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POOL PARTY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, YOU ARE INVITED - BRING ALL! ANN & PAUL MIKKELSON, 11 WHITCOMB DR. SIMSBURY - BRING A DISH - RSVP mikbenefit@comcast.net

 HELP US PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY & FAMILY WELLNESS, BY WEARING OUR VALLEY CYCLING YELLOW & PURPLE COLORS - 

THE MORE PEOPLE SEE US, THE MORE CLOUT WE HAVE - 

WE ARE ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY – PROMOTING SAFETY & WELLNESS = WHAT WE ALL NEED - 

RIDES:  

Meet:   Dunkin Donuts Granby -  RT 10/202 next to Stop & Shop and car wash                           

Saturday & Sunday at 8:00 am, Monday & Wednesday nights at 6:00pm  - If roads are dry,  we will regroup at certain stops – road bikes  -

See list of other rides at bottom - 

ITS SAFER IN A GROUP - 

        BRING your bikes to Simsbury Bicycle Cellar now (on Hopmeadow next to Big Sky & Pride Gas) – mention VALLEY CYCLING for their best rates & fastest SERVICE!!

Liz Lockwook Counseling, Life Coaching, Yoga, Personal Training & Mind-Body Skills – 

Liz is a Licensed Professional Counselor

Individual & small groups – very reasonable pricing 

Customized Programs for You!

Liz will get you to Your next LEVEL = A Healthier & Happier YOU!!

Contact Liz:  860-306-1680 or LizLockwood2011@gmail.com           web site:    www.lizlockwood.net  (up Monday)

                

                   

          Time trail teams of 5 or 6 Newington to Hartford Bus Line = 22 miles, September 20, 2015, Sunday – Interested?

EVENTS:

Riding Pointers:

Ride to the right, stay in your lane, don't vear to the left or right.

Obey all road rules. Come to a stop at all red lights & stop signs.

Do not change your speed, maintain the group speed – if you want to or need to slow down, look to your left, if clear of cars & riders, slowly vear left, let other riders go by you to your right. 

Do not ride double.  

If you are passing another bike, say "on your left", do not pass on the right -  COMMUNICATE = TALK INSTRUCTIONS

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CARMON FUNERAL HOMES, JOAN VALENTI LPL FINANCIAL, MITCHELL AUTOS, RESIDENT INN MARRIOTT, GEORGE HALL FARMS, ATTORNEY JOHN RITSON, SIMSBURY CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS, GRANBY BIKE, SIMSBURY PSYCHOTHERAPY, ELLEN PALMER WELLNESS, EDWARD JONES MARTY MCMAHON, ARROW FENCE, EAST COAST GREENWAY, ROB MELANSON CONSTRUCTION, RICHARD ROSSI ACCOUNTING, MUSCULOSKELETAL THERAPY & REHABILITATION JASON FRANKEL, VERNON POOL, TCBY YOGURT AND THE GREEN MACHINE.

Thanks!!!!                 www.valleycycling.org

           

Paul Mikkelson     

Other info & Rides :

The dates of the events below in italics have not been finalized yet.  

Sat July 26th – Annual Jane Lloyd Ride Fundraiser

Time: 7:30 am, Distance: 62 or 100 miles, Location: Salisbury, CT.  There will be a standard century and a metric century starting from the Salisbury ski jumps parking. The route will be mainly back roads in CT, NY, & MA, led by Tim Locke & Ben Freund.  This is a fund raiser ride for the Jane Lloyd fund to benefit cancer patients and their families with financial help in the Connecticut towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Salisbury and Sharon by providing direct support for a patient's day-to-day living expenses.  All donations small and large are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. My personal goal for this year’s ride is $3,000 and was hoping as a group we could reach $5,000.  As always there is the Annual Clam Bake when we get back. For details about the Clam bake, Jane Lloyd Fund and pictures from previous rides visit www.thejanelloydfund.org.  Bill Goldwalleye@optonline.net.

Sunday, July 26th - Harlem Valley Rail Ride 2015, Mother Nature’s Gym

Time: See website, Distance: 23, 33, 45, 57, 72, and two 100 mile routes, Location: Millerton, NY.  A horse farm, a dairy farm, an abandoned railroad track, a bicycle and you! Beautiful, low-traffic country roads.  Rest stops every 14 miles, SAG, routes, marked.  Meet at Eddie Collins Memorial Field, 5800 South Elm Avenue.  Festival at the finish with great food and a beer garden.  Swimming, massage, t-shirt.  A portion of the $75 fee supports the rail trail.  http://www.harlemvalleyrailride.com.

Sunday Aug 2nd – Tour of the Litchfield Hills

Time / Distance: 7:00 am / 100 miles, 8:00 am / 50 & 75 miles, 9:00 am / 30 miles, Location: Torrington, CT.  The biggest local ride in the area with great pitstops every 25 miles.  Meet at Coe Park.  Raising funds for the Center for Cancer Care Fund.  Foodwww.tourofthelitchfieldhills.com.

