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We wanted to publish the current events and health solutions for our Boston Hub On Wheels fans and contestants. Below you will find information on our latest events and activities. Also, we will be publishing event specials and discounts for fans and riders
Riders and Events
Charities Where No Money Goes To Charity?
I found a great post on some wild things going on with charities. Now while Hub On Wheels is an excellent program and event. I did want to share some news in the charity events and what people are find out…
Riders signing up for Britain’s newest and most expensive charity cycling sportive could be forgiven for thinking that part of their entry fee goes direct to a good cause.
After all, the official title of the event is the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines.
Together with its well established big brother north of the border, the Etape Caledonia, it charges the highest entry fee on the sportive calendar – £61. Yet none of that goes to the charity.
Instead, all profits go to one of the richest showbiz and sport talent agencies in the world, IMG, which includes Rafael Nadal, Justin Timberlake and Tyra Banks among its clients.
5,000 riders took part in May’s Etape Caledonia. Almost 3,000 have signed up for the Etape Pennines, which takes place in County Durham on 7 October. That’s a turnover of nearly £500,000.
Both events are closed-road sportives – yet does this really justify the high entry fee, especially as none of it goes to charity?
IMG certainly thinks so. In response to this question, it emailed me a list of what the entry fee covers. Included were all the things provided by other, cheaper sportives, such as “medical support” and “comprehensive ecommunications before and after the event making the experience as smooth as possible”.
The list also included “paying a large number of stewards and marshals”, even though the websites for both events make it clear these are volunteers who receive only “agreed travel expenses”.
And finally there was this: “Paying for the right to host events in some of the most beautiful locations in the country.”
Read the full story at the guardian.
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Hub On Wheels In The News…
Here are updates from the latest races we found. These events are super fun and worth checking out if you are in the Boston area. We have met great friends from the event… Everyone has the same great purpose to be healthy and help charity. It really is an excellent and fulfilling cause.
Upcoming Charity Events
There is always something going on. I wanted to tell our fans and friends about some of latest events in our local area. Below are some of the events for Mass. Check it out below.
May 5 , 2012 Bike MS Ride the Vinyard With the quaint charm and beautiful ocean views of Martha’s Vineyard, cyclists can choose from 15K, 30K or 60K routes. Registration: $35 reg, $250 pledge.
May 13, 2012CCGF Memorial Ride, Newton, MA. The first annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride to support the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation. The memorial ride will commemorate Christina Genco’s life and raise funds for the foundation. Distance: 3.4, 17, 34, or 68 miles. Fee: $34.
May 20, 2012CYCLE Kids Breakaway Lincoln, MA.
CYCLE kids is hosting a fundraising bike ride on May 20, 2012 at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. Three ride options: a perfect early season hilly metric century, 36 scenic miles, or a 10 mile family ride. Enjoy post-ride live music and lawn games at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Savor a fresh lunch grilled onsite by acclaimed Chez Henri Chef, Paul O’Connell. Purchase a ticket or fundraise – it’s up to you!. Fee: $50-$200.
June 9, 2012 South Shore YMCA TREK, Cape Cod, MA. A cycling fundraiser on scenic Cape Cod to benefit the South Shore YMCA. Choose from a variety of cycling routes and participate as an individual, team or family. Children can participate in our Jr. TREK car-free rides along the Cape Cod Canal. Distance: 25, 50, or 100 mile ride. Fee: $50 Registration.
June 10, 2012 Bicycles Battling Cancer, Worcester, MA. Local cyclists are invited to participe in the American Cancer Society’s fourth annual Bicycles Battling Cancer. The 2012 BBC event will start and finish at the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster.. Routes: 100, 62, 30 miles. Registration: $50 to $100
June 16, 2012 Training Wheels Wellesley, MA This ride is to benefit pediatric cancer and will have three route options: 20, 35 and 50 miles. Raise $750 for a signature cycling jersey. 12-15 year olds may ride with a chaperone.
June 23 & 24, 2012 Bike MS Cape Cod Getaway Beginning on the morning of Saturday June 23, over 2000 riders will pedal from Quincy, Massachusetts through the coastal towns of Massachusetts’ South Shore to the beginning of Cape. Route: 2 days 150 miles Reg $ 55.00. Minimum Fundraising $500.00
July 14, 2012Minuteman Ride, Concord, MA. Join us as we ride the beautiful roads of historic Concord and surrounding metro-west towns. Revolutionary-era homes and beautiful New England scenary are just some of the sights you’ll enjoy on this ride, close to boston riders choose between two routes, 25 or 60 miles. Registration: $35 reg, $250 pledge.
July 14, 2012Memory Ride, Devens MA. Join hundreds of riders from across the country at the 15th annual Memory Ride for Alzheimer’s research , and cycle 30, 62 or 100 miles for a cure to end Alzheimer’s disease. Fundraising Minimums $250, $500, 750 respectively.
