So far, its been a mild winter here in western Massachusetts. Nonetheless, my saddle time has largely been limited to spin class with Pat Monska at 50/50 Fitness in Hadley. But, as my body is pushing us a hill manufactured by front-wheel friction, the scene in my mind is ascending Mt. Greylock during the Wednesday Warm Up of the Berkshires to Boston Tour or maybe the steady climb towards the crest of the Green Mountains on the Back Roads & Main Streets Tour. It's a little early for my internal clock to be done with winter, but I definitely feel the need for an early spring, more hospitable riding weather and an early start to the busy 2017 season. There's a lot going on this year and I'm fired up and ready to go.
We're really delighted to have Bob and Rosie McGregor coming from Kinata, Ontario for the August Back Roads & Main Streets Tour. Bob and Rosie pedaled their tandem across Massachusetts with us on the Berkshires to Boston Tour in 2015. These two know how to celebrate life's milestones. Their 2015 tour celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. It seems that 2017 will mark a special birthday for Rosie and to prove this tandem team is still strong, they're joining us for our 4-state, 300-mile, inn-to-inn tour of western New England. Bob and Rosie attract fun wherever they go. On their anniversary in 2015, fellow riders tied a string of juice boxes and cans to the back of their tandem as they prepared to pull out of Devens for the final leg into Boston. The entire tour family enjoyed being part of their celebration. We look forward to sharing this next milestone with them and we're happy to report that they will find some familiar faces from that 2015 tour to share in this celebration as well.
New Women's Sleeveless Jersey
We're excited to introduce our new women's sleeveless jersey for 2017. We teamed up Pam and Trish at FloraVelo to creat a jersey that will be a delightful reminder of your River's Edge Cycling tour. Specifically made for female riders, it looks, feels and fits great. The custom jersey features our trademark Great Blue Hron in a riverside scene. The functional jersey has four pockets - two large back pockets plus a convenient cell phone pocket and a secure pocket for your key and ID. Go to the River's Edge Cycling Store to purchase this great new jersey for your spring riding.
Riverway Ride July and September Dates Still Available
Our popular Riverway Ride is filling up fast but we still have some spaces available for our July and September dates. The Riverway Ride explores the rich farmlands along the banks of the Connecticut River between Northampton, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont. Our convenient hotels are close enough to walk to Main Street shops or the local craft brewery. The 50-mile rides on Saturday and Sunday feature lots of flat riding and charming historic communities. This popular weekend tour is great for anyone who believes that a great bike tour offers both gorgeous riding and exploring fun and artsy towns.
Valley Businesses Lend Their Support to Ice Cream Ride
We're thrilled to receive the support of Bart's Homemade and Greenfield Savings Bank for our Saturday, July 29th fundraiser, the River Valley Ice Cream Ride.
The one-day event offers three routes to satisfy varied cycling appetites:
- 8-mile Kiddie Scoop Loop
- 25-mile Single Scoop Loop
- 50-mile Double Scoop Loop
Each route offers gorgeous roads and pathways with idyllic vies of the Connecticut River, farm fields full of vegetables or grazing cows (hopefully not both) and the camaraderie of hundreds of fellow riders on a perfect summer day.
All profits from the event go to support non-profit organizations like Turners Falls River Culture, MassBike Pioneer Valley and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture who are helping to keep our small towns vibrant, our agricultural lands productive and our roadways safe for cycling.
Learn more at Ice Cream Ride.org
National Bike Summit
In March, Gary will be heading to Washington, DC for the National Bike Summit. Organized by the League of American Bicyclists, it is the largest gatherings of cycling advocates in the nation. An important part of the summit is meeting with legislators to talk about the need for transportation funding for infrastructure that makes roadways safer for cyclists and pedestrians and other pro-biking initiatives. Given the news coming out of DC these days, it's hard to predict whether legislators will be able to focus on our issues. Nonetheless, as a small business and cycling advocates, we believe it's important that our lawmakers understand that safe cycling is a public health issue, an environmental issue and an economic issue. He'll be visiting legislators with other members of the MassBike contingent. If you've never been to the National Bike Summit, you may want to consider attending. Learn more at Bike Summit.