Aug 9th - Berkshire Brevets Petersburg 300K

Time: 6:00 am, Distance: 190 miles, Location: Westfield, MA.  I enjoy Petersburg pass so much I just had to add this summer brevet which includes Searsburg pass in Vermont as well as Petersburg Pass on the NY / MA border. This route is very hilly. Controls are convenience stores.  Lights required.  Time limit 20 hrs.  Cost: $25. http://newhorizonsbikes.com/articles/berkshire-brevets-2015-pg67.htm.

Aug 7-9th – MATES Tandem Rally

Location: Clinton, NJ. http://tandemclub.org/event/mates-2015/?instance_id=550

Aug 13-16th – 4th Annual Vermont Challenge

Location: Vermont. $$ Vermont's premier bicycle tour offers both challenging routes for elite recreational cyclists plus tamer routes for all riders. The routes traverse Southern & Central Vermont 4 days including the signature Saturday 1-day Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo for all riders.  Experience the only mountain resort-top Gran Fondo finish east of the Continental Divide. 

h  4-day Grand Challenge: 273, 188 or 103 miles

h  3-day Weekend Challenge: 208, 143, or 75 miles

h  2-day Challenge - Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday: 155, 108 or 50 miles

h  Saturday Fondo: 97 Gran, 68 Medio or 26 Picolo options

http://www.vtchallenge.com/TheRide.htm

Saturday Aug 15th - IRR 3.0 - Irreverent Road Ride

Time: 6:30 am, Distance: 60-125 miles, Location: Waterbury, VT. Some of the most challenging and beautiful roads in Vermont, over 85% dirt.  The majority of dirt is well maintained dirt and gravel roads, but the remainder are often referred to as: Double Track, Jeep roads, Vermont Pave', ATV trails, etc.  These sections will be challenging, but the most challenging sections will have ride-arounds.  Water stops and convenience stores along the way.  Recommend a bike with a 28mm or bigger tires, cyclocross bikes outfitted with file tread tires are perfect.  Recommended gearing: 34x28 or lower. https://www.bikereg.com/irreverent

Saturday Aug 15th – Great Barrington Rotary BikeNFly

Time: 9:00 am, Distance: 20, 35, 50 miles, Location: Great Barrington, MACome join us for the BikeNFly where you will enjoy a day of riding and flying in the beautiful Berkshire mountains.  Start the day with your choice of bike ride over the rolling hills of the Berkshires. When you finish the bike ride you can ride in hot air balloon, biplane, helicopter, or airplane.  info@berkshirebikenfly.org. Register at https://www.bikereg.com/berkshire-bikenfly.

Aug 22-30th - 2015 International Tandem Rally

Location: South Bohemia, Czech Republic.  A variety of tandem routes ranging from flat to hilly.  Frymburk is a small village on the bank of Lake Lipno in South Bohemia.  The campsite is located a short walk from the town which boasts a selection of shops, restaurants, small hotels and pensions. https://tandem-club.org.uk/events/tci2015/index.html

Sat Aug 22rd – Franklin Land Trust Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2)

Time/Distance: 6 am/180k, 6 am/160k, 8 am/115k, 9 am/100k, Location: Deerfield, MA.  This is the premier dirt road “gravel grinder” ride in the northeast which attracts a wide range of riders from all over the country.  Over 60% dirt roads, some basically jeep tracks, with grades of 20% plus and climbs of a mile and a half.  Celebrating 300 years of carriage roads in Western Massachusetts, along with its landscape, history, and rural culture.  Entry includes breakfast, checkpoint food and drink, lunch, dinner, and a free pint of ale.  www.franklinlandtrust.org/randonnee.html

Sun Aug 23rd - Vermont Overland Grand Prix

Time: 9:00 am, Distance: 51 miles, Location: Rockingham, VT.  A 51 mile dirt road bicycle race featuring 5400 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a beautiful village downtown start/finish and an awesome street party afterwards.  It’s the ultimate overland bike race.   Open dirt roads, lead motorcycles, 4×4 support vehicles and a course unlike any you’ve ever ridden before, all within a beautiful Vermont pastoral setting.  http://www.vermontoverland.com/vogp/

Sat Sep 5th – Dirty 40

Time: 9 am, Distance: 70 miles, Location: Newport, VT.  With a field limit of 500 riders, this unsanctioned gravel road race covers 5600 feet of elevation gain on the gravel back roads through some of the most scenic pristine landscapes of Vermont. Climbs as steep as 13%.  Neutral support on course as well as multiple feedzones and a broomwagon.  No license is needed to race.  We even have the Lanterne Rouge award for the last place finisher.  We are timed and have victors, but some race against the clock and others race against their own personal best.  So even if you aren't the racing type or even if you are, challenge yourself. About 40 miles of dirt roads. http://www.dirty40race.com/#!dirty40/c24az.

