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The Formidable is the toughest road ride in Massachusetts.  Last year's challenge proved this claim -- and we've made it even tougher this year.  Join us and find out why The Formidable is Massachusetts' best trial of your riding mettle.

Before registering for either Formidable, ask yourself: 

  • Do I love a true cycling test of capability and character? 
  • Do I lean into challenges that most people shy away from? 
  • Do I appreciate suffering on the bike? 
  • Do I love to find my breaking point, and then push past it? 

If you answered 'yes' to some of these questions, The Formidable might be for you. 

The Formidable Pavé Ride is part gran fondo, part brevet, and part torture session.  It's called 'The Formidable' for a reason; make no mistake, this ride will break everyone that participates.  It is the most challenging road ride in Massachusetts. 

Formidable Version

Pavé 160 Mile

Pavé 100 Mile

Ground100% paved
Distance~160 Miles~100 Miles
Start and End PointBerkshire East Mountain Resort at 66 Thunder Mountain Rd, Charlemont, MA 01339
Total Ascent includes Mount Greylock~18,000 Feet~11,000 Feet
Cutoff Time14-hours12-hours
TerrainGood paved roads, rural and exurban

The Formidable Terra Ride is a mix of beautiful pavement and dirt roads.  The dirt varies from super smooth to class 4 rough dirt.  The Terra ride also has a bit of double track and single track.

Formidable Version

Terra Dirt Ride

GroundMixed-Terrain: About 40% dirt road and 60% pavé
Distance~120 Miles
Start and End PointBerkshire East Mountain Resort 66 Thunder Mountain Rd, Charlemont, MA 01339
Total Ascent includes Mount Greylock~13,000 Feet
Cutoff Time14-hours

All the Formidable Rides Include

  • Neutral support vehicle
  • Breakfast before the start
  • Two food stops along the route
  • Dinner at the end of the ride
  • Bragging rights for a year - until the next riding of The Formidable

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Definition:  Formidable

for·mi·da·ble  \ˈfôrmədəb(ə)l\

  1. Causing fear, dread, awe, or admiration as a result of size, strength, or some other impressive quality; commanding respect;
  2. Causing wonder or astonishment
  3. Difficult to defeat or overcome

From the Latin formidare ‘to fear.’