BRAKING AIDS® Ride begins on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Boston, MA. All riders must arrive by 4:30 pm on Thursday, September 7 for our Registration Eve activities; crew must arrive Thursday by 12:00 pm. About two months before the Ride, you’ll receive a travel packet that will include details on travel options to Boston, bike shipping and Registration Eve hotels. (On Friday and Saturday nights, your hotel is included; on Thursday night, we’ll ask you to make your own reservations.)
The ride begins at 6:30 Friday morning with a brief, inspiring Opening Ceremony. From there, you’ll ride 285 miles over the next three days through New England farmland, along the scenic Atlantic coast, up wooded hills and across broad rivers as you make your way to New York City.
On the ride, you won’t just be fully supported; “fawned over” is more like it. Our extraordinary volunteer crew will anticipate your needs as you ride each day. The route is amply marked and at tricky turns you’ll find crew members to guide you safely through. Every 15 miles you’ll find an “Oasis.” More than a simple pit stop, it’s a respite from the road with lots of cheering and a variety of snacks, water and sport drink, toilets, medical assistance (including hugs if required) and bike techs. At midday, we’ll feed you a delicious, locally-prepared lunch. Our sweep vans have a way of appearing when you need them. In fact, you’ll be so well supported that Monday morning will be a rude awakening when the crew is gone and you have to fetch coffee yourself.
Each evening, you’ll be welcomed to our hotel by the Hotel Services crew team, who will hand you your gear. You may pick your roommate or we’ll assign you one, if you prefer. At the hotel, we’ll all share dinner together. This sets BRAKING AIDS® Ride apart: The opportunity for everyone to eat together in one room and share stories from the road. You’ll cry with laughter, you’ll weep with compassion, and you’ll feel connected to humanity in a way you haven’t felt in some time.
BRAKING AIDS® Ride will end with a Closing Ceremony on Sunday evening, September 10th. Invite your friends and family to celebrate your accomplishment! You deserve the ovation for a job bravely done.