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Jingle Ride Date Change!

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 12

Due to the mini-blizzard this weekend the jingle ride is moving to another date, see below:

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Due to the questionable weather report for the weekend to postpone the Jingle Ride until SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22nd. All the other details will be the same.

 

Put some antlers on your helmet, tie some jingle bells to your bicycle, and join fellow holiday merrymakers at the 17th Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride.
Bring family and friends to Arlington for a leisurely and festive bike parade to Boston and back.  This 22-mile ride rolls through Harvard Square, the Charles River bike path along the Esplanade, Boston Common, and Newbury Street – we may stop and sing carols for passersby, or just parade along showing some creative holiday spirit.  We’ll also enjoy hot cocoa and cookies at Harvard Square, courtesy of the Harvard Square Business Association!

Join the Jingle Ride!
Date: Sunday December 22
Time: registration opens at 10:15 AM, ride leaves promptly at 11 AM
Distance: 22-mile leisurely loop from Arlington to Boston and back
Starting point: Kickstand Café (formerly Jam n Java), 594 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center, MA
Cost: Suggested donation of $25 (children under 18 are free if accompanied by an adult).  All proceeds go to Horizons for Homeless Children.
RSVP is required. Please RSVP at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/jingle-ride-2013/ or contact Marc at 781-646-3377.
Or – join the event on facebook!

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Date Change On Film Festival (Benefit For Massbike)

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 07

From the email

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Stop the presses!  Grab your datebooks!  The 4th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is MOVING one day earlier, to Monday, May 20th.  We just couldn’t wait any longer to share this amazing night of films with you.  We’ll travel as far as Pakistan and Morocco, and as near as….Marblehead.  We’ll cheer on drunken Scots out on a pedicab ride, and we’ll boo as it rains on another day of biking in the Netherlands. More info is at www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest.

The Film Festival is a benefit for Massbike.
In addition to our eagerness to share our films – and did we mention one lucky attendee will win a free Ciclismo Classico vacation? – we also wanted to avoid making bicycle fans choose between enjoying the Festival and learning the latest at the Boston Bikes / Livable Streets meeting on May 21st.  Besides, we’re just as psyched to welcome Nicole Freedman back as anyone else.

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Bike Travel Film Festival

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 30

Another email about a cool event

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Bay State Bike Week is coming, and one of its highlights is the 3rd Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival on May 17th at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.

It is the only film festival in the USA to focus specifically on bike travel – in one night, you’ll travel from Mongolia to India, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and through Egypt during the Arab Spring. Despite the worldly focus, the festival is a benefit for Massbike!

I am certain it is also the only film festival to feature a Cookie Showcase of Arlington’s best bakeries – which is what happens when event planners have a sweet tooth. We have a Great Jersey Giveaway featuring jerseys from many local and national bike groups. Plus, one lucky attendee will win a free Italian cycling vacation from title sponsor Ciclismo Classico! Get your tickets today (just $10 for advance purchase!) at http://regenttheatre.com/details/the_world_on_wheels

For more info, please see www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest


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Bike Job: Office Manager

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 07

From the C-list

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Are you an incurable travel planner? Do you juggle the family schedule and events with finesse? Do you crave systems? Do you make an art out of organization?

Ciclismo Classico, the leader in bicycle vacations since 1988, seeks an exceptionally enthusiastic, organized, and detail-oriented office assistant. If you love the outdoors, travel, and working in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment, this may be the job for you. In this important role, you will contribute to every aspect of the business by:

Answering the phone and emails with flair
Providing support to sales, marketing, and operational functions
Using our database to keep track of customers, trips, and sales & marketing activities
Organizing and attending marketing events
Liaising with our IT department regarding our phone & technology systems
Ordering office supplies
Managing the physical office space
Managing inventory of cycling jerseys
Taking notes at meetings and disseminating to relevant staff
Organizing file structure on our file server
Documenting key processes and best practices on our intranet
Providing limitless supply of enthusiasm, problem solving and can-do attitude
Managing travel insurance claims
Managing guest feedback (reading all surveys, recommending action)
Managing content of auto emails in the sales process
Monitoring & reporting of guest satisfaction
Informing guests of itinerary changes

To succeed in this role, you must be:
An exceptional communicator (verbal and written)
Remarkable well organized, capable of managing multiple priorities and projects at once
Fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and email
A lover of travel, an active life and the outdoors
Familiar with Europe, especially Italy
Comfortable with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube)
Able to communicate to Arlington, MA reliably

Benifits Include:
Paid holidays & vacation
Casual environment – bike to work!
Great networking in cycling community


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Nicole Freedman and Richard Fries To Talk At Bike Film Fest

Written by Boston Biker on May 18

Ciclismo Classico is having a hoorah and they got some speakers press release below.

