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AMC 32nd Annual Spring Bike Rally

Hello Cyclists, I just wanted to let you know you can still do the ride tomorrow for $5. However, we're sorry, but the Barbecue & rally are full and registration for the full day is closed. You can still come for the rides by paying $5 when your register just show up. If you are interested in staying for the barbecue you may be able to substitute for any registered participants who are unable to attend.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, or perhaps its good news for some of you who weren't doing it because of the costs... Happy Peddaling!


Hey Everyone I have signed up for the AMC Bike Rally along with a few friends and I thought their might be some others in this group interested in doing it too! So I decided to post it here: I'll bring a balloon with me so you can find me before and after ride. I believe I am doing the 27 mile ride, may add a few on to that! 50 is a little to far for me right now! That way even if we don't ride together perhaps we can do some socializing together afterwards as a group. Should be a blast.


The 32nd annual AMC Boston Chapter Bicycle Rally will be held at the Friendly Crossways Hostel
247 Littleton County Road
Harvard, MA 01451 on Saturday, June 12, 2010. It is a wonderful opportunity for cyclists of all levels to get together to begin the summer bike season. Come help us celebrate.


This year there will be arrowed rides of 27, 50 and 67 miles on beautiful rolling terrain, and a 15 mile follow the leader ride. Helmets are required. The schedule and ride departure times
are below. Please try to arrive one half hour prior to your ride's scheduled departure time so you can check in. 10:00 am 67 mile ride
10:30 am 50 mile ride
11:30 am 27 mile ride
12:30 am 15 mile ride
4:00 pm Happy hour and socializing. (Showers are available)
5:30 pm Dinner (chicken barbecue or vegetarian)
7:00 pm "La Premiere Feminine"
Melinda Lyon talks about her experiences of twice being the first woman to finish the grueling 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris ride. Melinda has done this classic ride, held every four years, four times. She has also done the 1200km Boston-Montreal Boston ride six times and is the women's record holder.


$30 includes rides, showers, happy hour, dinner and speaker.
Rides only— $5 (no registration, pay at the rally)

For information Contact Jack Donohue [masked] before 9PM). To register Press this button to go to the registration page >>>REGISTER


We look forward to seeing you at the rally!

Note: Bad weather may cancel the rides, but the dinner and the speaker will occur, rain or shine. Since we have to make commitments to the caterer for the number of people who are going to attend, no refunds can be made. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What to bring on the day of the ride:

Helmet Required
Food for lunch
Water bottle(s)
Bicycle (in good working condition)
Bug repellent, spare tube, patch kit, pump, tire irons, sun glasses
Personal items, including towels and soap
BYOB for happy hour, soft drinks are provided, alcoholic beverages are not --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Friendly Crossways Youth Hostel and Conference Center
247 Littleton County Road
Harvard, MA 01451
(978)[masked] By Commuter Rail:
Take the Fitchburg line to Littleton. Check the schedule. According to this Google map, it is 3.2 miles from the train station to the hostel. From Boston area:
Route 2 west to first exit past Route 495, Exit 39 (Taylor St.)
Left at end of ramp onto Taylor St.
After 0.8 mile, left onto Whitcomb Ave. ("Peace of Mind" child day care center on corner of Taylor and Whitcomb)
Go 2 miles to the Hostel, a big white house on right (247 Littleton County Rd).
Parking is about 50 yards further down road on left. From I-495:
Take exit 29B to Route 2 west.
Stay in the right lane and almost immediately take Exit 39 onto Taylor St.
Follow directions above.
See their web site More Travel Directions Ride Cue Sheets
Cue sheets for All Rides Right click on the link to download.

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  • Kirk

    Wet, yet interesting day. The dinner was very good!

    June 14, 2010

  • Cyndi

    Hello everyone who attended the AMC Ralley. Dave found some missing items left behind.. If anyone is missing:

    1) a pair of Schimano bike shoes - tan uppers, good condition, appear to be woman's (small);
    2) bike sunglasses with tan colored pads at the ear end;
    3) a tan soft fabric zipper container (for folding sunglasses?).

    Please let us know! You can reach me at [masked] Thanks, Cyndi

    June 14, 2010

  • Cyndi

    Despite, the fact it was Pouring rain, and I got lost by about 20 miles, I had a great time!!! It's always good to hang with both old and new friends.

    June 14, 2010

  • Dave

    Yes, there were approximately 120 people total who rode in the rain and most attended the talk and dinner. If you want to get involved with the AMC Biking Committee, copy and paste this link and click on Bicycling in the right hand column (;)

    Note that there are evening rides on Tues and Thurs and a Friday morning ride out of Weston for those who have the summer off.

    June 14, 2010

  • James G.

    Also, far more than 20 people attended. There were 39 on just the 50 mile ride. And many others for other rides.

    June 14, 2010

  • James G.

    It was a blast. Really great group of people and well organized. Also, before we had done 30 miles it was raining hard and it kept raining until about 45 miles. Then we rode in again in nearly clear weather, gives an awesome sense of adventure and challenge.

    June 14, 2010

  • Dave

    Despite the rain, it was a very fun time.

    June 13, 2010

  • Rob F.

    It rained like hell, but was a nice ride!

    June 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time, great people. Just the weather was a bummer.

    June 13, 2010

  • Dave

    Hey everyone - the cost to do ONLY the rides is $5, NOT $30.

    Thirty dollars gets you dinner and food - but it is too late to sign up for dinner at this point anyway.

    June 11, 2010

  • Jon R.

    Don't forget to stop by our sponsor's bike shop in Medford, MA. They pay for our meetup site to exist, so drop by and say thanks!

    May 31, 2010

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