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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Vicki LaBella
Tour Dates
Start Location
Amherst, MA
End Location
Amherst, MA
Cost (est.)
$1200 (USD + $100.00 ride fee)
$600 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
40 mi / 64 km
Avg. Elevation
1500 ft / 457 m
Ride Description



You can’t do much better than Central Massachusetts at the height of the leaf-peeping season.  Add a bicycle and it’s perfect.  This six-day ride will be based in Amherst, home of Emily Dickinson, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts flagship campus.  We’ll ride to several other classic New England towns, as well as the Quabbin Reservoir, the major source of Boston’s water supply.  The view from the top of Quabbin Tower is unsurpassed. This is active farming country.  Alongside the roads, you’ll see classic New England architecture, as well as many tobacco barns, relics of the days when the Connecticut Valley produced the finest cigar wrappers in the world. 

Although the countryside is the real star of this ride, cultural attractions are plentiful.  In South Amherst, you’ll find the Eric Carle Museum of picture book art.  In addition to the colleges in Amherst, Mount Holyoke (South Hadley) and Smith (Northampton) both have beautiful campuses with art museums and botanical gardens.  (Note: the campuses have been closed to the public during the pandemic, but hopefully they will have been reopened to visitors by fall 2022.) For a day off the bike, try a hike up Mount Holyoke for its views of the valley.  In the nineteenth century, this was the third most popular tourist destination in the country.<… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a recently launched cycling club, which you can join for free, and is led by volunteer ride leaders. We will be offering tours in the United States and overseas. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 20-30 or so) who want to ride 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

People Cycling tours are operated at cost or at lower cost (as negotiated by our ride leaders) than individuals can obtain on commercial tours. Within the cost of a tour, there is a nominal fee to support club operations and provide tools to ride leaders to manage their rides.

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