Dusk to Dawn Ride: BORRAX Approved

This Year's Dusk to Dawn Ride has made the list of BORRAX Qualifying Events.  In fact, we're honored to be the first listed event of the season.  We're humbled to be in the excellent company of great rides including D2R2, the Irreverent Road Ride, the Pemi-Baker Adventure Ronde, and four others.

The B & Off Road Randonneur Exemplar award recognizes "cyclists who challenge themselves to do hard things, specifically to finish the long dirt road cycling courses in New England."  Developed by Carl Ring -- of Pemi-Baker Adventure Ronde fame -- the BORRAX requires that riders complete at least four of the seven events in the challenging series.

Get the series started off right by registering for the Dusk to Dawn Ride on June 24 and 25.  We think the D2D is the most unusual ride of the series and a great way to begin the BORRAX season!  Why is Dutodari unusual when compared to the other rides on the list?  Here are a few reasons:

  • Riding all night
  • 85% of the dirt is singletrack rather than dirt roads
  • Average time per mile; most riders will complete the 90-miles in about 9-12 hours.  There's a 60-mile version, too.
  • 3:00 am fire and barbecue dinner -- really dinfast or brinner depending on when you arrive at the fire stop
  • Lots of onroute support -- and sag wagon available.  Push your limits in a safe environment.

Join us on the D2D -- sign up as a team or ride indy -- you won't regret it.  And you'll learn something about yourself -- and what it takes to earn the BORRAX Award!

As a special offer to D2D registrants, the first 10 riders that sign up for the BORRAX get $10 off registration for the Pemi-Baker Adventure Ronde!

Learn more about the BORRAX Award at Pedaling Squares

Why We Ride Dusk to Dawn: Evening Sounds

"Shhhh.  You hear that?"

It didn't need to be said; we hear it.  The frogs.  They're making a racket.  They always seem to after the sun goes down.  They're in the distance so we can hear non-frog communications, too.

We just rolled out of the wooded trail into an unkempt grassy field.  We four, on the Dusk to Dawn ride.  We've stopped to take in the visual.  A partial moon low in the sky, the moonbeams show the rough treeline in the distance.  The sky is cloudy and that makes the landscape glow.  But what's most consuming, right now, are the sounds.

The tall grass whispers to us that there's a slight breeze tonight.  The air feels good and smells of summer.  This all calms the scene.

It's so quiet we can hear critters slowly eating the fallen leaves.  So much life, hidden from our eyes -- but not our ears.

A teammate's slightly labored breathing rises in the soundscape.  We had been picking up the pace because the Dutodari dinner-breakfast is calling to us.  It's only about four miles away; we can almost smell the burgers.  The growling of someone's stomach gets our group to chuckle, breaking the evening trance.

We stop ourselves, and listen to the almost silence once more.  The call of promised food is too strong.  It's time to roll through the next dirt sector.  Onward to the Dusk to Dawn meal.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

This is why we ride.

Manehan Weather is Always Perfect

Since most of our bike rides are mixed-terrain weather is a concern. OBC is always careful about protecting the trails in wet weather.  We don't want our rides to get rained out but sometimes, like the OBC Diverged Ride this year, it happens and we're forced to reschedule.

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For this weekend's Maneha 250, the weather looks awesome.  High 60's and clear -- no plans for rain.  However...

If we do find any weather, the Manehan Road route is rideable in any conditions.  Before you say, "I didn't sign up for a road ride."  We guarantee that you'll see plenty of amazing dirt on the Manehan Road Route.  We're really excited about how it's come together.  Lots of varied dirt roads and some very memorable terrain.  The difference between the mixed-terrain and the road route is that the roads are not protected or sensitive to water. 

Register.  We promise that you won't be disappointed.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend for the ride of the year.

Maneha 250 Has Too Many Ride Options

It's official:  The venerable Maneha 250 has too many ride and route options.  Thirty-two that we've described and growing.  Here's how they add up.  It's a bit too much.

