Get ready to make way as hundreds of cyclists this weekend whiz through Wellesley in a bid to raise money for cancer research and treatment for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The Aug. 5 – 6 Pan-Mass Challenge annual cycling event is one that attracts thousands of riders every year who train for months and tirelessly fundraise to support the fight against cancer in kids and adults. Many of the riders will start and finish at Babson College. The goal for the overall event, which will feature more than 5,500 riders who individually will ride one or two-day routes that range from 47 to 190, is to raise $46 million.
Riders will be heading off from host Babson College at 7am Saturday, with some circling back to Wellesley, and others going to Bourne or Provincetown over the weekend. Here are the route details as the race goes through town: At 7am on Saturday, the riders will pass through Forest St and continue towards Needham on route to Bourne. At 7:30am on Sunday Aug. 3, riders will depart Wellesley through Forest St and continue towards Needham. Cyclists will return to Wellesley by Forest St to end at Babson College between 8am and 1:10pm (so you might want to avoid driving in those areas at that time but find a way over there to cheer riders alongside the route).
The weather forecast is calling for a high of 80 degrees and some rain on Saturday followed by temperatures in the 70s and partly cloudy skies on Sunday. Good luck riders, and may the wind be at your backs, your gear changes all be smooth, and your tires remain inflated.
Good luck, Wellesley residents: