Berkshire Cycling Association
Fall Foliage Gravel Grinder


Important Deadline:

  • By request, registration has been extended to Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 8:00 AM.
  • NO DAY OF RIDE REGISTRATION DUE TO NEEDING TO ORDER FOOD

Join us for the second annual Berkshire Cycling Association Fall Foliage Gravel Grinder!  This year's ride will be a totally new course featuring less pavement, more dirt, plus 3 new sections of "pave" or unmaintained dirt roads and one section of "pave" from last year's ride (Brace Rd).  It's a challenging 54 mile bicycle ride through central and southern Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts on remote dirt roads during peak fall foliage season!

This year's course on a variety of sites:

 

This ride will be a major fundraiser for the Pittsfield High School Cross Country Running Teams. 100% of the profit goes to the teams. Members from the boys and girls teams will be manning the aid stations for you.  They did an AMAZING job for us last year!

This year's preview video:

Last Year's Ride Video

Starts and finishes at Canterbury Farm Nordic Center and Bed & Breakfast in Becket Massachusetts.

  • Date: Sunday October 4, 2015
  • Where: Canterbury Farm, 1986 Fred Snow Rd, Becket, MA 01223, (413) 623- 0100
  • Register Now: https://www.bikereg.com/Net/bca-f2g2
  • Limited to 200 Riders
  • Online Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 27, 2015 at midnight.
  • Cost: $60
  • Start Time: Between 9AM and 10AM
  • Aid Stations: Will be open as noted below. In test rides, we are finding we have people riding anywhere from 8 mph to 12 mph. Anyone planning to ride faster than 15 mph should start closer to 10AM. Anyone anticipating averaging less than 8mph needs to start by 9AM (or earlier).
  • Aid Stations will be manned by the Pittsfield High School Cross Country Teams!
  • Limited On Course Mechanical Support provided by Berkshire Bike & Board of Pittsfield/Gt. Barrington, however, in the spirit of Randonnee riding, please try to be self- sufficient. Carry a multi-tool, spare tube, patch kit.
  • Marked Course
  • Sag Wagon

BONUSES:

  • Free Specialized Water Bottle to all participants.
  • Post-Ride Party on the quintessential New England grounds of Canterbury Farms. Enjoy a relaxing post race meal consisting of:
    • a drink (soda, lemonade, ice tea, apple cider, coffee, hot chocolate, water)
    • a salad: potato salad or rice pilaf
    • a hot main dish (Squash soup or Chili)
    • a dessert (brownie, cookie or apple).
    • a grill item:
      • burgers (veggie or hamburger) or
      • Kurt's famous sauerkraut & brats
  • Beer: Wandering Star Craft Brewery will be graciously providing one free beer per each participant of legal age. Additional beer may be purchased.
  • A fantastic addition to this year's post ride party will be musical entertainment with John Bye and Peg Cowan who play a nice Americana Folk with Guitar and Bass . Please check out their web site: http://onepartluck.com

FINAL Course

We have an exciting new course for this year which includes more dirt, less pavement, easier hills, less traffic, more farms and goes through the beautiful center of New Marlboro.  It also includes 4 sections of "pave" (or unmaintained dirt roads). A course preview and safety video is available to give you an overview of the course.

BE SAFE:

  • This is not a race.
  • Please ride safely!
  • Most of the ride is on well maintained dirt roads but there are 4 sections of unmaintained dirt roads that you need to exercise good judgment on and ride within your capabilities:
    1. Viets Road (.5 mile climb, rough and steep with very loose rocky finish out in a field)
    2. Dodd Road (.8 miles of gradual downhill double track road with loose gravel, baby head rocks and a gully or two).
    3. Brett Road (1.1 miles, uphill in the beginning, very rough cobblestone'ish downhill in the middle, gentle double track at the very end). PLEASE walk the two bridges on Brett Road if you are not completely confident you can ride them. 
    4. Brace Road (1.1 miles, level and sometimes muddy at the beginning, steep and rough downhill at the end. Control your speed!)
  • Helmets are required for all riders.
  • Roads are open to traffic.
  • Obey all rules of the road (especially keeping to the right) to avoid incidents like this and riding two abreast at most (although single file is preferable)!

SCHEDULE:

Registration Canterbury Farm 8:00 AM 10:00 AM
Start Time Canterbury Farm 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
Finish Canterbury Farm 12:00 PM 5:00 PM
Dinner Canterbury Farm 1:00 PM 6:00 PM

 

TENTATIVE AID STATION LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Aid Station Mile Mark Location OPEN CLOSE ITEMS
1 21.7 York Lake. 10:00 AM 12:30 PM

Coke
Water
Gatorade Powder
Bananas
Pickles
Cliff Bars or Cliff Shots
Homemade Items
M&M's
Pretzels
Fig Newtons 

2 34.5 Brett Road 11:00 AM 2:30 PM Coke
Water
Gatorade Powder
Bananas
Pickles
Cliff Bars or Cliff Shots
PB&J Sandwiches
Pickles
Homemade Items
M&M's
Pretzels
Fig Newtons
3 44 Goose Pond Road at the AT 11:45 PM 3:30 PM Coke
Water
Gatorade Powder
Bananas
Pickles
Cliff Bars or Cliff Shots
PB&J Sandwiches
Pickles
Homemade Items
M&M's
Pretzels
Fig Newtons
Maple Syrup Shots

 

CANTERBURY FARM:

Canterbury Farm

Start and Finish at Canterbury Farm, Becket, Massachusetts

We are very fortunate to be able to host this ride from Canterbury Farm in Becket Mass. The grounds of this Bed & Breakfast / Nordic Ski Center are located on a quiet dirt road lined with big trees and stone walls giving us a quintessential New England setting for relaxing and re-fueling after the ride.

4 rooms, 1 cabin, and 20 tent sites are available should you want to make reservations and make a weekend out of it.

  • Rooms are $80 per person per night including breakfast and have private baths.
  • Two rooms can accomodate 3 people.
  • The other two rooms hold 2 people.
  • The cabin can hold up to 4 with breakfast, out house, no running water or electricity for $40 per person.
  • The tent sites do not include breakfast, have an out house, but no running water or electricity for $25 per site.
  • Give them a call (413) 623-0100 to make plans to stay the weekend!

LOCAL BIKE SHOPS:

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