Whether you enjoy riding a bicycle or simply like to watch others enjoying the sport, you will be happy to learn that the Mayor’s Cup Race and Hub on Wheels is set to take place September 19th and 20th.
On Saturday, the city will host its 7th annual TD Bank Mayor’s Cup. The Mayor’s Cup race attracts hundreds of pro bikers ranging from Olympians to National Champions. Races take place from noon until 6:00 pm, with race options available for kids, amateur and pro men and women. Ultimately, participants are competing for a $30,000 purse, though children will be participating for ribbons.
All races are designed to be spectator friendly, with spectators invited to watch the cyclists as they sprint around City Hall Plaza. For those who have never watched the event, it is quite the site to behold. Cyclists race against each other in tight packs going at around 30 mph. On many laps, officials ring a bell signaling that it is time for the cyclists to complete head-to-head for mid-race competitions known as primes. Considered “races within the race” victorious cyclist can win up to a thousand dollars every time they cross the line first.
While there are many great places to watch the race, the best place to watch the event as at Congress Street and Cambridge Street beneath the main banners. Volunteers will also be available in the area to help spectators find a good spot to watch the event.
To register for the event, those competing in the Masters 40+ (category 1-3), Women’s 3/4 and Men’s 2/3 must pay a $45 registration fee. Women P/1/2 and Men P/1 registration is $60, while children’s registration is $5. Kids races are divided into three categories: three and four-year-olds, five and six-year-olds and seven through nine-year-olds. Online registration for all events will be accepted until September 17th. On-site registration for kids races is also available on the day of the event from 9:00 am until 12:45 pm.
The Hub on Wheels event will take place on Sunday. If you wish to participate in the event, you can bring your own bike or rent one at a bike shop or through the Hubway system. Hubway is Boston’s bike sharing program that allows user to ride for free for the first 30 minutes.
If you want to participate in the Hub on Wheels event, you will need to choose from a 10-, 30- or 50-mile look on Storrow Drive, along Boston Harbor and around the city’s neighborhoods. The event provides the perfect opportunity to explore some of Boston’s best sites without having to watch out for cars. The ride begins and ends on City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston with three different routes depending upon the distance you wish to pedal.
Registration for Hub on Wheels begins at 6:30 am with the rides taking place between 8:00 am and 1:30 pm. The cost for participating in the event is $50.
During the Mayor’s Cup Race and Hub on Wheels event, City Hall Plaza is transformed into one large block party. The event will feature vendors, food trucks, snacks, gift bags and Harpoon’s famous Beer Garden.