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 three types of riding opportunities for
- 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, with separate loops on Saturday and Sunday. Optional
“hero” sections are available for those seeking tougher trails.
- The Kid’s Classic is for youth trail riders. The riders are chaperoned in
groups on closed courses, typically with different venues Saturday and
- The Adventure Bike Tour is for large displacement bikes on scenic dirt
roads with separate loops on Saturday and Sunday. Optional hero
sections are available for those seeking a higher level of challenge. The
tour is suitable for two-up riding;
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway 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.