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Galen Mook joins MassBike as new executive director

BOSTON (BRAIN) — The  Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition has hired  Galen Mook as the organization’s new executive director. Mook will take over helm of the statewide advocacy organization in July

The Sufferfest and the King of Sufferlandria

Spending time riding rollers or the turbo trainer is a great way to maintain and improve fitness through the dark winter months. But it’s something most cyclists have learned to hate.

There are good reasons for this. Riding in the basement, staring at a wall, suffering through an interval workout is about as pleasurable as pulling teeth, or watching Sharknado on DVD.

American ex-pat David McQuillen, the man behind The Sufferfest, started making training videos to cure his own case of Turbo Trainer Boredom Syndrome (TTBS). Now based in Melbourne, Australia, the ‘King of Sufferlandria’ has a catalogue of 17 videos, training plans, a full line of clothing, and an army of Sufferlandrians that is growing daily. We take a look into the story behind the success of a brand built purely on torment.

In the beginning…

Dave mcquillin is the man behind the sufferfest: dave mcquillin is the man behind the sufferfest

The King of Sufferlandria himself

McQuillen, a former investment banker, came up with the idea for the Sufferfest while living in Zurich.

“The winters in Switzerland are pretty brutal, and I had to spend a lot of time on the turbo trainer. At the time I was training for cyclosportives; when I was on the trainer I was bored, and couldn’t get motivated to work hard,” he explained.

Having tried everything from television and movies, to spinning and cycling DVDs, McQuillen was still unable to motivate himself to work hard on the trainer.

“I remembered back to when my brother and I were racing as juniors in Pennsylvania. We would watch old clips of the Tour de France, and pretend we were climbing Alpe d’Huez with Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond,” he said.

So McQuillen threw together a video using old Tour de France footage, with added music and simple onscreen instructions to guide the workouts.

“I showed a couple of my friends, and next thing I know I am making videos. I wanted to do it legally, so I approached the ASO and the UCI to see if I could get rights; and that was really complicated because they were used to selling rights to broadcasters,” McQuillen said. “They had no idea how to sell me what I was looking for.”

Now holding exclusive rights with the UCI, ASO, IMG and the Challenge Family, the videos feature footage from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Flanders Classics, Milan-San Remo, and Amstel Gold among many others.

Beginning as a creative outlet, the success of the videos has allowed McQuillen to take his hobby and turn it into a career.

“When all this was happening I was working at Credit Suisse bank and making the videos in my spare time. We put the videos on the web, and sales started trickling in,” McQuillen continued. “I just loved doing it. I was teaching myself how to edit video and sound; and learning to run an online business. Now here we are today, and I don’t work in banking anymore,” he says.

The citizens of Sufferlandria

Some of dave mcquillens favorite bits of fan mail: some of dave mcquillens favorite bits of fan mail

A choice example of McQuillen’s fan mail…

Now playing in more than 50 countries, the population of the mythical country of Sufferlandria is growing daily. With more than 116,000 fans on Facebook and 11,000 Twitter followers, the Sufferfest has built a massive following through the videos.

“I don’t know of any other workout series, cycling or otherwise, that has this underlying culture and mythology of characters and places: Sufferlandria, Gunter von Agony, the minions and so on and so forth,” he says. “It was people who liked the Sufferfest that started calling themselves Sufferlandrians. I didn’t start that one.”

This mythology combined with hosting such events as the Tour of Sufferlandria, Sufferlandrian National day, and becoming a Knight of Sufferlandria (achieved by doing ten Sufferfest videos in a row), the Sufferfest has brought people together into a commonwealth of sorts.

“The community of Sufferlandrians is surprisingly tight knit, for a group of people who for the most part have never met. They are constantly talking to me, and talking to each other through social media,” McQuillen said.

Despite the speed at which the Sufferfest is growing, McQuillen finds it important to remain a part of that community – and in the process he gets some pretty funny fan (read: hate) mail as well.

“I think that I’m the only CEO in the world that loves to get hate mail. I have been called every name under the sun. People will curse my existence, and then tell me how much they love what we are doing and they can’t wait for more,” he added.

