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!
“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.
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.
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:
– 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
BikeFest ’16 and Tour of the Valley Schedule of Events
12:15 riders begin to return to Look Park
Festival Schedule of events:
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.
“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.