Bike-A-Thon 2014 unbelievable success!!

Record-breaking
results!
746 riders
$204,342 raised
As of June 13th, 2014
Fundraising Challenge
Club Members
77 King Cogs
133 Hubs & Kisses
As of June 13th, 2014
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Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 27th annual Bike-A-Thon on Sunday June 8th, 2014! In addition to providing critical funds for BNB’s youth and international work, the Bike-A-Thon helps strengthen the movement for environmental sustainability and social justice. We could not have done it without the amazing support of our volunteers, riders, event sponsors, and dedicated members of the BNB community. From all of us at BNB, thank you!! Between the four routes, Bike-A-Thon riders collectively rode 26,540 miles on June 8th! Equal to almost 4 trips between Boston and our partner in Amuru Uganda (6,753 miles per trip).

Fantastic Fundraising!

Jon McCurdy & Kate Mills of Team Shark battled for top fundraiser.

From BBQs, to homemade t-shirts, to ice-cream sales, Bike-A-Thon riders went all out to help us set a new fundraising record this year. For the ninth year in a row, Jon McCurdy came in as the top individual fundraiser, and was joined by Dave Boudreau and Kate Mills, who are long time BNB supporters and dedicated Bike-A-Thon fundraisers. Here are the top ten riders, by amount raised as of June 8th:

  • Jon McCurdy $8,783.00
  • Kate Mills $3,397.00
  • Dave Boudreau $3,260.00
  • Janet McIntire $2,500.00
  • Steve Greene $2,425.00
  • Jim Campen $2,410.00
  • H. Susan Freireich $2,070.00
  • Boe Shulman $2,000.00
  • Irina Rasputnis $1,872.00
  • David Wean $1,537.74

Incredible Team Spirit

There were so many amazing teams riding on June 8th this year. Team Seusscycles came on strong by not only recruiting 36 first-time riders (a new record), but also riding 50-80 miles dressed up as various Dr. Seuss characters. We also welcomed Team Haley at their first Bike-A-Thon, a group of 26 adults and kids from the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale. You couldn't have missed Pup's Peeps either who made custom t-shirts and brought a huge lawn sign to stake out their territory on the field. We have to give a special shout-out to the BCU 50K team who raised over $20,000, marking their 5th year in a row as the top fundraising team.

Team Seusscycles were on the 50 & 80 mile routes Pup's Peeps rode in style

Youth Riders Come in Strong

In addition to all the great families who brought out young people for the event, many employees, participants, and graduates of BNB Youth Programs rode on the Bikes Not Bombs Youth Team, Ruff Ryders. The BNB Youth Team raised over $3000, with Anthony Hernandez being the top individual fundraiser on the team, personally raising over $780. The Ruff Ryders held two ice cream fundraisers and led training rides on Saturday mornings leading up to June 8th. Thank you, team Ruff Ryders, you are all amazing!

5.75 year old Oz was our youngest rider!

Anthony Hernandez raised over $780!

 

A Bakfeit with two young passengers could be found on the 50 mile route!

 

Bike-A-Thons Held by our International Partners

Ability Bikes' Bike-A-Thon

The Bike-A-Thon went further (literally) than ever before this year. Our international partners in Ghana and Nevis organized their own Bike-A-Thons in solidarity with us. The Nevis ride included participants from their last session of Earn-A-Bike, and Ability Bikes in Ghana even made custom t-shirts for the bike ride!

See more photos for the Ability Bikes ride on Flickr.

Gourmet Food

Riders enjoyed amazing food from Chef Brian Sway & Amir's Natural Foods

What's the one thing that everyone remembers about the Bike-A-Thon? It's undeniably the food. For lunch, chef Brian Sway prepared 8 fresh salads, a cold turnip soup, and hot pasta, all with veggies generously donated by Vanguarden Farms. Brian spent the entire two days before the event cooking at Blue Ribbon Barbeque, who donated their space, with about 10 volunteers. In addition, Amir's Natural Foods provided rice and lentil salad, chick pea salad, tabouli, hummus, and a bulgur wheat salad. Breakfast and rest stops were equipped with bread, peanut butter and jelly, cheese, apples, oranges, bananas, and mountains of granola bars. Riders were happily fed all day!

Live Music!

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band brought the New Orleans-style party with a big brass band that included 4 trombones! An activist street band, they have supported BNB for multiple years, and they also organize the yearly Honk! festival in Davis Square.

Bloco AfroBrazil brought the samba dance thunder for the 7th year in a row to support Bikes Not Bombs! Both bands are community institutions that are often open to new members - get in touch with them if you might want to join in!

Bloco AfroBrazil joined the Bike-A-Thon for the 7th year!

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band

International Programs Showcased

The Bici-Bomba (water pump) ran throughout the after-party

The International Programs tent brought a pedal-powered cell phone charger and showcased pictures of other pedal-powered machines designed by our partner, Bici-Tec, in Guatemala. In addition, we had a display of creative bike repair solutions piloted by our partners in the Global South. Our favorite was a set of brake pads made out of recycled car tires.