The Sufferfest gives back

The king of sufferlandria deep in the pain cave with out a flashight:

The King of Sufferlandria deep in the pain cave without a flashlight

Humbled by its success, for the American ex-pat the Sufferfest is more than a job and a series of training videos. From the outset McQuillen has stressed that the underlying mission of the Sufferfest is to make people proud of themselves, and proud to be a part of the community surrounding it.

“All our videos are based around how can we make people feel proud of themselves and by extension how we can make them feel proud of the Sufferlandrian community,” explained McQuillen.

This Sufferlandrian pride is what sparked partnerships with Parkinson’s charity the Davis Phinney Foundation and women’s cycling doco Half the Road, and the offer of free videos for race co-ordinators anywhere in the world to give as prizes for fourth-place finishers.

“I still shake my head at the stuff we are doing, because sometimes I don’t believe it is real,” McQuillen said. “We are the official sponsor of the UCI Womens World Cup, and we sponsor the the Sufferfest-ACE Lesotho Pro UCI Team – the first and only all black UCI African mountain bike team – and a couple guys at the Commonwealth games. It is really cool to be in a position to help.”

Despite his grandiose and sinister title, the ‘King of Sufferlandria: evil and unyielding dictator’, McQuillen is actively working to improve the lives and fitness of everyone he comes in contact with. Whether that’s through encouragement over social media, or by using the resources he has to raise the profile of worthy causes, the Sufferfest is committed to giving something back.

With more videos on the way, including triathlon- and running-specific workouts, a full range of technical and casual outerwear, training plans and plenty more, Sufferfest is helping make indoor training more bearable (Ed: it still sucks), and all the while making a difference in the world cycling community.








Philly mayor and cycling delegation jet to France

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter along and representatives from Advanced Sports International (ASI) are promoting cycling, commerce and investment in the city during a six-day trip to France. Nutter will meet with the mayor of Paris, cycling executives and a range of French businesses, including Saint-Gobain, which has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Wiggins named in Commonwealth Games cycling team

Team England has revealed the 31-strong squad of cyclists who are to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, with Sir Bradley Wiggins named in its ranks.

The four-time Olympic champion and 2012 Tour de France winner will compete in the road event.

Olympic champions Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell, Dani King, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes are also among the selected riders and will go on to compete in the track events taking place between 24 and 27 July at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Matt Crampton, who won a silver medal in the team sprint at the 2006 Games in Melbourne, is also included.

Laura Trott said: “I’m delighted to be representing England at the Commonwealth Games in August. Nothing beats putting on national kit and competing for your home nation. I’ll try my best to do everyone proud!”

Olympian Annie Last headlines the mountain bike squad, with Alex Dowsett, Ian Stannard and Steve Cummings also to compete alongside Wiggins in the road outfit. Meanwhile Para-sport cycling’s debut team includes 2014 two-time world champion Sophie Thornhill.

Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson said: “This cycling team is undoubtedly the best we have ever seen selected for Team England. To have eight Olympic Champions line up alongside previous Commonwealth Games medallists and some supremely talented younger athletes is genuinely exciting for us. Whether it’s on the track, the road or at the mountain bike course, cycling fans are in for a treat when Team England are competing.”

Full team

Women’s Track Endurance

  • Lizzie Armitstead (DOB: 18/12/1988; born: Otley, West Yorkshire; lives: Monaco)
  • Dani King (DOB: 21/11/1990; born: Southampton; lives: Cardiff/Manchester)
  • Joanna Rowsell (DOB: 05/12/1998; born: Cheam, Surrey; lives: Manchester)
  • Laura Trott (DOB: 24/04/1992; born: Harlow, Essex; lives: Manchester)

Men’s Track Endurance

  • Steven Burke (DOB: 04/03/1998; born: Colne, Lancashire; lives: Colne, Lancashire)
  • Ed Clancy (DOB: 12/03/1985; born: Holmfirth, Yorkshire; lives: Holmfirth, Yorkshire)
  • Jon Dibben (DOB: 12/02/1994; born: Southampton; lives: Stockport)
  • Andy Tennant (DOB: 09/03/1987; born: Wolverhampton; lives: Cheshire)

Women’s Track Sprint

  • Dannielle Khan (DOB: 01/09/1995; born: Solihull; lives: Stockport)
  • Jess Varnish (DOB: 19/11/1990; born: Bromsgrove; lives: Cheshire)
  • Vicky Williamson (DOB: 15/09/1993; born: Norfolk; lives: Cheshire)

