The 8 Best Cycling Events in Massachusetts!
Massachusetts is known to some truly historic, top-notch bicycle races. Whether you plan to ride—or simply cheer on the participants—you’ll find plenty of options to do so in different parts of the state. From charity, to international races that draw significant crowds, the Bay State has it all. Check out these nine great cycling races in Massachusetts.
Featuring three days of racing, the Longsjo Classic is the most prestigious race in all of New England. Held in June each year, the race features some of the finest cyclists in the country. Check the website for the dates of next year’s event.
A nationally-ranked race with local roots, the Witches Cup in Salem was part of the America’s Cup in 2001. Beginning with a loop around Salem Common, the race features categories for both men and women of all levels.
A weekend event, starting with a bicycle clinic on Friday, the Northampton International Cyclocross is scheduled for Nov. 11-13. Starting at Look Park in Northampton, spectators line up to watch the oldest UCI cyclocross race in North America.
The Coonamessett Farms Eco Cross starts at 277 Hatchville Road in Falmouth. In addition to a men’s and women’s category, there is one for juniors and another for big fat tires—designed for those riding with tires that are 3.5 inches in width, or wider. Lasting just about an hour, this race is a favorite on Cape Cod.
Sponsored by the Boston Road Club, the BRC Cyclocross Race takes place in Lowell. The fast course circles Shedd Park and features some steep climbs, grassy flats, and some stretches of single/double track. With categories for men, women, and juniors—as well as several masters’ categories for varying ages—the race appeals to many.
Enjoy some holiday bicycle racing in Sandwich at the Sea Sports Cyclery Crossmas Presented by Shepley. The cross is a combination of fire roads, roots, stairs and more. It’s said to be a thrilling race to observe.
Held on a closed street course in Beverly, the Gran Prix of Beverly takes place in July each year. Check the website for the schedule. Participants both start and finish on Cabot Street, and the race is extremely spectator friendly, with several excellent spots from which to watch along the way.
Held in August, the CompEdge Cross @ Blunt Field in Springfield is sponsored by Cyclonauts Racers, and features racers from all over New England. With categories for both women and men, the race is a favorite of spectators.