The New England Classic (NEC) is a multi-day cycling event that raises funds to support the American Diabetes Association.
The NEC offers two-day and seven-day options starting Saturday, July 15, at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts. The fundraising minimum for the two-day NEC 150 is $500, and the fundraising minimum for the seven-day NEC 550 is $2,900.
The NEC 150 and the NEC 550 travel the same route for the first two days. Cyclists will spend each night in comfortable air-conditioned accommodations (no camping!), and enjoy a hearty breakfast and dinner. All participants receive a NEC T-shirt and a customized New England Classic cycling jersey.
The ride is fully supported by a crew of seasoned volunteers. There will be bicycle mechanics at the start and finish each day, as well as travelling along the route. There will be two – four well-stocked rest stops, a Boost Bus and a sweep vehicle to ensure every rider gets in safely at the end of the day.
Since its inception in 1992, the New England Classic has captured the imagination of cyclists from all over the country. Participants have come from as far away as Hawaii and California, and we’ve had individuals and teams come back for multiple years from North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Indiana and Texas.
Why do cyclists travel so far for this event? Quite simply, it’s worth the trip. You will be joining a friendly, caring group of individuals ranging in age from 17 to 70. What they have in common is a passion for cycling and the desire to make a difference. You will share an epic adventure while helping us change the lives of more than 34 million Americans living with diabetes.
“The New England Classic was the best week of my year. The routes were well-planned, diverse and gorgeous. The riders and volunteers were friendly and encouraging, like the good parts of a big family. Take this ride!”
“The NEC was well worth the trip for me as it was a cycling journey of a lifetime that also helped the ADA in its important crusade to fight diabetes. It was a rewarding challenge, one that was so much fun.”