The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), which promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and hosts rides for families and cycling enthusiasts, is offering its first Summer Century and Family Ride event on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Various rides, from a 12-mile family ride to a 100-mile century ride, begin and end at and include arrowed routes, maps, clue sheets and a post-ride lunch. The longer rides include rest stops with water and snacks.
Start times and partial ride descriptions are as follows:
A 12-mile family ride, with start times from 10 to 11 a.m., loops through central and northern Lexington neighborhoods, primarily on quiet streets with gently-rolling terrain. Several conservation areas are included, and two short sections on the Minuteman Bikeway. Riders may follow the route on their own, or go with a guided group.
A 22-mile family ride, with start times from 10 to 11 a.m., goes to Concord on low-to-moderate traffic roads and returns to Lexington via Bedford. It includes optional stops at historic sites, and a water and bathroom stop.
A 45-mile ride, with start times from 9 to 10:30 a.m., goes through Lincoln, Concord, Acton and Boxborough, then heads north through the outskirts of Acton, near Fort Pond and Nagog Pond before passing Nashoba Valley Ski Area and returning via South Chelmsford Road.
The Metric Century, 62 miles, has start times from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and the route follows scenic back roads through Lincoln, Concord, Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, Ayer, Groton and Carlisle.
The Century, 100 miles, has start times from 7 to 8:30 a.m., and the route follows that of the Metric Century, on scenic back roads through Lincoln, Concord, Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, Ayer, Groton and Carlisle. It also includes a 40-mile loop through Groton to Townsend.
The event costs $15 for MassBike members, and $20 for non-members through Aug. 11. Day-of-the-event registration is $25. Children under 16 accompanied by
an adult are free. Proceeds benefit MassBike's advocacy programs.
More information and registration is available at MassBike's website.