Aug. 14 — Aug. 19
Boston → Hero Islands, VT
Bos/treal (Boss-tree-all) is a weeklong bike tour and fundraiser that benefits the Boston Cyclists Union’s (BCU) work to improve biking for everyone in Boston. In 2021, participants will ride about 300 miles over 4 days (about 70 miles/day) before spending two nights resting on the shores of Vermont’s Hero Islands in lovely Lake Champlain.*
Bos/treal is a gateway to biking longer distances, a leadership pipeline for bike advocacy, and a major source of support for the BCU’s work to make biking better in Boston. Most importantly: It’s an amazing bike adventure!
* Although Bos/treal normally ends in Montreal, keeping the ride within the U.S. this year avoids uncertainties around international travel and is in the best interest of public health.
On Bos/treal, you'll get to:
- See some of the most beautiful parts of New England
- Sleep in serene forests
- Swim in cool mountain lakes
- Meet people who love bikes as much as you do
- Make friendships that last long after the ride is over
- Get more comfortable and confident on a bike
- Develop leadership and teamwork skills
- Get more involved in bike advocacy and the BCU’s work
If you want to ride Bos/treal, you can do it!
This is a fully supported trip.
We’ll carry your stuff between campsites, provide all meals and mid-ride snacks, and have a "sweep" van trailing the group to offer help or a ride. Snack/water/meal stops are spaced no more than 15-20 miles apart, so you can refuel and recharge before heading out again.
We'll help you get ready to ride.
Need a hand tuning up your bike, learning to fix a flat, getting gear, or finding a friendly group to ride with? We’ve got you covered. Our staff and volunteers can also help you borrow or find new bike and camping gear, and offer tips and guidance for effective fundraising.
Key Ride Info
Riders are required to hit a fundraising minimum, which includes a $100 registration deposit.
Don't worry: We'll help you reach your goal!
- New Bos/treal riders: $1,800
- Return Bos/treal riders: $2,000
We're also offering a few fully-funded spots to make the ride more accessible. See below for more info.
- Weekly training rides : Starting June 1 (roughly)
- Depart from Boston: Saturday, August 14
- Arrive on Hero Islands: Tuesday, August 17
- Relax! Enjoy a well-deserved day on or around the Hero Islands: Wednesday, August 18
- Return (via chartered bus): Thursday, August 19
Fundraising is all-inclusive of trip costs. In addition to supporting the BCU’s work, what you raise covers:
- Lodging — 5 nights in campgrounds (all equipped with restrooms and showers)
- Food — All meals and mid-ride snacks (and water, of course)
- Rider support — SAG vehicles to carry all your stuff and help you out on the road
- Mechanic help — Fix-a-flat lessons before the ride; an experienced bike mechanic for mid-ride help
- Return travel — Charter bus from Burlington back to Boston
- Training — Group rides led by experienced volunteers to help you prepare for Bos/treal
SIGN UP TO RIDE
As a first step, please complete the form below. Please note: Completing this form secures your place in the rider queue/wait list, but does not guarantee a spot on the ride. We'll follow up with everyone from that list—in order, with consideration given to gender parity—to complete registration and pay the $100 deposit, or see if you want to remain on the wait list. (It's not uncommon for spots to open up closer to Bos/treal's departure date.)
APPLY TO RIDE FOR FREE
We know fundraising and personal costs (both time and money) can be barriers to riding Bos/treal. Through the Everybody Rides Scholarship, we aim to make the ride more accessible by eliminating registration costs and requiring no fundraising minimum. The BCU is also pursuing ways to further support scholarship recipients with free gear and other perks. At minimum, BCU staff/volunteers can gladly lend bike and camping equipment.
Applying is easy. Using the form below, let us know why you want to ride Bos/treal, and how this scholarship would make it possible for you.
We strongly encourage people of color, immigrants, working class people, women, and LGBTQIA+ people to apply, because unsafe roads disproportionately harm communities already impacted by other unjust systems. For the same reason, we encourage residents of East Boston, Chinatown, Hyde Park, Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan to apply.
Eligibility: Riders must be at least 18 years old.
Application Deadline: Friday, May 21 (11:59 p.m.)
Notification Date: Before June 1
LEARN MORE: Bos/treal Info Session
Below is a full recording of a webinar about this year's ride. Check it out if you have any questions, or consult our FAQ below.