Bike the watershed for a cleaner Buzzards Bay

Cyclists set out from Horseneck Beach last year.Cyclists set out from Horseneck Beach last year.

Cyclists set out from Horseneck Beach last year.

Cyclists set out from Horseneck Beach last year.

Cyclists can pick from a two scenic rides while helping protect the waterways when the Buzzards Bay Coalition host the seventh annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, Oct. 6.

The Watershed Ride draws a wide range of participants including families, serious cyclists, and casual riders seeking a new fitness challenge. Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome to sign up. All funds raised from the Watershed Ride will support the Coalition’s work to restore clean water, conserve natural lands and engage the community in protecting Buzzards Bay.

Participants can choose between two picturesque routes: a 75-mile course that begins at Westport’s Horseneck Beach State Reservation or a 35-mile option that begins at Eastover Farm in Rochester, both finishing at Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole. Along the way, riders will enjoy views of Southeastern Massachusetts’ beaches, harbors, rivers, farms, and forests in the colors of early fall.

With a lunch stop, water and snack stations along the course, and on-the-road repair technicians available at call, riders can feel confident that the course is safe and fully supported. At the finish line, the 150-plus riders will be greeted by a crowd of supporters and a celebration with food, drinks and live music by the Dancing Dogs.

So pump up your tires, strap on your helmet, and start training! To learn more about the Watershed Ride, register as a cyclist or sign up to volunteer, visit