Bring the kids: Cycle Massachusetts has a NEW family-friendly weekend option!

24 Mar

Bring the kids: Cycle Massachusetts has a NEW family-friendly weekend option!

Cambridge, MA – January 19, 2016. It’s been the Friendliest Ride in the East for 10 years now, but Cycle Massachusetts (formerly known as the Mass BikePike Tour) is extending their friendly reputation to welcome a new group of cyclists: kids!

Although families have joined the tour throughout the ride’s history, in 2016 Cycle Massachusetts is adding a truly family-friendly weekend option:

  • Kids 11 and under ride and eat for FREE
  • Shorter manageable tour routes on quiet roads. Ride to Old Sturbridge Village, with shuttle service available in either direction.
  • Evening activities – maybe even a campfire with s’mores
  • Ride to the famous Publick House to pick up goodies at their famous bakery
  • Outdoor kid-friendly movie
  • Saturday afternoon ice cream social

Sarah J, from Danvers MA, who rode for the first time at age 8, says: “Cycle Mass is fun because everybody is kind and helps anyone in need. Cycle Mass is also a great way to meet new friends. If you get tired, you can get picked up by a sag wagon. You can have a snack any time at the rest stops. There are fun activities every evening.

Of course the Cycle Massachusetts tour has plenty of options for unaccompanied grown-ups, and it’s a particularly beautiful route this year:

  • One ride – four states!  Not only do we explore Massachusetts, but we’ll ride the quiet roads of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York as well
  • There’s an option for just about every schedule – join us for a weekend, or 4, 5, or the amazing 7 day tour
  • Back to the Berkshires! We’ll explore the quiet roads of this legendary region.  We even have an “Alice’s Restaurant” ride to celebrate the scenes of this famous song
  • From ice cream shops to friendly farmstands to roadside museums, Massachusetts is best enjoyed at a bicycling pace. Beautifully-designed routes feature quiet roads, and you’ll have many options of how far to ride.

We’re excited to welcome riders to our fantastic start/finish location at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.  With two nights on their lovely campus, two nights in the cultural mecca of Great Barrington, and a night each in Agawam and Suffield, CT, riders will have time to explore the most scenic vistas, visit local landmarks, and savor each experience with new friends.

Cycle Massachusetts is from July 30th through August 5th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available) and all proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. It’s all available for one low fee – and even better, all proceeds go to support the Massbike.  Your vacation will help everyone in Massachusetts enjoy safer bicycling!

Cycle Massachusetts isn’t just about the bike – it’s the unique camaraderie that keeps riders returning year after year. From a daily “social hour”, to sharing stories over delicious hearty meals, to nightly entertainment or excursions to local attractions, to s’mores at the campfire – it’s like summer camp for all!

“At a biking pace, you can stop and discover so many things you wouldn’t see otherwise – it was really wonderful!”       -rider Nathalie Apchin of Milton


Dates: July 30th through August 5th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available)

One ride, many choices!

  • 7 day (Sat-Fri) $795
  • 5 day (Mon-Fri) $575
  • 4 day (Sat-Tue) $465
  • 2 day (Sat-Sun) $175

Where: Dudley (2 nights), Great Barrington (2 nights), Agawam, and Suffield, CT.

Start/finish location is Nichols College in Dudley, MA

How long? Cycle Massachusetts offers two routes each day. The shorter route is between 30-40 miles and the longer route is usually between 45-70 miles.

For riders getting back in the saddle: Riders who want to shorten their distance can use the free “Head Start Drop-Off” service that allows participants to start up to 20 miles into the route.

The food: We provide a hearty catered hot breakfast every day except registration day. Lunch is “on your own” and enjoyed along the day’s route – we’ll have suggestions of some fantastic local eateries.  We’ll enjoy delicious catered dinners at our overnight locations.

Creature comforts: This is a camping tour that includes hot showers. The very-popular “Comfy Campers” service is available for those who prefer to camp in style.

