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About the Ride

Start:    Barnstable County Sheriff's Office     6000 Sheriffs Place     Bourne, MA 

Date: July 21, 2024

Registration Begins: 7 AM

Opening Ceremony Starts: 9 AM

Kick Stands Up: 9:45 AM

Riders: $20          Passengers: $20

Big Nick’s Ride for the Fallen remains scheduled to run July 21, 2024.  Guidelines for the ride  are based on the recommendations of public health experts and the legislative policy in place at the time of the ride. 

Riders are requested to follow recommendations of public health experts and their policy initiatives including the use social distancing and the use of masks when a low risk social distance is not possible We hope and pray that all the riders and supporters of Big Nick’s Ride For the Fallen 2020 remain safe and healthy in these challenging times. 

Ride Bracelets ($20 Each: Riders and Passengers)

Available the day of the ride or you can beat the line and purchase at the following locations:


Cape Cod Harley Davidson: Pocasset, MA

Cycle Services: Hyannis, MA

Old Village Store: West Barnstable, MA

Baskin’s Hardware: South Dennis, MA

Please wear your Ride Bracelet on your LEFT Hand when arriving at the Ride. 

We want to express our appreciation for the support of the hundreds upon hundreds of Cape Codders and visitors who line the BNR route waving flags and shouting cheers for the riders each year. The route wanders across the Cape through many scenic vistas and historical locations. BNR "Kick Stands Up" is usually between 9-10AM (2020 Kick Stands Up TBA) at the Barnstable County Sheriff's Complex near the the Massachusetts National Cemetery and continues along Route 6A though Bourne providing riders with an enjoyable view of the Cape Cod Canal. Then, as they thunder along Route 6A, they soak in the pleasures of the seaside views and enjoy the camaraderie of the people of Sandwich, Barnstable, and other Cape towns. Riders then enter Yarmouth on Route 6A and continue on Route 6A then turn onto Setucket Road and then  a short ride onto North Dennis Road. After merging onto No. Main Street the ride turns right onto Regional Avenue and then right onto Station Avenue. Riders will ride through a very special memorial at Dennis Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth. Please keep this annual event in mind as you plan your summer travel. It usually takes place on the third Sunday of July.  This year it will be on July 18, 2021.

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Our Cape Cod Fallen 16 
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US Army Staff Sergeant
Alicia Birchett
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US Army Private First Class
Paul Conlon
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US Navy Captain
Gerald DeConto
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US Army Sergeant
Alexander  Fuller
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US Army Sergeant
Matthew Gallagher
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US Navy Seal
Kevin Houston
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US Marine Captain
Eric Jones
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US Marine Private First Class
Becket Kiernan
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US Marine Private First Class
Daniel A.C. McGuire
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US Army Sergeant
Matthew A. Pucino
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US Army Staff Sergeant
Stephen Sprague
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US Army Private First Class
Clinton Springer II
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US Army Sergeant
Zachary Tellier
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US Army Sergeant
Mark Vecchione
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US Navy Commander Francis Williams
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US Marine Corporal
Nicholas G. Xiarhos

The Big Nick's Ride Family

As the calendar turns once more and the Summer approaches each year, we reflect on the path we’ve traveled and look boldly ahead. Our hearts have carried heavy burdens, yet we are grateful to have found kindred spirits in the midst honoring our fallen sons and daughters of America. Together we have found strength and shared hope as we continue to reach toward the future with pride and purpose. In the coming years, all of us in the Big Nick's Ride Family look forward to riding with and/or socializing with you — sharing smiles, offering comfort and providing a home for your patriotic hearts. We love our Country and the men and women who defend it.
Big Nick's Ride for the Cape Cod Fallen could not take place without the countless hours of work by many, many dedicated volunteers... too numerous to list. And, yes, BNR is planned and implemented by VOLUNTEERS. Nobody receives a salary. Approximately 99% of the funds raised by BNR are are distributed to needy organizations with funding managed by the Cape Cod Foundation.
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Just some of the Big Nick's Ride Family at a BNR Planning Meeting. 


Words from the Chief


The Yarmouth Chief of Police Frank Frederickson often provides the citizenry with valuable public service announcements that not only inform but are often poetic, entertaining, insightful and moving. This was part of the 2017 PSA regarding Big Nick's Ride for the Cape Cod Fallen:

Tomorrow Cape Cod displays its honor and pride
As 1,000 motorcycles join together for Big Nick’s Ride.

It is sobering and sweet to see your flags along the route
They bring strong emotions, tears and respectful salutes.

We will not forget the 14 Cape warriors who sacrificed their lives
In order to protect us and allow us to thrive.

We thank you Matthew, Gerald , Clint, Alicia, Eric and, Zach
also Dan, Paul, Alex, Francis, Mark and Matt.

And of Course there is Nick who is our native son
Who’s’ spirit lives on as strong as the sun.

All gave some and some gave all,
All gave some and some gave all,

Please enjoy this very special event and thanks in advance for your support and cooperation. Many people take this opportunity to line the route of Big Nicks Ride to show honor and respect to Cape Codders and other Service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. If you plan to show your support, please find a safe location along the route that will allow room for your flags, signs and chairs.

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