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Harvard to Yale

23 June 2012


(Logo credit to Chhayal Mehta. Thank you.)

Harvard to Yale was a one day bicycle ride that stretched 200 miles from Cambridge, MA to New Haven, CT. The route passed through urban cities, rural towns, and farm land. With nicely spaced town greens for breaks, numerous scenic vistas, a number of long, steep climbs, and 50 mph descents, this was a true New England classic.

The ride and rules were modeled after the VT 100/200 ride. Thank you Steve and everyone on the VT 100/200 team for your support in creating this sister ride and giving us many of your ideas.

Route

Details of the route are below. Expect:

  • Distance: 199.7 miles (321.4 km)
  • Elevation gain: 13,080 feet (3,987 m)

We met in Cambridge Common at 5:00 am Saturday 23 June 2012 for a 5:30am start. Sunrise was at 5:08am & sunset was at 8:28pm, giving us over 15 hours of daylight to complete the ride.

Training tips are available on the VT 100/200 web site.

Map

View the map and download the route at any of the following sites:


Cue Sheet

A detailed cue sheet with key service point and suggested regroup locations is available with the route map on Ride with GPS.

Profile

The route meandered from Cambridge through the populated suburbs of Boston for a short distance until we reached to colonial town of Concord. After that, it is mostly quiet, rural, and scenic country roads. We passed by orchards, farms, lakes, and forests. There was plenty of shade along the route to protect from the sun and the wind, while still providing a breeze of fresh air.

Almost two thirds into the ride, we reached the suburbs of Hartford, between Vernon and Durham. We started in Vernon on a packed dirt trail, passed through residential areas, and rode on Main Street of Middletown. Once near the coast, there were plenty of views of the water and nearby Thimble Islands. We were now a stone throw away from Yale.

There was plenty of climbing on the route, mostly in the middle third. The climbs begin shortly before reaching the Connecticut border. After the border, the hills were relentless leading to the highest point on the route. That point is 103 miles (165km) into the ride.

While the elevation never went above 1,160 feet (350m), there were continuously rolling hills, adding up quickly and beating the leg muscles.

The final third was welcome with gentle rolling hills. Guilford town green was a good stop before the final stretch over mostly flat roads all the way to Yale.

Cambridge

Bicycle Shop

Lodging

Restaurants

  • Casablanca, 40 Brattle Street, 617-876-0999, Mediterranean, $$
  • Cambridge 1, 27 Church Street, 617-576-1111, pizzeria, $$
  • Mr Bartley’s Burger Cottage, 1246 Massachusetts Avenue, 617-354-6559, burgers, $
  • Veggie Planet, 47 Palmer Street, 617-661-1513, vegeterian pizzeria, $
  • Hi-rise Bread Co, 56 Brattle Street, 617-492-3003, sandwiches, $
  • Market in the Square, 60 Church Street, open 24 hours, cafeteria, $

Transportation

  • Airplane: travel to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Take the Silver Line bus to South Station. Transfer to the Red Line subway train outbound to Harvard Square Station.
  • Train: there are two Amtrak stations in Boston. South Station provides better access to the ride start line than Back Bay. From South Station, transfer to the Red Line subway train outbound to Harvard Square Station. There are several options for transporting bicycles on Amtrak, depending on the station you are traveling from. Check the Amtrak web site for detail or call them at 800-872-7245.
  • Bus: both Peter Pan and Greyhound offer bus services to South Station in Boston. Peter Pan accepts unpackaged or packaged bicycles. Check their policy for details.
  • Subway: Harvard Square Station on the Red Line subway train is the closest to the ride start line.You can bring your bicycle on the train weekdays before 7 am, between 10 am – 4 pm, and after 7 pm, all day on weekends, but not on substitute bus shuttle service. Check MBTA bicycle policy for details.

New Haven

Bicycle Shop

Lodging

Restaurants

Transportation

  • Airplane: there are several airports in the region to fly from:
    • Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (HVN)
    • Bradley Internation Airport (BDL)
    • John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
    • LaGuardia International Airport (LGA)
    • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Train: the main Amtrak station in New Haven is Union Station. There are several options for transporting bicycles on Amtrak, depending on the station you are traveling to. Check the Amtrak web site for detail or call them at 800-872-7245.
  • Bus: both Peter Pan and Greyhound offer bus services from Union Station in New Haven. Peter Pan accepts unpackaged or packaged bicycles. Check their policy for details.

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