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Ciclismo Classico, the world leaders in bicycle vacations, is excited to present its 2nd annual family-friendly bike film festival tonight, May 18, 2011 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA. This year’s theme is “Transformation through Bicycle Travel”, with proceeds going to the statewide advocacy group, MassBike. In collaboration with the Boston Bike Film Festival held each October, the mission of the Ciclismo Classico film festival is to showcase the best bike travel films by professional filmmakers, Ciclismo guides, and worldwide travelers.  Refreshments and raffle prizes will be available. For information more information call Joe Luchison at 781-646-3377. http://www.ciclismoclassico.com

 

The event will include presentations by Bicycling evangelists Richard Fries & Nicole Freedman. The festival winner will be selected by a Ciclismo panel comprised of guests and staff, and will be awarded the Golden Wheel award and a FREE Ciclismo Classico 2012 bicycle tour.  Runner-up prizes will also be awarded.

 

“Because of its total immersion into sensory experiences, bicycle travel with all its colors, sounds, heart-pounding excitement and personal exhilaration, lends itself beautifully to the film medium,” says Ciclismo Classico owner and founder Lauren Hefferon. “We are very excited to showcase biking films by professional filmmakers, armature filmmakers, travelers and our very own Ciclismo guides.”

 

About Ciclismo Classico

As a specialized boutique bicycle tour operator since 1988, Ciclismo Classico provides the most authentic, unique and exciting vacations in the adventure travel industry. By combining legendary service and rare cultural experiences, the Ciclismo travel experience continues to energize and transform each and every guest. Ciclismo Classico is also a member of Trusted Adventures, www.trustedadventures.com, a consortium of award-winning travel companies matching active individuals, families and groups on nature and culture adventures throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. For more information, visit http://www.ciclismoclassico.com

 

About Special Guest  Nicole Freedman, Director, Boston Bikes

Nicole Freedman currently works as Director of Bicycle Programs for the City of Boston.  The program is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for healthy, sustainable communities and neighborhoods.  Since the initiative began in 2007, the City has turned around its reputation. Boston has currently the 10th highest ridership of all major US cities and has recently been recognized as the “Future Best City” by Bicycling Magazine.

 

Nicole attended MIT before graduating with a degree in Urban Planning from Stanford University in 1994.  Nicole is also a 12 year veteran of the professional cycling world and competed for the US in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sidney.  She currently coaches the MIT men’s and women’s cycling team.Richard Fries

 

About our MC Richard Fries

With 35 years of experience, Richard Fries is a bicycle evangelist. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., he graduated from the University of South Florida where he started a racing career that would include a stint in Spain. He earned a masters in journalism from Northeastern University and worked as a reporter. He published The Ride Magazine for 14 years and worked as a producer and on-air commentator for the Outdoor Life Network. As a race announcer he has called the world championships in cyclo-cross and road racing. He has worked as marketing director for Pedro’s USA and the Audi Best Buddies Challenge rides. Having organized six national championships, he presently oversees the Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival. Fries  also serves as a development advisor for Bikes Belong. He lives on a bike path in Lexington, Mass., with his wife and three children.

 

About Film Fest Director Cat Bryant:

Cat Bryant, a film major in college, moved to Boston for school and stayed for the biking and filmmaking, but also resorted to other ways of making a living.  In 2005, she founded the Boston Bike Film Festival, New England’s only non-profit bike film festival, in conjunction with Hub on Wheels.  The festival now supports other cycling advocacy groups, such as Mass Bike and Bike

 

About MassBike

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.  Mass Bike is located at 171 Milk Street Boston.  (www.massbike.org)

 

About the Boston Bike Film Festival in October

The Boston Bike Film Festival, held each fall, is a nonprofit promoting the art of the cycling film and is the only non-profit cycling film festival in New England.  Now in its 7th year, the BBFF supports cycling advocacy groups such as Mass Bike and Bikes Not Bombs.  (www.bostonbikefilmfest.org)

 

The historic Regent Theatre, built in 1916 and one of the last remaining theatres of its kind, is located at 7 Medford Street, Arlington, Mass.


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Ciclismo Classico 2nd Annual Bike Film Fest

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 22

Got this in the email, looks like a nice night, and for a good cause.

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Ciclismo Classico 2nd Annual Bike Film Festival

Transformation through Active Travel

With Special Guests Richard Fries and Nicole Friedman

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA

For more information call 1.800.866.7314

visit http://www.ciclismoclassico.com

 

 

Arlington, MA  March 14, 2011   A highlight to this year’s Bike Week, Ciclismo Classico, the world leaders in bicycle vacations, is proud and excited to present its 2nd annual family-friendly bike film festival to be held on May 18th at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, a block away from the Minuteman Bikeway.  This year, the theme is “Transformation through Bicycle Travel.

