Now that PBP qualification is over, NER shifts to specialty rides which are fun and keep the fitness up for longer events later in the summer.
July 20th – Newport & Plymouth 300k: First run in 2018, Jacob Layer is bringing back this great route. Riders leave Wellesley, MA and head due south to Newport, RI. From there, riders head Northeast to Plymouth, MA before returning to Wellesley. The route has been tweaked for 2019 to remove the section in Canton on the return. This route has a moderate amount of climbing and some long flat sections. Bikereg Registration for this event.. (Pre-Reg and NER Membership required for all 2019 events.)
July 27th – Overnight 200k: This is the now classic 200k which leaves after the sun goes down and continues through sunrise. Riders start at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA at 9pm and have until Sunday at 10:30am to return. The route is rolling with nothing steep or long. It’s great nighttime riding practice or just for riders who enjoy cycling under the stars. Most roads are deserted after midnight when riders have entered New Hampshire. BikeReg Registration for this event.
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.