Twelve Road Route Offerings

  • Team Two Day Loaded:  Riding with your crew on Saturday and Sunday.  And you're carrying all your camping gear.  A tough ride that we promise will offer you big rewards.  Think The Long Riders.
  • Team Saturday Loaded:  Roll with your crew up to NH for a great dinner and a really good night's sleep.  You've got all your gear so you can experiment with your packing ideas.  Think Lazy Cowgirls.
  • Team Sunday Loaded:  Join us on Saturday evening for a fantastic meal with beer, farm animals, and friends.  You won't be too wiped out from riding so it'll be extra fun.  Ride with your crew home on Sunday -- carrying your camping gear with you.  Think Dinosaur Jr.
  • Team Two Day Superfly:  Riding with your crew a lot faster than loaded -- on Saturday and Sunday.  OBC brings all your overnight gear to the camp for you.  Think Hüsker Dü.
  • Team Saturday Superfly:  Pressed for time but want a ride to remember?  This is it.  You still get Saturday evening with food, drink, and camping but you'll be home by noon on Sunday.    Think Zen Guerrilla.
  • Team Sunday Superfly:  This is the fastest route of all.  And, riding with a team will make it even faster.  Fastest is still long.  Saturday dinner, drinks, and camping included.  Connect with nature and riders before burning up the ride.  Think Bullitt.
  • Indy Two Day Loaded:  Riding solo, at your own pace, on Saturday and Sunday.  Carry all your camping gear so you're as self-sufficient as possible.  Think Kwai Chang Caine.
  • Indy Saturday Loaded: A good chance to test out and experiment with your multi-day touring setup.  A long day of riding culminates with setting up camp and eating late into the evening with co-riders.  Sounds pretty good to us.  Think Billie Holiday.
  • Indy Sunday Loaded:  This is the shortest loaded touring route for Maneha.  This ride is ideal for anyone starting out with touring.  And for those pressed for time.  Camp with us Saturday night and ride home with a sense of accomplishment.  Think Jackie Mittoo.
  • Indy Two Day Superfly:  This is the most popular road route option.  Two hilly days on some wild roads.  Lots of food, beer, and scenery along the way.  Think Superchunk.
  • Indy Saturday Superfly:  Roll the 125 hilly miles up to camp.  Food and beer always taste way better after a long day in the saddle.  And sleeping under the stars.  Think Sleater-Kinney.
  • Indy Sunday Superfly: As a solo rider, this is the fastest route of all.  If you've got a time crunch or 125 miles is a big ask at this time of year, this is the best route.  Camp with us on Saturday, too, and you'll remember this weekend fondly for many years to come.  Think Bullet Lavolta.

Twelve Mixed-Terrain Route Offerings

  • Team Two Day Loaded:  Riding with your offroad crew on Saturday and Sunday.  And you're carrying all your camping gear.  Very Tour Divide feel.  Think Ernest Shackleton.
  • Team Saturday Loaded:  Roll with your crew up to NH for a great dinner and a really good night's sleep after a very long day on the trails.  You've got all your gear so you can experiment with your packing ideas.  Think Bettie Serveert.
  • Team Sunday Loaded:  Join us on Saturday evening for a fantastic meal with beer, farm animals, and friends.  You won't be too wiped out from riding so it'll be extra fun.  Ride with your crew home on Sunday -- carrying your camping gear with you.  Think Swervedriver.
  • Team Two Day Superfly:  Riding with your crew in the woods a lot faster than loaded -- on Saturday and Sunday.  OBC brings all your overnight gear to the camp for you.  Think Iggy Pop And The Stooges.
  • Team Saturday Superfly:  Pressed for time but want to ride in the woods all day?  This is that ride.  You still get Saturday evening with food, drink, and camping but you'll be home by noon on Sunday.    Think Zen Guerrilla.
  • Team Sunday Superfly:  Join everyone for Dinner and drinks on Saturday evening -- we shuttle you up to the farm -- have a good night's sleep in your tent -- that OBC transports -- and have an awesome ride home.  It's all downhill from NH.  Not really but less climbing than Saturday's Ride.  Think Sleater-Kinney.
  • Indy Two Day Loaded:  Riding solo, at your own pace, on Saturday and Sunday.  Carry all your camping gear so you're as self-sufficient as possible.  You're in the woods and can enjoy the peace.  Commune with nature.  Think Kwai Chang Caine.
  • Indy Saturday Loaded:  If the season is still early for you and you don't have the miles you want in your legs, but still want to be bikepacking like OBC does, this option is a good balance of pushing safely.  Think Sam Bell.
  • Indy Sunday Loaded:  Less climbing and home gets closer with every mile.  This is the easiest route psychologically.  It's not easy, just easier.  Bikepacking is never easy.  Think Mark Lanegan.
  • Indy Two Day Superfly:  This is the most popular option.  Immersive mixed-terrain:  A week's worth of trails in two days.  A week's worth of food and drink, too.  Think Yojimbo.
  • Indy Saturday Superfly:  If you want to push yourself hard and then eat, drink, and sleep hard, this could be the ideal route option.   Think PJ Harvey. 
  • Indy Sunday Superfly:  This is the fastest mixed-terrain route option.  If you're pressed for time or feel you might be a bit over your head, Superfly Sunday is the ideal option.  Think Bad Brains. 

