NORTH ADAMS -- The city will be one of the destinations on a four-day bicycle tour that will be rolling through Berkshire County the first week in August.
Karin Turer, spokeswoman for Mass BikePike Tour, said recently that the tour, which will be held Aug. 2-5, will begin and end at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington. Each day, bicyclists can choose from one of two scenic routes that will bring them to their next destination, she said.
At those destinations, they can either spend the night in a local hotel, motel or bed and breakfast, or at a campsite set up by the tour, she said. The first night’s campsite will in New Lebanon, N.Y., the second night’s campsite will be at the Northern Berkshire YMCA in North Adams, and the third night’s campsite will be in Lenox.
"This is our sixth year doing this event and every year we go to a different part of Massa chusetts," she said.
The tour did come to Berkshire County last year after starting in Northampton, but didn’t make it to every area of the county.
"We enjoyed coming to the Berkshires last year. We wanted to come again and improve the ride so people could see more of the county," she said.
Registration for the event is closed, but the organization is looking for some local volunteers to help out, especially the day they are in North Adams, she said.
"We already have most of the volunteers we’ll need but may still
Areas in which volunteers are assisting with the tour are pre-event route scouting, driving support trucks, operating welcome tables, overseeing rest stops, setting up and breaking down camps, and driving shuttles.
Turer said anyone interested in volunteering can contact Bruce Lederer at email@example.com.
One hundred fifty bicyclists will participate in this year’s ride, with routes that include biking up Mount Greylock and traveling into Bennington, Vt. Participants are encouraged to take in the sights and tourist attractions along the routes, which range from 25 to 45 miles, or 45 to 70 miles.
Proceeds from the tour will go to the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, which is an organization that encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
"We want it to be a tour for people to come and enjoy, no matter what their skill level is when it comes to biking," Turer said.