Your Connection To the Outdoors


Welcome to the AMC Western MA Bicycling Committee!

Your connection to recreational group bicycling on the roads and byways of the bucolic Connecticut River Valley and Berkshires

Bicycling Committee Chair: Janine Papesh (

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We are experienced cyclists who enjoy social, recreational rides in the range of 15-50 miles, speeds averaging between 10-14 mph, with rest stops and optional post-ride socials. We keep the group moving, but we're not racers. All our trip leaders are volunteers, trained by the AMC in group management, and trained by the Bicycling Committee leaders to have the skills needed to plan and run safe, enjoyable group bicycling trips.

General Group Ride Policies

  • All AMC rides require advance registration. We pre-screen all riders to ensure comfort and safety.
  • You must have a bicycle in good working order. Road, touring, or hybrid bikes are acceptable. Mountain bikes are not permitted.
  • You must wear a properly-fitting bicycle helmet at all times while riding.
  • You must carry an adequate supply of water with you (one or two water bottles is typical).
  • At a minimum you must have a spare tube that fits your tires. It is strongly recommended that you carry a full fix-flat kit that includes tire levers, a patch kit, and a portable air pump or CO2 inflator.
  • For rides of an hour or longer, we encourage you to bring a light snack with you. There may or may not be opportunities along the route to purchase drinks and snacks.
  • You do not have to be a member of the AMC to participate in our trips. (Though we do encourage membership! Join here!)

Intro to Recreational Riding Series

In 2021, we introduced a new type of bicycle riding activity intended for people who are new to recreational outdoor group cycling and would like to learn basic rider safety and simple bike maintenance skills. Trips are up to 15 miles in length on scenic rural roads that are mostly flat. The riding pace is relaxed (9-11 mph average), there are regular rest breaks, and the AMC-trained bike trip leaders always keep the group together. This ride series is suitable for adults comfortable with being continuously active in the outdoors for 90 minutes.

All of our group ride policies apply on intro rides. Before riding, an AMC trip leader presents a 45-minute group safety talk followed by basic instruction including a bike operation and helmet fit check, and a review of efficient pedaling and gear shifting techniques. After the ride participants have an opportunity to ask the leaders any questions you might have. The goal for the training is to build your confidence, ensure you can maintain your bicycle in good working order, and prepare you for more challenging rides later in the season.

Advance registration is required. Trips in the series will be listed in our ride calendar and will be titled “Intro to Recreational Road Cycling.”

Ride Calendar 2023 to Come!



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