Registration Open for Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride

BUZZARDS BAY – Registration for the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is now open.

The ride returns for its 14th year on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities can sign up to bike 35, 75 or 100 miles.  

The Watershed Ride is a community event that supports clean water in Buzzards Bay.

More than 300 cyclists participate in the Watershed Ride each year, pedaling through 11 coastal communities and passing more than 3,300 acres of conservation land protected by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and other conservation organizations. 

Starting in Little Compton, R.I., the 100-mile route travels past coastal farms and villages, picking up the 75-mile riders at Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport and the 35-mile riders at East Over Farm in Rochester.

All three route options finish together at a waterfront celebration in Woods Hole, complete with cheering supporters, a hot dinner, beer and wine bar, live music and complimentary massages.

The event also offers a food truck lunch stop, water and snack stations every 20 miles, bike mechanics on the route, and shuttles for both people and bikes.

“I ride because I love my Bay,” said Dartmouth resident Sandra Medeiros, who is preparing to participate in her fifth Watershed Ride with the South Coast Bikeway Alliance team.   

“I swim in it, kayak on it and hike and ride along it. I appreciate all that the Coalition does to protect it, giving residents equal opportunity to all that the South Coast offers along with clean water is important.”

Last year, riders raised a total of more than $220,000 to support the Coalition.

Each rider raises a minimum of $300, and prizes go to riders and teams that raise the highest totals.

Many riders form a team with friends and training groups like the “Bourne Rail Trail Blazers,” “ReThink Plastics,” and “Cape Cod MOVES.” 

“Our South Coast Bikeway Alliance team supports these efforts and like the Coalition is working to connect communities,” continued Medeiros.

“The 50-mile Bikeway, when completed, will connect people and places in the South Coast with pathways that offer safe, equitable transportation as well as opportunities for recreation.” 

To sign up for the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, click here.

Participants who sign up before Monday, June 1 will save $10 on the registration.

About Luke Leitner

Luke Leitner grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and now lives in West Yarmouth on the Cape. He has been a part of the news team in the News Center since the spring of 2019. He studied business communications at Western New England University.
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