glimpse of only the most popular races. Now, all we need to do is get improved commentators like Phil and Paul online!