NCC Tour of the Hilltowns

A New England Classic Through the Hilltowns of the Berkshires

 

 

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Due to low registration numbers, we will be making the following changes:

  • The Junior race is cancelled, riders will race with their category
  • The Men’s Cat3 and Master 40+will start together
  • The Women’s P/1/2/3 and 3/4/5 will also start together
  • Each category will retain their prize list and have separate results
  • Day of registration will be available

This year’s edition of our classic race returns to the Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA.  A course modification was necessary due to ongoing road construction this year, but we’ve kept the challenging Route 8A descent and the difficult East Hawley Road climb! (2x for the pros!)

HELP!  We need volunteers to help make a safe race. Dire need of corner marshals. RACERS: BRING A VOLUNTEER AND YOU RACE FOR FREE! Have them sign up here then e-mail  (volunteer@nohobikeclub.org) us their name and your name. We will send you a special code to register with!

  • NEW FOR 2018: Juniors 15-18 have their own race field for the entire amateur 52.6 mile distance. Registration fee is $20 up to and including day of race. This $20 fee applies to either the Junior race or their appropriate category race. Garvey Communications Associates, Inc. is sponsoring the support (motos and SAG) for this race.
  • NEW FOR 2018: Master Men 60+ category 1-5 have their own race as well. They will start with the Master 50+ Men, and will be scored separately with medals for the top three finishers.
  • NEW FOR 2018: Due to ongoing road construction, the course and finish location has been modified. The long ascent up Rte. 9 has been removed. Instead we race more of Rte 116 (with the pro field climbing E. Hawley Rd twice), and loop back to finish on the uphill portion of Rte 8A in Windsor. It is a short 1.5 mile ride back to Notchview. NO PARKING ON RTE 8A!

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Course Description:
 a 84.2 mile. double loop with 2 major climbs and 1 feed zone for the P/1/2 category, and a 52.6 mile loop with one major climb and one feed zone for all other categories. Start is is at Notchview Reservation on Rt. 9 in Windsor, MA. Finish is a short 6% climb at the top of Rte 8A in Windsor, about 1.5 miles from Notchview. NO PARKING ALLOWED AT THE FINISH OR ANYWHERE ON RTE 8A.

Course for all except Pro:

Pro Course:

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VOLUNTEER POWER!

Interested in helping NCC run a smooth race? Volunteering and racing is possible. Sign up today! Questions?
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Directions to Notchview Reservation: West on Route 9 from Northampton, MA, 29 miles to Windsor. Notchview Reservation is about one-mile east of Windsor Center and Rt. 8A. Use 2241 Berkshire Trail, Windsor, MA for your GPS (Google Map)

  • Masters races are Cat 1-4 only except for the M60+ which is open to all categories.
  • Standard BikeReg fee applied to online registration.
  • Entry Fee includes NEBRA Rider Surcharge of $1 and USA Cycling Insurance Surcharge of $3.75.
  • Register Early and save! The first 100 riders save $10 off the regular $65 entry fee. Day-of-race registration is $75 for all riders except Junior 15-18.
  • Refund policy:
    • Full refunds until 7/1/18, no questions asked.
    • From 7/2/18 until close of preregistration, riders may transfer their entry to another rider themselves via Bikereg, or request a credit for next year’s race.
  • Held under USA Cycling event permit. All USA Cycling Rules apply; approved helmets are mandatory; no mountain bikes, aero bars or straight bars.
  • There will be roll-out for any riders age 18 or younger immediately following their finish.
  • Races may be combined if less than 10 riders are pre-registered for any category.
  • USA Cycling license required. One-day licenses for Cat 5 Men and Women may be purchased at registration for $10 and are valid for one day of racing. Please see note below regarding the 2014 rule change for One-Day License:One-Day Licenses:
    • 1A2(c): The definition of a one-day license was tightened to make it clear that the license may only be purchased by someone who holds the lowest category for the discipline of the race. No rider who has previously held a higher category can purchase a one-day license. In other words, it is a beginner, trial license.

Stay for the entire weekend!

The race location is less than a 30 minute drive to the Berkshires or the Pioneer Valley. Discover epic riding, hiking, swimming, zip-lines, paddling, shopping, dining and more.

  • Head west on Rte 9 to The Berkshires, featuring beautiful open farms, mountains, historic railroads, museums, small towns, hidden hiking and swimming gems, and more. Start with The Berkshires Website for discovery. The New York Times has a great article about 36 hours in the Berkshires.
  • Head east on Rte 9 to the Pioneer Valley, also featuring beautiful open farms, larger towns and cities, the five college community, many wineries and breweries, but still plenty of hidden recreational opportunities and unique shopping and dining, notably in Northampton and Amherst.