NCC Tour of the Hilltowns

A New England Classic Through the Hilltowns of the Berkshires


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NOTICE: Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were denied permits. There are no plans to reschedule in 2020, as major road construction is scheduled into summer and fall on a critical part of the course. We thank you for your support in the past years, and hope to see you next year!


This year’s edition of our classic race returns to the Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA. Same course as 2019–  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. RACERS: BRING A VOLUNTEER AND YOU RACE FOR FREE! Have them sign up here then e-mail  ( us their name and your name.

  • Juniors registration fee is $20 up to and including day of race, register category, refunded difference at bib pick-up.
  • Wheels in / Wheels out for all fields
  • Due to ongoing road construction, the course and finish location remains the same as 2019. 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!
  • Bring your trainer to warm up, riders warming up on the local roads do so at their own risk.

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Course Description:
a 84.2 mile. double loop with 2 major climbs and 1 feed zone for the P/1/2/3 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.  Bring your trainer to warm up, riders warming up on the local roads do so at their own risk.

Course for all except Pro:

Pro Course:

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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) . Parking is in the field prior to the entrance, look for signs.

  • Standard BikeReg fee applied to online registration.
  • Entry Fee includes NEBRA Rider Surcharge of $1 and USA Cycling Insurance Surcharge of $4.75
  • Day-of-race registration is $75 for all riders except Juniors, remains $20.
  • Refund policy:
    • Full refunds until 6/1/20, no questions asked.
    • From 6/2/20 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 (now called Novice categories)  (only, no exceptions) may be purchased at registration for $10 and are valid for one day of racing.
  • USA Cycling free race coupons are happily accepted!

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.
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