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Bicycling

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 bicycling@amcberkshire.org

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.

General 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.

COVID-19 Policies

All riders must acknowledge these expectations as a condition of participating in any AMC-led group activity:

  1. All participants must follow state and local stay-at-home guidance and cancel their participation if such guidance changes before the date of the event.
  2. All participants must bring and wear face coverings as required, and agree to follow the guidance in place in the state where the event takes place as well as follow the directions of the Leader.  
  3. All participants must maintain appropriate social distancing and follow the guidance of the Activity Leader. 
  4. All participants must bring their own water bottles, meals, eating utensils, and hand sanitizer with 60% or greater alcohol content. 
  5. Participants must contact AMC if they test positive for COVID- 19 within 14 days of the event, to enable contact tracing. 

2020 AMC Ride Calendar

Below is the current calendar of upcoming AMC rides for the 2020 bicycling season. Official trip listings will always appear here. More trips are likely to be listed as we figure out how to lead rides safely and comfortably in the COVID-19 era.

We generally follow the AMC Activity Difficulty Ratings when describing our rides.

JULY

AUGUST

  • 1 (Sat) – Berkshires - Tyringham Valley (31 miles; moderate)
  • 29 (Sat) - Berkshires - Alford-Stockbridge (34 miles; vigorous)
    • Starts in Great Barrington, MA
    • Leaders: Brant Cheikes & Janine Papesh
    • Trip Listing: TBA

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

 

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COVID-19 Resources for Activity Leaders

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely.

The resumption of activities will occur in phases. Effective June 22, AMC is in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

Online Refresher Training for Chapter Activity Leaders

The Berkshire and Worcester Chapter outdoor leadership instructors teamed up to provide a series of refreshers seminars for existing leaders during June and July 2020. These topics are updated with the most recent information from AMC’s Outdoor Learning Institute and the Leadership Requirements and Guidelines.

Volunteer-led Activities to Resume after June 22nd

Although the COVID 19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely. 

On June 22 we will begin offering volunteer-led activities in small groups employing social distancing measures. Group size will be capped at ten (10) participants including leaders. Activity leaders are receiving training on new trip safety protocols and procedures. 

Online Refresher Training for Chapter Activity Leaders

As restrictions ease up across Massachusetts, the AMC Berkshire and Worcester Chapters are teaming up to offer a series of online refresher seminars for current activity leaders.

Date: 
Repeats every week every Thursday 8 times.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

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