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Updated 8/27/21
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Welcome to the Stow Bike for the Woods
Welcome! Welcome to the Stow Bike for the Woods!

Join us for the Stow Bike for the Woods, Sunday August 29. This is a family friendly ride to support the Stow Conservation Trust, to protect open space in Stow, MA.

For 2021 we are live! Consider wearing a mask when not riding. We have a new starting line, the Lower Common at the Stow Plaza, 113 Great Road, Stow, MA. On-site registration starts at 8:30am and the ride starts at 9am. Snacks and drinks are provided at the start, all donated by local businesses. Plus the lemonade stand in Littleton is back!
Advance registration is $20 per rider over 12, $15 per child, $50 family maximum. Sunday registration is $25/$20, with $50 maximum. To register, print this form and send in with your check before the event, or pay by credit card at
Starting line at Lower Common / Stow Plaza

We've created many loops starting in Stow, so everyone can find a ride that suits their ability. The shorter rides are fairly flat and are great for families with kids. The longer courses are more challenging, going over hills in Harvard and more by many local conservation areas. All loops start by heading west on Rt. 117, then a right on Crescent St.

  • The 5-mile loop is flat and kid-friendly, going on South Acton Road which has a wide shoulder, and back down Red Acre Road. RideWithGPS

  • The 14-mile route heads up a sharp hill on Taylor Road then into Harvard. Not for children under 10. RideWithGPS

  • The 37-mile route loops north with challenging hills in Stow and Harvard. Not recommended for kids under 12 as it is hilly and requires requires multiple gears. Ride through Stow, Harvard, Littleton, and Acton. You can cut off 10 miles by taking a right at the Lemonade Stand on Foster Street, mile at mile 13. RideWithGPS

  • Our metric century (64 miles) starts with the hilly 37-mile route and then follows a southern loop. Ride through Stow, Harvard, Littleton, Bolton, Acton, and Hudson. RideWithGPS

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Weather policy: In the event of dangerous weather, the ride will be cancelled. A cancellation notice will be posted on this web site by 6am on the day of the ride.

Here are some pictures from previous years.At the 2019 ride, almost 100 riders came together and contributed over $1500. A big thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors. Young lady riders Ken Levine
Chris Spear
All pictures by Greg Troxel.