Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride This Weekend

Horseneck Beach in Westport is the starting point. 2009 photo courtesy The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, Tally Garfield

There is still time to register for the 4th Annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, hosted by the Coalition for Buzzards Bay and scheduled for this Sunday, October 3. Registration for the full 75-mile bicycle ride and the new 35-mile half ride will close on Thursday September 30 at 5 pm. Over 80 riders are already registered for this popular fund-raising event to support CBB’s work to protect Buzzards Bay.

Participants along the race route. 2009 photo courtesy The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, Steve Pereira

The 75-mile Watershed Ride begins at Horseneck Beach in Westport and ends at Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole. Cyclists are fully supported along the way with snacks and refreshments at rest stops and lunch at Rochester’s Eastover Farms. The half ride, new this year, starts at Mary’s Pond in Rochester and covers the second half of the course. All riders will be provided on-the-road support by bike mechanics and first aid whenever necessary. At the finish line, a celebration awaits, with an abundance of food, drinks and best of all, cheering fans.

The route is one of the region’s best—known for its bucolic scenery, with its winding roads that take cyclists through coastal villages, past cranberry bogs, the New Bedford waterfront, farmlands, and along the back roads of Cape Cod. The course also sends riders along bike paths in New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Bourne, and Falmouth. The Coalition times the event to take advantage of the foliage and quiet roads of early fall.

In addition, Cyclists will ride past many of the places that have benefitted from the work of the Coalition: such as the western edge of Dike Creek salt marsh in Dartmouth, 78 acres of protected forest and wetlands in Mattapoisett, and dozens of harbors and coves The Coalition monitors for water quality, such as Clark’s Cove, Nasketucket Bay and the Wareham River.

Last year, Coalition member and first-time Watershed Rider Gerry Payette from Fairhaven said, “What an excellent ride! And what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? The sights are phenomenal. It’s why we work so hard to keep the Bay clean and educate people about what they can do to help it stay that way. Thank God for the Coalition and the work they do—it’s great stuff.”

Online registration is open and will remain open until 5 p.m. September 30. As an added incentive, registration has been cut in half to $30. As part of the fundraising goal of this event, each cyclist is also required to raise a minimum of $300, which supports the work of The Coalition.

For additional ride details and to register, go to: