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Great River Ride 2014

October 12, 2014

Join us Sunday October 12, 2014 for the 27th annual ultimate century ride. The Great River Ride has been rated as "one of the best century rides in the USA" by Bicycling Magazine and the League of American Bicyclists. "Gorgeous but gruelling" is Bicycling's description for what we believe is the most challenging century in New England. This is a must do event for any cyclist. Done it before? Come again, each year or two the route changes slightly offering new vistas and new challenges. Can't wait til October? Visit our Berkshire Brevet page for a series of Spring events.

For 2014 we've teamed up with Westfield On Weekends to celebrate The Universe according to Josh Simpson.

World renowned for his contemporary glass art, Josh has created a unique participant art effort called the Infinity Project. We're proud to be a part of Westfield's celebration and the Infinity Project. GRR will randomly select a rider from each of our 7 routes to transport a Josh Simpson planet on his/her journey along the GRR route. We ask that the chosen rider document their journey and collaborate with fellow riders along the  route to choose a resting place for their planet. The planet may be hidden where it will be lost for centuries or placed where it will be found tomorrow, The goal is the shared experience and the knowledge that the finder will contemplate the planet's beauty and ponder its purpose

  

 Your entry allows the staff of New Horizons to pursue their bicycle advocacy efforts throughout the Pioneer Valley. New Horizons works with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike, the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail, City Governments, and other organizations to improve cycling in the region. Accomplishments include:

  • Attend the Annual National Bike Summit in Washington DC
  • Share The Road Signs on Westfield streets
  • Bike racks on PVTA Southern Tier routes
  • Organizer of the Berkshire Brevet Randonneur Series
  • Encouraged the city of Westfield to approve a $700,000 bond to complete Columbia Greenway design
  • Assisted in the development and co-promoter of the 1st 4 years of D2R2
  • Encouraged the adoption of a resolution in support of Active Transportation by the city of Westfield
  • Spearheaded the successful effort to prevent the sale of future Rail Trail Right of Way to a private developer in 2006, insuring the future of the Columbia Greenway.
  • Introduced a zoning amendment (currently in Legislative & Ordinance Committee) to require bicycle parking in future commercial developments
  • Founder and first chairperson of the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail
  • Founder of Westfield's original youth BMX racing program at the Westfield Fairgrounds.

New Horizons and the Great River Ride support the efforts to complete the Westfield's Rail Trail the Columbia Greenway and a  portion of your entry fee on all routes will benefit the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail.

Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail exists to ensure that the Columbia Greenway project is realized. Specifically, Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail (FOCGRT) will advocate for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the future Columbia Greenway Rail Trail.

Choose between five rides; 125 miles, 111 miles, 85 miles, 62 miles, 35 miles. Your entry fee includes a commemorative water bottle (First 300 Entrants), ride refreshments, a post-ride social with entertainment, and loads of great food. Riders registered before Sept. 22th can order a t-shirt.

You will encounter knee-popping hills, breathtaking views, awesome descents, and gorgeous fall foliage as you tour the hilltowns of the Eastern Berkshires. Add in miles of stone walls, waterfalls, plenty of New England white churches, loads of colonial homes, historic keystone arches, a wild and scenic river, and did I mention hills. But thats not all, we've got rest stops staffed with friendly cyclists and good food, including our famous "Baked Potato" stop, and a feast at the end. Sometimes we're not sure whether riders come for the ride or just for the food.

The Westfield River, the Great River in the river ride, is a Federally designated Wild and Scenic River. The GRR wanders the course of this scenic river to give you a unique cycling experience. For 2014 we're using most of the original route, thanks to Mass Highways repaving projects. The Century will actually total 111 miles with bailout options and we've got the original 25 mile downhill run (mostly) to the finish. Click to view scenes along the GRR.

GRR Jerseys

Our 2014 GRR jersey is custom made by Louis Garneau Cycle Clothing and can be ordered here. A limited number will be available for pick-up day of the ride others will be shipped shortly after.

T-Shirts

 For 2014 we'll be doing a GRR T-shirt again. For those of you that have done the GRR in the past, you'll remeber how unique our t's always were. We hope to continue that tradition with our 2014  t-shirt.  One catch though, only early pre-reg riders can order a T-shirt, so don't wait til the last minute to register, Sept. 22 will be the cut-off date for T-shirt registration.

Start Times

RUSA 200K Brevet (Pre_Reg Only Lights Required)  6:00 AM

RUSA 170K Populaire (Timed Century)

7:00 AM
Century Ride (111 miles) 7:00 - 8:30 AM
85 mile route  9:00 - 9:30 AM
Metric Century 9:30 - 11:00 AM
35 mile ride Noon

Route

The GRR is a recreational ride on hilly and winding roads. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome. Triple cranks are recommended but strong cyclists will find a 39 x 23 adequate.

Support

Support includes parking, marked routes, sag wagon for rider pickup in the event of an irrepairable breakdown. Rest stops are supplied with snacks, water, and energy drinks.  

Location

Sons of Erin , William St., Westfield, MA

Directions to the GRR start:
From the Mass. Pike I - 90, Take exit 3, Right on to Rte. 202/10 South for 2 miles, immediately over Great River Bridge take a Left on to Meadow St., 0.4 miles Left into Sons of Erin Parking.

Attractions For Non-Riders

Bring the entire family to the GRR. There are plenty of attractions in the area to keep everyone happy.

Westfield's Stanley Park offers gorgeous floral gardens and extensive walking paths in its wildlife sanctuary. Just 3 miles away.

Sports buffs can visit theNaismith Basketball Hall of Fame in sprigfield, just 11 miles away.

If history is your cup of tea take a trip to the Springfield Armory National Historic Site (11 miles).

RUSA Populaire

The Randonneurs USA populaire is a timed version of the century ride. Riders are timed from 7:00 AM and must check in for a time stamp on their route card at each rest stop. RUSA membership is not required to ride the populaire. If you would like your century timed arrive for the 7:00 AM start and request a Populaire time card. You may start after 7:00 AM  and receive credit for riding the populaire, however, the timing clock will start at 7:00 AM regardless of your start time.

Entry Fees

Entry fee prior to August 16, 2014

$50.00 pre-registration fee includes post-ride buffet, water bottle.

Entry fee: August 17 to August 31st   $55.00 includes post-ride buffet

Entry Fee:  September 1st to October 8th  $60.00 includes post ride buffet

Day of ride registration: $70.00 includes post-ride buffet

This is a Rain or Shine ride     No Refunds!

GRR on-line registration    or Mail in Form

Day of the Ride Registration

Open Close
Century 6:30 AM 8:00 AM
85 mile 8:30 AM 9:30 AM
Metric Century 9:30 AM 10:30 AM
35 Mile 11:00 AM Noon

GRR Route Cues

All routes are fully arrowed with detailed cue sheets provided day of the ride. Cue sheets of the routes are available here. Please be aware last minute changes are always a possibility and you should rely upon the cues given out day of the ride.

Click here for the 200K Cue

Click here for the  Full Century Cue

Click here for the Metric Century Cue...

Click here for the 35 mile Cue...

Click here for the 85 mile Cue...