Fri-Sun, Sept 5-7th – AMC Upper Connecticut River Valley Biking

Distance: 20 to 65 miles per day, Location: Fairlee, VTRoad bike through the Upper Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire along gently rolling country roads. Our new rides to Hanover/Dartmouth last year included riding along a long and lovely stretch of the Ct. River and were enjoyed by many. Optional Friday ride on the drive to Fairlee. Fee non-refundable unless leader finds replacement. $155 per person, 2 nights lodging at The Hulbert Outdoor Center on beautiful Lake Morey in 3 and 4 bedroom cabins. Bed linens and towels provided. 2 full breakfasts, Saturday evening dinner.  Finlay Ferguson, 860-767-8547 (best time to call: before 9 pm) finlayferguson@msn.com

Sep 13th - Berkshire Brevets Connecticut Valley 200K

Time: 7:00 am, Distance: 125 miles, Location: Westfield, MA.  An early Fall ride up and down the Connecticut River Valley.  Rolling terrain.  Cost: $20. http://newhorizonsbikes.com/articles/berkshire-brevets-2015-pg67.htm.

Sept 12-16th – Bike Viginia’s Velo Virginia

Cycling enthusiasts from around the world are coming to visit Virginia to experience the UCI World Cycling Championships in September.  In honor of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, the Bike Virginia organization, a 27 year old bike touring non-profit, has created an exclusive bike tour experience that will show off some of Virginia’s very best cycling in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains.  Enjoy 4 days of cycling on fully supported and hand-selected bike routes. http://2015velovirginia.bike/about/

Sat Sept 13th - Honey Bikes - Honey One Hundred km The Less Ridden Path

Time: 8 am, Distance: 60 miles, Location: Lexington, MA.  The honey-hundred-bike.  In the spirit of the less ridden path we came up with the idea for the Honey One Hundred. 100k, 66% off road, 34% on road. The second annual Honey 100km will be held Saturday, September 13th at the Ride Studio Cafe. We will head northeast from Lexington, MA and the Ride Studio Cafe. We will ride it all! Gravel, broken pavement, singletrack, roots, boardwalks, grass covered lanes, and even nice paved roads.  This is NOT a race but is an adventure ride. This will be a well supported ride with ride leaders and sweep riders. GPS files of the route will be provided.  $60 Registration includes: Breakfast, lunch on the road, and post-ride meal; technical support & GPS files; Fun and adventure! This will be a mixed terrain ride. It is all fully rideable on a cyclocross bike with wide tires but there are some dismounts and roots, rocks etc.  Each group will have a ride leader with a loaded GPS with the route and be in charge of support on the road. Meet at the Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA.  http://honeybikes.com/honey-100/.  Register on BikeReg

Sunday Sept 14th - Cabot Ride the Ridges

Time/Distance: 8 am/100 miles, 8 am/60 miles, 10 am/30 miles, Location: Cabot, VT.  A fun and challenging mostly dirt road bike ride through the scenic landscapes and rugged terrain of Cabot and Peacham, Vermont.  Saddle up at: Cabot High School, 25 Common Rd, Cabot, VT 05647. All rides are $25, $40 for the family.  Post ride enjoy the best food Vermont has to offer, including Woodbelly wood fired pizza, a variety of Jasper Hill gourmet cheeses, the specialty goat cheeses of Vermont Creamery, Kingdom Creamery ice cream and Burtts Orchard apples.  The Rugged 60 - All of the best that Cabot has to offer! The going gets interesting.  The Warped 100 - The ultimate ride. The best of Cabot plus an extended adventure into a nearby dark forest and beautiful ridge line that you won't forget.  http://ridetheridges.cabotconnects.org/

Sep 17-21st –Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour

Location: Pittsfield, MA. A four day, 240 mile trip from the Berkshires through the CT River Valley, Lexington, and Concord before arriving in Boston.  On the final day, joins the 5,000 riders celebrating cycling in the Hub on Wheels, Boston’s annual cycling festival.  www.BerkshirestoBoston.com. For more information email info@berkshirestoboston or call (413) 824- 2041.

Sep 20th – Gran Fondo Gunks

Time: 8:00 am, Distance: 38, 68, or 108 miles, Location: New Paltz, NY. The Gran Fondo Gunks course is a showcase of the best Ulster County has to offer cycling. Big climbs, wide views and a view of the Gunks Ridge at all times.  There is a reason the Gunks are one of the last great places.  Beautiful scenic course with fully stocked aid stations.  Compete for King and Queen of the Mountain titles,  Main event site is at the Ulster County Fair Grounds. http://www.wildcatepicevents.com/gran-fondo-gunks/

Sat & Sun Sep 20th & 21st – Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century

Distance: 25, 50, 63, or 100 miles, Location: Hampton Beach, NH.  This is a beautiful ride along the coastlines of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  A fully supported ride with rest stops, both days.  Ride Saturday or ride Sunday or ride both days.  For those looking to do their first Century, this is the perfect ride with terrain that is mostly flat, with about 40 miles of rolling in the middle.  For those experienced Century riders, you can't beat the breathtaking scenery as you ride along the coast and through small towns, past lighthouses.  Not ready for a Century, just yet?  There are shorter mile routes.  Sign up for the ride at http://www.granitestatewheelmen.org/SCC/SCC-2014%20Home%20Page.htm.  The deadline is August 31.  Fee is $45.00. 

