How Do I Get to the Farm Ride?
There are two ways to get to (and from) The Farm Ride -- by taking our optional round-trip transportation for your bike and you from NYC, or on your own.
Info on taking our transportation is immediately below; for info on getting to the ride on your own, scroll down a bit.
TAKING OUR TRANSPORTATION TO THE FARM RIDE
We offer optional round-trip transportation from Manhattan to The Farm Ride for your bike and you.
We offer transportation in 15-passenger vans (except that we never put more than 11 people in a 15-passenger van so you have more room). Of course we will stop for bathroom breaks whenever you want.
For the trip departing Friday morning, we’ll have sandwiches waiting for you when you get to UMass. For the evening departures we’ll have some lovely sandwiches with us to enjoy on the ride up. For the trip departing very early Saturday morning there will be breakfast at the start line when you arrive in Amherst.
If you want to use our transportation, just sign up for it during registration. We’ll send you complete details as we get closer to ride day, but here are the basics:
WARNING -- Advance registration for our optional transportation is VITAL. We’ll do our best, but we can NOT guarantee that we’ll have a spot for you unless you let us know in advance.
WHERE TO MEET:
West 33rd Street between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue, Manhattan.
We offer two different departures from NYC to The Farm Ride -- your choice:
Starts Loading: Friday August 11th at 7:00 a.m.
Leaves NYC: Friday August 11th at 8:00 a.m. sharp
Bikes from the 8:00 a.m. run will be unloaded when we arrive in Amherst in case you want to cruise around town. We’ll have some short routes marked for you in case you want to go for a spin. We’ll also have an escorted 16-mile ride, and a very short spin in to town for dinner.
Starts Loading: Friday August 11th at 5:30 p.m.
Leaves NYC: Friday August 11th at 6:30 p.m. sharp
Bikes from the 6:30 p.m. run will not be unloaded when we get to Amherst -- they will be locked up overnight and unloaded in the morning at the start line (to avoid sorting bikes in the dark!)
Please note that if you are staying somewhere off-campus, we can NOT drop you off or pick you up there. We will take you to campus and you can make your own travel plans.
GETTING TO THE RIDE ON YOUR OWN
If you are staying in the Deluxe Dorms, click here for directions.
If you are staying in the Standard Dorms, please go to the Deluxe Dorms first (see info below). Check in there, and they will direct you on how to get to the Standard Dorms, which are very close by.
If you are staying in the Campus Center Hotel, click here for directions on how to get there.
If you are not staying on campus, click here for directions on how to get to the start line/check-in area.
If you’re staying on campus, you can check in any time after 3:00 p.m. on Friday. There is free parking for your car outside, or you can pay to park in the Campus Center Garage for $5 per day, with unlimited in-and-out privileges. (Ask at the hotel’s front desk for a discount parking pass.) Your bicycle will stay in your room with you, so it’s safe and sound. Of course you can head home whenever you are ready.
If you are driving yourself to the ride, read this carefully.
There are several places to park on campus -- details in the directions, above. IF you choose to park in the underground Campus Center Garage, and IF you have your bike on a rack mounted on the roof of your car, your bike will NOT fit inside this low-ceiling garage, which means that as you enter the garage you will destroy your bike, rip the roof off of your car, or maybe both! (Email us any cool bike/car/garage destruction photos and we’ll post them here!) If you have your bike on a trunk rack (on the back of your car) you should have no problems, BUT... it is up to you to check carefully to avoid damage.