Bike MS: Ride The Vineyard 2015
Date(s): May 2, 2015
Start/Finish Location: Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, 100 Edgartown - Vineyard Haven Road, Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
Registration Fee: $35 (Register by March 1, 2015 to be eligible for Ferry)
Fundraising Minimum: $250 (due on or before the day of the ride)
Age Minimum: 14 years old
Event Manager: Liz Strawn
Save May 2, 2015 for Ride the Vineyard, presented by Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, and help kick off the ride season in style. There’s a route for everyone, including families, no matter your cycling ability level. With the quaint charm and beautiful ocean views of Martha’s Vineyard, choose from 20-, 30-, and 63-mile routes and enjoy the flavor of the island. The 63-mile features the cliffs of Gay Head, the beaches of Katama, and the scenic views of East Chop!
And don’t forget to arrive the night before for a "Welcome to the Island party" 6-9pm. What an opportunity to meet other Bike MS Cyclists and get yourself ready for Ride the Vineyard!
All bicycle routes begin and end at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. After the ride, riders are welcomed back with a cookout. Ride the Vineyard is presented in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club.
- Prize level: $1,000
- VIP level: $1,500
- 20-mile bike path
- 30-mile countryside & ocean view
- 63-mile countryside & ocean view challenge
Ferry Information: tickets, schedules, parking, etc.
The deadline for securing ferry tickets through the Chapter is March 1, 2015. After this date, ferry tickets must be purchased directly through the Steamship Authority. Please see the information below, and follow the link to the Steamship Authority website for additional details.
Reservations are not needed for passengers and bicycles. Reservations are needed for vehicles and motorcycles. Contact the Steamship Authority for costs and availability.
Parking at Steamship Authority lots is $8-$10 per day. Take the free shuttle bus from the parking lot to the terminal or ride your bike on the four-mile bike path to the terminal. Tune to 1610AM when you enter Falmouth for parking information.
Bikes: The Steamship Authority has one “bike bus.” Seats on left side of bus were removed to put a hanging bike rack. You are responsible for loading your bike aboard. All other shuttle buses have a rack for a few bikes on the front, and bikes are not allowed inside the bus. If the bike bus is not running, ride your bike down the four-mile bike path to the terminal.
Schedule: http://www.steamshipauthority.com/. The Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven ferry takes 45 minutes. Arrive at least one hour before departure time to assure you can get from the parking lot to the terminal in time.
Boarding: At the terminal, stay in the area where the dock master directs you. Board when directed. Steamship Authority staff will show you where to put your bike in the hold.
Arriving in Vineyard Haven: Ride your bike the three miles to the Ride start at Martha's Vineyard High School. Taxis and buses are available but have limited racks for bikes.
What's the latest ferry I can take on Saturday morning?
- 63-mile starts at 9 a.m. - latest ferry leaves at 7:00 a.m
- 30-mile starts at 10 a.m. - latest ferry leaves at 8:15 a.m
- 20-mile starts at 11:30 a.m. - latest ferry leaves at 9:30 a.m
Download documents (including Ride Guide)
Fundraising tools (including contribution collection sheet)