The two-day rides from Sturbridge
Sturbridge to Provincetown: 192 miles*
Sturbridge to Wellesley: 180 miles
These are serious endurance events. The first 45 miles out of Sturbridge are hilly, though not mountainous, but require extra effort that will tire you gradually over the course of the day. The hills between Sturbridge and Franklin are more formidable than those in southeastern Massachusetts or on Cape Cod. Novice riders may want to consider a “triple” (three gears in front) or a “granny gear” in the back of their chain ring. If you have trained adequately, re-fuelling and rest will enable you to comfortably complete Sunday’s ride to either Provincetown or Wellesley. The day-two legs of these routes vary in distance by 10 miles but are similar in difficulty.
*The PMC provides two finish lines in Provincetown: The Provincetown Inn and the Family Finish. As the PMC has grown, space mandates that the Inn admit riders and volunteers working their shifts only. The Family Finish affords riders the opportunity to invite guests to join them for the cookout festivities. The Family Finish offers all the amenities of the Inn (except beer), and entertainment for kids, as well as a shorter walk (1/3 mile) to the ferry pier.
The two-day rides from Wellesley:
Wellesley to Provincetown: 163 miles*
Wellesley to Wellesley: 153 miles
While the mileage is formidable, these routes are much less difficult than the rides that start in Sturbridge, due to the flat roads from Wellesley to Bourne.
The one-day ride from Sturbridge
Sturbridge to Bourne: 111 miles (same description as two-day rides from Sturbridge)
The one-day rides from Wellesley
Wellesley to Bourne (Saturday): 84 miles (same description as two-day rides from Wellesley)
Wellesley to Wellesley (Sunday): 47 miles
Wellesley to Sharon (Sunday): 26 miles
Wellesley to Wellesley (Sunday) is a 47-mile ride that is relatively easy. The route meets up with those riders returning from Bourne in Patriot Place halfway through the ride.
Wellesley to Patriot Place Sunday One-Way a 26-mile ride that is relatively easy. The route finishes up at Patriot Place in Foxboro, where riders can meet up with family or take a bus back to the Wellesley start.