BMB Permanent 2011

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Other Permanents

If the BMB permanent is not for you, there are other permanents on or along the BMB route that may also interest you. These permanents are especially advantageous under the following conditions:

  • If you’re supporting or traveling with a BMB rider (that is, someone riding the official BMB permanent), and you want to ride part of the way together, you can get credit for your ride with the free-route permanent. This also protects the BMB rider since according the RUSA rules, arranging to ride with someone not registered for the permanent, is considered receiving support outside the controls, and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • A group of riders with a support car may also find these other permanents advantageous.  Suppose you have a group that’s attempting the official BMB permanent. On some days, one rider drives the support car instead of riding. All riders may share in the driving, or just some riders. Those driving can’t get credit for the official BMB permanent, but they can get credit for the days they ride if they ride a free-route permanent.
  • You don’t have time off from work to ride the official BMB permanent, but you’d like to ride with friend on the weekend when he/she will be returning to the start.
  • You want to take more time than the 90-hour limit to ride from Boston to Quebec. You won’t get credit for riding the official BMB permanent, but by riding a series of permanents, you can get RUSA credit for the segments that you ride.  
  • You’re registered and riding the official BMB permanent, but something goes terribly wrong and you’re unable to finish the ride. (For example, you forgot your passport and are therefore unable to enter Canada.) If you had registered for the free-route permanents as a backup plan, you could ride back to the start and get credit for your return trip.

Below is a list of free-route permanents. Each permanent is a point-to-point route (one-way) which can be ridden in one day, and starts and ends in a town with services where you can get food, water, and sleeping accomodations. One permanent begins where the last one left off so you’re able to go as far as you want and return to your starting point, if desired.

Note: Even though one could use these permanents to travel the entire BMB route, there is only one official BMB permanent, and that is #655.

Free-Route Permanents

4 Day Quad Century

The following permanents can be ridden, one each day, as a 4-Day Quad Century. This is a series of free-route permanents that travel on or along the BMB route between Newton, MA and Middlebury, VT. Daily mileages are a little more than 100 miles/day. It is designed as a series of one-day rides with time to sleep at night.

1. Newton-Brattleboro 113 miles

2. Brattleboro-Middlebury 122 miles

3. Middlebury-Brattleboro 122 miles

4. Brattleboro-Newton 113 miles

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5 Day Free-Route Permanent

The following 5 free-route permanents can be ridden on consecutive days for form a 5-day tour that travels on or along the entire BMB route. Mileages are greater than the 4-day quad century, but still allow enough time to sleep each night. 

1. Newton, MA – Ludlow, VT 168 miles

2. Ludlow, VT to Rouses Point, NY 157 miles

3. Rouses Pt, NY – Huntington, Quebec – Rouses Pt, NY – Burlington, VT 152 miles

4. Burlington, VT – Brattleboro, VT 156 miles

5. Brattleboro, VT – Newton, MA 109 miles

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6 Day Free-Route Permanent

The following 6 free-route permanents can be ridden on consecutive days for form a 6-day tour that travels on or along the entire BMB route.

1. Newton, MA – Ludlow, VT 168 miles

2. Ludlow, VT to Rouses Point, NY 157 miles

3. Rouses Point, NY – Huntington, Quebec – Rouses Point, NY 102 miles

4. Rouses Point, NY – Middlebury, VT 93 miles

5. Middlebury, VT – Brattleboro, VT 121 miles

6. Brattleboro, VT – Newton, MA 109 miles

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Other Permanents Along the BMB Route

There are two regular permanents on or along the BMB route. These include:

Route 991, out and back route from Boston-Barre-Boston . (More details on the RUSA web site.) 

Route 1091, out and back from Brattleboro to Ludlow and back to Brattleboro. (More details on the RUSA web site.)

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