New England Classic Tour de Cure
July 13 @ 8:00 am - July 19 @ 3:00 pm
The New England Classic is a multi-day Tour de Cure fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association that offers two-day and seven-day options starting the same day in Bedford, Mass. The 150-mile NEC 150 and 550-mile NEC 550 travel the same route for the first two days. Indoor, air-conditioned accommodations and breakfast and lunch are included with the fundraising minimum of $850 for the NEC 150 and $2,700 for the NEC 550
NEC 150 riders travel the back roads of the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts into southern New Hampshire and along the seacoast with a final destination of Durham, N.H. The Day 2 route takes riders to coastal Maine past beaches, rocky coves and quaint villages. Day 2 ends with dinner and a celebration, then riders take chartered buses back to Bedford while their bicycles are transported there safely.
After sharing the first two days of their route with the NEC 150, NEC 550 riders leave coastal Maine, heading west into the White Mountain region, where the challenge rolls north up the Kancamagus Highway to Lincoln, N.H. The journey continues through Kinsman Notch and crosses the Connecticut River into Vermont. After a night in Montpelier, riders pedal the river valleys of the Green Mountains on scenic Route 100 to the Killington area and the welcome comfort of a ski resort. The trek continues through Vermont and then back into the Monadnock region of New Hampshire with an overnight in Keene, N.H. The final leg heads to Central Massachusetts, winding its way to the finish at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Mass.
All New England Classic riders receive a NEC T-shirt and customized NEC Tour de Cure cycling jersey.