Sep 23-27th - Fall Foliage Tour de Kingdom

Time: 9 am, Distance: Up to 440 miles, Location: Newport, Vermont. Cycling and biking the back roads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and the North Country of New Hampshire.  The June Tour with FOLIAGE.  Bike for one day or bike for all five.  Longer and shorter options on all days.  http://www.tourdekingdom.org/

October 3-4th - L’Eroica

Time: 8:00 am, Distance: 75,135, 209 km, Location: Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy A ride on the gravel roads (the original “gravel grinder”?) of Val d’Arbia and on the hills of Montalcino on the 205 km route of L’Eroica... The route of "l'eroica" covers some of the most beautiful roads in the area of chianti, valdarbia and val d'orcia, but the highlight is represented by those stretches of white roads that still exist, that allow you to experience the atmosphere of cycling in another era.  http://en.eroica.it/  L’Eroica" bicycles are bicycles which have all the following characteristics:

•    •road racing bikes, built before 1987 (not cycle-cross or time trial bikes);

•    steel frame (the only aluminum frame bikes permitted are ALAN or VITUS;

•    gear shift levers on the down tube of the frame or pre-1980 bar-end gear shifters

•    pedals with toe clips and fitted straps (quick release pedals are not allowed, except Cinelli M71 pedals);

•    passage of brake cables outside the handlebars

•    wheels must have at least 32 spokes with a low profile (less than 20 mm).

Sun Oct 4th - Doin’ the Dirt – Pie to Pie

Time: 9:30 am, Distance: 52 miles, Location: Coventry, VT.  Run or bike the back roads to and from Parker Pie Wings in Coventry to Parker Pie in West Glover.  All but a couple of miles are on back country, dirt roads with grand vistas.  They are stunningly beautiful this time of year. http://www.tourdekingdom.org.

Sun Oct 5th - Berkshire Cycling Assoc Fall Foliage Gravel Grinder (F2G2)

Time: 9-10 am, Distance: 32, 53, 61 miles, Location: Becket, MA.  A challenging bicycle ride through Central and Southern Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts on remote dirt roads during peak fall foliage season! The whole route is fairly hilly but the signature climb, Schermerhorn Road, comes late in the ride. There will be plenty of hills, but you'll remember that one most. It is a 2 mile long broken pavement/dirt monster with some sections reaching 27% grade. Bring your best legs or get a lower granny gear.  Starts and finishes at Canterbury Farm Nordic Center and Bed & Breakfast in Becket Massachusetts.  Meet at Canterbury Farm, 1986 Fred Snow Rd, Becket, MA 01223, (413) 623-0100, registerhttps://www.bikereg.com/Net/bca-f2g2, cost: $60.  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6151174 and http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6151169.  Cue sheet and marked course, water bottle, post-ride party and post race meal, one free Wandering Star Craft Brewery beer,

Sun Oct 11th - Berkshire Brevets Great River Ride

Time: 7:00 am, Distance: 65, 105, 125 miles, Location: Westfield, MA.  Now in its 28th year, this populaire has been picked by Bicycling Magazine as one of the Top 10 Century Rides in the USA. Plenty of hills, great scenery, lots of support, and a super buffet with entertainment at the end. A great way to finish the season. Never been canceled due to weather and we've had years with snow, 12 inches of rain, and cold temps., as well as years of perfect Autumn riding.  Cost: $60. http://newhorizonsbikes.com/articles/berkshire-brevets-2015-pg67.htm.

Sat Nov 29th – HCC Alice’s Restaurant Ride

Time: 10:00 am, Distance: 68 miles, Location: Salisbury, CT.  The Alice's Restaurant Bicycle Ride is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The ride has only 3 hills and passes farms, goes along streams, and through villages in the Berkshires and of course passes the famous Alice's Restaurant Garbage Trail sites. Details at: https://sites.google.com/site/alicesrestaurantbicycleride/home.  Please park in the field oppositeLaBonne's Market parking lot (22 Academy Street, Salisbury, CT 06068). They have offered this area to us so please do not park in the store's



PLEASE NOTE: Valley Cycling is an informal group of individual riders who simply like to bicycle together.  There is no formal organization or leader.  Rides are NOT sponsored by myself, any person, or organization.  Ride information is provided so people can ride at the same time on the same route at any pace they choose.  Other riders are not responsible or liable for any injury.  RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK -  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF AND MUST OBEY ALL ROAD RULES/LAWS ALL OF THE TIME.