Men’s Track Sprint

  • Matt Crampton (DOB: 23/05/1986; born: Manchester; lives: Cheshire)
  • Kian Emadi (DOB: 29/07/1992; born: Stoke-on-Trent; lives: Cheshire)
  • Philip Hindes (DOB: 22/09/1992; born: Krefield, Germany; lives: Manchester)
  • Jason Kenny (DOB: 23/03/1988; born: Bolton; lives: Manchester)

Para Cycling Tandem

  • Sophie Thornhill (DOB: 09/02/1996; born: Stockport; lives Stockport)
  • Helen Scott (pilot) (DOB: 25/07/1990; born: Halesowen, Birmingham; lives: Manchester)

Women’s Mountain Bike

  • Alice Barnes (DOB: 17/07/1995; born: Northamptonshire; lives: Stockport)
  • Beth Crumpton (DOB: 10/06/1994; born: Worcestershire; lives: Stoockport)
  • Annie Last (DOB: 07/09/1990; born: Derbyshire; lives: Derbyshire)

Men’s Mountain Bike

  • David Fletcher (DOB: 27/02/1989; born: Nottinghamshire; lives: Nottinghamshire)
  • Paul Oldham (DOB: 05/09/1977; born: Colne, Lancashire; lives: Colne, Lancashire)

Women’s Road

  • Lizzie Armitstead (DOB:? 18/12/1988; born: Otley, West Yorkshire; lives: Monaco)
  • Hannah Barnes (DOB: 04/05/1993; born: Northamptonshire; lives: USA)
  • Lucy Garner (dob: 20/09/1994; born: Leicestershire; lives: Belgium)
  • Dani King (dob: 21/11/1990; born: Southampton; lives: Cardiff/Manchester)
  • Emma Pooley (DOB: 03/10/1982; born: Norwich; lives: Zurich)
  • Joanna Rowsell (DOB: 05/12/1998; born: Cheam, Surrey; lives: Manchester)
  • Laura Trott (DOB: 24/04/1992; born: Harlow, Essex; lives: Manchester)

Men’s Road

  • Stephen Cummings (DOB: 19/03/1981; born: The Wirral; lives: Italy)
  • Jon Dibben (DOB: 12/02/1994; born: Southampton; lives: Stockport)
  • Alex Dowsett (DOB: 03/10/1988; born: Chelmsford, Essex; lives: Chelmsford, Essex)
  • Tom Moses (DOB: 03/05/1992; born: Keighley, West Yorkshire; lives: Keighley, West Yorkshire)
  • Ian Stannard (DOB: 25/05/1987; born: Chelmsford, Essex; lives: Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire)
  • Andy Tennant (DOB: 09/03/1987; born: Wolverhampton; lives: Cheshire)
  • Scott Thwaites (DOB: 12/02/1990; born: Ilkley, West Yorkshire; lives: Leeds)
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins (DOB: 28/04/1980; born: London; lives: Chorley, Lancashire)








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Pro bike: Andy Blair’s Specialized S-Works Epic 29 WC

When it comes to achieving consistent results within the Australian mountain bike scene, Andy ‘Blairy’ Blair is a name often high in the rankings – whether that’s in cross-country eliminator (XCE), Olympic discipline, marathon or even enduro mountain biking. Blair’s first race for Australia was at the Cairns World Cup in 1996. At the time he was just 17; now, with more than twice that life experience, he’s preparing for his return to Cairns to represent Australia on the world stage.

Based in the nation’s capital, Canberra, Blair has easy access to a strong local race scene featuring the likes of Olympian and 2013 World Cup second-place finisher Dan Mcconnell. As a full-time engineer, Blair shares the same challenges as many of his local competitors: having to balance a career outside sport with the demands of being an elite athlete.

For 2014, the team Swell-Specialized rider and 2012 marathon national champion has shifted his focus to the shorter, faster format of cross-country Olympic (XCO) racing. Blair told BikeRadar: “I’ll be racing the opening two World Cup rounds in hope of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games. There’s only three spots available for the men and between the strong U23 field and the likes of Dan Mcconell, it’s going to be tough.”