July 20, 21, 22, 2012 The TriStateTrek is a 270 mile, three day ride from Massachusetts to Connecticut, through New York to end ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Funds go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute to further their research. Find out more at www.tristatetrek.com. Volunteers are also welcome. Event Fees: $ plus fundraising.
August 4-5, 2012The PMC Sturbridge, MA
The PMC is so respected in cycling and fundraising circles that each year people travel from all over the world to participate. Cyclists choose between seven routes that range from 47 to 190 miles. The PMC fundraising minimum is between $500 and $4,200, depending on the route chosen, yet the average PMC cyclist raises over $6,000.
August 27, 2011Soldier Ride, Boston, MA
Soldier Ride is a WWP initiative that provides rehabilitative cycling opportunities across the country to help wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for the public to participate in a cycling event that honors the men and women of our military who sacrificed so much. Distance: 30 or 60 mile. Registration: $25. *Minimum $150 fundraising donation required.
September 8, 2012Coast to the Cure Ipswich, MA
Starting at Crane Beach in Ipswich, the ride winds through the North Shore. Newly added this year is a mountain bike ride through Willowdale State Forest for offroad cyclists featuring three different courses: Pro, intermediate and a family ride. Participants enjoy a post ride cookout at Steep Hill Beach on the grounds of the Crane Estate. Distance: 36, 68, and 100 miles. Fee: $50 reg plus $150 minium.
September 9, 2012 Ride to Defeat ALS, Wayland, MA The Ride to Defeat ALS is a one-day, fully-supported cycling event that raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. There is a ride for everyone–70, 50, 25 and 10 mile ride. The ride starts at the Longfellow club in Wayland, MA with a registration fee of $75 and a minimum fundraising commitment of $250. Register today!
September 9, 2012 CT Valley Century, Hatfield, MA
The COVAC 2011 is a fun but challenging ride offering 100, 75, 50, or 25 mile routes. The rides are relatively flat and follow rolling terrain along the CT river through VT, NH and Ma
September 11, 2011 Ride for Angels N Andover, MA All proceeds to benefit Angel Flight NE, Event distances include 20, 40 and 65 Mile Routes. Registration fee is $50 per person.
September 15, 2012 Harbor to the Bay, Boston
AIDS Action Committee is once again proud to be a part of Harbor to the Bay taking place on September 15, 2012. It is a one day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown that benefits local AIDS service organizations. Harbor to the Bay is unique in that 100 percent of all proceeds go directly towards its beneficiaries. Distance: 125 miles. Registration: $75.
September 30, 2012Will Bike 4 Food, Easthampton, MA
Casual and avid cyclists alike are invited to participate in the first annual “Will Bike 4 Food” bike-a-thon charity event that will feature 25, 50, and 100 mile rides. Event will start and end at Mill side park in Easthampton, MA. Registration is $35 per person, $250 per person fundraising minimum. All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
September 12, 2012 Bike and Hike the Berkshires- One Day Event Explore the beauty of the Berkshires in the fall with 100, 50, and 25 mile bike routes, or two hiking routes on Mt. Greylock. Whether you wear hiking boots or cycling shoes, Bike and Hike the Berkshires has something for everyone. Registration fee: $35; Minimum Fundraising: $250
September 22, 2012The Tour de South Shore, Hingham, MA
Bike Ride features a scenic coastal course that travels through the towns of Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate and Norwell. Proceeds from the event benefit The McCourt Foundation, dedicated to a world without Alzheimer’s or MS. Distance: 25 or 50 miles. Fee: $65 (Includes a post-race lunch for all participants).
September 22, 2012The Harvard Firefighters Association Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Ride, Harvard, MA
held at the Harvard Fire Station, 13 Elm Street, Harvard, MA at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Ken Harrod was a Harvard Firefighter for 45 years. Proceeds of this ride will be used to purchase equipment for the fire department, and to fund a scholarship for a graduating Harvard senior who is pursuing a career in public service. There is a course for every skill level, from families to the seasoned rider. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery. Registration: $25. Distance: 8, 16 or 50 miles.
September 25, 2011 Hub on Wheels Ride Boston, Ma
Experience a car-free Storrow Drive, explore hidden pathways and historic neighborhoods, and take in views of the Boston Harbor that you’ve never seen before. EventDistance: 10, 30 and 50 miles EventFees: $45.00
September 28, 29, 30 2012Autumn Escape Bike Trek Cape Cod, MA. A three-day, 160 mile at-your-own-pace tour along Cape Cod, Massachusetts (two day, 105 mile option available). Designed to attract the novice and expert alike, this cycling adventure from Plymouth to Provincetown offers a weekend filled with beautiful scenery, entertainment and fun. Registration fee: $500.
October 14, 2012Cylce Martha’a Vineyard is a recreational ride on a scenic island of Martha’s Vineyard. The 100k route circuits the island traveling along the Atlanic Ocean, Natucket Sound and rolling farmland. The 50k route also offers the same breathtaking views. All roads are paved. Event registration fee: $100.
Feel free to post any events you would like to promote in our comments area below. We love to keep everyone informed of ways to live healthy and give back to the community.