The ride is an annual Boston tradition where over 1,000 people bike the same route as the Boston Marathon in the early dark hours of Marathon Monday. During this time the roads are still open to vehicular traffic… and bicycles are vehicles! The ride is not a race nor is it a paid event; it is however a unique shared experience, a fun way to meet people, and a decent workout.
Due to the organic and non-commercial nature of the ride, there is no official support crew during the actual bike ride, which means you are responsible for your own safety throughout the ride; with that said, due to the pro-community nature of the ride, it is usually very easy to get help.
About a year ago I published an open letter to you about how the MBTA wasn't returning our e-mails, how I was asked by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A) to cancel the 2014 ride, and how it was called an "accident waiting to happen" by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association (MEMA).
But I also wrote about how there was overwhelming community support for the ride to continue.
Kudos to the hundreds of brave Bostonians who soldiered pantless through windy, sub-freezing temperatures last Sunday. This video is for them.
January the 11th marked the 8th anniversary of the No Pants tradition in Boston, which has grown to include walks through famous landmarks and a no-pants no-cover afterparty. This year we returned to the fantastic sports bar,McGreevy's, where pantless staff served drinks and hot food to hundreds of pantless partiers.
This Sunday: The Ride. The Walk. The Party. Not the pants.
All the details are in the video- date, time, location, what to bring, and how the ride works. Don't worry if it seems complicated at first- your Route Card will tell you everything you need to do and in what order e.g. "Get on Blue Line Outbound" and then "Rob a bank".