 

In collaboration with the Boston Bike Film Festival held each October, the mission of this festival is to showcase the best bike travel films by professionals, Ciclismo guides and travelers.  There will be refreshments and raffle prizes.  This event is also a fundraiser for the statewide advocacy group, MassBike.

 

“Because of its total immersion into sensory experiences”, says Ciclismo owner and founder Lauren Hefferon, “bicycle travel with all its colors, sounds, heart-pounding excitement and soulful, personal exhilaration lends itself beautifully to the film medium.”

 

Last year’s first-place filmmaker, Patria Lanfranchi, now a travel consultant and guide with Ciclismo Classico, is helping to organize this year’s fest.   The winner, selected by Ciclismo panel comprised of guests and staff, will be awarded the Golden Wheel award and a FREE Ciclismo Classico 2012 bicycle tour.  Runner-up prizes will also be awarded.

 

 

About Ciclismo Classico

As a specialized boutique bicycle tour operator since 1988, Ciclismo Classico provides the most authentic, unique and exciting vacations in the adventure travel industry. By combining legendary service and rare cultural experiences, the Ciclismo travel experience continues to energize and transform each and every guest. Ciclismo Classico is also a member of Trusted Adventures, www.trustedadventures.com, a consortium of award-winning travel companies matching active individuals, families and groups on nature and culture adventures throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. For more information, visit http://www.ciclismoclassico.com

 

About Special Guest  Nicole Freedman, Director, Boston Bikes

Nicole Freedman currently works as Director of Bicycle Programs for the City of Boston.  The program is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for healthy, sustainable communities and neighborhoods.  Since the initiative began in 2007, the City has turned around its reputation. Boston has currently the 10th highest ridership of all major US cities and has recently been recognized as the “Future Best City” by Bicycling Magazine.

 

Nicole attended MIT before graduating with a degree in Urban Planning from Stanford University in 1994.  Nicole is also a 12 year veteran of the professional cycling world and competed for the US in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sidney.  She currently coaches the MIT men’s and women’s cycling team.Richard Fries

 

About our MC Richard Fries

With 35 years of experience, Richard Fries is a bicycle evangelist. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., he graduated from the University of South Florida where he started a racing career that would include a stint in Spain. He earned a masters in journalism from Northeastern University and worked as a reporter. He published The Ride Magazine for 14 years and worked as a producer and on-air commentator for the Outdoor Life Network. As as a race announcer he has called the world championships in cyclo-cross and road racing. He has worked as marketing director for Pedro’s USA and the Audi Best Buddies Challenge rides. Having organized six national championships, he presently oversees the Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival. Fries  also serves as a development advisor for Bikes Belong. He lives on a bike path in Lexington, Mass., with his wife and three children.

 

About Film Fest Director Cat Bryant:

Cat Bryant, a film major in college, moved to Boston for school and stayed for the biking and filmmaking, but also resorted to other ways of making a living.  In 2005, she founded the Boston Bike Film Festival, New England’s only non-profit bike film festival, in conjunction with Hub on Wheels.  The festival now supports other cycling advocacy groups, such as Mass Bike and Bike

 

About MassBike

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.  Mass Bike is located at 171 Milk Street Boston.  (www.massbike.org)

About the Boston Bike Film Festival in October

The Boston Bike Film Festival, held each fall, is a nonprofit promoting the art of the cycling film and is the only non-profit cycling film festival in New England.  Now in its 7th year, the BBFF supports cycling advocacy groups such as Mass Bike and Bikes Not Bombs.  (www.bostonbikefilmfest.org)

 

The historic Regent Theatre, built in 1916 and one of the last remaining theatres of its kind, is located at 7 Medford Street, Arlington, Mass.


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Job Listing Update: Bicycle Tour Travel Consultant

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 25

posted this a while ago, got sent an update today. Bicycle jobs!

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Bicycle Tour Travel Consultant

Do you like people and making a difference in their lives? Do you dream of a job where you can share your love of cycling with others all day long? Are you articulate, expressive and creative when sharing this passion? Are you curious, solution-oriented, and optimistic? Do you want to work hard with an energetic and talented team that shares your love of cycling and travel? Would you like to participate in regular cycling events and travel where you can promote Ciclismo Classico to other kindred spirits? Do you seek a casual, fun, and hard-working workplace that welcomes your bike on the porch?

If you answered a big YES to these questions, then Ciclismo Classico, the 20-year leader in international bicycle vacations, wants you! Based in Arlington Mass, Ciclismo Classico is seeking a special individual who is passionate about cycling, active travel, and the outdoors.

Qualifications:

You must be passionate about transforming lives through active travel experiences. You live an active lifestyle that comes with this passion – you are an avid biker, runner, and/or cross-country skier. You love the outdoors, being active, and sharing your passion with others. You roll up your sleeves, work hard, and never give up!

