Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t find the information you’re looking for here, please email Patrick McCrann or call 617.513.3830.

Is the Brewing Good Ride a race?

This is definitely not a race—it’s a non-competitive ride that is not timed or scored. No awards will be presented. We hope you’ll join us for the challenge of it all.

Do I need a racing license to participate?

No racing license is needed or required. It is important to remember that the Brewing Good Ride is a ride, not a race. All cyclists are encouraged to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery each route has to offer.  Every cyclist will be insured individually through our insurance carrier. The cost for the insurance is included in the entry fee.

Where can I see the course routes?

Maps for all course will be posted on Ride with GPS.  PLEASE NOTE: Only use ride files that include 2020 in the name; we change the route each and every year!

What kind of swag comes with my entry?

  • You’ll get unlimited downloads of event photos provided by our official photographer, Jon Packer Photography.
  • Free entry into the apres ride party. Family and friends are welcome and can pay for their food and beverage with cash.
  • Bragging rights for completing this epic ride!

When does registration close?

On-line registration closes Thursday, June 4th at 11:59 p.m.

Can I register in person?

Yes, registration is still open DAY OF the ride. You have two options:

  • Paper registration (with Cash Only); download the form here.
  • Digital registration (with Credit Card); see Day of Registration table for more info.

Where and when do I pick up my number and swag?

Same as above. Absolutely no mail outs.

Can someone else pick up the packet for me?

Yes. We’re all grown ups. Neither an ID or a permission slip is required.

Will I receive any confirmation once I register?

You will receive a confirmation email from our online registrar, BikeReg.com.

Do you offer a pre-ride mechanical check?

We encourage you to have your bicycle thoroughly checked by your local mechanic a week or two before the ride. We will also offer a pre-ride mechanical check by the folks from NBX at registration (where you’ll pick up your number and swag).

There will also be mechanical support available at various points along the course.

Where do I park?

There is parking for approximately 70 cars at Ragged Island Brewery. Once those spots are filled, you’ll be directed to park along the side of the road or behind the building.

How do riders line up at the start?

It is a rolling, self start—keep in mind this is not a timed event, so there is not glory in being the first to return.

Are the roads closed for traffic?

All roads are open to traffic. The busiest roads are at the START and END of the ride, so be sure to obey all rules of the road and be as safe as possible.

At all times riders must obey all traffic laws and ride on the right hand side of the street in single file. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers and volunteers.

How fast do I have to ride?

You can ride at whatever speed you’re comfortable with—you’re expected to remain in control and be considerate of other riders and vehicles along the route.

Will there be restrooms at the start/finish and on the course?

Yes, there will be a restroom at the start/finish (in the Brewery) and near each rest stop. There are country stores along the routes and many will have bathroom facilities.

What happens if for some reason I cannot ride that day?

The Brewing Good Ride does not offer refunds.

Will the ride be cancelled for any reason?

It will be run rain or shine, unless there is an event such as an Act of God or the participating towns deem it unsafe. The Event Director will take under advisement rescheduling or offering refunds after that time.

What if I wish to change between distances?

We can accept changes between any of the distances. These changes can be made any time until the 8am Start on June 6th.

How many rest stops will there be?

There are typically two official rest stops [TBD for 2020]

  • Little Compton (All Rides); Mile 30
  • Faunce Corner (Full Brew); Miles 64 / 78

All stops will be stocked with food and fluids, including some fresh fruit.

There are many convenience stores and gas stations along the route as well.

What if I can’t finish the ride?

There will be support vehicles on the course to provide transportation back to the start/finish area. You need to contact the ride director Patrick to make sure you are taken care of: 617.513.3830.

What if there is a medical emergency?

Please call 911 immediately. After emergency responders have arrived you should contact the Ride Director Patrick McCrann to make sure you are taken care of: 617.513.3830.

What will the weather be like?

Temperatures range from the 60s to 80s in June. In past years the mornings were damp, but cleared off to be lovely sunny days. However, New England weather is known for its unpredictability so be prepared for anything!

Is there a minimum age for participants?

The minimum age for participants is 18, but we caution that these courses are challenging and demanding.

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