Berkshire Trail Riders Association

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2020 Berkshire Big Adventure
MAY DAY MAY DAY

Welcome to the 2020:
Berkshire Skills Clinic
Berkshire Big Adventure
Group W Fun Run

Berkshire Skills Clinic – Thursday and Friday May 14-15, 2020
Berkshire Big Adventure – Saturday and Sunday May 16-17, 2020
Berkshire Group W Fun Ride – Sunday May 17, 2020

Start Location
82 Fritz Rd., Colebrook, CT

Gates Open at:
Skills Clinic: 6:00PM Wednesday May 13, 2020
Berkshire Big Adventure: Noon, Friday May 15, 2020 Check-in Friday 3pm-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 6am-9am
Riders Meetings 8:15
8:45AM Start Saturday & Sunday

Approach is a quiet residential neighborhood, so please go slow, smile and wave to locals, and stay off the pipe. 

Skills Clinic
Please see the ADVRider.com Skills Clinic Page for up to date information
The skills clinic is for aspiring or novice Mid to Big Bike dirt riders wanting to increase their skill level
Included with the clinic is breakfast, lunch and dinner for both days

Ride Summary
The BBA is a two day, GPS routed, three ride event designed for Adventure bikes (i.e. GS 800/1200, KTM 990, etc) and Dual Sport thumpers (i.e. “Mid Bikes” such as DR 650, DRZ 400, WR250R, etc).

The three rides offered are:

Explorer Route
180ish mile scenic loop with pavement and dirt roads designed for ADV Bikes and beginner dirt riders
This route may or may not have optional Hero II or harder sections
The route will be the same for both days

Big Bike Adventure Route (BBA)
The traditional BBA main route is Hero I and II unimproved dirt roads with optional III to IV Hero sections along the route
The route will be different each day

Group W Fun Ride (aka: Mid Bike Dual Sport Ride) 
This is a Dual Sport ride designed with Mid sized Bikes in mind
Fear not Big Bikers, GS’s and the likes should be able to complete 70+% of the ride

This route is comprised of some of the best hero section the Berkshires has to offer and is designed to have a higher completion rate than the Triple B or other typical NETRA Dual Sport rides

The route is continuous hero sections (up to Hero V may be encountered) broken up with as few slab sections as possible
There will be minimal bypass options routed as the use of GPS allows riders to find the best way around the harder sections

Team Work Makes the Dream Work
We are again providing GPX (GPS eXchange format) to participants for navigation

We encourage rider teams of four, not to exceed eight, with at least one of those riders being GPS savvy

A Note About Sweep Riders
As with BBAC 2019, we have limited sweep crews to cover the 500+ miles per day, thus the emphasis on team work

Do not expect a sweep rider to show up and render assistance, that is what your team is for

Sweep riders are there to help prepared riders and bikes. They are not there to extract a bike with worn tires or poorly maintained bikes

Along with the traditional BBA route, our goal is to also challenge the most experienced riders. We’re hoping for some wet weather to really make your challenge experience memorable.

Online Registration Opens March 1, 2020
$50 Per day to ride Saturday and Sunday ($65 per day after April 27)
$10 per person to camp/park vehicle for weekend
$20 per night for single bed or $25 per night for both upper and lower bunk

Friday Barbecue, Saturday dinner and  Friday & Saturday Berksberg Bier Garden included featuring a selection of tasty beverages from Norbrook Farm Brewery in Colebrook CT

Food Available for Purchase
Breakfast sandwiches & coffee Saturday & Sunday morning

Camping at start area with bathrooms and hot showers. Bonfire Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting. Private campfires permitted.

Bunk Houses (two) include Common Kitchen and Full Bath
Tired of that old tent blowing down in the middle of the night while you were laying there awake anyway? 

$20 per night for single bed in bunkhouses – 16 beds total – first come first served
View photos and room layouts here

$25 per night for the upper AND lower bunk – 13 beds total – first come first served
View photos and room layouts here

Enjoy flights from the Berksberg Bier Garden – Flights leave from 5-9pm Friday & Saturday. Token donations accepted.
Wet weather got you down? Come on inside and warm yourself by the wood stove while sharing your embellished stories of the day’s adventure.

 

Follow the fun on ADV Rider here

Unfortunately we do have to address Bobriwka’s concern about loud bikes and Brapping around the property

Bobriwka was happy to offer the facility for the 2020 BBAC BUT he was concerned about the riders not respecting the driveway and the soft grassy areas. He also expressed concern with the couple of loud bikes brapping around the property. He didn’t have an issue with ripping around the arrowed trails and encourages us to take advantage of riding them.

He wanted us to require stock exhaust on all bikes
After some negotiating we settled on the following compromises

  1. We’re asking riders to use the stock or quieter exhaust if they have that option
  2. If you know or think you have a loud bike we ask that you re-pack your silencer prior to the event
  3. Ride slow and low. If your bike is loud, but we don’t hear it, we’ll never know…
  4. We did have to agree to go so far as to deny entry and ask the rider to leave the property if they do hole shots, rip up grass or driveway areas or have excessively loud bikes

We plan on using this facility for years to come and need your help to make this happen

Massachusetts Residents

If you live in Mass, you are already aware of this…

“All Riders from Massachusetts Must have their OFF HIGHWAY Vehicle Registered”. We’re planing on the hero sections traveling on trails in Mass State Forests. Mass Environmental Police will exempt out of state riders for this event, but can not for Mass residents. 

New Reg Link:  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/first-time-atv-and-snowmobile-registration
(Since all bikes need to be street registered for the event, your registration is proof taxes have been paid.)

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Berkshire Trail Riders Association
PO Box 601
Winsted, CT 06098

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We want as many feet on the trails as possible to clear blow downs, create drainage, repair water bars and remove pesky face slappers.
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