THX!!


You’re the eyes and ears at the front.  As the lead rider, you’re the eyes and ears of the group. You are responsible for the whole group’s safety. You must point out road obstacles and watch for traffic at crossroads, shouting a warning if necessary. Try to be an “early warning system,” keeping in mind that a shout may take several seconds to trickle down the line, and may be “lost in translation” along the way.

Responsibility at the back, too.  When you rotate to the back of the paceline, you still have a special responsibility. It’s your job to check behind periodically for approaching traffic and calling out “Car back!” when a motorist is approaching. If the group is in a double paceline on a narrow road, someone will yell “Single out” or “Single up,” and the double paceline will form into a single line so the motorist can pass safely.

But when there are no traffic concerns, being last in line is a privileged position. Because no one is behind you to be disrupted by your actions, now’s the time to take a drink or sit up and grab a snack from your jersey pocket. Need to remove a vest or peel your arm warmers? Do it while at the back.

No aero bars!  Aero bars are fine for time trialing or long solo rides where they help you cut through the wind and take pressure off your hands. But aero bars are unwelcome in pacelines. A cyclist using aero bars in the paceline is less steady, and hands are far from the brake levers. They present particular dangers, both to themselves and to the other riders – and they should self-select out of pacelines.

Paul Mikkelson  860-651-9106  mikbenefit@comcast.net

THANKS!

All welcome - 
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   Clothing - email Paul mikbenefit@comcast.net to pick-up.  Checks payable to Ron Beliveau.                          


YOU NEED TO READ ALL SAFETY ITEMS ON THE "ABOUT US" PAGE BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN ANY RIDE ACTIVITIES.  OF COURSE YOU NEED TO STUDY ON YOUR OWN AND FOLLOW ALL ROAD AND BIKE RULES AND BE SUPER SAFE AT ALL TIMES!




ORDER YOUR GEAR NOW!  
Jerseys are $50 each, hats & T-shirt are $12 each, Bibs are $62 – If you already ordered, remind us.  If you have not ordered, let us know & we will get it for you.
Champion Systems & Valley Cycling also has shorts, socks, wind jackets, vests & thermal jackets –
CONTACT PAUL MIKKELSON     mikbenefit@comcast.net


How To Be A Gentleman Cyclist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-B6awDYcWI



HI, HOW IS IT GOING?        

The weather for Saturday looks great!!                   HEATED POOL & HOT SHOWERS AFTER YOUR RIDE!!
                           
Register for our  BIKE THE VALLEY, Saturday, 6-22-13, Charity Bike Ride  – GET YOUR CONTACTS TO REGISTER TOO -
This is for families & serious riders!!   

HELP OTHERS BY RIDING IN OUR EVENT – BIKE, 5 OR 10 MILES ON RAILS TO TRAILS, ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL FARMINGTON RIVER!
Or BIKE 25, 50 OR 100 MILES  - ALL RIDES HAVE REST-STOPS (with food and snacks), SAG-WAGONS, marked routes, etc. = FULL SUPPORT!!

100 mi starts at 7:00 am, 50 mi starts at 8:30, 25 mi at 10:00, 10 & 5 mi at 11:30, Bike Rodeo (for young kids) at 10:30, lunch at 12:30.
Registration Fees:  100 mi $65, 50 mi $55, 25 mi $30, 10 & 5 mi $20, Bike Rodeo free  + a Donation of at least $25 to the Non-profit of your choice.

All at YMCA CAMP CHASE on RT 4 in Burlington, 15 Canton Rd. between Unionville & Collinsville – The Camp will have "an Open House" for all – come and enjoy the HEATED Pool, kids water pad, bike rodeo for kids, moon-bounce and picnic (under cover; food from Max's and First & Last), hot showers for all riders, arts & crafts, wellness activities & more - - Including give-aways. 

Join in on THE BAKE-OFF!! WIN A BIG PRIZE  - overnight at Residence Inn Marriott Avon!! Open to all – Bake your favorite dessert – cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cheese-cake, etc. Bring as much as you like & the riders will judge your entry!!  Final vote goes to Stacia (a Y employee).  No cost to you, open to kids & adults!! Just show up with your Dessert by 12:30!!

REGISTER: 
Farmington Valley YMCA Home Page - Greater Hartford YMCA ...<http://ghymca.org/farmington/>  (find member, if you are a member) or
BY CALLING THE Y  860-653-5524   Ask for Sam or just ask to register for the Y Bike the Valley Ride - or
ON ACTIVE: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2091182  (find bike the valley)
You need to pay Registration Fee AND Donate to a non-profit by calling the Y or DONATING at check-in Saturday!!!!