Your experience includes:

2 to 5 years of sales experience in the travel industry or related fields
Knowledge of Europe (Italy in particular)
Driving and meeting aggressive sales goals on time
Quickly internalizing vision, mission and customer needs
Developing and promoting new business opportunities
Inspiring top-notch customer service
You should also be:

Comfortable with computers, the internet, and social media
Well-traveled
An exceptional verbal and written communicator
An enthusiastic cyclist
Available to start immediately
Benefits include:

Medical insurance
Casual environment – Bike to work!
Great networking in cycling community
An opportunity to go on a Ciclismo trip
Base salary plus commission
To apply, please email us at [email protected] with your resume and a cover letter with:

How you meet the job requirements
How our company aligns with your personal values, career goals, and dreams
Why you believe cycling is a great way to experience new places
A colorful description of your last GREAT bike ride
Happy Pedaling!


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The 13th Annual Jingle Ride Supports MassBike, RSVP Now!

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 01

Found this on the MassBike site, looks pretty cool (har har).

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Join The 13th Annual Jingle Ride & Open House Holiday Celebration brought to you by Ciclismo Classico and MassBike

Two Great Events to Celebrate the Season
If you can’t make it to the ride, please join the party afterwards!

Join Our 13th Holiday Jingle Ride Expected to Be the Biggest & Most Festive Yet

Bring Your Holiday Cheer, Your Friends and Your Bike – Sunday, December 13 This year’s event will benefit MassBike!

THE TRADITION CONTINUES! Don’t miss what has become the most anticipated Ciclismo event of every holiday season, the 13th Annual Jingle Ride.

On what has become our most colorful, cheerful and musical ride of all, donations collected at this year’s ride will benefit The Massachussetts Bicycle Coalition. MassBike promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and advocates for better bicycling across the entire state.

So get out your most festive and warm riding gear and get ready to pedal!

Warm Up at the Post-Ride Party
Please join us at the post-ride party at 3:30pm at Lauren Hefferon’s house for warm and tasty food and drink, celebrating great rides and good friends in with true Ciclismo and Italian hospitality! Please join the party even if you can’t make it to the ride!

THE DETAILS

When Sunday, December 13, 2003 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
10:30 am: Registration
11:00 am: On time departure

What The Jingle Ride is a leisurely and festive 10-to-25 mile round-trip bike ride from Arlington Center to Boston, including the Charles River Bike Path and some of Boston’s most festive streets. We’ll ride into town, have lunch at Quincy Market before spinning back to Arlington via Boston’s historic Public Garden, Newbury Street, and the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge.

Bring your best singing voice, costume, jingle bells and bike decorations!

Starting Point Jam N’ Java, 594 Mass. Ave in Arlington Center (MAP)

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If you would like to meet us in Cambridge or downtown, call 617-640-4837 for time and place. There will be fun prizes for best costume, best decorated bike, and more!

Need a great costume?
Check out Eastern Coast Costumes, 329 Moody Street, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1-800-924-6836.

We’ll provide free coffee, treats for kids and a repertoire of Christmas Carols to sing. We’ll stop for hot toddies and other goodies along the way. Don’t forget jingle bells for your booties and remember those layers!

Special thanks to our prize sponsors:

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Landry’s Bicycles for providing $25 gift certificates
Colavita USA for the Colavita gift basket
Urban AdvenTours for a coveted “I Bike Boston” T-shirt

Please RSVP
To RSVP for Jingle Ride and Post-Ride Celebration: email us here.
To RSVP for the Post-Ride Celebration ONLY: email us here.
Please include your NAME and NUMBER of PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY.

Ride for a Cause
Each year, we ask participants to make a holiday donation to a local non-profit organization. 100% of donations collected will benefit MassBike.

Donations will be collected at the ride’s starting point. Cash and checks are accepted, payable to MassBike. Suggested donation is $25 per rider.

Not yet a MassBike member?
Donate $40 at the ride and a new one-year membership is included. Member benefits include local bike shop discounts of 10% or more, discounts at bike friendly B&Bs, discounted cycling skills classes, and much more! Visit MassBike.org for full member benefits.

I can’t make the ride, but I will make a tax-deductible donation to MassBike.

I can’t make the ride, but I will join the Open House Holiday Celebration at Lauren Hefferon’s home (email name and number of guests).

Open House Holiday Celebration
After an invigorating ride full of holiday spirit, all riders are invited to the home of Lauren Hefferon, Director and Founder of Ciclismo Classico, for a post-ride holiday celebration with lots of munchies and drinks.

Open House Location Lauren’s House, 13 Marathon Street, Arlington. 3:30pm – 5:30pm

See you on Sunday, December 13 at Jam N’ Java in Arlington Center!


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