Long-Distance Motorcyclists Preparing for New England Motomarathon, June 7-10
The Motomarathon Association kicks off its 2012 long-distance endurance motorcycling season with the third annual New England Motomarathon, June 7-10.
“We have a dedicated team of certified Motomarathon Routemasters from Northern New Hampshire and down at our base in Connecticut who are working on choosing some of the best roads in New England,” said John Metzger, founder of the Motomarathon Association.
Routes for the four-day event are kept secret until the night before each day’s ride, and participants must complete a sequence of self-recorded check-points using digital cameras. Each day’s ride averages 300 to 400 miles. Day One routes will be revealed at the Comfort Suites, 89 Mill Plain Road, Danbury, CT 06811 at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th and again at 8:00 a.m. the morning of Thursday, June 7th.
Riders will record the designated check-points on the way to Shelburne, NH, spending three nights and two days riding, checking in and out from the headquarters hotel, the Birch Bend Motolodge (www.birchbend.com), which caters to motorcyclists. The Birch Bend is now at capacity but rooms are still available at the Town & Country Inn (www.townandcountryinn.com), just up the road from the Birch Bend. Riders will return to Danbury on June 10th, and finisher certificates will be awarded to those who complete all the checkpoints.
Some of the route’s highlights include navigating the Western Massachusetts Berkshires, twisting through the ski country of Vermont’s Green Mountains and climbing into the White Mountains of New Hampshire.