Amazing 2015 Bike-A-Thon Success!

Record-breaking
results!
866 riders
$209,280 raised
As of June 7th, 2015
Fundraising Challenge
Club Members
58 King Cogs
130 Hubs & Kisses
As of June 7th, 2015
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Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 28th annual Bike-A-Thon on Sunday June 7th, 2015!

The Bike-A-Thon not only provides 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!!

Fantastic Fundraising!

7th Top Fundraiser Oz leads Team Golden Snitches to the finish line

From toy sales, ice-cream fundraisers and Memorial Day parties, Bike-A-Thon riders went all out to help us set a new fundraising record this year. For the tenth year in a row, Jon McCurdy came in as the top individual fundraiser, and was joined by Jo-Anne Wyndham and Stephen Greene, both long-time riders. Here are the top ten riders, by amount raised as of June 8th:

  • Jon McCurdy $10,813.00
  • Jo-Anne Wyndham $2,200.00
  • Stephen Greene $2,145.00
  • Dave Boudreau $2,105.00
  • Jim Campen $2,002.50
  • Vinca Jarrett $1,827.50
  • Oz Raisler Cohn $1,715.00
  • Terrence Fradet $1,610.00
  • Maggie Cohn $1,595.00
  • Richard Hassman $1,527.50

Amazing Teams

We were joined by a number of incredible teams who showed their spirit through bike decorations, costumes and enthusiasm! Our top fundraising team was the Boston Cyclists Union - $50k Team, bringing in $15,541.73, Thank you! Team Golden Snitches not only brought in 18 new riders bringing their numbers to 25, but was also our second top team fundraisers! The Golden Snitches also brought a strong costume game, dressed as a number of Harry Potters, Snitches and Hogwarts students!

Our biggest team, Looney Tuners, won for best team costume with 32 impressively dressed Looney Tune characters, from Pepe Le Pew to Marvin the Martian.

Team Golden Snitches rode in Harry Potter costumes!Teams arrived in style to Powissett Rest Stop

Youth Team Rides 30 and 10 miles!

Nineteen BNB Youth rode on a team in the Bike-A-Thon! The team raised $959.48 from an ice cream fundraiser and team donations. Nine Girls in Action participants rode the 10-mile ride on their refurbished bikes, having built them up the previous week. And, the 30-mile route featured 6 Youth Employees – some of whom biked farther than they ever had before! Youth trained for the rides throughout the Spring, and rode both the 10 and 30 mile routes. Go Youth Team!!

Girls In Action graduates rode the 10 mile loop!

Youth employee Marc Garcia!

 

 

 

Youngest Rider

Go Asa!

This year our youngest rider was 5-year old Asa Witte-Parad!  Asa rode his own bike with his parents as part of Team Golden Snitches on the 10 mile route.  Congrats Asa!

Gourmet Food

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

We came prepared to this Bike-A-Thon with more food than ever before! Chef Brian Sway, who has been cooking for the Bike-A-Thon for 23 years, prepared an amazing assortment of fresh green, potato, beet, and bean salads for lunch. Brian and volunteers prepared the food at Blue Ribbon Barbeque with donated produce from Vanguarden, Allendale and Red Fire Farms. Amir's Natural Foods also brought a tasty selection of hummus, chickpea salad, falafel, bulgar wheat salad and pita. Our favorite local rotisserie chicken joint, Chimis, provided us with 30 chickens, fried plantains and rice and beans. With 1000 cookies from Dancing Deer as a dessert, riders enjoyed a delicious lunch!

Breakfast and rest stops were well stocked with Iggy's Bread, Deborah's Kitchen jam, Once Upon A Time nut butters, Cabot cheese, apples, oranges, bananas, crackers and a huge collection of granola bars from KIND, Equal Exchange, and Health Warrior.  But, what was the resounding favorite snack of riders?.....Grillo's Pickles!

Live Music!

The amazing live music of the Bike-A-Thon completes the after-party for returning riders! We were thrilled to have Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band and Bloco AfroBrazil return to the event. Both bands have been joining us at the Bike-A-Thon for many years and are a great part of the day!

This was Bloco AfroBrazil's 8th year at the Bike-A-thon!

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band

Pedal-Powered Machines with International Programs

The International Programs tent showcased a pedal-powered sprinkler and shared information about our newest partner, Cycloville in Nairobi, Kenya! A Trivia Bag Toss tested riders knowledge about bicycles, climate change and International programs.

The pedal powered sprinkler was a hit with kids!

The pedal powered sprinkler was a hit with kids!

 

Low Impact Event Waste

Every year the Bike-A-Thon waste team led by Bill Perkins does an impressive job of sorting waste. The waste from the entire event is sorted into organics for compost, metals and plastics to be recycled, and the unreclaimable leftovers for the landfill.  Each year we are proud to send less than one bag of trash to the landfill. 

Details on recycling, waste and compost numbers to come soon!

Outstanding Volunteers

Check-In volunteers saw 726 riders!

The Volunteers that help out at Bikes Not Bombs are truly amazing and for the Bike-A-Thon we were able to recruit a crew of nearly 100! Volunteers checked-in riders, parked bikes, handed out shirts, welcomed back riders, served food, staffed the rest stops, led and swept the rides, captured photos and videoes, and decorated faces at the event!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered before, during and after the Bike-A-Thon!

Four routes!

Our new route system. Click map to view fullscreen.

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 is easier than ever with our new digital smart-phone map and we will have back-up paper folding maps available. 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. Routes are subject to change and final GPX data will be available in June.

Read on for more info about each route...

80 mile ride

Our longest Bike-A-Thon route ever clocks in just over 80 miles! Your grin will be infectious as you enjoy the smooth, beautiful, and traffic-free roads out near Millis and Holliston. 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. Note that a stretch of this route will be unmarked, check out this supplementary map.

50 mile ride

After the first rest stop in Medfield, the return trip is where the 50 mile route really shines. This route creatively weaves together the best roads and sites from the Dover area 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!

30 mile ride

Thirty miles is perfect for cyclists who do not want to do much training but want to push themselves. All of the uphill sections on this route are relatively short and the roads are smooth, many of them have been recently resurfaced! Half way through the journey, you'll find a rest stop at the lovely Powisset Farm with plenty of food and water.

10 mile ride

This route is perfect for the whole family, with many wide, safe, low-traffic roads that put any rider at ease. The rest stop has a playground and while the route is not entirely free of the inevitable uphill, the way back is almost entirely flat or downhill. Some urban riding skills are required.

Special Thanks

  • Scott Harper
  • Jon Allen and Melanie Quigley
  • Sophie Greenspan
  • Bob Nesson
  • Chelsea DeSantis and Brittany Schwartz
  • 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!
  • Henry Finkle

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, Flat Top Johnny's, Jason and Fischer, and Chef Brian Sway.

Event sponsors