Boston 600k / 200k – July 26th 2014

Ride Information

Destination: Benington, VT
Start: Hanscom Civil Airport, Bedford, MA
Length: 600k / 375mi
Start Time: 04:00
Time Limit: 40 Hours
Ride Leaders: Bruce Ingle
Controls: See Below
Sanctioning: RUSA and ACP.
Cue Sheet: Preliminary Cue (PDF) (Updated July 17 2013)
GPS/GPX File: See RideWithGPS Links below. Note: Be sure to read the GPS warning page!
Registration: Online Registration


Below is information regarding the 2013 running of the MA 600k. The 2014 information will be posted here once available. One notable change is the offering of a shorter 200k which happens simultaneously with this event. Riders change choose to go the full 600k or ride the shorter 200k but they must decide one or the other at the ride start.

Information regarding the 2013 running of the MA600k has been updated with notable changes in green. The 2013 route has been plotted with RideWithGPS. You can download the PDF of the cue sheet from the link above, or follow the link to RideWithGPS for downloadable GPS tracks and routes.

Controls: Overnight and finish to be staffed, otherwise controls are businesses

#1 Barre Dunkin Donuts 570 Summer St
#2 Northfield Food Mart 74 Main St.
#3 Irving Circle K 2 Greenfield Rd, S. Deerfield, MA
#4 Price Chopper 555 Hubbard Ave Pittsfield Ma
#5 Cumberland Farms Cambridge NY
# Overnight stop at Brittany Motel in Manchester, VT at mile 231.5
#6 Dunkin Donuts 1071 Putney Rd VT (Open control Hannafords down the street)
#7 Price Chopper 560 Main St. (Open Control D.Donuts down the street).

Drop bag support will be provided. One bag per rider, available at overnight stop.

Overnight: beds, dinner, and breakfast provided.

The overnight control will be in at the Brittany Motel in Manchester, VT at mile 231.5; beds and dinner will be provided. All other controls will not be staffed; riders are advised to bring some money along for drinks and snacks.

Drop bag support will be provided and will be available at the overnight control.

The 2013 route is similar to the one used in 2011, though some controls and the overnight location have changed. The following description, modified from Bruce Ingle’s for the 2011 route, should provide a preview of the terrain:

Segment 1: gentle to moderate rollers to Sterling, a moderate climb just beyond Rt. 12 (Fitch Hill), then a gentle descent to Rt. 140. Somewhat flat to the Princeton town line on Rt. 62, then moderate climbing from there to Princeton center with two brief downhills and a steep climb just before Princeton Center; Princeton center is certainly the highest point before Barre, possibly to the Connecticut River valley. Mostly gradual descent between Princeton and Hubbardston, and steep rollers, and more gradual descent to the checkpoint at Barre Dunkin Donuts.

Segment 2: Steep rollers continue to Barre center, culminating in the Barre Wall (>10%) just before Barre Center. Rollers are moderate after that, with a long, fast descent near the Quabbin; it’s possible to see several miles forward from one of the hilltops around Petersham. After Rt. 202, the route flattens out until Rt. 2A, with moderate rollers to Mt. Grace (~10%) in Warwick. Some descent to Warwick center, a bit more climbing on Northfield Road and then a deliciously long descent into Northfield, following Mill Brook downstream to the Connecticut River Valley (close to sea level).

Segment 3: Mostly gentle to moderate rollers with some flat sections, following the Connecticut River Valley to Deerfield.

Segment 4: Generally climbing between Deerfield and Savoy, with moderate grades in Conway and just before Ashfield Center (following the South River upstream). Moderate rollers from Plainfield through Windsor, then a long downhill (following Windsor Brook downstream) between Windsor and Dalton (with some rough sections and a bridge closed to auto traffic). Gentle terrain between Dalton and the checkpoint at the Price Chopper in Pittsfield.

Segment 5: Some moderate rollers to Hancock, including the climb to the entrance of Jiminy Peak. A long, gentle descent along Rt. 43 to Williamstown, then moderate rollers again on Rt. 7. Once on Rt. 2, a 7-8% ascent for 4 miles (Petersburg Pass) to just beyond the NY state line, followed by a 7-8% descent for another 4 miles. Moderate rollers to Rt. 22, then flat to gentle rollers from there to the checkpoint in Cambridge except for Hoosick and Hoosick Falls, which have moderate rollers.

Segment 6: Gentle rollers to the Chiselville Covered Bridge, then moderate climbing with some moderate rollers immediately after the bridge, becoming more gentle toward Manchester. Once on Rt. 30 in Manchester, generally climbing with a grade that increases to a steady ~8% (the Green Mountains), reaching the summit at ~2000’ just beyond the Rt. 11/30 split; the overnight is just after the start of the climb. Generally downhill from the summit to Dummerston, with some occasional moderate climbs. After crossing the Dummerston Covered Bridge, a very steep climb of increasing grade, reaching ~17-20% near the summit. Generally descending and flattening out from there to Brattleboro, with a few moderate climbs.

Segment 7: Moderate rollers generally downhill through Brattleboro, then cross the Connecticut River (again, around sea level). After the immediate climb from the bridges, the terrain starts flat and gradually increases in severity and elevation toward Rt. 32, with a very steep climb (>10%) just before Rt. 32. Elevation and severity of terrain generally taper off toward Gardner, although there is another very steep climb (>10%) around Royalston on Rt. 68.

Segment 8: Gentle rollers, generally climbing to Rt. 140, then generally descending to Fitchburg. Moderate rollers through Fitchburg, flattening out by Shirley. Flat from Shirley through Ayer except for bridges and underpasses, then gentle to moderate rollers from Ayer to the finish.

600k Ride Reports

Lovely Bicycle’s 2012 600k Crew Ride Report
A great report to read if interested in helping to support the events.
Cris Conception’s 600k ride reports from 2006 and 2007.
More of Cris’s ride reports can be found here.
Jake Kassen’s 600k ride report from 2007.
More of Jake’s ride reports can be found here.
Charles Coldwell’s 600k ride report from 2003.
More of Chip’s ride reports can be found here.
Mike Beganyi’s 600k 2006 report.
More of Mike’s reports are here.
Kris Kjellquist’s 600k ride reports from 2005 and 2006.

If you’d like to see your ride report listed here, please send the text or a link to the NER webmaster.


Tom Worster’s 600k (2008) photo gallery.

Bliss Hill Road in Royalston, MA. Photo by Jake Kassen

Bliss Hill Road in Royalston, MA. Photo by Jake Kassen

David Lafferty and Emily Searles headed outbound. Photo by Tom Worster.

David Lafferty and Emily Searles headed outbound. Photo by Tom Worster.

Charles Coldwell. Photo by Tom Worster.

Charles Coldwell. Photo by Tom Worster.

Jake Kassen & Glen Reed heading back to Brattleboro, VT. Photo by Tom Worster.

Jake Kassen & Glen Reed heading back to Brattleboro, VT. Photo by Tom Worster.

A familiar sight for riders on the 2008 600k. Photo by Tom Worster.

A familiar sight for riders on the 2008 600k. Photo by Tom Worster.

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