MA 100k & Member’s Meeting – Nov 4th 2023

Start, Finish, and Meeting Location: Jake & Emily’s Home – 117 Governors Ave, Medford MA
Parking: Free on-street parking on Governors Ave, both sides. Please do not block driveways.
Ride Start Time: 8am (This is the day before the time change.)
Ride Leader: Jake Kassen
Lights: Optional
Distance: 127km / 82 miles (No Dirt)
Time Limit: 8h 28m
Map & GPS File: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44764549
Cue Sheet: See above RWGPS Link
Sanctioning: RUSA Only
Registration: BikeReg

Populaire @ 8am

Last NER Ride of 2023! (Probably) Come enjoy the fall weather on a fully paved rolling route not used by NER since 2017. The route is 82 miles (127km RUSA credit) and uses popular roads in the Boston western suburbs. The route heads southwest to Northboro, MA then north to Harvard, MA before heading due East back to Medford. At 3500′ of climbing this won’t be a knee buster and all roads are paved. But the route is constantly rolling so you’ll earn the chili at the end of the ride. Highlights include miles and miles on scenic low traffic and surprisingly rural roads on the western half. There’s a few good places to stop such as Aero coffee at the first control (1/10 mile off route) and the Harvard General Store for the 3rd control. (Note: No services at the 2nd control, mile 42.)

Special note about the Harvard Store: They make excellent hot sandwiches but they are known for taste, not speed. Look for the note in the cue and plan on ordering ahead a few miles out if you don’t want to wait 15-20+ min for your food. They have grab and go bakery items too.

NER will have snacks at Emily & Jake’s house when people return. The NER Member’s meeting is at 4pm, 8 hours after the ride start so riders do not need to rush.

2023 Members Meeting @ 4pm

The yearly members meeting is in NER’s Bylaws. It is an opportunity for members to discuss any issues related to the organization which might be on their mind. These meetings have been festive occasions with snacks, recalling enjoyable rides of the past year, and looking ahead. The meeting is open to all current NER members and people can join remotely via zoom if they’d like. If planning to join remotely, please provide a valid email address in your registration to receive the Zoom link sent on Saturday.

Registration Open for All Events Prior to September

Riders can register for The Dirt Populaire East Barnard VT Gravel 100km (June 25th), the White Mountain Getaway 600km (July 9 to 10) and the Newport 300km (Aug 20).  Look for the registration link on each of the event pages to register via BikeReg.   The Dirt event also has a brand-new pre-ride report to get you excited about the course!

It’s not too early to be fielding Arrow & Dart Teams for the Fall Team Event weekend (Sept 24). These are fun events where teams of 3-5 plan their own route to Brattleboro, VT and have 8-24 hours to ride their route of 120km – 360km+. 

Note that registration closes 24-48 hours before most events and on July 1 for the 600k, a week before the event.   There is no day-of-event registration for any events so don’t forget to register before the deadline. RUSA membership is also required for all events so make sure you’re current for 2022.

Riders can also become members of New England Randonneurs! NER yearly membership supports our events and in 2022 members will receive a free NER water bottle at the start of their first ride of the year.

Brevet Cards in 2022: For most events riders will receive a traditional paper brevet card. Please keep this card with you during the ride and return it to the organizer at the finish. For proof of passage at intermediate controls, riders can choose to: Get their card initialed, get a receipt at the control store (if applicable), record a GPS track, or take a time-stamped photo of their bike at the control.

2022 Event Results can be found at our dedicated results website. Results are generally posted 24-48 hours after the event has concluded.