“My national season didn’t go how I’d planned, I’ve been fighting a mystery virus since the first round in Adelaide and only recently have I been finding my speed – even though I don’t feel 100 per cent. I’m going to need a strong performance at the world cups to prove myself for Commonwealth Games selection.”

Andrew blair is a member of the swell-specialized racing team: andrew blair is a member of the swell-specialized racing team

Andy Blair of Swell-Specialized

BikeRadar took a look at Blair’s new 2014 race bike before a recent national XC round. Riding a mostly stock 2014 Specialized S-Works Epic WC, there’s little Blair has changed beyond the saddle, grips, tyres and brakes. We’ve previously reviewed this bike in detail and found it be a true ‘no-excuse’ race weapon.

At 10.11kg, it’s not a superlight rig, but keep in mind it’s a dual-suspension 29er in a large frame size. Furthermore, Blair’s marathon success has led him to run with reliability over ultimate low-weight.

The specialized brain technology sits remotely of the rear shock, bolted to the rear end, and ready to react to bumps from the rear wheel : the specialized brain technology sits remotely of the rear shock, bolted to the rear end, and ready to react to bumps from the rear wheel

Bolted to the rear seatstay, the Brain is remote of the rear shock – ready to react to rear wheel feedback

A standout feature is Specialized’s own Brain technology that keeps the suspension locked out against rider input but reactive to bumps beneath – it’s not new technology but something that continually gets better with each year’s revision.

As a SRAM-sponsored rider, it’s not surprising to see Blair with a full XX1 groupset and matching brakes. Blair’s frame is single-ring specific and has no capability to mount a front derailleur, enabling Specialized to further stiffen and lighten it with an oversized drive-side chainstay.?

With these special side-access bottle cages - two bottles can be held within the frame. there aren't many dual suspension frames on the market that can do this: with these special side-access bottle cages - two bottles can be held within the frame. there aren't many dual suspension frames on the market that can do this

Specialized is starting a war on the hydration pack: part of the new SWAT system allows for two bottles in this dual suspension frame

Although the stock bike includes Specialized’s new SWAT (Storage, Water, Air, Tools) box for emergency repair storage, Blair wasn’t running one. “I actually don’t have one, otherwise I’d probably use it. I always carry spares with me. It’s often quicker to repair your own tyre or chain than run to an allocated service zone, even on a 5km lap course.”

Blair is riding on a prototype specialized saddle - we believe it's a soon to be released s-works phenon: blair is riding on a prototype specialized saddle - we believe it's a soon to be released s-works phenonCould this be a new top-end Specialized Phenon?

The pre-production Specialized saddle is perhaps the most exciting item. It appears to be a new S-Works level Phenon saddle; Specialized’s mountain bike-specific saddle but with carbon rails and what we think could be an overall lighter construction.?

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame:?Specialized S-Works Epic WC – Size Large?????????????
  • Fork:?Custom RockShox SID World Cup 29 Brain – 95mm
  • Rear shock: FOX/Specialized remote Mini-Brain
  • Headset:?tapered sealed
  • Stem:?Ritchey WCS C260, 100mm, -17 degree
  • Handlebar:?Specialized S-Works XC flar bar, 685mm
  • Tape:?OzRiders foam
  • Front brake:?Avid XX
  • Rear brake:?Avid XX
  • Brake levers:?Avid XX
  • Front derailleur:?N/A
  • Rear derailleur:?SRAM XX1
  • Shift levers:?SRAM XX1 Gripshift
  • Cassette:?SRAM XX1 10-42T
  • Chain:?SRAM XX1
  • Crankset:?S-Works OS carbon, 175mm, 34T
  • Bottom bracket:?PF30
  • Pedals:?Shimano M970 XTR
  • Wheelset:?Roval Control SL 29 carbon
  • Front tyre:?Specialized S-Works Fast Trak, 2Bliss Ready, 29×2.2″, 26psi
  • Rear tyre:?Specialized S-Works Renegade, 2Bliss Ready, 29×1.95″, 28psi
  • Saddle:?Specialized S-Works Phenon (unconfirmed name – pre-production)
  • Seatpost:?Specialized carbon, setback
  • Bottle cages:?Specialized Zee Cage II Carbon Left ?(2)
  • Computer:?Garmin Edge 500

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s height:?1.83m (6ft)
  • Rider’s weight:?73kg (160lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t:?891mm
  • Saddle setback: 85mm
  • Seat-tube length (c-t):?470mm
  • Seat-tube length (c-c):?432mm
  • Tip of saddle to centre of bar:?635mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop:?100mm
  • Head tube length:?120mm
  • Top tube length (effective):?618mm
  • Total bicycle weight:?10.11kg (22.24lb)

See our gallery (top right) for a more detailed look at the bike.


