Furthest Points: Newport, RI & Plymouth, MA
Start Location: Wellesley Center, MA (Start & Parking info below)
Start Time: 6:30am
Length: 300k / 190mi
Time Limit: 20 Hours
Lights & Reflective Gear: Required
Ride Leader: Jacob Layer
Controls: Rehoboth, MA; Middletown, RI; New Bedford, MA; Plymouth, MA; Easton, MA
Sanctioning: RUSA and ACP.
Cue Sheet: Download Cue (PDF) Updated Aug. 17th 2018 @ 11am
Online Map/GPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28282096 (Updated August 13th)
Registration: Register at BikeReg
New Route to Celebrate RUSA’s 20th Anniversary
This is an all new event designed and led by dedicated NER Volunteer Jacob Layer. It will coincide with RUSA’s 20th Anniversary celebration and all riders will receive a commemorative medal to mark the occasion.
Please note the route is long at approx. 320km but riders will still only be given 20 hours to finish as it is an ACP event. This route is the flattest NER route in current use with less than 8000′ of climbing in 195 miles.
Start, Finish, and Parking Info
Riders driving to the start should park in the Wellesley Square MBTA / Tailby Parking Lot (map).
The event will start outside the Peet’s Coffee in Wellesley Center, MA @ 6:30am. (Map) Peet’s and other nearby breakfast places open at 6am for riders who want a quick breakfast or coffee. Peet’s is about 2 blocks from the Tailby parking lot.
The event will finish at the Wellesley Square JP Licks Ice Cream shop (map) which is a few doors down from the Peet’s start location. JP Licks is open until Midnight. NER Volunteers will be on-site outside until 2:30am. We’ll have some snacks for riders finishing Midnight – 2:30am but there won’t be bathrooms.
Riders will start in Wellesley, MA and travel through Dover, Medfield, Norfolk, and Rehoboth, MA on gently rolling hills alongside farmland and horse ranches before reaching the Howard B Clark Town Forest at mile 20. Afterwards, riders will pass the Happy Snowman Alpaca Farm on Slater St. at mile 31, if you look to your left you might even see a few! Six miles later riders will enter the first control at a Cumberland Farms. After exiting the control the route heads south through residential areas eventually reaching the Rhode Island state line at mile 47.5 and follow the Warren reservoir into downtown Warren. The route then joins the East Bay Bike Path and continues south for 4 miles before entering downtown Bristol. Afterwards, the route crosses the Mt. Hope Bridge onto Aquidneck Island. ALL riders should take care as the bridge is elevated, exposed, and has large expansion grates that can swallow tires.
Once across the bridge, the route offers a beach view of the Naragansett bay before heading into the interior of the island. The route travels along Rt. 138, a busy beach travel route where riders should use caution. However, the time spent on this road is short and eventually joins backroads alongside farmland and eventually beaches in Middletown, RI when riders reach the second control at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.
Afterwards, the route doubles back, eventually reaching Park Ave, where riders will continue east and cross the cyclist/pedestrian bridge along the Sakonnet River Bridge before joining Rt. 77 and heading south into Tiverton. Riders needing a caffeine boost should stop at Coastal Rollers a coffeeshop frequented by many local cyclists. The route then heads east on Rt. 177 and returns to MA, before turning northeast and passing by several wildlife refuges before reaching the third control at a Dunkin Donuts in Acushnet, MA.
Riders will then continue east passing by several bodies of water including Mary’s Pond before heading into Wareham and eventually reaching the Myles Standish State Forest. Riders should pay attention here, particularly after dark, as it’s easy to miss turns here after sundown. After passing through the forest it’s a short ride into the open control in downtown Plymouth. Plymouth Rock and seafood on Water st. are only a few blocks away for those seeking photos and food.
The route then turns northwest heading through Halifax and West Bridgewater, MA before reaching the penultimate control, a gas station in Easton, MA. Riders will then head north through Sharon, Canton, Norwood, Westwood, and Dover before heading back into Wellesley to the finish.