May Events

May is a busy month with an event almost every weekend:

May 7th: Vermont Green Mountain 200k – This is a newer route which starts from the Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex VT and lets riders eat breakfast all day as most controls are small VT Bakeries. Great early Spring Vermont scenery on a route which is somewhat easier by NER’s standards.

May 13-15: Portland Fleche & Dart! Six teams have signed up for this team event which lets riders pick their own route to Portland. On Sunday, May 15th there will be a Sunday Brunch (location TBA) which is open to non-riders as well. Many find this to be the most fun event of the year.

May 15: Deadline to book a hotel room at the Woburn Holiday Inn Express with the discounted NER rate for the MA 400k (And P-to-P 200k) held on June 18th. More details here.

May 21st: Sunderland 300k & “Tweeto’s Revenge” 200k. – This is the annual NER Massachusetts 300k which leaves from Hanscom at 6am and heads along a Northwest route to Ashburnham and Northfield before returning via Sunderland and Petersham. The 200k leaves at 9am and shortcuts the Northfield and Sunderland controls.

Water Bottles: If you Joined NER this spring your NER water bottles will be mailed in the next few weeks. You can join NER all year to save $ on rides, recive a free bottle, and support our events.

NER Season Opening Party – April 14 @ 7:30pm

Please join us at Ride Studio Cafe (1720 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA) for NER’s annual start-of-the-season party. We’ll have snacks and beer. The party is FREE and open to everyone. Please RSVP to help us buy the correct amount of food.

The party is a great time to meet your fellow riders sans helmet. We’ll discuss the upcoming season plus answer any questions riders might have. Please come if you’ve been riding brevets for years or are just thinking about attempting your first 200k.

The party is on Thursday April 14th starting at 7:30pm and running until about 9pm.

At big THANK YOU to Ride Studio Cafe for hosting us. They are great people and it’s a great shop so please thank them along with us.

Hope to see you there!

Sterling Populaire – April 9th

107km Recap: The morning started off cool but it warmed up to a beautiful New England upper-40s sunny day. We had nearly 80 riders start and only a few DNFs. Happy riders all around on one of the nicest runnings of the event to date.

Special thanks to Volunteers Elizabeth Wicks (Sterling), Geoff Cisler (Hanscom), and Bill Murry (Sterling) plus a very special thanks to Melinda Lyon who has led the ride since NER’s inception.