Comments from the 2014 Riders and Racers Excellent job, glad my first time racing in four years was the Berkshire Classic. Look forward to many more this season & to this one again next year. Thanks again for a great experience. Thanks for putting this race and this course together.  I have endless admiration for the hardy souls who put up with us amateur racers, and sweet talk all these towns and police etc etc into making and event like Saturday happen.  Well done, I'll do my best to encourage more teammates to come up from Brooklyn next year. Really enjoyed the master's race yesterday.  I hope you can offer it again next year and we (the race community) can help sell it and bring the participation up.  It's a great course and venue.  Loved the finishing stretch.   You don't get to see many like that.   Thanks for putting on a great race -- it was an awesome route (whose beauty I appreciated more in the last 19 miles after dropping a chain and failing to catch back with the group).  I'll certainly recommend it to others if you can do it again next year. Thanks John - great event - not very many epic road races anymore so this is awesome Many thanks for a great race.     Thanks for putting on such a great race! well, it certainly wasn't one of my better days on the bike, but just wanted to tell you that you put on a great event today.  clearly marked course with marshals at every intersection, fantastic, beautiful route ... and just all around great atmosphere.   thank you.  we will be back, hopefully with even more of our teammates. Thank you to everyone who help make this a great event, I really hope you can do it all again next year, good job, a big thumbs up Had a great ride with my fellow cat 5's Thank you

Comments from the 2014 Riders and Racers

Excellent job, glad my first time racing in four years was the Berkshire Classic. Look forward to many more this season & to this one again next year. Thanks again for a great experience.

Thanks for putting this race and this course together.  I have endless admiration for the hardy souls who put up with us amateur racers, and sweet talk all these towns and police etc etc into making and event like Saturday happen.  Well done, I'll do my best to encourage more teammates to come up from Brooklyn next year.

Really enjoyed the master's race yesterday.  I hope you can offer it again next year and we (the race community) can help sell it and bring the participation up.  It's a great course and venue.  Loved the finishing stretch.   You don't get to see many like that.  

Thanks for putting on a great race -- it was an awesome route (whose beauty I appreciated more in the last 19 miles after dropping a chain and failing to catch back with the group). 

I'll certainly recommend it to others if you can do it again next year.

Thanks John - great event - not very many epic road races anymore so this is awesome

Many thanks for a great race.    

Thanks for putting on such a great race!

well, it certainly wasn't one of my better days on the bike, but just wanted to tell you that you put on a great event today.  clearly marked course with marshals at every intersection, fantastic, beautiful route ... and just all around great atmosphere.   thank you.  we will be back, hopefully with even more of our teammates.

Thank you to everyone who help make this a great event, I really hope you can do it all again next year, good job, a big thumbs up

Had a great ride with my fellow cat 5's Thank you

RESULTS BERKSHIRE CYCLING CLASSIC 2014

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Berkshire Cycling Classic 2014

Berkshire Cycling Classic Adds USA Cycling Races to Cyclosportif (aka Gran Fondo) Ride

The third annual Berkshire Bicycle Classic in Lenox, Massachusetts, on Saturday, June 14, has added six USA Cycling categories to its schedule. The event, with its beautiful and challenging 80-mile racecourse run in point-to-point format, provides a European-style racing experience for both developing racers and recreational Cyclosportif  (or Gran Fondo) riders. The Cyclosportif will start an hour ahead ot the pelotons, which will then race with 15-minute separations. All groups, including the Cyclosportif will be supported by escort motorcycles and wheel vans. The Feed zones for the Cyclosportif can be used by the USA Cycling events and volunteer feeders for the races are being recruited.

Spectator Information

Please go to our Spectator Information page for the best ways to watch the road racing and of course the exciting finishes in Lenox

Racecourse:

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128.8K (80-miles) & 1542m (5995') Climbing

Event schedule:

Saturday (June 14, 2014)

  • Packet Pick-up starting at 6:30 am @ Church & Housatonic Streets, Lenox
  • 8:00 am -  128.8 km Cyclosportif 
  • 9:00 am -  Master 40+ and 50+ start
  • 9:15 am - Category 4 men start
  • 9:30 am - Category 5 <35 men start
  • 9:45 am - Category 5 +35 men start
  • 10:00 am - Open women Pro-4 with 3/4 classification start
    • Awards immediately after each USA Cycling race
    • Cyclosportif award categories beginning at 12:00 and continuing as the age group winners arrive in Lenox
      • +65
      • 60 - 64
      • 55 - 59
      • 50 - 54
      • 45 - 49
      • 40 - 44
      • 35 - 39
      • 19 - 34

Event Notes:

Cyclosportif (Gran Fondo): The 80-mile distance will be the only one offered this year.  Overall time will be recorded and ranked according to men's and women's age groups. The long and hilly routes provide the perfect settings for those who wish to test their legs in a friendly and spirited atmosphere.

The 128.8 km (80-mile) route winds through the Berkshires region of Massachusetts and offers up 1542 meters (5060') of climbing, with the highest peak at 520 meters (1698') and the lowest 201 meters (658'). Riders will travel through historic Stockbridge and Beartown State Forest, eventually passing by the New York State border and back to Lenox. These are challenging courses. Feed zones will be manned at approximately the 30, 70, and 100km points.

USA Cycling Races: This event represents a chance for developing and Masters racers to experience a classic road race run over a 130 kilometer distance. The racecourse is challenging yet balanced and is designed to create exciting finishes.

Getting to Lenox, Massachusetts, USA:

Lenox is located in the Berkshire Mountains,  2.5 hours by highway from Boston, 2.5 to 3-hours from New York, and 5 hours from Montreal. It is accessible to to two of the major metropolitan areas of the United States, yet remains rural, beautiful and boasts excellent restaurants and hotels. A famous art colony, Lenox is a worthwhile destination for an international tourist looking for a unique American experience.

Manhattan – Lenox: 140 miles/224 kilometers. Two and a half to three hours by highway

Boston – Lenox: 130 miles/210 kilometers. Two hours and twenty minutes by highway

Registration:

Please register early on BikeReg.com (above). There will be event day registration for $$80. Pre-register and save $20.

Merchandise:

Special Event Jerseys can be ordered via Sommerville Sports

Special Event Jerseys can be ordered via Sommerville Sports





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