Note: All rides return to the start point
the day with fellow cyclists touring
through the apple orchard country of east central Massachusetts.
All routes are hilly. The long rides from each start point, the 100 from Sudbury and the 60 from Bolton, include a one mile climb at a steady 9% grade to the Visitors Center at the State Park.
The other routes are rolling and very hilly with no major climb.
Climb To The Clouds is NOT for beginners.
7:00 - 8:30 from Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA
for 100, 90 or 80 miles.
8:00 - 9:30 from Nashoba Regional High School, Bolton, MA for 60, 48 miles.
NOTE:This ride is now PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY! The ride will be limited to 1000 riders, and you must pre-register to participate. You will NOT be able to pay at the start.
The rides from Sudbury pass through Bolton Center where all riders join together. From Bolton all rides go through Lancaster and Sterling center. The 80 returns from Sterling; the 48 & 90 mile routes go to East Princeton. The 100 & 60 mile routes continue to Mt. Wachusett. All routes join back together at the water stop in Sterling.
All rides return along the Boylston side of the Wachusett Reservoir, passing through West Boylston & Boylston. We ride through Berlin back to Bolton with a well deserved stop at the Berlin Orchards where you will find great hospitality, plenty of water and great food. All routes are fully arrowed and are on back country roads with minimum travel on numbered roads. A map and cue sheet is supplied.
Regretfully we won't be able to join you this year but hope to be with y'all next year. My husband proposed to me at the top of Mount Wachusett last year during the Climb to the Clouds. We'll be in France on a bike tour for our honeymoon during this year's event. We'll pray for nice weather for you!
The CCTC ride was excellent! Thanks so much for all the work you did to make it happen. The route was great fun -- and the people working the water stops were so friendly and helpful.
I rode yesterday and just wanted you all to know that it was all spectacular...incredibly beautiful and diverse route, perfectly signed, wonderful rest stops, great plums...what more could a rider possible want?. Thanks so much for everything you did to make this ride possible, much appreciated.
I wanted to thank you for an extremely well organized and successful 'Climb to the Clouds' ride today. With Anthony from CycleLoft working like a maniac (does he ever slow down??), to the fantastic volunteers ...this was great.
What a fantastic ride. The route is wonderful, challenging and I like that it changes character every 10 miles.
We may make last minute route changes based on road conditions, but route information will be made available to registered riders approximately one week before the ride. This will include cue sheets, maps, GPS and elevation data.
Food,water, and portajohns will be available at two staffed points along the routes, one in Sterling and one in Berlin. All routes pass both stops. There are convenience stores in towns along the route.
On-road support and pre-ride technical support is provided courtesy of Cycle Loft, Burlington, MA.. Please arrive early if you want your bike checked before a ride.