Quick Start Guide


Electronic gadgets often come with a Quick Start Guide, also known as, “If you won’t read the instruction manual, at least read this one page, you lazy bum, before you break something.”


SO... one of our riders gave us this great idea: A Quick Start Guide. If you don’t want to read all of this lovely yet annoying web site, here’s the minimum you need to know to have fun on the ride*



When Is the Ride?

Friday June 11th -- Sunday June 13th.


You can do one, two, or all three days -- your choice.



Where?

All driving directions are here.


Our Ride Headquarters

Located in North Dorm B.  Directions here.

Opens on Friday June 11th from noon until 6:30 p.m.



Friday June 11th


7:00 a.m.

If you are taking our morning transport from NYC to The Farm Ride meet us at:


11th Ave just south of W. 33rd Street.


Look for our vans and bike truck.


We depart at 8:00 a.m. sharp, so don't be late!

You should be dressed, fed, with your bike and luggage, ready to go.

We will stop along the way for bathroom breaks and snacks, of course.

When you get to UMass we will have a light lunch waiting for you.


2:30 p.m. -- New time!

There's a leisurely 21-mile ride this day to get ice cream.

Meet at 2:30 p.m. in front of North Dorm B -- The Deluxe Dorms with your bike, tires pumped, dressed, ready to ride.


Pay for your own ice cream; otherwise this ride is free.


5:30 p.m.

If you are taking our afternoon transport from NYC to The Farm Ride meet us at:


W. 33rd Street between 11th Ave & 12th Ave/Manhattan


Look for our vans and bike truck.


We depart at 6:30 p.m. sharp, so don't be late!


You should be dressed, fed, with your bike and luggage, ready to go.

We will stop along the way for bathroom breaks and snacks, of course.



6:00 p.m.

Gather for a short walk to the UMass dining commons -- voted #1 in the country by The Princeton Review, two years in a row. Pay for your own dinner -- cash or credit card. DO NOT BRING YOUR BIKE.  (This is not a high-crime area, but still there is not a great place to lock it).



Saturday June 12th - The main Farm Ride day


8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the start line near the Deluxe Dorms parking lot for light breakfast.

Start to pedal whenever you're ready.


NOTE: One of my favorite parts of this ride is visiting Herrell's Ice Cream, where you get a free cone or dish. They don't open until noon, and that means that if you start early and rock hard, you will get there before they open. Please plan accordingly.


If you want to do the optional escorted version of the 70-or 25-mile route, they depart at 9:00 a.m., so show up earlier so you'll have time to grab some breakfast before you start.


The escorted version of the 100-mile route will depart at 8:30 a.m.


8:00 p.m. -- The Saturday Night Dorm Party begins in the Deluxe Dorms.




Sunday June 13th


8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the start line for light breakfast.

Start to pedal whenever you're ready.


If you want to do the optional escorted version of the 40-mile route, it departs at 9:00 a.m., so show up earlier so you'll have time to grab some breakfast before you start.




FAQ

How Long Is The Farm Ride?

We offer routes from 25 miles - 100 miles.



How Do I Register?

There’s ONLY one way -- click here.



How Much Does it Cost?

Prices for the big ride start at $150. Kids 12 and younger ride free. All the details here.



Where is the Start/Finish Line? How Do I Get There?

All of the rides throughout Farm Ride weekend start and finish in the same place:


The University of Massachussets - North Dorm Parking Lot


1 N Residential Drive

Amherst, MA.


Driving directions here.



Whether you're staying in the dorms or just driving in for the day, you can park for free in Lot 44 -- just north of the dorms on the map below.