Maybe it's because I have been away from the SouthCoast for a while, but I had no idea we have this amazing cycling event right here in Massachusetts. Yet apparently, it's been going on since 1980 and has raised over $654 million dollars for cancer research!

The Pan-Mass Challenge's bike path cuts through the SouthCoast as the riders head from Wellesley or Sturbridge all across Massachusetts to Provincetown this weekend.

Riders raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and according to the PMC website, 100 percent of the money raised goes right to the institute, meaning all of the overhead to put on this event is covered by sponsorship.

At first, I thought this was an event for experienced riders, but then I dived in a little and saw they actually have 12 routes you can take, ranging from 25 miles to 192 miles.

Regardless of the route you decide, every rider will end up at Pilgrim's First Landing Park in P-Town.

As you can imagine, there will be lots of road closures to accommodate the thousands of riders that will be taking part in this fundraising event. I definitely took a snapshot of the routes they are using so I can avoid them this weekend.

Do you live in the path of this event? Do you or does someone you know take part in it? I personally would love to have a house right on the path. I'd set up a water station or something–although I'm thinking in a few years I need to take part in this event.

Looks like the weather may cool off a bit too this weekend, making for prime biking conditions. Best of luck to the riders!

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