About the Ride
Bostreal (pronounced Boss-tree-all) is a 400 mile, fundraising bike ride and from Boston to Montreal, Quebec to benefit the Bike Union, and bring cyclists to a city that serves as an example of what Boston could be like with a more advanced bike network. Montreal has an extensive system of bike paths and protected bike lanes that are a model of success for other North American cities.
The entire trip will be 8 days long, and riders will spend the first 5 days cycling from Boston to Montreal. The route takes advantage of beautiful bikeways, challenging hills, pastoral vistas, & urban cycletracks. Riders will pedal through the towering Green Mountains and camp in the quiet Vermont forests. They’ll cross Lake Champlain on the placid Hero Islands, before entering Montreal on the bike paths of the St. Lawrence river.
The first four nights Team Bike Union will sleep in tents, prepare meals together to be cooked atop campfires, and take a refreshing dip in lakes & rivers. This is certainly a rustic adventure, but don’t worry, there are showers & restrooms at each campsite.
The last three nights riders will stay in a group hostel close to the center of Montreal. This is the perfect location to explore Montreal‘s bike network and to see & do all that Montreal has to offer.
In Montreal, riders will have a chance to meet with local bike advocates, discover Montreal’s bike culture, and learn about ways to use the experience to advocate for a better bike network in Boston.
Depart Boston: Saturday May 27
Arrive in Montreal: Wednesday May 31
Return to Boston: Saturday, June 3
Lodging: The first 4 nights (5/27-30) we will camp at campgrounds equipped with indoor bathrooms and showers. The next three nights (5/31-6/2) we will stay at a Hostel in Montreal. (All accommodations have been booked by ride planners.)
Transportation back to Boston: We will supply transportation back to Boston for all riders and their gear.
Ride Support: This is a fully supported bike ride with designated support vehicles accompanying riders on the trip to transport gear/supplies and to pick up riders in the event of mechanical issues or other circumstances.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided for all riders during the first 5 days of the trip (ride days). Once riders have reached Montreal, breakfast will be provided by our hostel, and riders will be responsible for their own lunches and dinners.
Each rider will be equipped with a customizable fundraising webpage that will make receiving donations simple, secure, and easy to track your progress as you get closer (and exceed!) the $1,400 fundraising requirement for the ride. The money you help raise will support the various programs that BCU offers, including Bike to Market, Bikeways for Everybody, and our ongoing efforts working with the regional transportation departments to make sure our city’s roads are designed to include people who ride bikes.
Join the Team!
From the first moment we depart Boston City Hall on bikes, you will see that this is more than a cycling trip — it is an inspiring journey with fellow cyclists who share an interest in making Boston a better city for cycling.
The ride is a challenge. You can do it.
You don’t need to be a pro-level athlete to join Team Bike Union. We’re looking for riders who have grit, determination, positive attitude, and are eager to make a difference in Boston’s cycling community. This is a fully supported ride, so riders won’t get stuck if something goes wrong with you or your bike. Our SAG vehicles will carry all your gear, so you can stay focused on the road ahead & seeing the sights along the way.
Check out our RIDER CHECKLIST for a list all the things you’ll need to be prepared for the trip.
A note from the ride organizers
The dedicated planning and support team is made up of experienced ride leaders that will make sure every rider has the support they need to complete the ride, including plenty of training ride opportunities before we depart Boston.
We’re 100% volunteer powered, and we’re also responsible for meeting the same fundraising goals as all of the riders. We’re doing this because we believe in the Bike Union’s mission, and we want to make this the trip of a lifetime. We hope you choose to join us in this adventure!