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Pro bike: Jack Haig’s Avanti Corsa SL

Jack Haig. It’s a name you may not have heard before, but soon it will be hard to ignore. Haig won the best young rider classification at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under, while riding in support for his Uni-SA teammate, Caleb Ewan.

His recent results give a glimpse of a very bright future for the 20-year-old from Bendigo, Victoria. Last year, Haig was the 2013 Australian National Road Series overall winner, and also won the U23 Cross-Country National Mountain Bike Championships, with lap times comparable to elite men’s World Cup rider Dan McConnell. ?

For 2014, Haig is part of the Avanti Racing Team, a team that has developed riders such as Richie Porte, Nathan Earle, Nathan Haas and Steele von Hoffe. We caught up with Haig and his very bright and light Avanti Corsa SL during the Tour Down Under. ?

The Corsa SL Team is Avanti’s new flagship race frame and prioritises lightweight and stiffness over aerodynamics – the latter is taken care of by the Corsa DR frame.

The direct-mount rear brake isn't ideal for the mechanics who use frame mount workstands: the direct-mount rear brake isn't ideal for the mechanics who use frame mount workstands

A stand-out feature of Haig’s Corsa SL is the Shimano Dura-ace direct-mount rear brake, hidden underneath the box-section chainstays that stem straight from the full width of the bottom bracket. Up top is a smoothly blended integrated seat clamp that holds a 27.2mm seatpost, along with uninterrupted seatstays to provide additional compliance.?

The di2 sprint shifters poke through the bartape ready for an attack: the di2 sprint shifters poke through the bartape ready for an attack

With a full Shimano Dura-ace 9070 Di2 drivetrain and matching SRM, the build is every bit as good as those of his professional competitors’ bikes. The small addition of Di2 sprint shifters on the drops is a surprise – it’s more often seen among sprinters.

Haig’s choice of lightweight over aerodynamics continues with his Dura-ace C24 wheels, an indication that he’s a true climber. With his bike coming in under 7kg, it was the lightest we weighed during our time in Adelaide.

Haig uses a specialized romin pro saddle and a long seratpost off a mountain bike: haig uses a specialized romin pro saddle and a long seratpost off a mountain bike

The team lacks a saddle sponsor, so Haig has provided his own Specialized Romin Pro perch. Haig is tall and lanky and rides a comparatively small frame, so a longer seatpost from another brand is used to get his required seat height.

And what does 2014 hold for Haig? “I’m planning to do well at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour to set up my road season,” he said. “But I’m also focusing on Mountain Bike Nationals, Oceanias, and the first two World Cup rounds. Hopefully that will earn me a spot in the Commonwealth Games mountain bike team.”

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame:?Avanti Corsa SL CR6, M/L size
  • Fork:?Avanti ADT CR6 tapered
  • Headset:?Internal tapered (unbranded)?
  • Stem:?Easton EA90, 130mm, -10 degree
  • Handlebar:?Easton EA70, 42cm (c-c)
  • Tape:?Zero micro wrap
  • Front brake:?Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Rear brake:?Shimano Dura-Ace 9010 direct-mount
  • Brake levers:?Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
  • Front derailleur:?Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
  • Rear derailleur:?Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
  • Shift levers:?Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070 + SW-R610 sprint (on drops)
  • Cassette:?Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-28T
  • Chain:?Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
  • Crankset:?SRM Shimano 11-speed, 175mm, 53/39T
  • Bottom bracket:?Shimano BB-71 press-fit
  • Pedals:?Shimano 9000 Dura-ace
  • Wheelset:?Shimano Dura-ace C24 tubular
  • Front tyre:?Kenda ‘SC’ (appears to be 23mm-wide Veloflex Carbon)?
  • Rear tyre:?Kenda ‘SC’ (appears to be 23mm-wide Veloflex Carbon)?
  • Saddle:?Specialized Romin Pro
  • Seatpost:?Felt aluminium, straight
  • Bottle cages:?Blackburn Camber CF (2)
  • Computer:?Garmin out-front mount (computer not pictured)

