Two events are scheduled for the early fall, one being added just within the past week:
Aug 31st 200k – Five Hills in New Hampshire: Last minute addition to the NER Calendar. The route is lightly rolling to the NH border whereupon riders will cross 5 hills before returning back home. Lots of gorgeous back country NH riding on this brevet. Good PBP recovery ride. Brevet starts & ends in Medford, MA.
Sept 28th 112 & 205km – VT Fall Classic: This is one of the most frequently discussed and NER events. This is an extremely challenging, mostly off road (but not mountain biking) day of riding out of Brownington, VT. This is not a route for beginners but for those who enjoy climbing in woods of Vermont, this is one for the books. Info and Registration on the event page.
Oct 5th 200k – Rhode Island Cider Dreams: New 200k out of Providence! Details to be posted shortly. This is a revised date for the event previously scheduled for October 18th.
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.
August 3rd – Oh Canada 400k: Another classic NER Vermont event. This 400k starts in Woodstock, VT and heads to North Troy on the Canadian boarder before returning to Woodstock on a adjacent roads. This route is notable in that is has a fairly simple cue sheet (easy navigation) and also only moderate elevation gain for Vermont. A good route for riders looking for one last 250 mile ride before PBP or other later season events. VT 400k Registration.
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.