Pan-Mass Challenge riders on Cape Sunday

Motorists will be sharing the road today as riders travel from Bourne to Provincetown
Highlights from the 2010 Pan-Mass Challenge. Photo courtesy pmc.org.

In addition to the casual walkers, runners and cyclists along parts of Route 6A and Route 6, motorists will be sharing the road with the 33rd annual Pan-Mass Challenge riders on Sunday, August 5.

The 190-mile bike-a-thon began off-Cape Saturday morning and will continue through most of Sunday. Approximately 5,500 cyclists participate in the annual fundraiser which was founded in 1980. 

All rider-raised funds are donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute via the Jimmy Fund, according to the organization's website. The ride began at two off-Cape points on Saturday--Sturbridge and Wellesley.  Two of the rides five finish lines are in Provincetown on Sunday.

The ride will start at sunrise at the Bourne Bridge in Bourne Sunday. Most riders will arrive in Provincetown between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.  The last riders are expected to reach the Cape's tip by 2:30 p.m.

According to Yarmouth police, riders should be passing through Yarmouth Port between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. as they make their way up Route 6A towards Provincetown.  Riders travel a course which includes Route 6A, Route 6, the Cape Cod Rail Trail and additional roads off 6 and 6A. See the route here.

Motorists should exercise extreme caution particularly in tight areas such as along Route 6A.

According to the Pan-Mass Challenge site, the average rider's age is 45. Nearly 300 riders are cancer survivors or current patients.

To learn more about the Pan-Mass Challenge, visit the website here.

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