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s height:?1.90m (6ft 3in)
  • Rider’s weight:?68kg (150lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t:?796mm
  • Saddle setback: 73mm
  • Seat tube length (c-t):?505mm
  • Seat tube length (c-c):? 490mm
  • Tip of saddle to center of bar:?585mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop:?120mm
  • Head tube length:?165mm
  • Top tube length (effective):?565mm
  • Total bicycle weight:?6.92kg (15.22lb) without Garmin


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Police Give Out Hundreds Of Free Helmets And Lights

Awesome!

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Police officials from BU, Boston, and Brookline are teaming up this week to give away hundreds of free helmets to cyclists riding in the Commonwealth Avenue area, to prevent accidents and spread awareness about biking safety.

Boston University Sgt. Larry Cuzzi said Monday afternoon that police officers had handed out nearly 75 helmets that morning. He estimated that they would donate hundreds by Wednesday evening, when the giveaway ends.

Read the rest here.

These sort of events are just as important as the ticket stings, and I hope they do this more often.

I have been stuck in so much bike traffic lately get your helmets and lights and join us!

More Bay State Bike Week Events

From Massbike:

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Just around the corner is a statewide celebration of two-wheeled, human-powered transportation: Bay State Bike Week! Be sure to check out this year’s calendar of events so that you don’t miss out on the free breakfasts, t-shirts and other swag, and fun rides that make this week a truly unique time for Massachusetts cyclists!

There are more than 120 events planned statewide for the nine days of Bay State Bike Week 2013. Here’s a sampling from across the Commonwealth:

  • Saturday, 5/11 – 5th Annual National Train Day Bike Tour, North Station, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, 5/12 – Family and Community Bike Ride, Worcester, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Monday, 5/13 – Bicycle Forum, South Hadley, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 5/14 – Broadway Bicycle School Annual Pancake Breakfast, Cambridge, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, 5/15 – Springfield Movie Night, North Riverfront Park, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Thurdsay, 5/16 – Bicycle Clinic for Elders, Amherst Senior Center, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Friday, 5/17 – Hyannis Biker Breakfast, Hyannis Transportation Center, 8:00 am to 8:45 am
  • Saturday, 5/18 - Morning Road Ride, Westfield, 7:00 am to 8:30am
  • Sunday, 5/19 – Northampton Tweed Ride, Forbes Library, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Be sure to sign up for the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge if you haven’t already. Organizations and companies of all sizes compete against one another to rack up the most miles and trips biked during the week through this site. This year there are also individual awards in categories like “Fearless Commuter” and “Bicycle Love Story.”

A big thanks goes out to our partners at MassDOT and MassRIDES for helping to make this event possible, and to the scores of event organizers who make this possible. Let’s make the 2013 Bay State Bike Week the biggest and best ever!

Bike Safety Classes

Massbike is offering some free bike safety classes, check em out!

From MassBike:

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We hope you made it safely through the (sometimes hectic) return of students to the Boston area. There are certainly a lot more cars on the road, a lot more pedestrians everywhere, and a lot more bicyclists trying to squeeze between other users, including other bicyclists. If you need a little refresher course on the rules of the road, how to stay safe, riding skills, or just want to feel more comfortable getting from A to B, check out the classes below. Though these classes are all free and open to the public, we kindly ask you to register here. Stay safe!

Biking For Everyone Workshops

Urban Cycling Workshop (Sponsored by the City of Newton and Harris Cyclery)
Thursday, September 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Newton City Hall, Room 202
1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton

Hubway Workshop
Friday, September 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Boston City Hall

Hubway Workshop
Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Boston Public Library Main Branch, McKim Conference Room
Boston

Basics of Better Biking (On-Bike Workshop)

Saturday, September 15, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Boston University
Meets at the Corner of Agganis Way and Commonwealth Avenue

Sunday, September 16, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Boston University
Meets at the Corner of Agganis Way and Commonwealth Avenue

These classes are made possible through the generous support of the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. If you have any questions, please email Education@MassBike.org.