Saturday, May 28 — Thursday, June 2
Boston → Grand Isle, VT
Registration for the 2022 ride will open in early February. Prior to that, we'll host a virtual info session to share more details and answer your questions.
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 2022, participants will ride nearly 300 miles over 4 days (ranging from 55 - 82 miles/day) to Burlington, VT. From there, riders enjoy a free day to explore Burlington and the surrounding area before making their way the final few miles to camp at Grand Isle on 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!
In addition to the standard fundraising spots on this ride, we're also offering a few fully-funded spots to make the ride more accessible. Click here for more info.
All genders welcome. The Boston Cyclists Union strives to create a positive and supportive environment where all people feel welcomed, seen, celebrated, and treated equitably. For more info on the BCU's shared values and norms, click here.
* 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
- Weekly training rides : Starting March 1 (roughly)
- Depart from Boston: Saturday, May 28
- Arrive Grand Isle State Park: Wednesday, June 1
- Return (via chartered bus): Thursday, June 2
For the first time this year, we're also requiring returning Bos/treal riders to volunteer at least 12 hours toward the event. This can be anything from leading/sweeping a training ride, to being the designated camp barista.
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 have 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; mechanic help mid-ride
- Return travel — Charter bus from Burlington back to Boston
- Training — Group rides led by experienced volunteers to help you prepare for Bos/treal
For the safety of all participants, and to protect people in the communities through which this ride passes, all participants must be fully vaccinated (2 shots + a booster). We will also require a negative COVID test shortly before departure; we'll have a process in place to provide or cover costs for tests.
With the situation around COVID continuously changing, we will update our protocols accordingly as we near the trip. The health and safety of everyone involved is paramount.
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 diversity—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: March 1 (11:59 p.m.)
Notification Date: March 8 (or thereabouts)