June 1st – Lake Champlain 300k & 200k. Big thanks to Sarah for reviving this route first offered almost a decade ago but not offered for the past few years. This is an ride starting from Burlington, VT and continuing counter counter-clockwise entirely around the lake (300k) or taking a ferry shortcut (200k). Much of the route is lightly rolling but there are some hills when riders cross back into Vermont. Lots of photos and detail on the event page or jump straight to the BikeReg registration.
June 8th – Portland Daytrip (200k) and Portland Express (400k). This has become a classic NER route. Riders leave from Woburn, MA and continue along a mostly coastal route to Portland, ME. Riders on the 200k are done in Portland and the 400k riders turn around and take an inland route back to Woburn. The section to Portland is mostly flat but winds are something to note. The return leg is more rolling but with fairly light traffic for the overnight. There is a few miles of unpaved bike trail inbound and outbound. Registration page.
June 29th – CT River Tango 600k. This challenging route is the last chance to qualify for PBP. It’s a scenic tour of New England with sections for everyone: Hilly segments, flat segments, long climbs, short climbs, small cities, and lots of rural landscapes. One of my (Jake’s) favorite routes. We greatly thank Bruce M. for generously allowing NER to use his stately home in Williamstown as the overnight control. Important note: Limited bathroom facilities at the overnight control. Riders who prefer a real bed, private bathroom, etc should consider making reservations for their own accommodations in Williamstown. There are several motels on-route and riders should book their accommodations ASAP. Event Registration Page.
May 11th – Boston 300k with 200k Option. This revised route was new in 2018. It’s a super scenic route along well traveled (Tweeto’s) and less traveled (Holand) locations in the central parts of Massachuetts. Highlights include a visit to Tweeto’s in Ashburnham, the southern side of the overflowing Quabbin Reservoir, and Holland. The 200k starts a bit later in the day so riders return around the same time. It’s a challenging but rewarding event. Registration Page
Cue Sheet updated for clarity on May 9th 2019 with links on the event page. No changes to route. Riders should remember no on-route support is possible so ensure you have a backup plan to get home. The pavement is horrendous in spots so be prepared. Lights are required for both distances.
May 18-20 – Brattleboro Team Weekend! In 2019 NER will be offering the classic Fleche (24h & 360km+) plus a new event known as the Trace (No Time Limit & 200km+). Team events are for groups of 2-6 riders who design their own route to Brattleboro, VT and finish in the city on Sunday, May 20. NER will be having a celebratory Brunch at 11am on Sunday at Wetstone station. Teams and friends are encouraged to attend. Fleche & Trace Applications due by May 8th.
April 6th – “Classic” 200k out of Concord MA. This is a challenging but very scenic route leaving from Nashoba Brooks School and heading to the visitor center of DCR Mt. Wachusett, over to the small central Mass town of Oakham, and down to DCR Putney Chasm in Sutton, MA before heading back to Concord. If you like small roads and rolling hills, this is the route for you. Visit the information page for more details or just register now. (This brevet is pre-reg only.)
April 20th – Annual Vermont season kick-off 100k out Montpelier, VT. This is a nice 65 mile loop though central Vermont with a few dirt roads. Always a fun event with the friendly Vermont crew. Information and registration.
Fleche & Dart Planning:
The New England Randonneurs Team weekend (Weekend of May 19) ends in Brattleboro, VT in 2019! We’re also offering a new event: The ACP Trace. The Trace is the Fleche’s little kid brother. Whereas the Fleche is 360km minimum, the Trace is between 200-360km but not longer. On the Fleche you can’t stop for more then 2 hours but on the Trace you can stop for as long as you’d like, sleeping overnight or completing the event quickly or slowly if desired. The Fleche is for teams of 3-5 bikes but the Trace is 2-6. Both events have teams designing their own route to Brattleboro.
Both events are very fun — people often say the team events are their favorite Randonneuring activity. Applications are due May 10th.