Watershed Ride sees 226 cyclists pedal through Wareham

By Matthew Bernat | Oct 02, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Riders cruise down Onset Avenue during the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 11th annual Watershed Ride.

Now in its 11th year, the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Watershed Ride continues to grow, attracting the most cyclists in its history as they rode through Wareham on Sunday.

A total of 226 people opted for one of three routes, a 35-, 75- or 100-mile stretch that wound through the marshes, fields and farms of the South Coast. The event has so far raised $143,600 to support Coalition’s education, conservation, research and advocacy work. Supporters can still donate to the Watershed Ride through Sunday, Oct. 15 at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.

All routes ended at Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole with a party that included live music and refreshments. All riders had to raise a minimum of $300.

In Wareham, riders could refuel at a water stop located at the First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union on Onset Avenue.

This year marked the first that First Citizens’ employees Rica DeMoranville and Amanda Bolduc volunteered to help at the ride. In addition to handing out water and snacks, both marked down when riders passed by the checkpoint on their way toward Woods Hole.

With a clear skies overhead and cool temperatures in the forecast, cyclists had perfect weather for the ride, said DeMoranville.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” she said.

Volunteers Amanda Bolduc, left, and Rica DeMoranville handed out water and kept track of riders as they passed by on Onset Avenue Sunday. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 02, 2017 11:48

This is nearly a perfect event for a perfect cause.  I am a member and supporter of the Coalition so I have nothing but good things to say about them! Why did I say nearly perfect?  Well now, every rose has its thorn and I'm good at finding thorns.

 

"Share the Road" goes both ways bikers!  It is wonderful to have 276 bikes pedal through town for such a good cause but some of these bikers were riding like they owned the road.  Unlike other bike events that come through town (i.e Pan Mass) where bikes come through more individually, these bikes were bunched up in groups that did not move out of the way for cars.  I had one group directly in front of me that was riding 3 abreast!  They appeared to be making a stand or maybe they were just oblivious that 5000 pounds of steel was approaching.   Single file and keep to the right is how bikers are supposed to "share the road".



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