Amazing Green Waste Recovery

The contents of every trash barrel from the rest stops, breakfast and lunch, were laid out across the waste table, and then be sorted into reclaimable organics for compost, metals and plastics to be recycled, and the unreclaimable leftovers for the landfill.

Thanks to Bill Perkins and all the volunteers from the waste-sorting table. The dedication of Bill and the volunteer crew ensured that we were able to compost over 400 lbs of food waste, recycle 278.7 lbs of bottles, cans, aluminum trays and cardboard and send only 35.8 lbs to the dump.  Thank you Bill for helping us keep 95% of our waste out of the landfill!

Volunteerism at its Best

Our Check-In volunteers saw 746 Riders!

With such a small staff, BNB could not have pulled off the Bike-A-Thon and Rider after-party without the support of volunteer crew, nearly 100 strong!

There are too many people to thank here, but special shout outs to our check-in volunteers, communications team, nurses, rider food servers, route markers, route leads and sweeps, rest stop volunteers, following vehicle drivers, photographers, videographers, face painters, and everyone else who lent a hand.

Four brand new routes!

Our new route system. Click map to view fullscreen. All new for 2014! Four routes functioning together as one system!

Choose between 80 miles, 50 miles, 30 miles, or 10 miles. Then ride in solidarity with all riders returning on the same path for the rider after-party! The route system is essentially one 80 mile loop, going west-southwest, with conveniently placed shortcuts designed to suit all riding levels. Each route has at least one rest stop with abundant food and water, and the distance between stops never exceeds 18 miles. Navigating will be easier than ever with our new digital smart-phone map and full-color paper folding map. And as always, these roads will offer some of the most amazing cycling you'll find anywhere in Eastern Mass!

All rides start and end in the SW Corridor park in front of the Stony Brook T Stop, near the corner of Boylston and Lamartine St.

Read on for more info about each route...

Check in starts: 7:15 AM
Ride departs: 8:00 AM

New 80 mile ride

At just over 80 miles, this is our longest Bike-A-Thon route ever! Some of these roads out near Millis and Holliston are so smooth, beautiful, and traffic-free that you'll be able to hear yourself grinning. And if the scenery's not enough, you'll even have the option to swim in a pond at the second rest stop! In order to finish in time for a late lunch at the after-party, riders should be able to maintain at least 11 mph average speed, with 20 minute breaks at each stop.

Check in starts: 8:30 AM
Ride departs: 9:30 AM

New 50 mile ride

After a quick jaunt to the first rest stop in Medfield, the way back is really where this route shines. Seasoned roadies know Dover as a go-to spot for exquisite green space and fresh, ironed pavement. This route creatively weaves together the best roads from the Dover area, like Claybrook Rd, Powisset St, and more, to form a secluded and adventurous ride with two rest stops. Aside from a handful of short stretches on main connecting streets, you'll find yourself forgetting cars even exist!

Check in starts: 9:30 AM
Ride departs: 10:30 AM

New 30 mile ride

Thirty miles is a great distance for cyclists who want to push themselves without doing too much training, and on this carefully planned route, all the uphill sections are relatively short. Many of the roads have been recently resurfaced, too! Half way through the journey, you'll find a rest stop at the lovely Powisset Farm with plenty of food and water.

Check in starts: 10:30 AM
Ride departs: 11:30 AM

New 10 mile ride

Perfect for the whole family, this route features many wide, safe, low-traffic roads that put any rider at ease. Though not entirely free of the inevitable uphill, this route is significantly more flat than last year's 15 mile ride. Plus, the rest stop has a playground, and the way back is almost entirely flat or downhill. Some urban riding skills are required.

Special Thanks

  • Scott Harper
  • Everett Briggs
  • Jon Allen and Melanie Quigley
  • David Fischer
  • Sophie Greenspan
  • Derek McIntire
  • Amy Fox
  • Maaak Pelletier and Spontaneous Celebrations, for tables, chairs, and hula hoops
  • Hilken Mancini & Girls Rock Camp Boston for the sound system
  • Powisset Farm for hosting a rest stop for the 80,50, and 30 mile routes
  • Hopestill Farm for hosting a rest stop for the 80 mile ride
  • Pfaff Community Centre for hosting a rest stop for the 80 and 50 mile ride
  • Baker Elementary School for hosting our 10 mile rest stop
  • Town of Holliston Park Commission for hosting our 80 mile rest stop at Stoddard Park
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation for maintaining green spaces and working with this event to use them well!
  • Kyle Myrick for offering free massages to returning riders. 
  • David Greenwold
  • Mint Sayavbovorn
  • Obi Obiora
  • Clara Ting

The Bike-A-Thon simply would not have been possible without support from our sponsors and community partners. A HUGE thanks is certainly in order. Thanks to our Title Sponsors: Amir’s Natural Foods, Pedro’s, Ride Studio Cafe, Jason and Fischer, Chef Brian Sway, City Feed & Supply, Ula Cafe, Sam Adams, CBC Brews, and The Pedal Pushers Club.

Event sponsors