Berkshire Brevets

If you want to improve as a cyclist or train for a tour this Brevet Series is the way to go. Our good buddy Dyno-Don (Simply the BEST) at New Horizon Sports puts this group of rides together. Don't worry Don will never cheat you out of any hills.  You will get all the hills you paid for and maybe a few you did not. Every route is challenging and also very rewarding.  This years Saybrook 300K will have the Eliminator Cycling Team  man the halfway checkpoint in Old Saybrook.
 Expect the best stocked checkpoint you have ever seen. 





Below Copied from Horizon Sports......  




2013 BERKSHIRE BREVETS SCHEDULE 

The Berkshire Brevets are a series of randonneur cycling events starting in Westfield, Massachusetts. If you enjoy century rides and challenging events, you will find randonnueur cycling a rewarding experience. Our good friend and super guy Don Podolski and is daughter Mary work hard to make these rides work. They put in tons of time for little reward. 


The randonneur season is broken into a series of brevets of 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, and 600 km, a team 24 hr., and a final event of 1200 km. The goal of the randonneur cyclist is to complete all events within time limits. You can expect about 3,000 ft. of climbing for each 100 km.

 Each brevet is designed to challenge and prepare the long distance cyclists for the next ride in the series and act as a qualifier for  Paris - Brest – Paris (1200 km) and other 1200 Km events throughout the world. The purpose of the Berkshire Brevets is to introduce cyclists in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut to the sport of randonneur cycling.  The next Paris - Brest - Paris is in August 2015. While no membership in a club or cycling organization is required to participate we encourage riders to join Randonneurs USA ( RUSA). The Berkshire Brevets are organized and hosted by  New Horizons Sports.

Randonneur cycling is long distance (endurance) cycling with minimal or no support. A brevet is not a race, although the ride is timed and some riders will seek a personal best time, the primary goal is simply to finish. The style of riding is characterized by various rules and traditions that date to 1891 in France when the first Paris – Brest – Paris race was held. When one participates in brevet events, one is part of worldwide brotherhood of cyclists, with over 120 years of history and legend. 

For a registration form click here, or register online.

Brevet Support

Follow vehicles are not allowed. Brevet checkpoints will vary in level of support. Some will be staffed with refreshments while others will be at convenience stores. None will have support between checkpoints so basic repair knowledge is necessary.

St. Pat's 100K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
St. Pat's 100K Sunday, March 17 100 km (62 miles)  Westfield, MA   8:00 AM   RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Not Required 6:20   $10.00

 

Our St. Pat's 100K is our traditional 1st long event of the brevet season.This is the flattest of our routes and you can expect anything from spring-like conditions to mid-winter conditions at this time of year.

Spring 200K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Early Spring Sunday, March 24 200 km (125 mi)  Westfield, MA   7:00 AM   ACP/RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Optional 13.5 hrs.   $20.00

 

Our Early Spring 200K is a figure eight loop with the northern half of the ride from Westfield to Sunderland and back and the southern half from Westfield to Simsbury Ct and back. Controls are a mix of convenience stores and staffed controls.

Old Saybrook 300K    -  SAYBROOK CHECKPOINT BY ELIMINATOR CYCLING!!

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Old Saybrook 300K Saturday , April 13 300 km (190 miles)  Westfield, MA  6:00 AM   ACP/RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 20 hrs.   $25.00  

From Westfield to Old Saybrook, CT and back. This route is moderately hilly and lollipop shaped with a 100 mile loop connecting the outbound and inbound legs. Controls are a mix of convenience stores and staffed.

Shelburne Falls 200K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Shelburne Falls 200K Saturday, April 27 200 km (125 miles)  Westfield, MA   7:00 AM  ACP, RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Optional 13 hrs.   $20.00  

North along the western side of the Connecticut River Valley to southern Vermont and back. a moderately hilly route. Controls are Mocha Maya's Coffee House and McCusker's Deli where refreshments are provided..

 

Fleche NE 2012

Brevet: Date: Distance: Destination:  Sanction Sanction:
Fleche NE May 3 360 km Westfield, MA  ACP, RUSA RUSA, ACP
           
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:    
Required 24hrs.   $35.00 per Team    
      Brunch $20.00 per rider     
      Pre-Registration Required: by April 17    
     

 

 

   

The Fleche NE is a 24 hr. Team event with all teams riding to a common destination. Start location, start time, and route to the destination are chosen by each team. Teams meet Sunday morning for  brunch and sharing ride stories and photos.

BashBish 300K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
BashBish 300K Saturday, May 11 300 km (190 miles)  Westfield, MA  6:00 AM  ACP, RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 20 hrs.   $25.00  

A hilly route heading west into the Berkshires then south along the Housatonnic River to Kent Ct. Crosses into Eastern NY before returning.  Route is lollipop shaped. Climbs include Jacob's Ladder (8 miles) both outbound and inbound and Bash Bish Falls (4.5 miles long with 2 short sections of steep, 18% grades. Controls include  convenience stores and staffed sites.

 

Saratoga 400K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Saratoga 400K Saturday,June 1 400 km (250 miles)  Westfield, MA   1:00 AM  ACP, RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 27 hrs.   $30.00  

An out and back route to Saratoga Springs NY crossing the Berkshires and Taconic Hills. This route is very hilly. Both staffed controls and convenience stores. No bag drop.

Catskill 600K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Catskill 600K Saturday, June 22/23 600 km (380 miles)  Westfield, MA   4:00 AM  ACP, RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 40 hrs.   $65.00  
         
      Pre-Registration Required:  
     

Postmark June 12

On-line Pre-Reg atBikeReg.com til June 19th, Noon

 

A loop course through northwest Connecticut, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. We coss the Litchfield Hills, the Catskills, the Taconics, the Green Mountains, and the Berkshires on this ride. Limited number of cots and dinner at mile 255.

 

Petersburg 300K

Brevet: Date: Distance: Location & Time: Sanction:
Petersburg 300K August 17 300 km (190 miles)  Westfield, MA   6:00 AM ACP/RUSA
         
Lights: Time Limit:   Cost:  
Required 20 hrs.   $25.00  

I enjoy Petersburg pass so much I just had to add this summer brevet which includes Searsburg pass in Vermont as well as Petersburg Pass on the NY / MA border. This route is very hilly. Controls are convenience stores.