Most people have heard of the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) bicycle ride, which each year raises millions for cancer research and treatment. Now PMC is expanding its fund-raising efforts by offering a one-day, mixed-terrain bike ride in western Massachusetts and New York. The ride is best suited to mountain and gravel bikes.
Called “PMC Unpaved,” the 30- and 50-mile routes both take riders along scenic backroads. All proceeds go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Riders have two routes from which to choose. Starting from Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in Lenox, MA, they can ride either 30 miles (and 3,000 feet) or 50 miles (5,000 feet) through Massachusetts and New York. Each route has multiple water stops with food, drinks, and restrooms, plus on-road medical and mechanical support.
Although the ride takes place on October 1, riders are invited to arrive Friday, September 30, to enjoy a campfire, music, and dinner at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac. A farewell breakfast will be held at the camp on October 2. Riders can spend Friday and/or Saturday night at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in bunkhouses or their own tents. Lodging for both nights is included in the $200 registration fee.
The fundraising commitment is $1,500 per rider, with all money donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.