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Road Cyclists Register for Tour de Greenbelt 2017

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August 31, 2017
 
 
Road Cyclists Register for Tour de Greenbelt
50/25 mile rides to benefit local land conservation

 
Essex, MA    Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can ride through some of Essex County’s most beautiful landscapes when Essex County Greenbelt hosts its third annual road cycle event to benefit local land conservation on Saturday, September 16.
 
Whether a seasoned road cyclist or a beginner, Tour de Greenbelt offers two untimed routes that can be enjoyed at your own pace:  a half-century (50 miles) and a shorter route (25 miles).  The routes showcase more than 50 of Greenbelt’s exquisite conserved properties.
 
“You can challenge yourself for your personal best time or slow down and enjoy the scenery,” said Ed Becker, Greenbelt’s President and avid cyclist, emphasizing the event is for riders of all abilities.
 
Proceeds from Tour de Greenbelt will help conserve the region’s farmland, wildlife habitat, scenic landscapes, and places for outdoor recreation.
 
Greenbelt’s historic Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, will serve as the ride start and finish line for both routes, as well as a beautiful location for the post-ride festivities. The 31-acre saltwater farm offers expansive views of the Great Marsh and Essex Bay.
 
Riders can pre-register for Tour de Greenbelt online at www.bikereg.com/tour-de-greenbelt until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 12th, or register on the morning of the event at the Cox Reservation.  Pre-registration rates are $150 for Greenbelt members, and $175 for non-members. There is also a pre-registration fundraiser option, where riders may pre-register at a $50 rate with a commitment to raise an additional $200 to support Greenbelt. Event-day registration is $200 for members and non-members.
 
Event-day registration opens at 7:30 am. A safety briefing and course overview will begin at 8:40 am, followed by a staggered start at 9:00 am for the 50-mile riders, and at 9:45 am for the 25-mile riders.  Routes, maps and cue sheets are available at www.tourdegreenbelt.org/.
 
Ride registration includes a bike jersey sponsored by Crafts Sportswear, water bottle, on route support provided by Seaside Cycle of Manchester, water stops, and raffle entry to win either a men’s or women’s bike, compliments of Seaside Cycle and Lynx System Developers or $3600 trip voucher towards an Italian Cycle Adventure in Italy sponsored by CycleVentoux and Connections Adventure Travel. Registration also includes a post-ride party featuring BBQ, non-alcoholic beverages, drink tickets for Harpoon Ale and live music.  Family and friends are encouraged to join in the post-ride festivities, where additional tickets for BBQ and beer can be purchased.
 
The Title Sponsor of Tour de Greenbelt is The Institution for Savings. The Major sponsors of the ride are New England BioLabs and Cell Signaling Technology. Lead Sponsors are Mortgage Network, Page Street Publishing, Connections Adventure Travel and CycleVentoux.

Learn more about all aspects of the event and find a complete list of our sponsors at www.tourdegreenbelt.org.
 
 
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About Greenbelt:
Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected more than 17,000 acres of local land and has had a direct role in 75% of all land conserved in the last decade.  For more information about Greenbelt programs, visit www.ecga.org or call 978-768-7241.