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BikeFest 2016 was Sunday September 18

THANK YOU for coming out on a gloomy day. It was not a washout, and we saw so many smiles! Participants should look for a survey in the coming weeks- we love to know what you thought, so we can make our 10’th anniversary edition THE BEST EVER!

Some photos from this year are posted on our FaceBoook Page.

Welcome to the 9th annual BikeFest Tour of the Valley

 

Come out to enjoy the stunning fall foliage, dairy farms, and quaint villages of the Pioneer Valley, then stay for the gourmet food, beer, live music and entertainment. BikeFest is the most fun you can have on or off a bike! 

Check out this short video to see what YOU will experience!

How about this great video that may even have YOU in it from 2016- special thank you to Ed Comeau for the shooting and production:

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“New” bridge = BikeFest Ride Routes 2.0 (new as of BikeFest 2015)

Thanks to the return of the Eunice Williams Bridge (Nov. 2014), BikeFest new ride routes include spectacular scenery  including a tour of West Leyden on the Century ride.

Photo credit: Paul Franz

Photo credit: Paul Franz

All three long rides will feature a dramatic climb through Bardwell’s Ferry after crossing the historic Bardwell’s Ferry steel bridge.
The Shelburne Falls stop will be on a scenic over-look above the famed Glacial Potholes (Century and Metric rides).

The Vineyard Ride is back on some beautiful freshly paved asphalt.  Even the family ride is now on almost all new pavement.

And to thank YOU for being a cyclist, rides, lunch, music, beer  and kickin’ party are only $30-$65 inclusive at early-bird rates.  (Rates increase on 8/31.  BikeFest WILL sell out, so register early.)

Tour of the Valley entrance fee includes fully supported ride with SAG, well-stocked rest stops, a post-ride gourmet BBQ lunch buffet with local craft beers, entertainment featuring the music  of The Art Steele Band, a pro BMX stunt show from Team East and other surprises.  High quality, advertising-free T-Shirts and Water Bottles are available for purchase while supplies last.

All proceeds benefit The Northampton Cycling Club, a 501c3, offering support for youth and amateur cyling; the JAM Fund, a 501(c)3, helping younger cyclists achieve their goals, both on and off the bike, through mentoring, grants and a supported racing program.

Kids ride Free: Children 10 years old or younger ride free with a registered parent. Both must be present at sign in.
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BikeFest needs volunteers!  Learn how you can get a free BikeFest T-shirt, water bottle and lunch by volunteering or providing a volunteer.  Sign up here to Volunteer for BikeFest or click here for more information.

 Note: Look Park charges a motor vehicle entry fee of $7.  Bicycles always enter free.

Ride amenities include:

– Five great, well marked, ride routes to choose from.
– Motorized SAG with mechanical support provided for ALL rides.
– Well stocked rest stops approx. every 25 miles with sports nutrition.
– Gourmet post-ride BBQ catered be Rob Watson from the Lone Wolf of Amherst featuring pulled pork, jambalaya, plenty of fresh veggies, dessert and other delights.
BikeFest 2016 Limited Edition T Shirt – Up to three pints of craft beers included FREE with your lunch (must be 21).
– Post ride festival including live music from the Art Steele Band, a pro BMX stunt show, kids races, face painting a bike friendly expo and much more
– Rides start en-mass with lead out from Look Park Ranger’s vehicle.
– Will you see a bag piper or two?  You have to ride to find out!

BikeFest ’16 and Tour of the Valley Schedule of Events

The BikeFest Tour of the
Valley features five, fully supported rides designed for all levels.
All rides start and end at Look Park, Northampton, MA
Ride Starts:
6:15 a.m. registration for rides opens
7:00 a.m. Tour of the Valley Century – 104 mile ride departs
8:45 a.m.  Tour of the Valley Metric Century – 72 mile ride departs
10:15 a.m. Tour of the Valley Orchard Ride – 45 mile ride departs
11:25 a.m. Tour of the Valley Farm Ride – 25 mile departs
11:45 a.m. Tour of the Valley Family Ride — 8 mile ride departs
12:15 riders begin to return to Look Park
Each rides is mass start, but those needing more time may leave early.  Those arriving late may still ride provided they can get back by the close of the festival.

Festival Schedule of events:

12:15  BikeFest free family festival begins:  Bike Decorating, Face Painting, Exhibitors Open, Free hot dogs for kids.
12:30 BikeFest BBQ opens
12:30 The Art Steele Band
1:45   BMX Stunt Show
2:15   Free Kids Bike Races
2:15  The Art Steele Band
5:15   BBQ Closes.  BikeFest ’16 Closes.

All proceeds benefit the JAM Fund, and the Northampton Cycling Club’s youth and amateur cycling programs.  NCC and JAM Fund are registered 501(c)3 charities.

2015 Reviews:

BikeFest 2016 will happen on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Look Park so mark your calendars! You can view some great photos from past BikeFests here.

“The most fun I’ve ever had on or off a bike.”  — Clayton
“Spectacular event!  I loved the new Century Route!”  — anonymous
“Good company, wonderful finish.”  — Jim, Northampton
“Thank you for a really well run event (72 miler)”  Peter D.
“We drive 100 miles from eastern Mass and trying to get more to come out, the scenic routes and minimum traffic is a bonus” — anonymous
“Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the ride.  While I live relatively close, I was introduced to some roads I had not ridden before and enjoyed them immensely.”  — Wilbraham
“Thanks for putting on a great ride and I appreciate all you are doing to promote cycling!”  — Brian C.

No refunds will be issued for any reason.

BikeFest Green Event Pledge:

To minimize the environmental impact of BikeFest, most food and materials used will be sourced locally.  All aid stations provide tap water, energy drink powder, fresh fruit and pbj or bagels to eliminate packaging and transport waste.

  • No packaged beverages will be served at Look Park BBQ.
  • Ingredients for BBQ buffet are sourced locally as much as possible.
  • All craft beers are brewed locally at Northampton Brewery and BBC.