May 21, 2012
More than 200 cyclists, volunteers and supporters joined us to make this year’s Breakaway Bike Ride the best yet! Featuring three breathtaking cycle routes designed for all ages and skill levels, a gourmet lunch, live music and sunshine, the day was truly a celebration of wellness, vibrancy and community. Bob Wolfe, with his exceptional local knowledge, once again knit together three gorgeous rides of varying length and difficulty through the back streets of Lincoln, Stowe, Harvard, Acton, Concord, Bolton and Sudbury. Winding on hidden roads past farmlands, woods, wildlife and ancient trees, our riders agreed these routes were remarkably beautiful and rural. We were especially proud to feature three unique stops along our rides: Honey Pot Hill Orchard, Codman Farm, and the Food Project. Nutrition is a critical component of our mission, and these entities contribute to the cultivation of nutritious, local, and sustainably-grown foods. After returning from their rides, participants enjoyed a festive afternoon. The Pinehill Ramblers’ upbeat bluegrass kept our feet tapping while participants played lawn games in the sunshine, noshed on a gourmet lunch, and viewed the art at Breakaway’s home base, the deCordova Sculpture Park. We simultaneously are inspired by and rely upon the vibrant community of supporters who help us make positive change in the world. Ride participation more than doubled this year, and we’re proud to note that our riders came from as far away as New Jersey and Vermont, and included a Top Chef Masters contestant, a Nobel Laureate in physics, the founder of Seven Cycles and a three-time Olympic cyclist. We’d like to extend a most heartfelt thanks to all our supporters. More thanks are due to our generous sponsors who helped make the day possible; Whole Foods provided the raw ingredients that Paul O’Connell of Chez Henri turned into a gourmet meal; Cambridge Taylor Rental gave us use of their kitchen equipment; Wheelworks and Pedro’s donated their mechanical expertize to keep everyone’s bikes rolling; Filipe’s provided delectable volunteer lunches; Bonnie Baker and Chrissa Markos recorded the day in photos; and Weymouth design once again created the custom, classy Breakaway jersey.
To see photos of the event, visit our Event page.