Archive for Celebration Cycle

Celebration Cycle One Week Away!

Next Thursday, October 1 – we’re hitting the road from Albany, NY to Boston, MA.  Our bicycles are tuned and our bags are packed.

Celebration Cycle Day 1 will be a challenging journey out of Albany, through Harold’s childhood home of Averill Park, and over the Berkshire mountains!

Remember, if you can’t join us on the ride, you can join us in spirit by making a donation to Mass General Hospital and asking your friends and family to become organ donors!

We’re really excited for Day 1 of the ride.  Here’s a quick peek at some highlights:

The SendSavile Road Bicycles Off Party @ Saville Road Bicycle Shop

9:00 am – Coffee & Donuts

9:30 am – roll out!



Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail

Harold is a train and railroad aficionado!  He’s been tracking the progress of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail and we’re excited that the Delmar to Albany section is complete!


Audrey KoesterSpecial Cycling Guest – Audrey Koester!

Audrey was the head librarian and my advisor at Albany Academy for Girls when Harold received his heart transplant in 1995.  She’s an avid cyclist – and we’re excited to have her join us on part 1 of this epic journey!



FinThe Porches Innish @ The Porches Inn

The Berkshires are the best in the Fall!  We’ll put up our feet for a night’s rest and enjoy the Autumn leaves.


Leave a Legacy of Life

Donating life

Imagine a healthy, active, 48 year-old working man with a cold that just won’t go away. This common cold is a virus that creeps through his body, attacks his heart and destroys the muscle until it can only pump at 10% of its capacity. After just a few months, this man cannot climb a flight of stairs, cannot walk the family dog around the block, and cannot work. His only option for recovery is a heart transplant. And now, you are his only hope.

Anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, regardless of age, health, or religion. Yet, only 40% of Americans are registered donors. The gap between the number of organ donors and the number of people waiting for a transplant increases every day. 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant. These deaths could be prevented if more people were donors. As a donor, you could change the lives of up to 8 people by sharing your heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and pancreas.

Thanks to the forward thinking and generosity of one person and his family, that once dying 48 year-old manmy father – is now 68. He loves cycling, helping neighbors with small home repairs, traveling with my mom, and cheering for me at triathlons.

One person. One heart. One box checked to be an organ donor – gave my family 20 more years. You can add over 160 years to your life by leaving your organs for another person in need.

Leave a legacy of life. Tell your friends and family about your intentions. Sign up to be an organ donor.

Celebration Cycle – Route

Harold and Sara Strope

The Celebration Cycle is a four day bicycle ride from Albany, NY to Boston, MA to celebrate Harold Strope’s 20th “Heart-Aversary.” The route will cover the almost 200 mile journey he took in an ambulance in 1995 to receive his new heart at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Register to Ride! 

Sign up to Volunteer!


Day 1: Albany to Berkshires

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Distance: 56 miles

Route Map:

Starting Point: Saville Road Bicycle Shop, Delmar, NY

Finishing Point: The Porches, North Adams, MA

Today’s journey will depart from our hometown, roll through downtown Albany and across the Hudson River.  We’ll continue through Averill Park  (Harold’s childhood home) on Rt. 43 and cross the state line into Hancock, MA.  From there, we’ll head North to North Adams, MA along MassParks’ Ashuwilticook Rail Trail with its great views of local lakes and the Mt. Greylock range.

North Adams is a great place to meet us!  You can spend the day exploring the exhibits at MASS MoCA or hiking on nearby trails.

Overnight: The Porches Inn, North Adams


Day 2: The Berkshires to Central Mass

Friday, October 2, 2015

Distance: 41 miles

Route Map:

Optional Route:

Starting Point: Wendell Country Store, Wendell, MA

Finishing Point: Over Easy Cafe, Sterling, MA

There’s an option to start the day directly from North Adams, or drive directly to Wendell Country Store to save the legs.

If starting in North Adams, there’s lots of winding road and rolling hills, plus an 11 mile gradual climb to Wendell.

From Wendell, there’s a nice cruise downhill, then rolling terrain until we reach Princeton.  Rest stops on the Barre Town Common and the Sterling Fire Station are good opportunites to get some snacks and water.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express, Downtown Worcester


Day 3: Central Mass to “Just Outside Boston”

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Distance: 34 miles

Route Map:

Starting Point: Over Easy Cafe, Sterling, MA

Finishing Point: Concord Visitor Center, Concord, MA

We’ll roll along mostly flat scenery and finish the day along the historic battlefields near Concord, MA.

Overnight: Best Western Concord


Day 4: Bedford to BOSTON

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Distance: 16 miles

Route Map- Bedford:

Route Map – Alewife:

Starting Point: The Minuteman Trail in Bedford, MA OR Alewife T Stop

Finishing Point: The John Jeffries House, Boston, MA – in the heart of Beacon Hill, Corner of Charles Street and Across from the Charles St T Stop on the Red Line

The final day of the ride is a great one for everyone.  Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, there are easy ways you can join in the celebration.

You can start at the beginning of the Minuteman Bike path and roll an easy 16 miles into Boston or meet us at the T in Alewife for the final 5 miles.  We’ll use a mixture of bike paths and roads with bike lanes to navigate through Cambridge, across the Charles to our finish at the John Jeffries House parking lot on Cambridge Street.

The Celebration Cycle will end with the 20th Heart-Aversary Party at the Liberty Hotel.  Please be sure to RSVP!


Overnight Lodging:

There are room blocks at the John Jeffries House and the Liberty Hotel. You can call the John Jeffries House to reserve and a link will be coming shortly for the Liberty Hotel.