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Welcome to the AMC Berkshire Chapter Bicycling Committee!

Your connection to recreational group bicycling on the roads and byways of the bucolic Pioneer Valley and Berkshires

Bicycling Committee Chair: Janine Papesh, email

Why ride with us? We are experienced cyclists who enjoy social, recreational rides in the range of 20-50 miles, speeds averaging between 10-14 mph, with rest stops and optional post-ride socials. We keep the group moving, but we're not racers. All our trip leaders are volunteers, trained by the AMC in group management, and trained by the Bicycling Committee leaders to have the skills needed to plan and run safe, enjoyable group bicycling trips.

GET ON OUR EMAIL LIST: Click here and follow the instructions under "Subscribing to Amcbkriders" to self-subscribe to our e-mail announcements list!

SALES AND SERVICE PARTNERS: Click here to see our list of bicycle sales and service partners.

TIPS FOR SAFE AND ENJOYABLE CYCLING: Click here for some advice and recommendations for recreational outdoor cycling.

AMC Group Ride Policies

  • All AMC rides require advance registration. We pre-screen all riders to ensure comfort and safety.
  • You must have a bicycle in good working order. Road, touring, or hybrid  bikes are accceptable. Mountain bikes are not permitted.
  • You must wear a properly-fitting bicycle helmet at all times while riding.
  • You must carry an adequate supply of water with you (one or two water bottles is typical).
  • At a minimum you must have a spare tube that fits your tires. It is strongly recommended that you carry a full fix-flat kit that includes tire levers, a patch kit, and a portable air pump or CO2 inflator.

Partnership with Northampton Cycling Club

We have joined forces with the Northampton Cycling Club (NCC) to cross-advertise each other's rides, to help promote cycling in the Pioneer Valley and enhance the ability of AMC and NCC members to find the right group rides at the right speeds.

In that spirit, Northampton Cycling Club welcomes AMC members to participate in any of their rides. All NCC rides are posted on the NCC club calendar. When joining an NCC ride, AMC guests will be required to sign the NCC liability release form. Note that NCC policy allows two free rides for all guests. After that, guests are expected to become members of the NCC.

While AMC members are welcome on any NCC ride, the best match in terms of ride style and pace to the (typically weekend) recreational group rides led by AMC Berkshire Chapter leaders is the NCC Delta Ride. NCC Delta Rides are approximately 15-mile rides that start and end at Sheldon Field in Northampton and average about 12 to 14 mph. These rides are led by some of the NCC's most experienced and supportive riders.

2020 AMC Ride Calendar

Below is the current calendar of upcoming AMC rides for the 2020 bicycling season. Details will be added as dates get closer. Official trip listings will always appear here.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, group activities have been cancelled through May. We are keeping our June rides posted for now while we await further developments.



  • 12 (Sun) – Pioneer Valley - Gravel Ride (34 miles)
    • Leaders: Sean Condon & Sylvia Scott
    • Trip Listing: TBA
  • 18 (Sat) – Berkshires - Alford-Stockbridge (40 miles)
  • 25 (Sat) - River Valley Ice Cream Ride (non-AMC ride)


  • 8 (Sat) – Pioneer Valley - Connecticut River Valley Tour (45 miles)
    • Leaders:  Marvin Davenport & Brant Cheikes
    • Trip Listing: TBA
  • 9 (Sun)RAIN DATE:  Connecticut River Valley Tour (see above)
  • 15 (Sat) - Franklin County Land Trust D2R2 Bike event (non-AMC ride)
  • 22 (Sat) – Berkshires - Tyringham Valley - (40 miles)


  • 12 (Sat) - Pioneer Valley - Williamsburg-Ashfield Loop (31 miles)
  • 13 (Sun) – RAIN DATE: Williamsburg-Ashfield Loop (see above)
  • 27 (Sun) - Pioneer Valley - Will Bike 4 Food Charity Ride (non-AMC event)



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AMC COVID-19 Update: March 24, 2020


Effective March 24, 2020, AMC has issued the following guidance to its members and the general public:

BE OUTDOORS in the time of COVID-19: close to home, with our collective health and wellbeing as the highest priority.


On March 16, 2020, the Appalachian Mountain Club announced facility and program closures.

Please visit this page for details.

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