Bob Newcomb's Ride

Why I Ride ...

Dear PMC Fans,,

            The 2015 Pan Mass challenge bike ride is coming up fast.  On the first weekend in August my bike and I will join 5000 other riders and traverse Massachusetts from Sturbridge to Provincetown.  We will stop traffic on Route 6 in Eastham, take over a lane on the Bourne Bridge, listen to the cheers of countless spectators, cow bells ringing and bagpipes playing and eat enough fluffernutters to last another year. 

This will be my 8th year riding and every year brings out one or more PMC moments.  These things happen, and along with the names on my jersey, reinforce why I ride.  It is something I hear, someone I see, someone who rides by me or someone with a story.   I have many different options each year but there is usually one moment that sticks out.  Last year it happened as I came up behind a rider and noticed his pink tires, pink handlebar tape, pink water bottle cages and pink pedal cleats.  We struck up a conversation and he told me about his pink items.  He had ridden the PMC for many years and one year met his future wife.  They rode together for several years before they got married right before a PMC weekend.  That year they rode a tandem bike while he wore a jersey that looked like a tuxedo and she wore a veil on her helmet.  The PMC was special to them.  Several years later she developed breast cancer and it ultimately took her life.  He rides with all the pink items in her honor on their special weekend.  It was very touching to hear him tell his story.

            The PMC is my way to help all those out there affected by cancer.  The PMC is the single largest contributor to the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Dana-Farber is one of the leading hospitals in the country for cancer research and treatment. 

            Together, in the last 7 years you and I have raised nearly $48,000.  In order to participate again, I must raise at least another $4500.  As always, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the money we raise together goes directly to the Jimmy Fund.  The PMC goal is to raise $45,000,000 this year.  I hope you can help me with this project.  Any size contribution will be greatly appreciated.

I ride with a picture of my parents on my jersey.  Both passed away from cancer and I dedicate my ride to them.  You can dedicate your donation to someone you know that has been affected by cancer.  Contact me and I would love to add their name(s) to my jersey as a survivor or in memoriam. 

Your tax-deductible donation can be made in several ways.  A check made out to “PMC/Jimmy Fund” can be sent directly to me in the enclosed envelope.  Or you can go directly to my PMC donation page.  ( Once there you can make a credit card donation.  Donations can be made anytime until October 1.           

Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.  I hope you can join in and I thank you for any support you can provide.  




Bob Newcomb                                                            Pan Mass Challenge           

87 North Whitney Street                                                501(3)c Certified Organization

Amherst, MA 01002                                                            Federal Tax ID # 04-2746912


Total Raised





Last year, 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to the Jimmy Fund.

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My Paceline Supporters

I have chosen to keep all of my donors' information confidential; therefore it is not displayed on my PMC public donor list.

My Rides

2015 $5,705.9 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2014 $6,010 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2013 $9,600.76 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2012 $7,630 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2011 $5,805 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2010 $5,565 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2009 $5,471.26 Sturbridge to Provincetown Inn (2-Day)
2008 $7,873 Wellesley to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
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