Who do you "HELP" when you Ride?  Register for our RIDE & make a Donation to one to the following:

FOCUS CENTER FOR AUTISM (in Canton)

New Horizons (a community in Unionville with 95 people in wheelchairs - I biked up MT Washington thinking of these folks)

BSA Troop 76 Sgt. Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship,  or

Simsbury Free Bike/CT Adaptive Cycling –

The ABC House (Inner city students living in Simsbury and going to Simsbury HS)

YMCA Strong Kids Program (folks who can't afford Y camps, swim classes, etc.)

Livestrong Program (people who had Cancer and need rehab)

All very worthy & LOCAL nonprofits  -  pick one or several and make a donation above & beyond your Registration Fee - - 

Register (see above) or donate $30.00 now – mail donations to:
Paul Mikkelson, 11 Whitcomb Dr.   Simsbury CT   06070
Checks payable to: YMCA Bike The Valley

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS INCLUDE:

Residence Inn by Marriott Avon
Essex Financial
Valenti Wealth Management
Avon Simsbury Psychotherapy, LLC
Carmon Funeral Home
Robert Melanson Construction
The Green Machine
Newport Scrimshander
John Ellerton
Lewie Financial
Mystic Capitol
Valley Cycling
Antonio's Restaurant
First & Last Tavern
George's Restaurant
Collinsville Baking Co.
Cake Gypsy
Fitzgerald's Foods
Flatbread Co.
Super Wine Cellar
Max a Mia Restaurant

Next planning meeting, tomorrow - Thursday, June 20, 7:30 AM at the Granby Y 

THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE BIG – over 100 Riders have signed-up already!!  BE A PART OF IT – HELP OTHERS WHILE YOU RIDE – PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY – BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION –

TIMES:
Bike Rodeo for kids at 10:30 am
5 & 10 mile rides start at 11:30 am  basically a flat route – all Paved!!          ALL WITH FULLY SUPPLIED REST-STOPS!!!!
25 mi at 10:00 am         1,800 ft of climbing
50 mi at 8:30 am           4,200 ft of climbing
100 mi at 7:00                8,500 ft of climbing  100 mi check-in 6:15 am to 6:50 but Register now! Other distances, check in 45 to 10 minutes prior to their start 
Lunch about 12:30
Activities 9:30 to 4:00; Open House all day!!

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You must wear a helmet!! Gloves & glasses are strongly suggested.  Bring your own water bottles.  No head-phones. BE ALERT – Watch where you are going – do not take your eyes off the road in front of you!

ALL CYCLISTS MUST OBEY & FOLLOW ALL ROAD LAWS/RULES/SIGNS/LIGHTS, etc. AT ALL TIMES – BE COURTEOUS – BE CAREFUL - BE ALERT  - SAFETY COMES FIRST!!   Call out "passing on your left", point to issues on the road (glass, sticks, etc.), Yell out "slowing" stopping", Communicate, etc.  Please Do Not ride double during this Event - - Ride as far to the Right as  .

VALLEY CYCLING continues to promote ROAD SAFETY & FAMILY WELLNESS!!
RIDES out of Dunkin Donuts in Granby, near Stop & Shop, Monday & Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 & 8:00 am and some Sundays at 7:00 or 8:00 am see the site:  valleycycling.org   

HI, HOW IS IT GOING?        

The weather for Saturday looks great!!                   HEATED POOL & HOT SHOWERS AFTER YOUR RIDE!!
                           
Register for our  BIKE THE VALLEY, Saturday, 6-22-13, Charity Bike Ride  – GET YOUR CONTACTS TO REGISTER TOO -
This is for families & serious riders!!   

HELP OTHERS BY RIDING IN OUR EVENT – BIKE, 5 OR 10 MILES ON RAILS TO TRAILS, ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL FARMINGTON RIVER!
Or BIKE 25, 50 OR 100 MILES  - ALL RIDES HAVE REST-STOPS (with food and snacks), SAG-WAGONS, marked routes, etc. = FULL SUPPORT!!

100 mi starts at 7:00 am, 50 mi starts at 8:30, 25 mi at 10:00, 10 & 5 mi at 11:30, Bike Rodeo (for young kids) at 10:30, lunch at 12:30.
Registration Fees:  100 mi $65, 50 mi $55, 25 mi $30, 10 & 5 mi $20, Bike Rodeo free  + a Donation of at least $25 to the Non-profit of your choice.

All at YMCA CAMP CHASE on RT 4 in Burlington, 15 Canton Rd. between Unionville & Collinsville – The Camp will have "an Open House" for all – come and enjoy the HEATED Pool, kids water pad, bike rodeo for kids, moon-bounce and picnic (under cover; food from Max's and First & Last), hot showers for all riders, arts & crafts, wellness activities & more - - Including give-aways. 

Join in on THE BAKE-OFF!! WIN A BIG PRIZE  - overnight at Residence Inn Marriott Avon!! Open to all – Bake your favorite dessert – cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cheese-cake, etc. Bring as much as you like & the riders will judge your entry!!  Final vote goes to Stacia (a Y employee).  No cost to you, open to kids & adults!! Just show up with your Dessert by 12:30!!

