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NEW ENGLAND CLASSIC CHARITY RIDE OVERVIEW
The New England Classic is one of the oldest and largest off-road motorcycle charity rides in the United States. The beneficiary is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern New England. To date MVTR has raised over $2 million for Cystic Fibrosis research. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and pancreas. CF is an “orphan disease”, meaning it doesn’t receive any government money for research. When the club first ran the Classic, the average life expectancy of a CF patient was 12 years of age. Today some CF patients are outliving their parents. Significant new treatments have been found and more are in development.
The New England Classic offers two types of riding opportunities for participants:
- The Trail Ride is for small and midsized enduro bikes with street
registration. The best woods’ trails are connected with a minimum amount of street mileage. Optional “hero” sections are available for those seeking tougher trails.
- The Adventure Bike Tour is for large displacement bikes on scenic dirt
roads. Optional hero sections are available for those seeking a higher level of challenge. The
tour is suitable for two-up riding.
The Lakes Region Casino in Belmont, NH is the hub of the Classic; the rides originate and return there.
The event is organized and managed by the MVTR Classic Committee and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern New England, with broad volunteer support from MVTR club members and corporate sponsors. Many private landowners only open their trails to the public one weekend per year for this event. A true charity event, no volunteer receives any financial compensation, and MVTR donates the material costs of trail development and maintenance. An event this big requires planning and work over the entire year.