The Formidable is the toughest road ride in Massachusetts. 2015’s challenge proved this claim. Join us and find out why The Formidable is Massachusetts’ best trial of your riding mettle.
For the 2017 running of the Formidable we’re running three routes, a route similar to the 2016 160-mile pavé ride, a century version, and the mixed-terrain category.
|Formidable||Pave 160 Mile||Pave 100 Mile||Terra Dirt Ride|
|Ground||100% paved||100% paved||Mixed-Terrain: About 40% dirt and 60% pavé|
|Distance||~160 Miles||~100 Miles||~120 Miles|
|Start Point||Ride from Ride Studio Cafe, Lexington, MA||Bus to Start from Ride Headquarters, Sherborn, MA||Bus to Start from Ride Headquarters, Sherborn, MA|
|End Point||Northampton, MA||Northampton, MA||Northampton, MA|
|Total Ascent||~9,000 Feet||~6,000 Feet||~6,500 Feet|
|Terrain||Good paved roads rural and exurban||Good paved roads rural and exurban||Mixed-terrain: From abandoned access roads to well groomed dirt roads to great pavement|
|Challenges||Five Timed Sectors||Five Timed Sectors||Five Timed Sectors|
|More Info||Coming soon||Coming soon||Coming soon|
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 may be for you.