Another swell bicycle ride from yer ol' pal Glen
The 14th Annual
("I swear this is the last year!")
Amherst & Northampton, MA
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June 11-13, 2021
Come for one, two, or all three days
Kids 12 or younger on ride day pedal for free!
Please enter here the address where you want your registration materials mailed.
This does NOT need to be the same as your billing address, which we will ask you for below.
Be SURE to include an apartment or floor number if appropriate. We can NOT guarantee delivery without this information!
WHICH DAYS DO YOU WANT TO RIDE?
Join us for one, two, or all three days -- your choice
Here's a brief description of each day -- complete details on our web site at www.thefarmride.com.
Beneath these descriptions is the actual question where you pick which days you want.
FRIDAY JUNE 11TH
Our ride HQ office at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst will be open starting at noon. Come on by for a free cold drink or some friendly help.
If you're room is ready you can check-in; if it's not ready yet, you can leave your luggage with us if you wish.
We'll have several bike routes already marked, so stop by for a route sheet if you want to go for a spin.
We'll have a short relaxed escorted ride at 3:00 p.m. to Northampton for ice cream.
Back in time for dinner at the college dining commons -- picked by the Princeton Review for the second year in a row as the best in the country!
Pay for your own dinner and ice cream, but otherwise this day is FREE
SATURDAY JUNE 12TH
This is the main ride day. Start-line breakfast, great rest stops, routes from 25 - 100 miles, full S.A.G. support, post-ride farm meal, beer, pie, more pie...
POST-RIDE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JUNE 13TH
After the big ride stick around for our Saturday Night Dorm Party (Margaritas, beer, more food, assorted stupidity...)
Those staying in the Deluxe Dorms WHO WANT TO can open up their suites for the Saturday Night Dorm Party. If you have an idea for a room, we'll foot the bill. (The Whiskey Bar, the Salty Snacks Room, The Tiki Bar, The Parisian Cafe...) The dorm party last year was so much fun I think we should just skip all this silly bike riding this year and head straight to the party.
Note that if you want nothing to do with the Dorm Party just let us know and we'll make sure that your room is far from all the fun.
If COVID is still a safety problem, are we canceling the dorm party? Of course not! (But we WILL move it outside for safety!)
On Sunday we'll have start-line breakfast plus lots of pocket food you can take with you for today's rides. Several marked shorter routes with full S.A.G. support, an escorted 40-mile ride, or skip riding and go paddling on the calm Connecticut River. (Boating costs extra). Free luggage storage if you need to check out early.
SO... which days do you want to ride?
HOW FAR DO YOU WANT TO PEDAL?
Saturday is the big Farm Ride day. How far do you want to pedal? You can change your mind, even right in the middle of the ride, but telling us now how far you THINK you'll pedal helps us plan better for you.
We offer OPTIONAL transportation for your bike and you from Manhattan out to the ride and back again. Your bike travels in our bike trucks while you travel by van.
Note: We do not provide food during the trip, but we will stop at rest stops along the way where you can buy terrible road food, or bring your own!
Some cyclists come for just one day, but most make a great Farm Ride weekend out of it.
Here are the lodging choices, from basic to deluxe:
STANDARD DORM ROOMS -- Each room as two single beds, with bathrooms in the hallways. No air conditioning.
PRICE: $57 per night to have the room to yourself. $52 PER PERSON per night to share a room.
DELUXE DORMS -- This is where I stay. Each Dorm Suite has four small private single rooms that share two full bathrooms, a full-size kitchen, and a small seating area. Book just one of those four rooms for yourself, or book the entire four-room suite -- great for a family or a group traveling together!
PRICE: $72 per night for a private room within the four-room suite. $288 per night to take all four rooms for yourself.
NOTE: Deluxe dorm suites are co-ed.
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HOTELS -- Lots of local choices in all price ranges, including the Hotel UMass, a real three-star hotel located right on the UMass campus.
If you want to stay in the Hotel UMass, you should call up and make your own reservation -- we do not make reservations at the hotel for you. Just call 877-822-2110 and say that you are part of reservation block FRD21C. We do not profit from lodging in any way.
OTHER HOTELS -- there are plenty of other hotels in the are. Just use your favorite travel website and search for lodging near Amherst, MA. Each day you can pedal to the UMass start line, or drive your car over -- plenty of free parking.
IF you are sharing a STANDARD Dorm room, or a DELUXE Dorm suite, AND you know who you want to share with, list their names(s) here.
If you are staying in the STANDARD dorms and would like us to find you a roommate we will assign one of the same sex.
If you are staying in the DELUXE dorms and would like us to find you roommates to fill out your four-room suite we will assign people of either sex, since everyone has a private room for sleeping -- you are sharing the communal kitchen and two full bathrooms.
We do NOT assign roommates for hotel rooms.
Welcome to the Department of Annoying Questions!
IF you are staying in the STANDARD dorms, those rooms are NOT air-conditioned. That means that they might be delightfully cool, and they might be extra toasty.
Hey, you know those cheap plastic key cards that hotels give you that you always throw away? Yeah. The plastic key cards that UMass uses for the dorms contain a microchip and are expensive -- if you lose one or take it home with you by mistake they will IMMEDIATELY bill you $50.
When we get closer to ride day we send out emails with all the stuff you need to know -- where to show up, when... The only problem is that we find that -- at best -- 70 percent of the riders actually read that stuff!
No problem-o! Everything you need to know is right here on the Quick Start section of our web site:
SO... raise your right hand and repeat after me:
"Being a smart and totally awesome person, I promise to either:
A) Read the emails when they get sent out (and make sure they're not in my spam filter).
B) Skip the emails but read the Quick Start guide.
C) Use my psychic powers to know what to do.
D) Not send an email to Glen at 1 a.m. on ride day marked URGENT -- WHAT TIME DO I SHOW UP? WHERE'S THE START LINE?
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