Berkshire Brevets Great River Ride

Berkshire Brevets
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Great River Ride
Long-Distance Cycling in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts

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Berkshire Brevets 2014


The Berkshire Brevets are a series of randonneur cycling events in Western Massachusetts. If you enjoy century rides and challenging events, you will find randonnueur cycling a rewarding experience. The randonneur season is broken into a series of brevets of 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, and 600 km, a team 24 hr., and a final event of 1200 km. The goal of the randonneur cyclist is to complete all events within time limits. You can expect about 3,000 ft. of climbing for each 100 km. Each brevet is designed to challenge and prepare the long distance cyclists for the next ride in the series and act as a qualifier for  Paris - Brest – Paris (1200 km) and other Grand Randonee  events throughout the world. The purpose of the Berkshire Brevets is to introduce cyclists in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut to the sport of randonneur cycling.  The next Paris - Brest - Paris is in August 2015. Membership in the New Horizons Cycling Club is required  to participate in the Berkshire Brevets. New Horizons Cycling Club membership is FREE, we also encourage riders to join Randonneurs USA ( RUSA). The Berkshire Brevets are organized and hosted by  New Horizons Bikes.

Randonneur cycling is long distance (endurance) cycling with minimal or no support. A brevet is not a race, although the ride is timed and some riders will seek a personal best time, the primary goal is simply to finish. The style of riding is characterized by various rules and traditions that date to 1891 in France when the first Paris – Brest – Paris race was held. When one participates in brevet events, one is part of worldwide brotherhood of cyclists, with over 120 years of history and legend. 

For a registration form click here, or register online.

Brevet Support

Brevet riders are intended to be self-sufficient. Basic repair knowledge is necessary. 

Follow vehicles are not allowed.

Brevet checkpoints will vary in level of support. Some will be staffed with refreshments while others will be at convenience stores. Please make a purchase at stores acting as checkpoints as a thank you for use of their facilities. 

If you choose to drop out of an event part way through it is your responsibility to get back to the start location. There is no sweep of the route and in many events support staff are club volunteers living in that checkpoint area and unable to drive a rider back to the start. 

St. Pat's 100K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
St. Pat's 100K Sunday, March 16 100 km (62 miles)  Westfield, MA   8:00 AM   RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Not Required 6:20   $10.00

 

Our St. Pat's 100K is our traditional 1st long event of the brevet season.This is the flattest of our routes and you can expect anything from spring-like conditions to mid-winter conditions at this time of year. Our route heads north along the east side of the Connecticut River to South Deerfield and returns along the west side. . 

Spring 200K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Early Spring Sunday, March 30 200 km (125 mi)  Westfield, MA   7:00 AM   ACP/RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Optional 13.5 hrs.   $20.00

 

Our Early Spring 200K is a figure eight loop with the northern half of the ride from Westfield to Sunderland and back and the southern half from Westfield to Simsbury Ct and back. Controls are a mix of convenience stores and staffed controls.

Old Saybrook 300K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Old Saybrook 300K Sunday, April 13 300 km (190 miles)  Westfield, MA  6:00 AM   ACP/RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 20 hrs.   $25.00  

From Westfield to Old Saybrook, CT and back. This route is moderately hilly and lollipop shaped with a 100 mile loop connecting the outbound and inbound legs. Controls are a mix of convenience stores and staffed.

Shelburne Falls 200K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Shelburne Falls 200K Saturday, April 26 200 km (125 miles)  Westfield, MA   7:00 AM  ACP, RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Optional 13 hrs.   $20.00  

North along the western side of the Connecticut River Valley to southern Vermont and back. a moderately hilly route. Controls are Mocha Maya's Coffee House and McCusker's Deli where refreshments are provided..

 

BashBish 300K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
BashBish 300K Saturday, May 10 300 km (190 miles)  Westfield, MA  6:00 AM  ACP, RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 20 hrs.   $25.00  

A hilly route heading west into the Berkshires then south along the Housatonnic River to Kent Ct. Crosses into Eastern NY before returning.  Route is lollipop shaped. Climbs include Jacob's Ladder (8 miles) both outbound and inbound and Bash Bish Falls (4.5 miles long with 2 short sections of steep, 18% grades. Controls include  convenience stores and staffed sites.

 

Saratoga 400K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Saratoga 400K Saturday, May 31 400 km (250 miles)  Westfield, MA   1:00 AM  ACP, RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 27 hrs.   $30.00  

An out and back route to Saratoga Springs NY crossing the Berkshires and Taconic Hills. This route is very hilly. Both staffed controls and convenience stores. No bag drop.

Catskill 600K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Catskill 600K Saturday, June 21/22 600 km (380 miles)  Westfield, MA   4:00 AM  ACP, RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 40 hrs.   $70.00  
         
      Pre-Registration Required:  
     

Postmark June 12

On-line Pre-Reg at BikeReg.com til June 19th, Noon

 

A loop course through northwest Connecticut, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. We coss the Litchfield Hills, the Catskills, the Taconics, the Green Mountains, and the Berkshires on this ride. Limited number of cots and dinner at mile 255.

 

Petersburg 300K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Petersburg 300K August 2 300 km (190 miles)  Westfield, MA   6:00 AM ACP/RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 20 hrs.   $25.00  

I enjoy Petersburg pass so much I just had to add this summer brevet which includes Searsburg pass in Vermont as well as Petersburg Pass on the NY / MA border. This route is very hilly. Controls are convenience stores.

 

Great River Ride

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Great River Ride Sunday, October 12 110mi, 170km Westfield, MA  7:00 AM RUSA
     65 mi. 100km    
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Optional 11 hr.30 min / 170K  

$50.00 early registration by

August 16th

$55.00 August 17th-Sept. 1  

$60.00 after

$70.00 Day of the ride

 
   6 hr 20 min / 100K      
      Pre-Registration Required:  
      by Sept. 23  

Now in its 27th year, this populaire has been picked by Bicycling Magazine as one of the Top 10 Century Rides in the USA. Plenty of hills, great scenery, lots of support, and a super buffet with entertainment at the end. A great way to finish the season. Never been canceled due to weather and we've had years with snow, 12 inches of rain, and cold temps., as well as years of perfect Autumn riding.