REGISTER: 
Farmington Valley YMCA Home Page - Greater Hartford YMCA ...<http://ghymca.org/farmington/>  (find member, if you are a member) or
BY CALLING THE Y  860-653-5524   Ask for Sam or just ask to register for the Y Bike the Valley Ride - or
ON ACTIVE: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2091182  (find bike the valley)
You need to pay Registration Fee AND Donate to a non-profit by calling the Y or DONATING at check-in Saturday!!!!

Who do you "HELP" when you Ride?  Register for our RIDE & make a Donation to one to the following:

FOCUS CENTER FOR AUTISM (in Canton)

New Horizons (a community in Unionville with 95 people in wheelchairs - I biked up MT Washington thinking of these folks)

BSA Troop 76 Sgt. Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship,  or

Simsbury Free Bike/CT Adaptive Cycling –

The ABC House (Inner city students living in Simsbury and going to Simsbury HS)

YMCA Strong Kids Program (folks who can't afford Y camps, swim classes, etc.)

Livestrong Program (people who had Cancer and need rehab)

All very worthy & LOCAL nonprofits  -  pick one or several and make a donation above & beyond your Registration Fee - - 

Register (see above) or donate $30.00 now – mail donations to:
Paul Mikkelson, 11 Whitcomb Dr.   Simsbury CT   06070
Checks payable to: YMCA Bike The Valley

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS INCLUDE:

Residence Inn by Marriott Avon
Essex Financial
Valenti Wealth Management
Avon Simsbury Psychotherapy, LLC
Carmon Funeral Home
Robert Melanson Construction
The Green Machine
Newport Scrimshander
John Ellerton
Lewie Financial
Mystic Capitol
Valley Cycling
Antonio's Restaurant
First & Last Tavern
George's Restaurant
Collinsville Baking Co.
Cake Gypsy
Fitzgerald's Foods
Flatbread Co.
Super Wine Cellar
Max a Mia Restaurant

Next planning meeting, tomorrow - Thursday, June 20, 7:30 AM at the Granby Y 

THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE BIG – over 100 Riders have signed-up already!!  BE A PART OF IT – HELP OTHERS WHILE YOU RIDE – PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY – BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION –

TIMES:
Bike Rodeo for kids at 10:30 am
5 & 10 mile rides start at 11:30 am  basically a flat route – all Paved!!          ALL WITH FULLY SUPPLIED REST-STOPS!!!!
25 mi at 10:00 am         1,800 ft of climbing
50 mi at 8:30 am           4,200 ft of climbing
100 mi at 7:00                8,500 ft of climbing  100 mi check-in 6:15 am to 6:50 but Register now! Other distances, check in 45 to 10 minutes prior to their start 
Lunch about 12:30
Activities 9:30 to 4:00; Open House all day!!

*************************************

You must wear a helmet!! Gloves & glasses are strongly suggested.  Bring your own water bottles.  No head-phones. BE ALERT – Watch where you are going – do not take your eyes off the road in front of you!

ALL CYCLISTS MUST OBEY & FOLLOW ALL ROAD LAWS/RULES/SIGNS/LIGHTS, etc. AT ALL TIMES – BE COURTEOUS – BE CAREFUL - BE ALERT  - SAFETY COMES FIRST!!   Call out "passing on your left", point to issues on the road (glass, sticks, etc.), Yell out "slowing" stopping", Communicate, etc.  Please Do Not ride double during this Event - - Ride as far to the Right as  .

VALLEY CYCLING continues to promote ROAD SAFETY & FAMILY WELLNESS!!
RIDES out of Dunkin Donuts in Granby, near Stop & Shop, Monday & Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 & 8:00 am and some Sundays at 7:00 or 8:00 am see the site:  valleycycling.org   

HI, HOW IS IT GOING?        

The weather for Saturday looks great!!                   HEATED POOL & HOT SHOWERS AFTER YOUR RIDE!!
                           
Register for our  BIKE THE VALLEY, Saturday, 6-22-13, Charity Bike Ride  – GET YOUR CONTACTS TO REGISTER TOO -
This is for families & serious riders!!   

HELP OTHERS BY RIDING IN OUR EVENT – BIKE, 5 OR 10 MILES ON RAILS TO TRAILS, ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL FARMINGTON RIVER!
Or BIKE 25, 50 OR 100 MILES  - ALL RIDES HAVE REST-STOPS (with food and snacks), SAG-WAGONS, marked routes, etc. = FULL SUPPORT!!

100 mi starts at 7:00 am, 50 mi starts at 8:30, 25 mi at 10:00, 10 & 5 mi at 11:30, Bike Rodeo (for young kids) at 10:30, lunch at 12:30.
Registration Fees:  100 mi $65, 50 mi $55, 25 mi $30, 10 & 5 mi $20, Bike Rodeo free  + a Donation of at least $25 to the Non-profit of your choice.

