Pittsfield 4th of July Running Race

Berkshire Cycling Association
Fall Foliage Gravel Grinder

Imporant Deadlines:

  • Free water bottle to everyone registered by Monday August 31.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 12:00 Noon - registration closes.

Join us for the second annual Berkshire Cycling Association Fall Foliage Gravel Grinder!  This year's ride will be a challenging 54 mile bicycle ride through central and southern Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts on remote dirt roads during peak fall foliage season!

This ride will be a major fundraiser for the Pittsfield High School Cross Country Running Teams. Members from the boys and girls teams will be manning the aid stations for you.  They did an AMAZING job for us last year!

Last Year's Ride Video

Starts and finishes at Canterbury Farm Nordic Center and Bed & Breakfast in Becket Massachusetts.

  • Date: Sunday October 4, 2015
  • Where: Canterbury Farm, 1986 Fred Snow Rd, Becket, MA 01223, (413) 623- 0100
  • Register Now: https://www.bikereg.com/Net/bca-f2g2
  • Limited to 200 Riders
  • Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
  • Cost: $60
  • Start Time: Between 9AM and 10AM
  • Aid Stations: Will be open as noted below. In test rides, we are finding we have people riding anywhere from 8 mph to 12 mph. Anyone planning to ride faster than 15 mph should start closer to 10AM. Anyone anticipating averaging less than 8mph needs to start by 9AM (or earlier).
  • Aid Stations will be manned by the Pittsfield High School Cross Country Teams!
  • Limited On Course Mechanical Support provided by Berkshire Bike & Board of Pittsfield/Gt. Barrington, however, in the spirit of Randonnee riding, please try to be self- sufficient. Carry a multi-tool, spare tube, patch kit.
  • Marked Course
  • Sag Wagon


  • Free Water Bottle (and it will be better quality than last year's) to everyone registered by August 31, 2015.
  • Coveted Limited Edition "I Climbed Schermerhorn Road" Euro Sticker!
  • Post-Ride Party on the quintessential New England grounds of Canterbury Farms. Enjoy a relaxing post race meal consisting of:
    • a drink (soda, lemonade, ice tea, apple cider, coffee, hot chocolate, water)
    • a salad: potato salad or rice pilaf
    • a hot main dish (Squash soup or Chili)
    • a dessert (brownie, cookie or apple).
    • a grill item:
      • burgers (veggie or hamburger) or
      • Kurt's famous sauerkraut & brats
  • Beer: Wandering Star Craft Brewery will be graciously providing one free beer per each participant of legal age. Additional beer may be purchased.
  • Post Ride Massage: A massage therapist will be on hand for a fee to rub Schermerhorn Road out of your legs.

Tentative Course (subject to change)

There will only be one route this year and it will be 54 miles. Changes from last years course:

  1. We'll be starting by going straight out Fred Snow at the start then right on Merrit Road to Rt 8.
  2. Instead of Fairview after Gould Farm take Swan to Brett.  Swan is beautiful. Brett is very cobblestone'ish to give the ride a mile or so of Paris-Roubaix flavor this year.
  3. At the bottom of Brace Rd, you'll take a right and go down Jerusalem to center of Tyringham instead of taking Breakneck.
  4. 3 Aid Stations this year instead of 4.


  • This is not a race.
  • Please ride safely!
  • Helmets are required for all riders.
  • Roads are open to traffic.
  • Obey all rules of the road (especially keeping to the right) to avoid incidents like this and riding two abreast at most (although single file is preferable)!


Registration Canterbury Farm 8:00 AM 10:00 AM
Start Time Canterbury Farm 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
Finish Canterbury Farm 12:00 PM 5:00 PM
Dinner Canterbury Farm 1:00 PM 6:00 PM


Aid Station Mile Mark Location OPEN CLOSE ITEMS
1 20 BNRC Steepletop Parking Lot 10:30 AM 12:30 PM Coke
Gatorade Powder
Cliff Bars or Cliff Shots
Homemade Items
Fig Newtons
2 33 Tyringham Town Park 11:30 AM 2:00 PM Coke
Gatorade Powder
Cliff Bars or Cliff Shots
PB&J Sandwiches
Homemade Items
Fig Newtons
3 44 Top of Schermerhorn Rd. 12:30 PM 4:30 PM Coke
Gatorade Powder
Cliff Bars or Cliff Shots
PB&J Sandwiches
Homemade Items
Fig Newtons



Canterbury Farm

Start and Finish at Canterbury Farm, Becket, Massachusetts

We are very fortunate to be able to host this ride from Canterbury Farm in Becket Mass. The grounds of this Bed & Breakfast / Nordic Ski Center are located on a quiet dirt road lined with big trees and stone walls giving us a quintessential New England setting for relaxing and re-fueling after the ride.

4 rooms, 1 cabin, and 20 tent sites are available should you want to make reservations and make a weekend out of it.

  • Rooms are $80 per person per night including breakfast and have private baths.
  • Two rooms can accomodate 3 people.
  • The other two rooms hold 2 people.
  • The cabin can hold up to 4 with breakfast, out house, no running water or electricity for $40 per person.
  • The tent sites do not include breakfast, have an out house, but no running water or electricity for $25 per site.
  • Give them a call (413) 623-0100 to make plans to stay the weekend!


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