Included: Tent and gear transportation, daily ride choices, cue sheet/GPS files/maps, route notes, most meals, camping privileges, nightly entertainment, tour t-shirt, parking during the tour

Sign up today: The registration deadline is July 15th, and Cycle Massachusetts is limited to 150 riders!  An early-bird discount of $25 for the 7, 5, and 4 day rides ends March 1st. 

Organization Name: Cycle Massachusetts

Contact Person: Karin Turer Telephone Number: 617-599-8509 Email Address: Web site address:



22 Mar




2016 NCAA® Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional

The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional hosted by the College of the Holy Cross returns to the DCU Center this Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26! Four teams, three games, two days… the Road to the Frozen Four® begins in Worcester!


Friday, March 25

4:30PM: Providence College (1) versus Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (4)

8:00PM: Harvard Crimson (3) versus Boston College Eagles (2)

Saturday, March 26

9:00PM: Winner of Game 1 versus winner of Game 2

The winner of the Saturday game will advance to the Frozen Four. Please note that the times listed are E.S.T. and are subject to change.



Friday, March 25 at 4:30PM and 8:00PM

Saturday, March 26 at 9:00PM

WHERE:            DCU Center, Worcester, MA

TICKETS:         Single Session Tickets: $48.50

All tickets subject to applicable handling, convenience and facility fees.

DETAILS:          Tickets are available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at or







W.B. Mason Championship Returns to Thorny Lea for Second Year

3 Mar


W.B. Mason Championship Returns to Thorny Lea for Second Year


Total purse grows to $125,000; event moves to May 23-29


BROCKTON, Mass., March 3, 2016 -The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced today that the 2016 W.B. Mason Championship will be contested the week of May 23-29 at Thorny Lea Golf Club. The second annual tournament will feature the top 132 aspiring LPGA Tour professionals from the United States and around the globe.


The 54-hole stroke play format will begin on Friday, May 27 and conclude on Sunday, May 29. There will be a cut to the top 60 and ties following second round play on May 28.


The tournament purse will increase from $110,000 to $125,000. The winner will earn $18,750 and move up the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The top 10 on the final money list will earn LPGA Tour membership for the 2017 season.


“W.B. Mason really stepped up in year one to showcase women’s professional golf in our backyard and now we’re ready to grow,” said Tournament Director Robby Thompson of Thorny Lea. “This is a fantastic event for not only Brockton, but all of Boston. These are the brightest stars in the game of women’s golf and we hope to see great support from our sports crazy town.”


In 2015, Vicky Hurst posted three rounds in the 60’s to win her first Symetra Tour event since 2008. Hurst, who played on the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2011, came back to the Symetra Tour in 2015 because of injuries. The win in Brockton propelled her to an eighth place finish on the Volvik Race for the Card money list to earn LPGA Tour membership for 2016.


“Winning the W.B. Mason Championship was a huge confidence booster for me and it helped me get back to the LPGA,” said Hurst. “Although I won’t be playing in the event this year, I know that it will be a first class all the way and I really want to urge golf fans in the area to come out and support.”


Rockland native Megan Khang played in the 2015 W.B. Mason Championship on a sponsor exemption and finished in a tie for 17th. Khang earned LPGA membership by passing through all three stages of LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2015 and is now playing full-time against the best in the world. She finished T11 in her debut at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.


“Getting to play in the 2015 W.B. Mason Championship was a highlight of my year because I got to play in an area that I love and am proud to call home,” said Khang. “I look forward to representing Rockland on the LPGA for many years to come.”



Volunteer registration is now open by visiting Local volunteers are critical to the operation of the tournament. Positions include cart drivers, leaderboard operators, standard bearers and more.


The W.B. Mason Championship is the eighth event on the Symetra Tour schedule, which features 23 tournaments in 14 different states around the U.S. Former players include 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup hero Gerina Piller, 2015 LPGA Tour winner Brooke Henderson and current World No. 2 Inbee Park.


For more general information about the W.B. Mason Championship including playing in the pro-am, contact Tournament Director Robby Thompson at


About the Symetra Tour

The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and enters its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella partner, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events in 27 years (1988). With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at,,, and