Immediately following my 102.5 mile ride from Boston to UConn with the Tri-State Trek the day before, I set out to do the Bike MS ride from Boston to Provincetown with a few friends over the course of the next two days. The ride itself takes you along the coast all the way to the cape and supports the research efforts of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The ride is an easy 75 miles per day (or 100 on the first day if you’re feeling up to it) with an overnight stay at the Mass Maritime Academy. This year, my friends and I rode with Team R&B. They have been doing this ride for quite some time now so it was an awesome opportunity to tag along for the ride and help them in their fundraising efforts.
In comparison to the Tri-State Trek, this ride is much larger. Not any better, just much bigger in terms of the amount of people the ride attracts. And with more people comes more food!
…a lot more food.
And of course coffee…the life blood of every cyclist.
Along with all of our food/drinks for the event, luggage transport was also taken care of for us. After attaching our numbers to our bags, we simply dropped them off with these guys and they would be waiting for us at the Mass Maritime Academy.
After dropping off our bags and getting food, we lined up with everyone else at the corrals and waited for the ride to start. Each team gets to ride out together so that was a neat thing that they did for everyone.
Here is a shot of how far back the corrals went. There were almost 2000 cyclists that weekend so this wasn’t even half of them.
Another thing I noticed about these rides are that they tend to attract old white men. And not just old white men, wealthy white men. The only other time you will see this many nice bikes is at the Tour de France.
And finally, after waiting around for awhile, we were off! The most scenic parts of this day we’re definitely right in the beginning. After riding down the coast for a bit, we turned inland so there really wasn’t much to see after that.
Just like the Tri-State Trek, there were rest stops every 10-15 miles. Although there weren’t any pickles, they had plenty of snacks, fresh fruit and PB&J’s. Again, I had about 20 sandwiches throughout the day. I just couldn’t help myself.
The route was relatively flat the entire way so that made for an easy day of riding. The trick was to find a group that was moving at a steady pace and take turns doing work throughout the day (just like the Tour de France!). We also took breaks at most of the rest stops so that made for a more relaxing ride.
And after 74.44 miles, we finally arrived at the Mass Maritime Academy!
This was the area where we racked our bikes for the night. They took up almost a whole baseball field.
First order of business after showering was setting up our tent. We had the option of staying in the dorms but our friends who did the ride last year said it was much nicer to camp outside. Plus, you get your very own waterfront property!
We found a nice little piece of land and set up camp for the night.
The view from our tent. Not half bad.
Next, it was off to the beer truck. Unlimited beer was provided by Wachusett Brewery and included most of their popular beers (most notably their blueberry).
The only downside was waiting in this massive line. But we weren’t concerned since we had all night to drink.
In addition to the beer truck, our team had their own tent complete with more free alcohol. Win.
I’m pretty sure that the after-party is the part of the ride that people enjoy the most. It’s basically one huge party that goes late into the night (despite the fact that everyone needed to be on the road by 6am). There were plenty of alcohol related shenanigans and even live music provided by some of the teams. It reminded me of a huge college rager except most of the people were over the age of 50. It was an all-around good time.
One team even had this bike powered blender set up. Unfortunately, I was too tired and lazy to test it out for myself.
After getting our beers, we set off to find food. They had everything from teriyaki chicken to BBQ pulled pork and roast beef. And you could eat as much as you wanted!
This guy became my new best friend. I visited him and his brisket station multiple times that evening.
And lets not forget about the ice cream. It wouldn’t be a bike ride without an endless supply of ice cream.
After stuffing our faces, it was time to lay back and relax for the rest of the night. We partook in the free massages and tried not to move too much for the remainder of the evening.
Some people even brought this full sized beer pong set-up made out of 5-gallon buckets. Smart.
And before heading off to bed, I was able to enjoy one final beer as I watched the sunset.
And with that, stay tuned for day 2 of the MS150 to the Cape!
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