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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:


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 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


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

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


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

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Bike Job: Office Manager

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 07

From the C-list

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.



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.


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,, 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


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.  (


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.  (


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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