Quick Start Guide


Electronic gadgets often come with a Quick Start Guide, also known as, “If you won’t read the instruction manual, at least read this one page, you lazy bum, before you break something.”


SO... one of our riders gave us this great idea: A Quick Start Guide. If you don’t want to read all of this lovely yet annoying web site, here’s the minimum you need to know to have fun on the ride*



When Is the Ride?

Friday August 5th -- Sunday August 7th.


You can do one, two, or all three days -- your choice.


How Do I Sign Up?

There's only one way -- just click here.



Where?

All driving directions are here.


Our Ride Headquarters

Located on the ground floor in North Dorm C.  Directions here.

Opens on Friday August 5th at noon.



Friday August 5th


We have two departures to day from Manhattan to UMass for those who want a lift -- morning and evening.


7:00 a.m.

If you are taking our morning transport from NYC to The Farm Ride meet us at our NEW location:


Between W. 34th Street and W. 35th Street on the north side of 12th Avenue.



Look for our vans and bike trucks.


You should be dressed, fed, with your bike and luggage, ready to go.

We will stop along the way for bathroom breaks and snacks, of course.

When you get to UMass we will have a light lunch waiting for you.


8:00 a.m.

We leave NYC for Manhattan at 8 a.m. sharp.  (That's why we ask you to arrive earlier, so we have time to load up your bike and luggage).


2:30 p.m.

There's a leisurely 21-mile ride this day including a stopo for ice cream at the half-way mark.

Meet at 2:30 p.m. in front of North Dorm C -- The Deluxe Dorms with your bike, tires pumped, dressed, ready to ride.


Pay for your own ice cream; otherwise this ride is free.


5:30 p.m.

If you are taking our afternoon transport from NYC to The Farm Ride meet us here:


Between W. 34th Street and W. 35th Street on the north side of 12th. (See map above).


Look for our vans and bike truck.


You should be dressed, fed, with your bike and luggage, ready to go.

We will stop along the way for bathroom breaks and snacks, of course.


We depart at 6:30 p.m. sharp. (That's why we ask you to arrive earlier, so we have time to load your bike and luggage.)



6:00 p.m.

Gather in front of North Dorm C -- The Deluxe Dorms for a short walk to the UMass dining commons -- voted #1 in the country by The Princeton Review, two years in a row. Pay for your own dinner -- cash or credit card. DO NOT BRING YOUR BIKE.  (This is not a high-crime area, but still there is not a great place to lock it).  If you prefer you can head over to the dining commons any time you wish. (During the summer UMass usually keeps just one dining common open, and at this writing we don't know which one it is yet ,or the hours it is open -- stay tuned!)



Saturday August 6th - The main Farm Ride day


8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the start line near the Deluxe Dorms parking lot for light breakfast.

Start to pedal whenever you're ready.


NOTE: One of my favorite parts of this ride is visiting Herrell's Ice Cream, where you get a free cone or dish. They don't open until noon, and that means that if you start early and rock hard, you will get there before they open. Please plan accordingly.


The escorted version of the 100-mile route will depart at 8:30 a.m.


If you want to do the optional escorted version of the 70-or 25-mile route, they depart at 9:00 a.m., so show up earlier so you'll have time to grab some breakfast before you start.



8:00 p.m. -- The Saturday Night Dorm Party begins in the Deluxe Dorms.




Sunday August 7th


8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the start line for light breakfast.

Start to pedal whenever you're ready.


If you want to do the optional escorted version of the 40-mile route, it departs at 9:00 a.m., so show up earlier so you'll have time to grab some breakfast before you start.




FAQ

How Long Is The Farm Ride?

We offer routes from 25 miles - 100 miles.



How Do I Register?

There’s ONLY one way -- click here.



How Much Does it Cost?

Prices for the big ride start at $175. Kids 12 and younger ride free. All the details here.



Where is the Start/Finish Line? How Do I Get There?

All of the rides throughout Farm Ride weekend start and finish in the same place:


The University of Massachussets - North Dorm Parking Lot


1 N Residential Drive

Amherst, MA.


Driving directions here.



Whether you're staying in the dorms or just driving in for the day, you can park for free in Lot 44 -- just north of the dorms on the map below.