Western Massachusetts Brevets

March 16th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

It’s true, there is still snow on the grounds of our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, but that doesn’t stop intrepid bikers from riding centuries in March.

A brevet is an organized, long distance bicycle ride. It is not a race, but is rather a test of each rider’s endurance. The designated routes are unmarked; there are checkpoints along the way with a varied amount of support.

The Berkshire Brevets serve as an introduction to the sport of randonneur cycling. Cyclists should expect to climb approximately 3000 feet in elevation for every 100km. In short, this is a sport for serious cyclists, many of whom hope to ride in the August 2011 Paris-Brest-Paris ride.

The Berkshire Brevets had its first 100km (62mi) event of the season just a few days ago, on March 14. There will be several more randonneur cycling events in the region throughout the spring and summer, including one quite close to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast, the BishBash 300K on May 8.

If you are heading to Western Massachusetts for any of these events, consider extending your ride with a stay at our bed and breakfast Lenox. We will pamper you after the event. Sink into a hot, deep bath. Sip brandy and feel it relax your sore body. Replenish yourself with a gourmet breakfast the next morning. It will feel good.

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