Details About the 14th Annual Reid's Ride
When: Sunday, July 15, 2018 (7am-Noon), Rain or Shine.
What: 28-mile Bicycling Ride through six Massachusetts north shore towns, to raise money to fight adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers.
Where: Starts at the parking lot at Lynnfield High School (275 Essex St, Lynnfield), and ends at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester (Hough Street), where riders are greeted with food, refreshments, music and prizes.
How do I find more information?: Just start reading the material below. It will tell you more about the route, the requirements, and how to register. Check back closer to the event for more information.
Pre-Registration: Go to the Firstgiving website closer to the event to register to ride, join or create a team of riders, and to create a personal or team Fundraising Page. You can register on-line at the site. Riders are encouraged to pre-register in advance, either on-line or by mailing in a registration form. Pre-registered riders need only check in at the specially marked tables at Lynnfield High School on the morning of the event, at which time you can pick up your bib numbers, event tee-shirt, and other information. Any pledge donations in cash or checks you received can be handed in at that time, and they will be immediately credited toward your totals. The check-in tables open by 6:15am.
Same-Day Registration: If you wish to register on the morning of the event, plan to arrive at the Lynnfield High School parking lot before 7:00AM and look for the signs labeled "Same Day Registration". Volunteers there will help you fill out the registration forms, receive your fees and pledge donations, supply you with a bib number, and direct you to the tee-shirt station to pick up an event tee-shirt.
The Route: The route is 28 miles in length and is moderately challenging depending on your cycling experience, but riders of nearly all ages and abilities have tackled Reid's Ride over the last five years with success!. Riders ride at their own pace, either trying to beat a personal best or casually enjoying the scenery and one another's company. All roads are paved and clearly marked and the scenery is quite remarkable. The route passes through a broad range of environments--everything from small neighborhoods and town centers, to rural countryside and past massive coastal estates. Later portions of the route run parallel to the ocean approaching Cape Ann. A facilities-equipped rest and refreshments stop will be set up in parking lot at Endicott College facing the ocean, at roughly the half-way point.
The route starts Lynnfield High School (275 Essex Street, Lynnfield, MA) and ends at Stage Fort Park (Hough Street, Gloucester, MA 01833).
For a Google Bicycling route map, click HERE.
You can also download a file of the route HERE.
Getting home from the event: It is recommended to have a ride pick you up at Stage Fort Park at the conclusion of the event (make sure they have a bike rack or a large backseat!). Alternatively, a few buses will be available to bring cyclists and their bikes back to Lynnfield HS. Listen carefully to the DJ up on the gazebo for announcements for departure times for the buses. Of course, many of our riders jump back on their bikes and cycle home from Stage Fort Park, exploring some of the other glorious cycling routes leaving Gloucester, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea and other towns.
Bike transport: If you need your bike transported back to Lynnfield High (bikes are attended at all times), make sure to leave your bike in the staging/loading area as soon as you arrive, post-ride, at Stage Fort Park. The trailers must make several trips, starting at 10:30, and it is first-come, first-served.
Parking: Although there is some parking available at Lynnfield High School, please carpool or cycle in for the start of the event. In Gloucester, there is a small parking lot at Stage Fort Park, but there is a large lot at Gloucester High School, just a short walk from there.
Volunteers: We are always looking for volunteers, both before the event and on ride-day! If you or a friend/family member is interested in volunteering, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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Safety: Regardless of weather, layered clothing, wind breakers, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended. All participants are required to wear helmets. The route will be patrolled and monitored by volunteer teams, utilizing radios provided by North Shore Radio Association and Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association. These volunteers will be watching for riders needing technical or medical assistance. Landry's Bicycles graciously provides bike technical support at the starting line and the rest stop. Lyons Ambulance generously provides EMT coverage.
Bike rentals: Urban AdvenTours - Boston Bicycle Tours and Rentals will again be offering free delivery for bikes reserved prior to Reid's Ride. Urban AdvenTours will be delivering the rental bikes to the starting line at Lynnfield High School and picking them up after the event at Stage FortPark. If you wish to take advantage of this service, you MUST reserve a bike in advance. Please call Urban AdvenTours at 617-670-0637 to reserve a bike for Reid's Ride.
If you don't know by now, Reid's Ride is a 28-mile bike-a-thon for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Cyclists follow a scenic road route on a quiet summer Sunday morning from Lynnfield High School to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester where riders and supporters are greeted to food, refreshments, music, prizes and other festivities at a beautiful location overlooking the ocean. The event is not a race, but riders are invited to cycle the route at whatever pace they wish to enjoy. The route is moderately challenging depending on your cycling experience, but riders of nearly all ages and abilities have tackled Reid's Ride since its inception in 2005, with success! Riders ride at their own pace, either trying to beat a personal best or casually enjoying the scenery and one another's company. All roads are paved and clearly marked and the scenery is quite remarkable. The route passes through a broad range of environments--everything from small neighborhoods and town centers, to rural countryside and past massive coastal estates. Later portions of the route run parallel to the ocean approaching Cape Ann. A facilities-equipped rest and refreshments stop will be set up in parking lot at Endicott College facing the ocean, at roughly the half-way point.
Reid's Ride is the primary fund-raising event to benefit the Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund. The fund provides financial support to select clinicians, researchers, and programs around the world working on finding better treatments--and someday a cure--for the cancers predominantly striking adolescents and young adults. Proceeds come from registration fees, rider fund-raising, individual donors, and generous donations and sponsorships from local businesses.
The event is named in honor of Reid Sacco, who lost his life to cancer at age 20. Shortly before he passed away, when he was still hopeful that he'd be able to beat the disease, he aspired to ride in an event to raise money to support research in young adult cancer like his. He never lived to achieve that aspiration, so his family and friends established a Foundation in his name, and launched Reid's Ride as a way carry on that aspiration for him.
To make sure that anyone who wants to participate in this wonderful event can do so, we've kept the fees and fund-raising requirements very affordable. We make it very easy to raise support for your ride, and very easy to register. The Ride itself takes just a little bit of your time, and we've tried to make everything as simple and easy as possible. The cost to register is just $100.00, and we ask all riders to collect a minimum of $150.00 in donations from family and friends to support your dedicated effort that day. Our special site makes fund-raising pages quick and easy to create, for emailing and Facebooking to family, classmates, colleagues, and friends. Those riders who are also registered to ride in the year's PanMass Challenge are only required to pay the registration fee.