All at YMCA CAMP CHASE on RT 4 in Burlington, 15 Canton Rd. between Unionville & Collinsville – The Camp will have "an Open House" for all – come and enjoy the HEATED Pool, kids water pad, bike rodeo for kids, moon-bounce and picnic (under cover; food from Max's and First & Last), hot showers for all riders, arts & crafts, wellness activities & more - - Including give-aways. 

Join in on THE BAKE-OFF!! WIN A BIG PRIZE  - overnight at Residence Inn Marriott Avon!! Open to all – Bake your favorite dessert – cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cheese-cake, etc. Bring as much as you like & the riders will judge your entry!!  Final vote goes to Stacia (a Y employee).  No cost to you, open to kids & adults!! Just show up with your Dessert by 12:30!!

REGISTER: 
Farmington Valley YMCA Home Page - Greater Hartford YMCA ...<http://ghymca.org/farmington/>  (find member, if you are a member) or
BY CALLING THE Y  860-653-5524   Ask for Sam or just ask to register for the Y Bike the Valley Ride - or
ON ACTIVE: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2091182  (find bike the valley)
You need to pay Registration Fee AND Donate to a non-profit by calling the Y or DONATING at check-in Saturday!!!!

Who do you "HELP" when you Ride?  Register for our RIDE & make a Donation to one to the following:

FOCUS CENTER FOR AUTISM (in Canton)

New Horizons (a community in Unionville with 95 people in wheelchairs - I biked up MT Washington thinking of these folks)

BSA Troop 76 Sgt. Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship,  or

Simsbury Free Bike/CT Adaptive Cycling –

The ABC House (Inner city students living in Simsbury and going to Simsbury HS)

YMCA Strong Kids Program (folks who can't afford Y camps, swim classes, etc.)

Livestrong Program (people who had Cancer and need rehab)

All very worthy & LOCAL nonprofits  -  pick one or several and make a donation above & beyond your Registration Fee - - 

Register (see above) or donate $30.00 now – mail donations to:
Paul Mikkelson, 11 Whitcomb Dr.   Simsbury CT   06070
Checks payable to: YMCA Bike The Valley

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS INCLUDE:

Residence Inn by Marriott Avon
Essex Financial
Valenti Wealth Management
Avon Simsbury Psychotherapy, LLC
Carmon Funeral Home
Robert Melanson Construction
The Green Machine
Newport Scrimshander
John Ellerton
Lewie Financial
Mystic Capitol
Valley Cycling
Antonio's Restaurant
First & Last Tavern
George's Restaurant
Collinsville Baking Co.
Cake Gypsy
Fitzgerald's Foods
Flatbread Co.
Super Wine Cellar
Max a Mia Restaurant

Next planning meeting, tomorrow - Thursday, June 20, 7:30 AM at the Granby Y 

THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE BIG – over 100 Riders have signed-up already!!  BE A PART OF IT – HELP OTHERS WHILE YOU RIDE – PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY – BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION –

TIMES:
Bike Rodeo for kids at 10:30 am
5 & 10 mile rides start at 11:30 am  basically a flat route – all Paved!!          ALL WITH FULLY SUPPLIED REST-STOPS!!!!
25 mi at 10:00 am         1,800 ft of climbing
50 mi at 8:30 am           4,200 ft of climbing
100 mi at 7:00                8,500 ft of climbing  100 mi check-in 6:15 am to 6:50 but Register now! Other distances, check in 45 to 10 minutes prior to their start 
Lunch about 12:30
Activities 9:30 to 4:00; Open House all day!!

*************************************

You must wear a helmet!! Gloves & glasses are strongly suggested.  Bring your own water bottles.  No head-phones. BE ALERT – Watch where you are going – do not take your eyes off the road in front of you!

ALL CYCLISTS MUST OBEY & FOLLOW ALL ROAD LAWS/RULES/SIGNS/LIGHTS, etc. AT ALL TIMES – BE COURTEOUS – BE CAREFUL - BE ALERT  - SAFETY COMES FIRST!!   Call out "passing on your left", point to issues on the road (glass, sticks, etc.), Yell out "slowing" stopping", Communicate, etc.  Please Do Not ride double during this Event - - Ride as far to the Right as  .

VALLEY CYCLING continues to promote ROAD SAFETY & FAMILY WELLNESS!!
RIDES out of Dunkin Donuts in Granby, near Stop & Shop, Monday & Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 & 8:00 am and some Sundays at 7:00 or 8:00 am see the site:  valleycycling.org   

****Dinner -  ALL WELCOME - Maple Tree, Simsbury, Friday before Thanksgiving, 11/21, 6:00pm  - join us – just let me know – I am all set if you already told me – otherwise RSVP

****Dinner -  ALL WELCOME - Maple Tree, Simsbury, Friday before Thanksgiving, 11/21, 6:00pm  - join us – just let me know – I am all set if you already told me – otherwise RSVP