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Summer in the Berkshires

For mountain bikers in the Berkshires, summer means one thing: the Pedro's Festival. As in past years, the pros are making their travel plans now to kick back, ride, camp and enjoy the show with their biking brethren at the 13th Annual western Massachusetts gathering.

This year's festival, from July 13-15, features something special for every rider from the moment the gates open. Perennial festival favorites, Iron Horse's Brian Bartlett and Simon Lawton, kick the weekend off in style Friday morning with a downhill clinic that's sure to attract a crowd. Trek/VW gets things started for the ladies with Super D and short track national champion Sue Haywood's women's-only ride. Trek/VW's Lea Davidson will be down from her Little Bella's girls' mountain biking camp in Vermont to instruct and ride with the kids.

Kona's Barry Wicks will be serving up both cross country and cyclo-cross options and for those seeking more cerebral late afternoon options, and Haywood and former world champion, Luna Chix's Alison Dunlap, will offer autograph signings and chats on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Dunlap will also offers numerous women's skills clinics and rides along with her fellow teammates from the Boston Luna Chix team: Roz Puleo, Stephanie Goodell, Kasia Beznoska, Abbie Briscoe, and Anne Noga.

For more info, visit www.PedrosFest.com.

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