Buzzards Bay provides some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in New England – from Sakonnet Point in Little Compton and the farm coast of Westport and Dartmouth to New Bedford’s working waterfront, charming Onset Village and the famed science community of Woods Hole on Cape Cod. If you love cycling and want to protect clean water in our community, then sign up for the 12th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, Sept. 30 by visiting savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. More than 250 cyclists participate in the Watershed Ride each year, pedaling across the beautiful Buzzards Bay region to raise funds for clean water.
Cyclists can sign up for their choice of 35- and 75-mile routes as well as a 100-mile “century ride” that circles the entirety of Buzzards Bay starting from the dramatic breakwater at Sakonnet Point, R.I. All three routes join together for lunch and to end with a lively finish line party in the heart of Woods Hole Village featuring dinner, beer and wine, live music, awards and free massages.
Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a more casual rider, you’ll enjoy the Ride’s gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmland, working waterfront and colorful cranberry bogs. Many cyclists form teams with their friends, family and coworkers, sporting flashy uniforms and colorful names like “Sail Bags,” “Team Girl Power” and “Shining Sea Riders.” Local schools, groups and businesses form teams for camaraderie and visibility, including the “Falmouth Academy Pedalers,” “Team South Coast Bikeway” and “Sylvia Group Spinners.”
South Coast Almanac publisher and Onset resident Marlissa Briggett will return to the Ride with her team for the third time this year. “What a day! I’m still enjoying some post-Ride joy at the wonderful ride and party. Every single rider on our team said they’d do it again next year!"
Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome. Riders are fully supported along the course with water and snack stations, clear route markings, a hearty food truck lunch at Eastover Farm in Rochester and on-the-road bike repair technicians. Prizes go to the riders and teams that raise the most money as well as the winners in categories including “Best Team Outfit” and “Most Riders.”
Each cyclist raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set loftier fundraising goals. All funds go directly to the Coalition’s work to protect land and clean water around Buzzards Bay. Last year, cyclists and their supporters raised more than $155,000 to support the Coalition.
Cyclists can register now for the Ride to confirm their commitment to clean water and get a head-start on their summer training schedule. To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.
The Ride is sponsored by Amica Insurance, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union and Fiber Optic Center. To inquire about sponsoring the Ride, contact [email protected].