Eight Combination Rides:  Mixed and Road Together

Ride some road and some mixed terrain.  This makes the effort a bit easier but provides you the best of both worlds:  Awesome riding with a bit more time for eating, resting, and communing.

Choosing the right tire may be the second toughest decision you have to make.  Choosing one of the ride options is way more difficult.  We want to do them all!

  • Team Mixed Saturday & Road Sunday Loaded:  Think Refused.
  • Team Road Saturday & Mixed Sunday Loaded:  Think Fugazi.
  • Team Mixed Saturday & Road Sunday Superfly:  Think Time Bandits.
  • Team Road Saturday & Mixed Sunday Superfly:  Think Sly And The Family Stone.
  • Indy Mixed Saturday & Road Sunday Loaded:  Think Wages Of Fear.
  • Indy Road Saturday & Mixed Sunday Loaded:  Think Touch Of Evil.
  • Indy Mixed Saturday & Road Sunday Superfly:  Think Fist Full Of Dollars.
  • Indy Road Saturday & Mixed Sunday Suerfly:  Think Cool Hand Luke.

We told you it was too many options.  Roll the dice, pick one, and let's get to riding!  You can't go wrong no matter which you choose.  The only mistake is not choosing.

Maneha has chosen you.

 

Camping Isn’t For You?

For riders who really want to ride the Maneha 250 but don’t want to camp out, OBC is offering transportation to and from two beautiful local inns for Saturday night, May 20th.  Riders will ride up on Saturday and arrive at Mayfair Farm to enjoy an amazing farm to table dinner and the chance to hang with fellow riders around the campfire.  At 9:30pm, the OBC shuttle will bring you to one of the designated inns so you can sleep soundly under a roof.  On Sunday morning, the OBC shuttle will pick you up at 5:00am to return you to Mayfair Farm for the pre-ride breakfast feast with views of Mt. Monadnock before you depart on your return journey.

 

Please contact either of the inns below to make your reservations directly:

 

The Harrisville Inn

2 miles away from Mayfair Farm Rooms start at $115

2 miles away from Mayfair Farm

Rooms start at $115

The Harrisville Inn, an antique cape was built by Persia Beal in 1842 and has served as a farm and a caretaker’s home for the nearby Aldworth Mansion, prior to becoming an inn.  The property lies just a short walk to Harrisville center in the midst of the spectacular beauty of the Monadnock Region.

The Hancock Inn

9.9 miles away from Mayfair Farm Rooms start at $235

9.9 miles away from Mayfair Farm

Rooms start at $235

The Hancock Inn is the oldest inn in New Hampshire, and one of the oldest bed and breakfasts in New England. When it began offering accommodations and meals to travelers in 1789, the Revolutionary War had been over for just six years and George Washington was in the first year of his presidency.